The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.
Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae, collectively known as 'microbes'.
75th anniversary of the Microbiology Society: celebrating the impact of microbiologists past, present and future
Discover more about the history of the Microbiology Society, including its inception in 1945.
The Microbiology Society has a vision and mission around which we base our strategy. Our members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge about the discipline. The Society’s role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge.
As a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, the Microbiology Society's Council bears legal responsibilities. The Society also has a number of committees, including Division Committees.
Find out about what the Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum is and why it was established.
The Microbiology Society supports greater diversity within the field of microbiology
The Microbiology Society holds an Annual General Meeting and Celebration of the Society's Work.
Details on how to contact the Microbiology Society and where our office is located.
Find out who our staff are at the Microbiology Society.
View the current vacancies at the Microbiology Society.
The links on this page may be useful as further information.
We support our members to champion microbiology and policy-makers to access the best microbiological evidence and expertise.
The Microbiology Society identified a need for policy-makers and decision-makers to have access to appropriate evidence-based scientific information and expert opinion about research on microbiomes, and have developed a report on the topic.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious global challenge for public health, food security and sustainable development.
To mark this occasion, we are embarking on a policy project to demonstrate the value and raise the profile of microbiology in addressing the world’s biggest challenges. The focus will be on how microbiology can help to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), the wide ranging and ambitious global blueprint for achieving a sustainable future by 2030.
The Microbiology Society is working with the scientific community to engage with policy-makers on the issue of Brexit. The Microbiology Society's Council's Statement on Brexit can also be found here.
Policy briefings outline key microbiological issues and research for policy-makers, including antimicrobial resistance, human fungal diseases and climate change.
Consultation responses communicate the expert knowledge and opinion of our members to policy makers on issues such as Brexit, biosecurity and the research environment.
Position statements outline the Society's positions on key issues including tackling sexually transmitted infections, food security and safety and animal research.
Society staff and members organise and attend policy events and workshops that connect microbiologists, policy-makers and other stakeholders.
The Microbiology Society is committed to ensuring that the science and skills of microbiology are represented throughout the education systems in the UK.
We work with other policy organisations to promote evidence-informed policy and support scientists to tackle global challenges.
We provide members and research stakeholders with opportunities to engage in our science policy work.
The Microbiology Society is committed to supporting and encouraging the teaching and learning of microbiology at all levels.
Antibiotics Unearthed gave the general public, students and educators in the UK and Ireland the opportunity to work with scientists as part of a global initiative to discover new antibiotics from soil bacteria.
Get involved with the Microbiology Society education and outreach activities.
The Microbiology Society supports microbiology-related education and outreach activities, and funds are available to support School and Individual Members keen to run and participate in these activities.
The Microbiology Society aims to promote microbiology as a career to individuals from school level onwards and to support career and professional development of microbiologists at all career stages
The Microbiology Society produce a range of resources for teaching microbiology across the key stages.
The Microbiology Society collaborates with several organisations to push the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) agenda forward.
Advice and information for those interested in a career in microbiology.
The range of roles and fields that microbiologists work in.
Choosing a course and university, and what you need to apply.
What to do after you graduate and how to get a job.
How to improve your employability and find funding.
Some of the roles outside of research where you could use your knowledge.
Find out about the different career paths available after studying biology or microbiology.
Interview and application advice, careers events, How-to guides and other helpful information.
The Microbiology Society promotes the public understanding of microbiology through the media and uses the expertise of our members to help with media enquiries.
News and updates from the Microbiology Society.
Press releases published by the Microbiology Society.
The Microbiology Society's blog.
The Microbiology Society regularly produces videos which are hosted on our YouTube channel.
The Microbiology Society has a podcast called Microbe Talk.
Archive of the monthly newsletter from the Microbiology Society.
Funds received though the Microbiology Society publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology in the form of grants and prizes.
A list of all grants and prizes available to members of the Microbiology Society.
Find out more about the refreshed grants programme, available to eligible members of the Society.
The Microbiology Society provides funding for microbiological research projects and travel to help members enhance their careers.
The Microbiology Society offers grants to support members attending events.
The Microbiology Society supports microbiology-related education and outreach activities and funds are available for members keen to run and participate in these events.
The Microbiology Society provides funds to support microbiologists and develop microbiology, teaching and research in countries defined as low-income or lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank.
The Microbiology Society can provide small grants to our student members to support their attendance at specific careers events, helping them make informed choices about their next career step.
The Microbiology Society awards a range of prizes in recognition of significant contributions to microbiology.
Previous Microbiology Society grant recipients give their testimonials.
The rules that apply for the Society grants.
If you have a question regarding a Microbiology Society grant, find out if your query is answered in this section.
Upcoming grants deadlines.
Join the Microbiology Society and become part of the largest microbiology community in Europe.
We offer a range of membership options. View the categories available to find the one most suitable for you.
Renew your membership here.
Resources available to Microbiology Society members.
Find out how to get the most out of your membership.
Contact the Membership Office by email, telephone or post.
Have a question about Membership? These FAQs may be of help.
By remembering the Society in your Will you can help support the future of microbiology and the next generation of microbiologists.
The science helping us understand our world.
The Microbiology Society holds and supports conferences and events to disseminate research knowledge and provide a forum for communication between microbiologists.
Our Annual Conference takes place over four days and consists of symposia, workshops, forums, offered oral presentations, poster viewing sessions, Prize Lectures from eminent microbiologists and a trade exhibition. It offers ample opportunities for formal and informal networking for both early career and established microbiologists.
The Microbiology Society are delighted to be hosting the Federation of Infection Societies 2019 Annual Conference (FIS 2019) in Edinburgh between the 11 and 14 November 2019.
At the Society, we provide a number of high quality events and meetings throughout the year, including the Focus Meeting series.
Submit ideas for Microbiology Society Annual Conference sessions and Focused Meetings, or apply for a Society-Supported Conference Grant.
The Microbiology Society provides financial support for events held by other organisations in the areas of microbiology and virology.
The Microbiology Society will highlight details of any event held by other organisations in the areas of microbiology. If you would like to list an event here, you can submit your details in through our online form.
The Microbiology Society holds a number of conferences and events throughout the year, including the Microbiology Society’s hugely successful Annual Conference. There are a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities to suit all budgets, including multi-event packages.
The Microbiology Society publishes educational resources.
The Microbiology Society journals contain high-quality research papers and topical review articles. Each journal has an editorial board that draws on the expertise of specialists worldwide.
Microbiology Today is the Society's quarterly magazine.
The Microbiology Society regularly publishes policy documents.
We provide a range of microbiology resources for all age groups from primary to post-16.
Until 2006, the proceedings of Society meetings were published in book form. These volumes, including at least one meeting, present key findings on a diverse range of topics.
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