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The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.

It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

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Society launches new digital content hub on Understanding viruses and challenges in microbiology

06 Jul 2020

We are launching new collections of digital content for our anniversary, under the heading Why Microbiology Matters. The fifth of these digital content hubs is dedicated to Understanding viruses and challenges in microbiology.

Latest from the Society

  • Coronastream: countermeasures, secondary infections and aerosol transmission

    05 August 2020

    In this special blog series, medical microbiologists led by Dr Tim Inglis summarise some of the research that will be essential to inform COVID-19 countermeasures. Find out more about the project in Dr Inglis' Editorial 'Logic in the time of coronavirus', published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

  • Microbiology Editor’s Choice: induction of protein expression by cell wall targeting antibiotics

    03 August 2020

    Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology  is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled ‘Induction of clpP expression by cell wall targeting antibiotics in Streptococcus mutans’ and was chosen by Professor Isabelle Martin-Verstraete.

  • Microbe Talk: MicroNews July

    31 July 2020

    MicroNews is the sister series of our podcast Microbe Talk, where we discuss microbiology in the news over the last month. As COVID-19 is taking over the news elsewhere, we decided to focus on other stories from the microbial world, including parasitic fungi with behaviour-changing effects, medieval medicines and the smell of sweat.

  • Life after a pandemic: What we can learn from the Spanish flu?

    30 July 2020

    With the slow return to a new ‘normality’, it is hard to know what life will be like out of lockdown. A direct comparison to the current situation with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918. Spanish flu affected a staggering one-third of the world’s population and killed 50 million. As much as the two viruses are very different, the societal reactions during both pandemics are similar, and our way of coping with COVID-19 can be understood by reflecting on the measures used 100 years ago.