Microbiology Society (UK-SGM)

Organizational remit

The Microbiology Society’s Mission is: Advancing the understanding and impact of microbiology by connecting and empowering communities worldwide. As a strategic theme Membership is at the heart of the Society’s strategy. The Society strives to enhance the membership experience so it not only meets but exceeds expectations and members feel valued, heard and part of a community.

Membership provides a range of valuable benefits and a comprehensive package of opportunities to enhance professional development. We have a membership category for everyone. Whether an inspired student at the beginning of your career, or a professional with experience to give back.


Membership location: international

Membership scope: the Microbiology Society is a membership organisation for scientists who work in all areas of microbiology. It is the largest learned microbiological society in Europe with a worldwide membership based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools.

How to join

Discover which category is appropriate by visiting Join the Society’s webpage.
You can join online via the Microbiology Society portal.


The Microbiology Society, previously named the Society for General Microbiology, was formally established in February 1945, with Sir Alexander Fleming elected as its first President. To find out more about our history visit Our History webpage.

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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