Volunteers

We are proud to work collectively with a growing community of microbiologists whose voluntary contributions are helping to put microbiology firmly on the map. We thank and acknowledge the following volunteers for the great work they have done so far in 2016-2018 in support of various business and science communication projects:

Wikipedian Taskforce

This project aims at increasing the quality of Microbiology entries on Wikipedia, and in particular on the WikiProject Microbiology. Volunteers at different stages of their career have various backgrounds, expertise and interests in microbiology. The content from FEMS Journals will be one of the sources ensuring highest scientific accuracy of the edited/created entries.

#OnThisDay project

The #OnThisDay project aims to assemble a collection of historically important microbiology events for every single day of the year. These events could be interesting discoveries, the dates of seminal scientific publications, the important moments in the lives of famous microbiologists, or anything that would pique the interest of the microbiology community! When fully compiled, this list of information will be digested into social media content for the purposes of science communication and public engagement. Contact joseph.shuttleworth@fems-microbiology.org to get involved.

The ALAM Translation Project

A team with the aim of translating abstracts into Spanish and Portuguese for a collection of recent, influential articles published by Latin American authors in our five journals to strengthen collaboration with ALAM (Asociación Latinoamericana de Microbiología a.k.a. Latin American Association of Microbiology) to create cross-continent synergies ahead of the upcoming ALAM Congress (Santiago de Chile, 13-16 Nov. 2018).

Journal Social Media Editors

A team with the aim of keeping our community up to date about the latest articles and collections from the FEMS Journals

Opportunities Board

Opportunities board team consists of three different taskforce: Events, Jobs, and fighting AMR. They have the aim to search and collect opportunities benificial for the microbiological community and collate them on our Opportunities Board.

We like to welcome the Youth Organization of the Spanish Microbiological Society (JISEM) as part of our Opportunities Board Team. The opportunities they post are in dual-language (English and Spanish). Would your society or organisation be interested in a similar type of partnership, contact martijn.vanveen@fems-microbiology.org

We like to welcome the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology (DGHM) as part of our Opportunities Board Team.

We like to welcome the Danish Microbiological Society (DMS) as part of our Opportunities Board Team.

OneHealth Campaign

One Health is an innovative global-wide approach that aims to tighten the collaboration and communication in all aspects of human, animal and environmental healthcare into one synergistic body: One Health. The goal is to better understand and overcome current and future issues in all areas of healthcare. By doing so, this will advance research strategies and improve our scientific understanding of the complex mechanisms affecting the environment, human and animal health.

Our volunteer, Tomasz Benedyk, writes for the One Health campaign on behalf of collaborating organisation Polygeia. Polygeia is a student-run think tank that encompasses a large multi-disciplinary group of students in Cambridge, Oxford and London who are engaging in public policy, skilled in policy writing and passionate about global health. Their researchers comprise undergraduates and graduates, who study subjects including medicine, natural sciences, economics, law, history and political sciences.

Mapping Microbiology

The mapping project aims to bring visibility to the microbiology landscape as a whole, and show the parties involved and the extent/ impact to which they are active.

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Lactic acid bacteria: from starter cultures to producers of chemicals

Lactic acid bacteria constitute a diverse group of industrially significant, safe microorganisms that are primarily used as starter cultures and probiotics, and are also being developed as production systems in industrial biotechnology. The aim of this paper is to provide a brief overview of the potential of lactic acid bacteria as biological catalysts for production of different organic compounds for food and non-food sectors based on their diversity, metabolic- and stress tolerance features, as well as the use of genetic/metabolic engineering tools for enhancing their capabilities.

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