Spanish Society for Microbiology (ES-SEM)
Members receive the society’s regular publications, which include the quarterly, English language-edited journal International Microbiology, the biannual news magazine SEM@foro and the monthly on-line news bulletin NoticiaSEM. They have reduced fees for the attendance to SEM congresses and meetings, as well as courses. Members may receive grants for attendance to SEM congresses and also be candidates for the FEMS short stay and meeting attendance grants.
Membership location: national
Membership scope: The main objectives of the society are to promote basic and applied microbiology both amongst interested parties and society as a whole, to encourage international relations and to bring together the many professionals who work in all its various fields. It is an interdisciplinary society focused on different areas of microbiology, represented by eleven specialist groups: Biodeterioration, Biodegradation and Bioremediation, Education and Communication in Microbiology, Filamentous Fungi and Yeasts, Biology of Pathogenic Microorganisms, Food Microbiology, Microbiology of Aquatic Environments, Industrial Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology, Molecular Microbiology, Plant Microbiology, Protistology, Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Biodiversity.
|Member type||fee (currency)||Notes|
|Full member||48 (€)||Member candidates must be interested in Microbiology and accept the rules expressed on the Statutes of the society. They must be presented by two members of the Society. They may be enrolled in any of the specialized groups of the society.|
|Student member||24 (€)|
How to join
Contact point: Membership Officer
Contact point: FEMS Delegate
Delegate and President of the Society
FEMS member since 1974
The Spanish Society for Microbiology is a scientific society founded in 1946 at the Jaime Ferrán Institute. It was originally called the Society of Spanish Microbiologists, the name by which it was known until 1970, when its members decided to change it to Spanish Society for Microbiology (Sociedad Española de Microbiología, SEM).
The Spanish Society for Microbiology represents Spanish microbiologists in the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS), International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS), Asociación Latinoamericana de Microbiología (ALAM) and Confederación de Sociedades Científicas de España (COSCE).
Worldwide, infections are resuming their role as highly effective killing diseases, as current treatments are failing to respond to the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this minireview, the impact of AMR in healthcare systems and the major bacteria behind it are highlighted. Ecological aspects of AMR evolution and the complexity of its molecular mechanisms are explained. Major concepts, such as intrinsic, acquired and adaptive resistance, as well as tolerance and heteroresistance, are also clarified. More importantly, the problematic of biofilms and their role in AMR, namely their main resistance and tolerance mechanisms, are elucidated. Finally, some of the most promising anti-biofilm strategies being investigated are reviewed.