29-10-2018 Bauke Oudega
Who would have thought that the task of presidency of a federation can be such a busy and fulfilling one. From the Membership’s adoption of our new Articles of Association, passing our new governing principles to the Congress in Valencia which marked the 40th Anniversary of our flagship journal, FEMS Microbiology Letters, bringing together a record number of almost 2,700 scientists, I thank our success to the partnerships with members of the microbiology community. Working closely with our Member Societies, members of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM), partners in industry and science, editors, reviewers, volunteers, interns and staff, we collaborate on projects that nurture future talent and internationalize successful national activities. We are continually developing both cross-society publishing projects and cross-sector funding applications and we regularly consult with our membership and relations to achieve our goal: leading the way in promoting excellence and diversity in science, and in channelling high quality knowledge to solving today’s societal problems around microbiology. It is on the selfless dedication of volunteers that organizations like FEMS, and our Member Societies, are a success. This success is not just reflected in organizations and societies, but more importantly in people that discover their place in the microbiology community, and enjoy the fruits of these collaborations. I would like to encourage everyone with that shared passion for microbiology to take a close look at opportunities arising and get involved within the microbiology community. Bauke Oudega FEMS President
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