Congress and Events




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

2-4 July 2020 – The FEMS Conference on Microbiology – Belgrade (Serbia)

It is our great pleasure to announce and invite you to the 1st FEMS Conference on Microbiology, the first of a biennial series. This conference will be held from 2-4 July 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. Based on fifteen years history of successfully organizing FEMS Congresses since 2003, FEMS now initiates a new format: a biennial conference on microbiology.

This conference will provide all the benefits of an international microbiology conference with the accessibility of a small to middle-scaled, affordable, regional conference. It will showcase the most recent developments in microbiology and discuss related topics such as professional development and publishing.

Belgrade has been selected as a vibrant city and a true regional hub for Balkans and Southeast Europe, with a first-class travel connections to all European destinations. Belgrade is also a home to the Serbian Society for Microbiology, that has a long tradition of successfully organized regional and international microbiology conferences.

The official hashtag for the event is: #FEMSBelgrade2020

28 August to 7 September 2020 – The FEMS Summer School for Postdocs (FSSfP) – Split (Croatia)

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.

The official hashtag for the event is: #FSSfP

Summer 2020 – The FEMS Summer School on Microbiology Education (FSSoME) – Location: 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.

The official hashtag for the event is: #FSSoME

11-15 July 2021 – The FEMS2021 Congress – Hamburg (Germany)

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.

Our vision 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

See previous congress dates and locations.

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”. The official hashtag for the event is: #FEMS2021

Sponsoring and exhibition

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

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