75th anniversary of the Microbiology Society: get involved

10 April 2019

To celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2020, we are launching a wide-ranging programme of events and activities to showcase why microbiology matters and to demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future.

There are a range of activities the microbiology community can get involved in.

Why Microbiology Matters

‘Why Microbiology Matters’ invites members and the wider community to nominate the discovery or event that best showcases why microbiology matters to them and that helps us demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future.

We have received strong submissions and are currently finalising key topic themes, from the novel discovery of CRISPR-Cas, to unlocking a world of microbiomes and researching issues that affect our everyday life, such as climate change. Submissions for Why Microbiology Matters remain open until 26 April 2019.

Share your nominations on Twitter using the hashtag #WhyMicroMatters.

A Sustainable Future

Our ‘A Sustainable Future’ project focuses on how microbiology can help to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). The aim of the project is to raise the profile of microbiology in the community and in the context of achieving the SDGs, with key decision-makers within the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

We have recently put out a ‘Call for Evidence’ on our website, asking individuals why they consider microbiology to be relevant and how it can contribute to the UN SDGs being met.

We also plan to celebrate the launch of this activity with an event on Thursday 2 May 2019 at Central Hall, Westminster, UK. Key speakers will include:

  • Professor Judith Armitage
    President of the Microbiology Society and Professor of Biochemistry, Oxford Centre for Integrative Systems Biology (OCISB) (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Professor Sir David Baulcombe
    Member of Council for the Microbiology Society and Regius Professor of Botany and Edward Penley Abraham Royal Society Research Professor (University of Cambridge, UK)
     
  • Professor Kevin O’Connor
    Director of BEACON, the Science Foundation Ireland Bioeconomy Research Centre, Member of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science and the Earth Institute (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Please ensure you register for the event as spaces are limited.

Share your thoughts on how microbiology contributes to achieving the UN SDGs on Twitter using hashtag #MicroGlobalChallenges

Microbiology Images

Our ‘Microbiology Images’ project encourages members of the microbiology community to submit images related to the microbiological world.

We welcome images that will inspire, inform and demonstrate how the study of microbes helps us to understand our world and our place within it. The image submission categories include science, nature, people, places and laboratory. Submissions are now open on our website.

Share your involvement on Twitter using the hashtag #MicroImages

We will be announcing several other exciting activities in the lead up to the 75th anniversary later in the year. You can keep up to date with all news on the 75th anniversary activities on Twitter using the hashtag #MicrobioSoc75th.