German Society of Hygiene and Microbiology (DE-DGHM)

Organizational remit: Annual Conferences, Scientific Workshops and Meetings, Awards, Standard values for the orientation of microbial contamination in food, Quality Standards for the Microbiological Diagnosis of Infectious Diseases (MIQ)


Membership location: mainly national

Membership scope: Medical Microbiology, General Microbiology, Clinical Microbiology, Hospital Hygiene, General Hygiene, Food Microbiology and Hygiene,

Member type fee (currency)
Full member 50 (€)
Student member 10 (€)

How to join


Contact point: FEMS Delegate

Aepfelbacher_FIS_Profil_180kbProf. Dr. Martin Äpfelbacher
FEMS Delegate

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founded in 1906

The DGHM was founded in 1906 originally as “Free Union for Microbiology”. It was intended to provide a scientific platform for the revolutionary discoveries by Robert Koch and his scholars in exploring the field of the infectious diseases. Today, the DGHM is one of the oldest scientific societies in the areas of identification, treatment and prevention of infectious diseases with approx. 1900 members. Internationally, the DGHM is a member of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS), International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) and cooperates with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) as an affiliated member.

FEMS Journals and Open Access

Embracing an Open Future

All but one of the FEMS journals are now fully open access (OA), with one journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters remaining a subscription journal with free-to-publish and OA options. Open access is key to supporting the FEMS mission of disseminating high quality research as widely as possible: when high quality, peer reviewed sound science is open access, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection, can read it.

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