We seek to support the microbiology community to do their work to jointly advance microbiology with a variety of knowledge development and network-building activities:
- We publish seven highly regarded journals – Articles from our journals are downloaded over 3.5 million times annually (2018). Together, they provide the revenues that support our charitable activities, enabling us to continue investing in science. We thank and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of every contributor to this process: the Editorial boards, Editors, Authors, Reviewers and our not-for-profit publisher, Oxford University Press (OUP) who together make this possible. Our Journals also award prizes to the best research they encounter at scientific meetings and in their publications.
- We hold a biennial scientific congress and other events – Our congress is hosted in different European locations and hosts some of the biggest names in microbiology, attracting around 2,000 participants; we also run two Summer Schools, and a smaller regional microbiology conference.
- We provide research, travel, and meeting organizer grants – We give out more than 250 grants worth over EUR 250,000 every year to members of our Member Societies.
- We recognize excellence by giving out awards – Our first awards program was set up in 1999. We now have 7 types of award to recognize excellence in microbiology. These awards include the Måkåla-Cassell Award with the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), the FEMS-ESCMID Award with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID), and our most prestigeous award: the FEMS-Lwoff Award
- We promote education and continuing professional development (CPD) – our Education Network runs sessions at our Congress, helps to organize a Summer School on Microbiology Education, and inspired the Professional Development section in FEMS Microbiology Letters.
- We initiated and fund the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM) – A leadership group of eminent microbiology experts.
Many of the most serious human infectious agents are either derived from the wider environment or have environmental reservoirs. In this Thematic Issue from FEMS Microbiology Letters, we explore the underlying biology, transmission cycles and risk factors for a breadth of microbes, presented as a series of original research and mini-reviews.