Society for Applied Microbiology (UK-SfAM)

Organizational remit

Our mission is to be the voice of applied microbiology, promoting the science of microbiology in its application to the environment, human and animal health, agriculture and industry.

As a member of the Society for Applied Microbiology you join a prestigious and diverse collective membership that has a powerful voice in raising the profile of applied microbiology. Together with its members SfAM can ensure the applications of microbiology have an impact on the global challenges and issues that are important to all.


Membership location: international

Membership scope: aimed at Microbiologists in all fields, as well as people with a general interest in microbiology. SfAM has varying levels of membership for those with a more involved career in microbiology as opposed to those with an interest where applied microbiology is not a part of their career.

Membership type fee (currency) notes on membership requirements
Full membership 60 (GBP per annum) for those based in the UK (includes all member benefits)
International member 60 (GBP per annum) for those outside the UK (includes all member benefits)*
Early Career Scientist (ECS) membership 30 (GBP per annum) for students or those under the age of 28 based in the UK (includes all member benefits)
Early Career Scientist Undergraduate membership 15 (GBP per annum) for those where applied microbiology is not a key feature of their occupation
Fellowship FREE is awarded to those whose have made an outstanding contribution to the field of microbiology or to the Society
Life Membership FREE is free to retired members, or those nominated by the Executive Committee

*If you are based in a lower, lower-middle or middle income country (as defined by the World Bank here), we offer a discounted rate of £5, £30 or £45 respectively.

Contact point: Membership Officer

Luwam Mekonen

Contact point: FEMS Delegate

UK-SFAM_TaylorDr Clare Taylor, General Secretary of SfAM

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The society was founded in 1931 as ‘The Society for Agricultural Bacteriologists’, becoming Society for Applied Bacteriology in 1945. In 1997 it became the Society for Applied Microbiology as it is known today.

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