The FEMS Council meets annually. It consists of the Delegates of all Member Societies and the officers of the Board of Directors. Members of the Council who are unable to attend may appoint a proxy/deputy. This should be done by using the relevant form (see below). All members of the Council wishing to attend the meeting should complete a registration form (see below) and make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. FEMS Council Participation Grants are available to support the attendance of Delegates of Full Member Societies who are unable to provide financial support themselves. Member Societies may bid to host the Council meeting in their own country. The Board of Directors will elect one venue from amongst those bids.
Documents from these meetings are available at the FEMS Delegates pages (restricted access) or can be retained by FEMS Delegates from our office.
Worldwide, infections are resuming their role as highly effective killing diseases, as current treatments are failing to respond to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this minireview, the impact of AMR in healthcare systems and the major bacteria behind it are highlighted. Ecological aspects of AMR evolution and the complexity of its molecular mechanisms are explained. Major concepts, such as intrinsic, acquired and adaptive resistance, as well as tolerance and heteroresistance, are also clarified. More importantly, the problematic of biofilms and their role in AMR, namely their main resistance and tolerance mechanisms, are elucidated. Finally, some of the most promising anti-biofilm strategies being investigated are reviewed.