Since 1997, Great Britain and Ireland (StaphGBI) conferences have brought together the research community in the UK and Ireland. The 12th StaphGBI conference, hosted by University of Galway 22–23 June 2023, was co-chaired by Dr Merve S. Zeden and Professor James P. O’Gara, supported by a local organizing committee of Chloe Hobbs-Tobin, Dr Rakesh Roy, Órla Burke and Aaron Nolan. Anchored by keynote speaker Professor Vinai Thomas, all other StaphGBI 2023 oral and post presentations were delivered by early career researchers. The conference attracted approximately 100 delegates, including 72 MRes/PhD students and postdoctoral fellows, 22 principal investigators and 4 exhibitors. The mix of scientists, clinicians and early career researchers stimulated excellent discussions on key issues and challenges in the field. interactions with the host immune system, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and new therapeutic approaches using antimicrobial peptides or metabolites, chronic wound and device-associated infections, and improving our understanding of staphylococcal genomics were common themes at StaphGBI 2023.

This study was supported by the:
  • National University of Ireland (NUI) (Award NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics 2023)
    • Principle Award Recipient: MerveSuzan Zeden
  • Health Research Board (Award CES-2023-003)
    • Principle Award Recipient: MerveSuzan Zeden
  • This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. This article was made open access via a Publish and Read agreement between the Microbiology Society and the corresponding author’s institution.

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