How can microbiology impact the SDGs?

Microbiology can contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in many ways. Given the breadth of the discipline of microbiology, it can play a role in accomplishing almost all of the 17 Goals.

However, while the broader role of microbiology is still taken into consideration, the 'A Sustainable Future' project focuses on three project streams where the contribution of microbiology is particularly significant and relevant. These include antimicrobial resistance, which has been described as one of the biggest threats to humanity; the circular economy, a system which aims to maximise the efficient use of the world’s finite resources; and soil health which is essential to feed our growing population.

Within each project stream we will be undertaking further engagement activities and events, including workshops with a wide range of stakeholders. If you have expertise in one of these areas and would like to contribute please get in touch by emailing

Below are the three projects we will be working on. Click on each to find out more about why the contribution of microbiology is particular relevant to each of these topics.