Science Communication Award

We recognize Europe-based microbiologists at any stage of their career that apply science communications and public relations to contribute significantly to the public discourse about science and evidence.

Who is eligible?

  • persons or groups active in any field of microbiology and science communication related to microbiology
  • persons or group promoting public understanding of microbiology topics by Europe-based microbiologists at any stage of their career
  • member of a FEMS Member Society



2023 – Joanna Verran

Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)

Joanna Verran, who has founded the Bad Bugs Bookclub, has distinguished herself to general public education and science communication and has significantly contributed to FEMS education and communication work.


2021 – Cláudia Godinho

Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon (Portugal)

Claudia has demonstrated a passion for science communication, contributing to International Microorganism Day since its beginning and her enthusiasm for getting the public excited about microbiology were recognized by the Awards Committee. Her aim is now to expand International Microorganism Day to a younger audience.

FEMS Journals and Open Access

Embracing an Open Future

All but one of the FEMS journals are now fully open access (OA), with one journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters remaining a subscription journal with free-to-publish and OA options. Open access is key to supporting the FEMS mission of disseminating high quality research as widely as possible: when high quality, peer reviewed sound science is open access, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection, can read it.

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