Current opportunities

Members are fundamental to the work we do as a Society and play an integral part of our 2018-2022 strategy. Working together enables us to influence, create a framework for our Divisions and communities while supporting outreach activities.

Volunteering offers a variety of opportunities. For some it offers the chance to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. For others it is a way to "give something back" and make a difference in the world of microbiology.

We offer volunteering opportunities for members to shape the future of the Society and develop leadership and strategy skills. We also offer public engagement, event organisation, editorial board and science communication opportunites. Find out how you can get involved today.


We offer a range of opportunities for members who want to develop leadership and strategy skills to join our Committees, Council, Divisions and Journals.

Interested in plant science and policy? 

We are currently seeking interest from members who would like to represent the Microbiology Society on the UKPSF Advisory Group.

The UKPSF is a special advisory committee of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) that advises and directs the RSB’S plant science policy and activities. Their aims are to promote the importance of plant science, provide a forum for discussion, debate and information exchange that is independent and inclusive across the breadth of plant science as well as provide a focus and contact point for UK plant and crop science. They liaise with Government, devolved administrations, funding bodies, industry, scientific bodies, learned societies, community research groupings, those involved in the setting of education curricula and end-users to achieve their aims.

Please email [email protected] for more information and register your interest.

Engagement, influence and impact

Help us advance public understanding of microbiology with your expertise

We often receive media requests from journalists or production companies who are looking for an expert opinion or comment. Empowering our members to communicate to the public is vital to raise the profile of microbiology and advance public understanding. 

If you would be interested in speaking with journalists when relevant enquiries come in, please register your interest here. 

Tell us about your research?

Our members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge of microbiology and our role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge by bringing together and empowering communities that help shape the future of microbiology.

We are currently conducting a series of interviews to showcase many areas that our members work in and would like to encourage anyone working in the following areas to get in touch:

  • outside academia
  • females working in industry
  • vaccines, in particular - herd immunity
  • archaea
  • novel products from microbes

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Contribute to Microbiology Today

Contributions to Microbiology Today are always welcome. You may wish to submit an article, suggest a topic for a future issue or become a book reviewer.

Please see here for more information and how to express interest.


Gain an insight into the work of the Society through our Shadowing Scheme

This fantastic opportunity is open to all members who would like to get more involved and help shape the future of the organisation. Successful applicants will be given the chance to familiarise themselves with the Society’s governance structures, and the work and responsibilities of Council and Committees. Meetings are usually quarterly and expenses will be paid. Applications to shadow Committees are accepted on an ad-hoc basis. Find out more about the scheme and application process today.

Access Microbiology Reviewer Mentee Scheme

Access Microbiology is the newest journal from the Microbiology Society. This unique, fully open access publication covers the full spectrum of microbial life, and all approaches to the science of microbiology. Building on the success of the journal's unique editorial board, we are now opening up space for early career researchers who want to develop review skills.

Reviewer Mentee roles are open to members of the ECM Forum who meet the requirements:

  • completing a PhD (or equivalent) or be undertaking post-doctoral research
  • have the support of their PI or another mictobiologist who is willing to act as Reviewer Mentor

Contact Hilary Logan for more information and to express interest in the scheme.

Peer Review

Reviewers needed for our Society Grants

The Microbiology Society awards over 800 grants each year, and our research grants provide essential research experience to early career researchers. We support undergraduate projects via the Harry Smith Vacation Studentships and facilitate new collaborations and technique acquisition via the Research Visit Grants. We are always looking for new reviewers, particularly in prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbiology, and applied research across the board. To register your interest please contact [email protected].

Review our Society Journals

We are seeking members who are interested in becoming a reviewer for our peer-reviewed journals. Reviewers are selected for their expertise and experience and need to:

  • be qualified to PhD level (or equivalent) or above in a relevant subject
  • be a current active researcher
  • have one or more recent publications in peer-reviewed journals of most comparable impact and reputation to our journals

To be considered, please contact [email protected] with an up-to-date CV.

Other opportunities

Royal College of Pathologists learning programme: COVID-19 pandemic update

The Royal College of Pathologists have organised a webinar series which will provide updates on important aspects of COVID-19. Each session will be chaired by Professor Will Irving, Professor of Virology, University of Nottingham. The webinars will include a 15-20 minute presentation by a leading expert followed by an opportunity for attendees to ask questions in a Q&A session.

To find out more and register, please visit the event page.

Protistology UK membership

Society members with a special interest in protists can join Protistology UK at no charge. Protistology UK, (formerly the British Society for Protist Biology) is a membership organisation for those interested in all areas of protistology; from ecological to medical and from sub-cellular to population studies.

To join, go to Update Details, Get Involved and then tick the Protistology UK box. Protistology UK will contact you with forthcoming news and events that may be of interest. Note: you must be a paid-up member of the Microbiology Society to take advantage of this offer.

Members involved in the Microbiome

Society members from Public Health England (PHE) are investigating the understanding and attitudes of adolescents around the microbiome and its role in health and AMR. Results from the study will inform on the design of interventions to motivate young people to follow 'Microbiome friendly' behaviours such as diet and appropriate antibiotic use.

PHE are seeking Microbiology Society members who are working within the microbiome field to comment on study design and be involved in resource development in the future.

Please contact Catherine Hayes for more information.

Get involved with the Royal Society of Biology's 10th anniversary activities

As part of the Royal Society of Biology's 10 year anniversary activities, they are looking for volunteers to take part as a panellist in a Reddit Q&A event to answer Biology career-related questions.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Call for abstracts for the 2022 LGBTQSTEMinar

There is a call for abstracts for the 2022 LGBTQSTEMinar, hosted by STEM Village and STEM Equals in Glasgow. At the moment, they are hoping for a hybrid in-person/online event, but will make a final decision by 13 September, a week before abstracts are due. General registration will also open on 13 September.

You can find all the details, dates, and submission guidelines on the conference website.

They are actively working to improve the intersectionality of their conference programme, and particularly encourage those with intersecting identities to submit abstracts.