Early Career Microbiologists' Forum
The Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum was established in 2016 to give early career members of the Society a way to influence our work. Every member starting out in their microbiology career is invited to join the Forum. Members of the Forum are kept in the loop about opportunities of interest within the Society, and are eligible to vote for the Executive Committee – a group of ECM Forum members which steers the group.
Who can be part of the ECM Forum?
All members of the Society are welcome to join the Forum. As a guide, we consider you an early career microbiologist if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, or within five years of appointment to your first position after your highest qualification earned. However, if this doesn’t fit your situation and you consider yourself an early career scientist working in a microbiology, you are welcome to join. This group is not just for academic scientists. We want to take the views of all microbiologists, whether you are medical, clinical, veterinary, industrial or working in other relevant fields, into account as we make the Society work for you.
Why you should join
In addition to the benefits of the Society membership that all Society members enjoy, ECM Forum member benefits include:
- Exclusive access to free places on selected training courses for core skills.
- Discounted access to ECM-focused conferences and meetings including the flagship ECM Forum Summer Conference.
- Eligibility for an ECM Forum poster prize if presenting at the Annual Conference.
- Eligibility to apply for the ECM Co-chairing Scheme at the Annual Conference.
- The right to run for a position and vote for your elected representatives on the Executive Committee and its subgroups.
- A quarterly newsletter which shares upcoming exclusive opportunities for Forum members
Watch our video below to find out ECM Forum Chair-Elect Colman O'Cathail has to say about the ECM Forum and our new online activity, ECM Forum Online 2020.
The Executive Committee represents the Forum at Committee and Council level. They are expected to listen to and represent the needs of the general membership of the Forum and feed this information into their respective committees.
Find out how to sign up to the ECM Forum.
Download and find links to resources related to the ECM Forum.
Each year, the Early Career Microbiologists’ (ECM) Forum hosts its flagship Summer Conference dedicated to showcasing early career research, career development and networking.
Find out about the ECM Forum Online 2021 event, taking place on the ECM Forum LinkedIn group on 16 March.
Find out about the ECM Forum Online 2020 event, taking place on the ECM Forum LinkedIn group on 16–17 July.
The Microbiology Society has published a position statement entitled ‘Safeguarding the Future of the Microbiology Research and Innovation Workforce’, calling for employers, funders and governments to prioritise and better support early career microbiologists (ECMs).
Meet the Executive Committee: iStock/millann.
How do I sign up to the ECM Forum?: iStock/ArtemSam.
ECM Forum Online 2020 and ECM Forum Online 2021: Microbiology Society.