The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses.
Microbiology is the study of all living organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae, collectively known as 'microbes'.
The Microbiology Society has a vision and mission around which we base our strategy. Our members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge about the discipline. The Society’s role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge.
Discover more about the history of the Microbiology Society, including its inception in 1945.
As a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, the Microbiology Society's Council bears legal responsibilities. The Society also has a number of committees, including Division Committees.
Find out about what the Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum is and why it was established.
The Microbiology Society supports greater diversity within the field of microbiology.
We work with other policy organisations to promote evidence-informed policy and support scientists to tackle global challenges.
The Microbiology Society is working with the scientific community to engage with policy-makers on the issue of Brexit. The Microbiology Society's Council's Statement on Brexit can also be found here.
The Microbiology Society collaborates with several organisations to push the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) agenda forward.
Details on how to contact the Microbiology Society and where our office is located.
Find out who our staff are at the Microbiology Society.
View the current job vacancies at the Microbiology Society.
We support our members to champion microbiology and to access the best microbiological evidence and expertise.
Access all content published by the Microbiology Society
relating to SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19 in our digital hub.
Microbiology Society journals contain high-quality research papers and topical review articles. We are a not-for-profit publisher and we support and invest in the microbiology community, to the benefit of everyone.
In 2022, Microbiology, our founding journal, will celebrate 75 years since publishing its first articles. We are excited to mark this milestone with a series of activities throughout the anniversary year which celebrate our past and look forward to our future.
Explore our new collections of digital content which celebrate 'Why Microbiology Matters' and helps us demonstrate the impact of microbiologists past, present and future.
Explore a unique selection of archive items in our Fleming Exhibition, put together in collaboration with Public Health England’s National Collection of Type Cultures team.
We welcome images of your science, of nature, of people, places and events that will inspire, inform and demonstrate how the study of microbes helps us to understand our world and our place within it.
Our ‘A Sustainable Future’ project aimed to demonstrate how microbiology can help to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.
Inspired by Professor Jo Verran's Bad Bugs Book Club the Society has launched a project to encourage the microbiology community to get together and discuss microbiology in literature.
Microbiome research is a rapidly developing area of science and innovation, seeking to explore and exploit the complex communities of microbes associated with humans, animals, plants and other environments such as soils and oceans.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a serious global challenge for public health, food security and sustainable development.
Discover everything you need to know about the role microbiology plays in climate change, browse our resources and access some of the latest research in our journal collections.
Having published advances across the field of microbiology for 75 years, Microbiology – the Microbiology Society’s founding journal – will transition to fully Open Access (OA) in 2023.
Join the Microbiology Society and become part of the largest microbiology community in Europe.
We offer a range of membership options. View the categories available to find the one most suitable for you.
Renew your membership.
Explore Microbiology Today, the Society's membership magazine.
Find out how to get the most out of your membership.
The science helping us understand our world.
View our range of resources available to Microbiology Society members.
Have a question about Membership? These FAQs may be of help.
By remembering the Society in your Will you can help support the future of microbiology and the next generation of microbiologists.
Advice and information for those interested in a career in microbiology.
The range of roles and fields that microbiologists work in.
Choosing a course and university, and what you need to apply.
What to do after you graduate and how to get a job.
How to improve your employability and find funding.
Some of the roles outside of research where you could use your knowledge.
Find out about the different career paths available after studying biology or microbiology.
Find out about development opportunities that can help you to advance your career.
The links provided on this page contain a list of institutions that may be useful and able to provide further information.
Funds received though the Microbiology Society publication subscriptions, membership and other activities are used to support microbiology in the form of grants and prizes.
A list of all grants and prizes available to members of the Microbiology Society.
The Microbiology Society provides funding for microbiological research projects and travel to help members enhance their careers.
The Microbiology Society provides funds to support microbiologists and develop microbiology, teaching and research in countries defined as low-income or lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank.
The Microbiology Society supports microbiology-related education and outreach activities and funds are available for members keen to run and participate in these events.
The Society has launched its first fundraising initiative for members who may require support for a variety of reasons, in order to help them to progress and to reach their full career potential.
Learn more about the prizes and competitions that the Microbiology Society offers.
The Microbiology Society holds and supports conferences and events to disseminate research knowledge and provide a forum for communication between microbiologists.
Annual Conference is the Society’s flagship event. The Conference brings together scientists who work in microbiology and provides a comprehensive overview of current microbiological research and discoveries. The event takes place over the course of a week each April at one of the UK or Ireland’s major convention centres and is designed to maximise opportunities for networking and the formation of new collaborations.
At the Society, we provide a number of high quality events and meetings throughout the year, including the Focused Meeting series.
Submit ideas for Microbiology Society Annual Conference sessions and Focused Meetings, or apply for a Society-Supported Conference Grant.
The Microbiology Society provides financial support for events held by other organisations in the areas of microbiology and virology.
The Microbiology Society will highlight details of any event held by other organisations in the areas of microbiology. If you would like to list an event here, you can submit your details in through our online form.
The Microbiology Society holds a number of conferences and events throughout the year, including the Microbiology Society’s hugely successful Annual Conference. There are a wide range of exhibition and sponsorship opportunities to suit all budgets, including multi-event packages.
The Scientific Seminar Series is designed to reach a priority microbiology community to support it in disseminating knowledge across its professional networks. The events are designed as a regularly repeated series of short (typically 1–2 hour) online meetings.
The Microbiology Society promotes the public understanding of microbiology.
News and updates from the Microbiology Society.
Press releases and resources for journalists and the media
The Microbiology Society's blog.
The Microbiology Society regularly produces videos which are hosted on our YouTube channel.
The Microbiology Society has a podcast called Microbe Talk.
Archive of the monthly newsletter from the Microbiology Society.
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01 January 2009 publication
A KS3 & KS4 resource (4 page booklet). Information about the common cold, including a practical activity to model the spread of this viral infection.