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Seasoned scientists can offer reviews and comments on key issues in microbiology – like ebola, antibiotics resistance and TB. Early career researchers can help us build our social network, or represent us at one of our FEMS-sponsored meetings. Science communicators can help us translate complex ideas into inspiring text or infographics. And budding bibliometricists can help us map where science happens. We’re open to approaches and ideas, and would welcome your thoughts on what might work.

If you are interested in joining our campaign to make microbiology count, please send your CV and covering letter to us via email, using the subject header “Opportunities at FEMS”. And if you’d like to receive regular information from us about our activities, register with a FEMS account.

Member Societies

In 1974, we started as a geographically-restricted consortium with nine committed microbiology societies. Today, we have grown into a dynamic organization that links 51 Member Societies from 36 countries. Our Member Societies serve the microbiology community through providing resources, building capacity, and stimulating collaboration. Are you looking to join a microbiology society or does your society want to become a member of FEMS? Have a look at our member list and find out more about them and their membership, and how you can join them or contact them.

Members of Member Societies

If you are a member of one of our Member Societies (check the list of societies here) you receive the benefits of the society you join and from FEMS:

  • An open invitation to participate in teams and activities within the FEMS network
  • Eligibility to apply for FEMS grants
  • Discounts on FEMS Congress registration fees
  • 25% discount on all OUP books *certain Dictionaries and other premium titles excluded

Some of our Member Societies offer international memberships. To join a Member Society, please contact the society directly. You can find contact information of the FEMS Member Societies here.

Specialist groups

Members of our Member Societies can also join our specialist groups:

Education Network – bringing together people with an interest in encouraging microbiologists of the future. To get involved contact the Education Chair Joanna:

Publications Network – sharing publication expertise and developing cross-promotional opportunities for Member Societies who publish journals.  To get involved contact Frederique:

Communications Network – improving communications capability across the microbiological community. To get involved contact Carianne:

Events Network – sharing best practice and ideas. To get involved contact Goda:

Funding Network – looking at how FEMS can help facilitate funding initiatives. To get involved contact Alessio:

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