Our commitment is to help support microbiologists do their work; promote the best in microbiology research and knowledge to the world and, bring microbiologists together to share that knowledge.
As a not-for-profit organization, we reinvest our revenues into supporting microbiologists throughout their career, publishing and promoting scientific research in our journals and organizing events to bring scientists together. Our Members are vitally important to our work, and we seek to support them do their work to jointly advance microbiology.
Our main goals are to benefit microbiology in Europe and across the world through research, networking, education and outreach; and to help our Member Societies serve the microbiology community.
Our organizational priorities to achieve these goals are outlined in our Strategic Plan 2020-2024: Connecting People-Sharing Knowledge.
This document outlines the goals we want to accomplish but also describes the value we place on achieving these in a fair, open and inclusive way. It details the challenges we need to consider as a small not-for-profit society and that our Members and all microbiologists face in the coming years. Our responses are outlined in a series of priorities which we want to achieve, all of which are aimed at promoting microbiology and supporting microbiologists.
Our Vision is:
A connected, collaborative community of microbiologists sharing experiences, knowledge, research outcomes and best practice.
High quality scientific research that is accessible and more easily shared across borders with no barriers to knowledge exchange.
Researchers able to travel and work without hinderance, encouraging and enabling collaborations to produce global responses to global issues.
Support for microbiologists to develop the skills and knowledge to keep up to date with recent developments, a changing world and changing research priorities.
Meaningful dialogue between scientists and policy makers at national and European level
Engaged and educated professionals, and public awareness of the role of microorganisms in daily life and their benefits, beauty, and risks.
As an organization we believe people should be treated with fairness, equality, dignity and respect. We foster an atmosphere of inclusion and equal opportunities, and place value on ensuring the diversity of the microbiological community is reflected in our organization and across all of our activities and have put in place the following policies to reflect and ensure this.
Equality and Diversity Policy – people should be treated with dignity and respect, with value being placed on ensuring diversity is reflected in our organization
Anti-Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy – bullying and harassment of any kind is not tolerated
Reporting Process – if we fail to meet your expectation, or our own high standards of behaviour, we want to hear about it.
The concept of working with pure cultures is deeply ingrained in the psyche of the microbiologist. But is this the only way? For example, there are many natural fermented product where mixed cultures are the norm: think of lambic beer, spontaneous wines and ciders, fermented dairy products and sourdough bread. Indeed, it is increasingly felt that interactions between microbes increase the metabolic potential of the community and give rise to more complex fermented products. FEMS Yeast Research is pleased to offer this set of minireviews that provide a current perspective on yeast ecology.