Microbiology & Infection

 

FEMS in association with two FEMS Member Societies, the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM) and the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) have produced a collection of articles called “Microbiology & Infection” in connection with the 5th Joint Conference VAAM Annual Meeting 2017 • 69th Annual Meeting of the DGHM 5–8 March 2017 • Würzburg (Germany).

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Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM)

More than 3500 microbiologists are members of the Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie (VAAM, Association for General and Applied Microbiology). The VAAM promotes the exchange of scientific information and translates the benefits of microbiological research for the society and the environment. This is achieved by the annual conference in spring representing all areas of microbiology, as well as through special conferences on specific microbiological topics. The members’ journal BIOspektrum is published seven times a year, offering the full spectrum of biological sciences.

German 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

Federation of European Microbiological Societies

FEMS,  the Federation of European Microbiological Societies – 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

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