Promoting the importance of microbiology

Microbiology is fundamental to global policy issues as diverse as energy, food security, and health, providing both societal and economic benefits. The Microbiology Society aims to promote a better understanding of microbes, and highlight the important role of microbiologists to policy-makers, opinion-formers and the public. The Society proactively informs policy, and engages with key global issues that are of interest to our members.

The Society prioritises its focus on microbiology-relevant global issues on the current policy agenda or policy horizon. Current policy priorities are:


  • Microbiome Policy Project

    Policy-makers and decision-makers need to have access to appropriate evidence-based scientific information and expert opinion about research on microbiomes. The Society has published a report on human, animal and environmental microbiome research.

Antimicrobial Resistance Policy Briefing

Our updated briefing looks at the threat posed by antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the actions needed to curb its spread, and the steps already being taken.

Food Security and Safety

Now and in the future, microbiology research and development will play a profoundly important role in sustaining and improving food production, food safety and environmental quality while reducing waste. Visit our Food Security and Safety microsite for information on this topic.