Why Microbiology Matters

The study of microbes helps us to understand our world and our place within it

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

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.

  • What is microbiology?

    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'.

  • Aims & Objectives

    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.

  • Our history

    Discover more about the history of the Microbiology Society, including its inception in 1945.

  • Council & Governance

    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.

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    The Microbiology Society supports greater diversity within the field of microbiology

  • Early Career Microbiologists' Forum

    Find out about what the Early Career Microbiologists' (ECM) Forum is and why it was established.

  • Annual General Meeting and Showcase of the Society's Achievements

    The Microbiology Society holds an Annual General Meeting and Celebration of the Society's Work.

  • Policy work

    We work with other policy organisations to promote evidence-informed policy and support scientists to tackle global challenges.

  • Science and the EU

    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.

  • Contact us

    Details on how to contact the Microbiology Society and where our office is located.

  • Our Staff

    Find out who our staff are at the Microbiology Society.

  • Jobs

    View the current job vacancies at the Microbiology Society.