Building Microbial Communities – FEMS2019 joint Special Issue

For the 8th European Congress of Microbiologists (July 7-11, 2019 in Glasgow), FEMS has teamed up with journals linked to our Member Societies for a joint Virtual Special Issue called Building Microbial Communities, with a selection of 22 recent articles from 15 different journals.

Reflecting the diversity of topics at FEMS2019, this joint VSI presents a broad range of research areas where communities of microorganisms take centre stage. Microbial communities are in the spotlight either by researchers modelling or manipulating them in the lab, or by scientists studying them in their natural ecosystems.

Whether it ithe analysis of complex microbiomes and biofilms in aquatic sediments or in animal digestive tracks; the exploitation of microbial consortia for drug discovery or for biocontrol purposes; or the investigation of microbial interactions by network analyses – get inspired by the breadth of microbiology and read the newest insights on microbiological research in our joint VSI. 

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PARTICIPATING SOCIETIES

British Mycological Society

The British Mycological Society is open to all who are interested in promoting and learning about the exciting world of fungi. It has member sections devoted to particular aspects of the fungal world, including cutting- edge research into many aspects of fungal science, the conservation and recording of fungal fruitbodies and the provision of educational resources for all ages and experience.

British Phycological Society

The British Phycological Society is devoted to advance education by the encouragement and pursuit of all aspects of the study of algae. Founded in 1952, it was one of the first phycological societies to be established in the world, and is today the largest in Europe.

Croatian Microbiological Society

The Croatian Microbiological Society was founded in 1958 to gather experts in microbiology and related fields. It exists to promote the advancement of research and teaching in all branches of microbiology and immunology as well as to encourage the exchange of information.

Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology

The Czechoslovak Society for Microbiology is one of the oldest organizations of its kind, established in 1928. Its mission is to enable microbiologists to exchange information and experiences.

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) promotes excellence and diversity in science to help solve societal problems around microbiology. It does this by funding research, publishing journals, and by building a growing, collaborative network.

DE-DGHMLogoWeb_990111German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology

The German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology is one of the oldest specialized societies in the areas of recognition, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases. The affiliated International Journal of Medical Microbiology publishes research articles and reviews dealing with molecular mechanisms of pathogenicity and evolution of pathogens.

International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society

The International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation Society was formally established in 1969 as an international, multidisciplinary organisation concerned with the biodeterioration of commercially important materials. We aim to promote the science and technology of not only biodeterioration but also biodegradation and bioremediation.

Microbiology Society

The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

Polish Society of Microbiologists

The Polish Society of Microbiologists was founded in 1927 and it belongs to the oldest medical societies in Poland. The founders of the Society (formerly Polish Society of Microbiologists and Epidemiologists) are Roman Nitsch, Felix Przesmycki and Zygmunt Szymanowski.

Society for Applied Microbiology

The Society for Applied Microbiology is one of the world’s leading microbiology societies. It is recognised internationally for the support it provides the microbiological community, the scientific integrity and quality of its academic journals and its accurate and evidence-based communications.

Spanish Society for Microbiology

The Spanish Society for Microbiology was founded in 1946 and promotes basic and applied microbiology to encourage international relations and to bring together the many professionals who work in all its various fields. It is an interdisciplinary society with some 1,700 members.

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