New Zealand Microbiological Society

The aim of the society is to 'foster the generation and dissemination of knowledge of microbiology in New Zealand'.


We achieve this through an annual conference, networking, student support, special interest groups, a newsletter and awards.

Latest News

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

The Royal Society Te Aparangi has produced information and resources on antimicrobial resistance which can be found here

NZ Microbiological Society Conference 2017


The 2017 annual meeting of the NZMS will be held in Auckland, 20-23 November 2017. This year, the theme of the conference is, “Our well-being and our microbes”. It will highlight the importance to our economy of maintaining and developing healthy microbial interactions while minimising diseases of concern for humans, livestock and plants. The conference will cover the diverse field of microbiology and its disciplines including agricultural, environmental, food, medical and biotechnology sectors that rely on microbial knowledge, management and products.

For more information check out the conference website.

NZMS Orator 2017

Stephen On has been selected as the 2017 NZMS Orator. Stephen is an Associate Professor of Food Microbiology, and Associate Dean of Research, at Lincoln University. He has previously worked in Government research organisations in New Zealand, Denmark and the UK.  Stephen’s research interests have been fuelled by a keen interest in improved diagnostics (phenotypic and molecular) for emerging (and emerged) pathogens that may represent major human and animal disease burdens.  The volume of undiagnosed gastrointestinal illness remains a key driver for his research. He is Chairman of the ICSP (International) sub-committee on the taxonomy of Campylobacter and related bacteria, and convened the biennial International conference on these organisms in 2015. He has published over 140 papers, and contributed to various expert advisory groups at the request of the World Health Organisation, Ministry for Primary Industries and the World Bank-sponsored Global Food Safety Partnership. He joined the Executive Committee of the NZMS in 2006 and has served on several NZMS conference organising committees.