Increasing project impact

FEMS has been working together with Member Societies to support and increase the impact of a variety of activities, such as International Microorganism Day with the Portuguese Society of Microbiology and #EUROmicroMOOCs with the Spanish Society for Microbiology.

As these successful examples have demonstrated, FEMS is in an ideal position to contribute to knowledge exchange between communities. Promoting successful local initiatives, communicating and sharing those projects, and expanding them to a wider, international audience enables the community to have a unified approach and stronger impact. Therefore, we are inviting proposals from organizations who have projects where FEMS could provide:

  • support with promotion and communication
  • support with volunteers and recruitment
  • advice on volunteer management

These proposals will be reviewed by our Board to see which could be incorporated into the delivery programme.

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT PROPOSAL
N.B.: you can submit a project proposal if you represent:

  • a FEMS Member Society
  • another society or organization involved in microbiology
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