75th Anniversary: showcasing why microbiology matters

To celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020, we invite members to nominate the discovery or event that best showcases why microbiology matters and helps us demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future.

Why Microbiology Matters
Microbes are everywhere and affect almost all aspects of our lives. We cannot see them, but our world would not function without them. Bacteria, viruses, fungi, protists, archaea, algae and other microscopic life forms are on us and in us, in the air, soil and water, and in our food. They are in and on the surfaces of everything in our homes, workplaces and other environments. Most do not harm us and many are essential for the good health of humans, animals and the planet. Microbes help keep the planet healthy by recycling waste and supplying nutrients. Agricultural systems would not function without some while others are harmful pests. Industry uses microbial processes to produce foodstuffs and drugs, benefiting society and creating wealth.

Please use the below form to make your nomination to showcase why microbiology matters. Proposals will remain open until 26 April 2019, when all nominations will be reviewed. Selected discoveries will be promoted during our anniversary year in 2020, so please include key members or others working in the area or relevant area to your nomination that we can profile. After making your nomination you can also share your idea on Twitter using the hashtags #MicrobioSoc75th and #WhyMicroMatters.