Teaming with Microbes: Solutions for Mankind

We are pleased to announce that the Malaysian Society for Microbiology (MSM), in collaboration with Monash University Malaysia will organize the International Congress of the Malaysian Society for Microbiology 2021 (ICMSM2021) from 29 to 30 September 2021. The meeting will be conducted virtually via ZOOM.

This year’s theme " Teaming with Microbes: Solutions for Mankind " highlights the importance of microbes in addressing emerging issues in medical, agricultural, industrial, food and various fields of  microbiology.  Classical to frontier technologies and platforms have been utilised to tap into the richness, diversity and capabilities of microbes to yield benefits to humankind. 

The ICMSM2021 will showcase various recent topics in Microbiology by distinguished keynote and plenary speakers, as well as selected oral speakers. The ICMSM2021 is also introducing a 3-minute rapid oral session designed to showcase several exciting compact and concise presentations. The Congress promises an attractive scientific programme, with opportunities for networking and collaboration while providing a fusion of knowledge, technologies, ideas, and innovation.

We hope that you will join us on this endeavour to learn, connect, collaborate and strengthen fundamental, applied and translational microbiological research in Malaysia.


Scope of Conference

• Agricultural Microbiology

• Environmental Microbiology

• Food Microbiology

• General Microbiology

• Industrial Microbiology

• Medical Microbiology
• Microbial Omics and Molecular Biology

Who should attend?

• Academics
• Scientists
• Industrialists and venture capitalists
• Policy Makers (Ministries)
• Entrepreneurs
• Students


Invited Speakers


MSM Award Recipient Prof. Dr. Sudesh Kumar (Universiti Sains Malaysia)

Keynote Speaker 1

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Prof. Dr. Linfa Wang (DUKE-NUS Medical School, Singapore)

Keynote Speaker 2

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Prof. Dr. Phillip Hansbro (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

Plenary Speaker (Medical Microbiology)

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nadia Oulahal (Claude Bernard University, Lyon 1, France)

Plenary Speaker (Food Microbiology)

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Prof. Dr. Richard Oliver (Curtin University, Australia)

Plenary Speaker (Agricultural Microbiology)

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chris Greening (Monash University, Australia)

Plenary Speaker (Environmental Microbiology)

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Prof. Dr. Maria Barbosa (Wageningen University, Netherlands)

Plenary Speaker (Industrial Microbiology)

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Prof. Dr. Kalai Mathee (Florida International University, USA)

Plenary Speaker (Microbial Omics and Molecular Biology)

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Prof. Prasit Palittapongarnpim (Mahidol University, Thailand)

Plenary Speaker (General Microbiology)



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Conference Fees and Payment

Method of Payment

  • The registration fee excludes any service charge incurred by the Bank for fund transfer

  • All bank drafts or cheques (Malaysians only) must be made payable to 'MSM Symposium', crossed “A/C Payee only” and mailed to the ICMSM2021 Secretariat.

  • Direct bank transfers should be made to :

           Bank Name: CIMB Bank Berhad

           Account Name : MSM Symposium

           Account Number : 80-0216547-1

           SWIFT code: CIBBMYKL

           Bank address : Ground Floor, Block B, Bangunan Pelajar, 43400 

                                     UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.

  • Please email the completed registration form together with the proof of payment to the ICMSM2021 Secretariat at


Registration & abstract submission is now closed

Do not mail hardcopies of the abstract.

The abstract should contain:

Title: Bold, Arial, font size 11, capital letters (except for scientific names) and centered.

Author(s): Full name of authors, the name of the presenters for both oral and poster underlined (font 10).

All Authors' affiliations to be listed in Arial font 10 and italics. If more than one institution, list them numerically in text. Provide the email address of the corresponding author in Arial font 9. Single spacing between title, authors, affiliation and corresponding author email and double spacing between email and abstract.

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Rapid Oral Guidelines


Presentation Guidelines

  1. The entire presentation is strictly limited to three (3) minutes maximum.

  2. Presentation should be based on your own research and should be presented live (virtually), not pre-recorded.

  3. Only a single static PowerPoint slide is allowed. No slide transition, no movement nor animation on any part of the slide is permitted. The slide must be shown from the beginning of the presentation.

  4. Given the strict time limit, presenters are advised to exclude any introductory address as the timer will countdown from the first spoken word. UPDATE: Please provide an introductory slide which should have your name, affiliation, and title. This slide will be shown on the screen when the chairperson introduces you and will not be counted in your 3 minutes presentation. You do not need to introduce yourself as the chairperson will do this for you.

  5. No additional props are permitted during the presentation.

  6. Presentations are to be spoken word (i.e., no poems, raps or songs).

  7. No additional electronic media (sound or video files) are permitted.

  8. Student presenters will be evaluated for the Best Rapid Oral awards. Any presentation exceeding 3 minutes will be penalized heavily. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

Judging Criteria

A. Comprehension and Content

  • Did the presentation clearly provide an understanding of the background and significance of the research while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?

  • Did the presentation provide results of the research including conclusions?

  • Did the presentation provide a clear and logical sequence?

  • Was the presentation, including the significance and results/impacts, communicated in language clearly and easily understood by non-specialist audience?

  • Was the content presented in an intelligent manner or was it too simple, thereby losing its scientific significance?

  • Was the presentation rushed or did the participant spend enough time on each important element of their presentation?

B. Engagement

  • Did the presentation make the audience truly interested and want to know more? Was the pace of the presentation effective?

  • Did the presenter capture and maintain the attention of the audience?

  • Did the presenter show enthusiasm for their research?

  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize/generalize their research?

  • Did the speaker exhibit sufficient stage presence, confidence, proper hand gestures (not too much movements), and steady pace?

  • Was the presentation slide clear, legible and concise?

  • Did the presentation slide contribute/enhance to a better understanding of the participant’s research?




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