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Early Career Microbiologists’ Forum Science Policy Course Grants

ECM Forum members are invited to apply for the ‘Science Policy: Improving the Uptake of Research into UK Policy’ course, 20-21 August 2018 at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

The Microbiology Society is pleased to be able to sponsor up to four ECM Forum members accepted onto this course with a grant covering 100% of the registration fee.

Please visit the event page to apply for registration for the course. Once you have registered please download the grant form below and return with the requested documentation to by 3 July 2018.

Wellcome Genome Campus Science Policy Workshop Registration Grant Form

Member invitation: Research Environment Position Statement Workshop 15 May 2018

Help inform our policy positions

Want to inform the Society’s policy positions on key issues including: funding and infrastructure; people, skills and mobility; research communication, openness and integrity?

Policy Committee would like to invite members to a workshop in London on 15 May 2018 to inform the development of a Research Environment Position Statement. We are seeking representation from across our diverse membership including different research specialisms, careers (e.g. academic – universities and institutes, industry, technical, clinical, professional) and career stages.

Why your views are important

Given the changing research landscape, our Policy Committee is developing a Research Environment Position Statement, which will set out the Society’s high-level positions on key issues concerning the environment in which our members do excellent and impactful microbiology. As we implement our new strategy, the Position Statement will help ensure that the Society’s policy activities and responses reflect and are informed by the expert opinion of our members.

Recent activities where the Society has communicated expert opinion and information of our members to policy-makers include our Unlocking the Microbiome report, evidence provided to the House of Lords Life Sciences and Industrial Strategy Inquiry, and submission of evidence to, and participation in, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Brexit Science and Innovation Summit.

How to email us your views

We welcome hearing from any member. If you are unavailable for the workshop but would like to share your perspectives with us, please email these to with ‘Research Environment’ in the subject line.

How members can get involved with our policy activities

The Microbiology Society aims to promote a better understanding of microbiology and highlight the important role of microbiologists to policy-makers, opinion-formers and the public. Members can help us achieve these aims by sharing their expertise and getting involved in our policy activities. Your involvement may help inform policy decisions relevant to microbiology, or indeed, society as a whole. It is also a great opportunity for professional development and furthering the impact of your research and expertise.

Ways members can contribute to the Society’s policy work include:

  • Contribute to consultation responses. We respond to a variety of consultations from Government and other policy organisations, which cover diverse topics, such as antimicrobial resistance, research funding priorities and science education policy. Keep an eye out in our monthly newsletter for calls for views and evidence from members.
  • Let us know about your expertise and interest in getting involved. If you would like to be listed as a member who is keen to contribute their expertise to inform our policy activities, such as consultation responses and position statements, please get in touch with our our Policy Officer.
  • Policy workshops and events. The Society sometimes holds workshops with members to inform our policy work, and also invites members to attend other policy events. Visit our policy events listing and read our monthly newsletter to find out about upcoming events.
  • Organise an event. Do you have an idea for an event to engage the public with a microbiology-relevant policy issue? Eligible members can apply for one of our Education and Outreach Grants to make it happen. Our Policy Officer can also provide help and advice.
  • Let us know about relevant policy issues or activities. If you are aware of a policy issue or activity of relevance to the Society’s members let our Policy Officer know.

Opportunities for collaboration

The Microbiology Society welcomes potential opportunities for collaboration with individuals and organisations on policy activities aligned with our aims and objectives. Please contact our Policy Officer with any enquiries.

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