The Microbiology Society has over 7,000 expert members that can contribute to national policy and provide evidence to decision-makers.

Priority areas

We gather our member's knowledge to provide resources and scientific evidence to aid decision making and maximise the impact of microbiology research.

  • Infection Science

    Infection science focusses on areas such as clinical microbiology, virology, parasitology and immunology. Here you can access our policy work on infection science and emerging diseases.

  • Climate Change, Environment and Sustainability

    Microbes play a key role in many of the global changes facing our planet today. They also present solutions that can help move towards a more sustainable future. Here you can access all our climate change, environment and sustainability policy work.

  • Antimicrobial Resistance

    Antimicrobial resistance is a serious global challenge for public health, food security and sustainable development. Here you can access all our antimicrobial resistance policy work.


Policy for science

We engage multiple stakeholders to convey the benefits of microbiology and make recommendations that ensure our members are supported and able to conduct high-quality research.

  • Higher Education and Skills

    We make recommendations that push for a higher education system that works for all scientists interested in microbes at every stage of their career.

  • Research and Innovation Strategy

    We inform government strategy by responding to inquiries, releasing position statements on the issues that matter to our members, and engaging with government to champion the contribution of microbiology in policy-making.


Policy Archive

Here you can find all of our policy publications.

  • Policy briefings

    Policy briefings outline key microbiological issues and research for policy-makers, including antimicrobial resistance, human fungal diseases and climate change.

  • Position statements

    Position statements outline the Society's positions on key issues including tackling sexually transmitted infections, food security and safety and animal research.

  • Consultation responses

    Consultation responses communicate the expert knowledge and opinion of our members to policy makers on issues such as Brexit, biosecurity and the research environment.


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