Supporting our members to champion microbiology and policy-makers to access the best microbiological evidence and expertise
Microbiology answers big questions by giving us knowledge of very small things. Microbiologists are involved in addressing challenges that vary from urgent problems demanding immediate solutions, such as new and emerging diseases, through to long-term issues, like antimicrobial drug resistance, food security and environmental sustainability.
When the discipline of microbiology is strong and intellectually vibrant, we have a better chance of finding solutions to these problems, and building a healthier, more sustainable and more prosperous future.
Empowering members to engage in science policy
We provide opportunities to stay up-to-date with policy developments affecting microbiology, and to develop science policy skills, experience and networks to enhance the impact of your research.
We bring together our members’ expertise to communicate the best microbiological evidence and solutions to policy-makers, and to ensure our members are supported with the skills, resources and infrastructure to do excellent and impactful microbiology.
We increase awareness and understanding of the public value of microbiology, our members’ work, and global challenges they are helping address.
We provide members and research stakeholders with opportunities to engage in our science policy work.
Our ‘Unlocking the Microbiome’ report explores the opportunities and challenges of microbiome research for health, agriculture, environment and biotechnology, and makes recommendations for the research community, funders and decision-makers to progress microbiome research and translation.
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.
We work with other policy organisations to promote evidence-informed policy and support scientists to tackle global challenges.
We brought together scientists, decision-makers and other stakeholders to identify the opportunities and challenges of emerging microbiome research for health, agriculture, environment and biotechnology.
Antimicrobial resistance is a global challenge and a policy priority for the Society. Read our Antimicrobial Resistance Policy Briefing and find out about out work with the Learned Society Partnership on AMR (LeSPAR) to promote interdisciplinary research and action.
The Microbiology Society is working with our members and the wider scientific community to engage Government and Parliament on issues and needs for science releating to Brexit.