Key Moments from CAMRIA’s 2024 Annual Meeting

On May 6-7, 2024, CAMRIA came together for its annual meeting, and it was an inspiring and engaging event from start to finish.

CAMRIA leader – Nina Langeland opening the meeting

Spotlight on Young Researchers

This year, we put the spotlight on our talented young researchers, giving them the stage to present their exciting projects and receive feedback from experienced researchers and clinicians.

Day 1: Researcher Grand Prix

The first day featured the Researcher Grand Prix, where young researchers showcased their work to a diverse audience. It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone to learn and exchange ideas. Here are some of the fascinating topics they covered:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance in Streptococcus dysgalactiae: A One Health Perspective
  • Structure-Based Design of FMN Riboswitch Ligands for New Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics
  • Communicating the Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance
  • Discovery and Screening Using X-ray Crystallography
  • Evolution of Antimicrobial Resistance in Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Genomic Perspectives on Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Clustering Genetic Data for Evolutionary Pathways of AMR
  • Healthcare Narratives of Middle Eastern Migrants in Norway
  • The Subgingival Resistome of a Healthy Population
  • Surveillance of AMR in Bioaerosol
  • Photodegradable Antimicrobial Compounds
  • Mathematical Modelling of AMR

The breadth and depth of the research were truly impressive. The day ended with a celebratory dinner where the winners of the Grand Prix were announced:

  • Olav Aga, University of Bergen (UiB)
  • Marit Hetland, Stavanger University Hospital (SUS)
  • Liza Nguyen Van Sang, University of Stavanger (UiS)
Researcher Grand Prix winners

Day 2: Focus on Communication

The second day was all about the importance of communication in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Anne Lise Fimreite started the day with a session on “AMR and the Citizens: Knowledge, Information, and Fear,” discussing how public awareness and perception can influence AMR efforts.

We were thrilled to welcome Jocelyne Arquembourg, Professor Emerita at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle and Associate Researcher at Télécom Paris (IP Paris), who gave an inspiring keynote on “The Communication on AMR in France: Pharmaceutical Production, Knowledge Development, and One Health.”

Jens Kjeldsen from UiB shared his personal experiences in a keynote titled “How to Survive a Media Scandal – A Personal Story,” offering valuable insights into handling public relations challenges.

The day wrapped up with a crucial discussion on collaboration, led by Arnfinn Sundsfjord from the University of Tromsø (UiT), head of the Centre for New Antibacterial Strategies (CANS). His talk on “How to Develop National and Nordic Collaboration Between AMR Centers” sparked thoughtful discussions about the future of collaborative efforts to combat AMR.

Arnfinn Sundsfjord opening a discussion on how to develop national and nordic collaboration between AMR centers. Photo: Ragnhild Mølster

Looking Forward

CAMRIA’s annual meetings are always a highlight, and this year was no different. It was a joy to see our young researchers shine and to engage in meaningful conversations about the future of AMR research and collaboration. We left feeling inspired and motivated to continue our important work in this critical field.


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