Congress and Events

Our vision for events is to:

  1. preserve scientific excellence and trust
  2. diversify, improve and extend networking opportunities
  3. provide a platform for established researchers, students and other parties to discuss and exchange knowledge
  4. improve links with professional development
  5. improve the offer for sponsors and exhibitors
  6. combine the transdisciplinary advantages of a large congress with the disciplinary detail and networking atmosphere of a small specialist conference
  7. improve opportunities and benefits for our Member Societies

Our focus is on promoting and connecting scientific excellence, facilitating diversity, and building momentum for public outreach, education, and communications projects. This involves developing relationships across all disciplines relating to microbiology and across all sectors – academic, policy, business, educational, communications and recreational – and helping to put the right people “in the same room”.

We run several events each year that bring scientists together from across the world:

20-24 June 2021 – World Microbe Forum / the FEMS2021 Congress – Online 

The 9th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS 2021) is one of the leading meetings of its kind and will connect thousands of microbiologists from around the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us review how we can deliver events in a safe, flexible, effective and accessible manner. We are working together with our Member Societies on the best ways to create opportunities to connect and share knowledge virtually.​ One of the consequences is that our upcoming congress FEMS2021, originally planned to be in Hamburg, Germany, will become an ONLINE congress.

Recognizing that microbial sciences, just like microbes, know no borders, the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) have come together to launch a new initiative– the World Microbe Forum, taking place online from 20-24 June, 2021. Bringing together two of the biggest meetings in the microbial sciences, ASM Microbe 2021 and FEMS2021, together under one platform to further science.​

See previous congress dates and locations.

The official hashtag for the event is: #WorldMicrobeForum

Sponsoring and exhibition

For support and exhibition opportunities, please contact Niels Fibaek Bertel by email.

The FEMS Conference on MicrobiologyBelgrade, Serbia – tbc

The 2nd FEMS Online Conference on Microbiology will showcase the most recent developments in microbiology and discuss related topics such as professional development and publishing. It will be held in Belgrade, Serbia in the summer of 2022.

The official hashtag for the event was: #FEMSOnline2020

The FEMS Summer School for Postdocs (FSSfP) – Split (Croatia) – tbc

Hosted by the Mediterranean Institute for Life Sciences (MedILS), this Summer School presents a unique opportunity for early career researchers to receive instruction and supervision from prominent academics, collaborate and network with fellow researchers from an international range of countries. This is a chance and to discuss their own work, as well as wider aspects of being a scientist. Although for the safety and welfare of our attendees and staff during the SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2020 Summer School, this event will return in 2021.

The official hashtag for the event is: #FSSfP

The FEMS Summer School on Microbiology Education (FSSoME) – Kassandra Peninsula (Greece) – tbc

The FEMS Summer School on Microbiological Education aims to expand the skills of those teaching academic microbiology; discuss and review new didactic approaches which have been developed and could be successfully used in microbiology education, and to examine the newest achievements in microbiology science. Although for the safety and welfare of our attendees and staff during the SARS-CoV2/COVID-19 pandemic, we have cancelled the 2020 Summer School, this event will return in 2021.

The official hashtag for the event is: #FSSoME


23rd Biennial Congress of the International Organization for Mycoplasmology (IOM)


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