Volunteers

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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 volunteers for the great work they have done so far in support of various business and science communication projects.

Below is a list of  volunteer projects (click on the project for more information):

Translation Team

English is the universal language of science, yet to make a broader impact a local language is often more effective. We recruited a Team of volunteers speaking collectively more than 13 languages. Being all active scientists, they will make sure that no microbiology content will be ‘’lost in translation’’!

Example of material interesting to be translated into further languages is abstracts of papers, Wikipedia pages, blog entries, or video interviews with renowned microbiologists, and much more. Our volunteers in the Translation Team are thus able with their unique subject expertise and language skills to contribute to increasing literacy and education in microbiology through targeted outreaches.

If you want to contribute to the Team, either with regular contributions or with ad hoc tasks, or wish to get more information about the project, feel free to contact the Project Manager.

Wikipedian Taskforce

Wikipedia is making a huge impact in increasing the global knowledge pool, yet its relationship with academia and scholarly knowledge can be strained, and researchers are not rewarded for, motivated, or do not have the time to edit Wikipedia. Luckily, this is not true for our volunteers in the Wikipedia Team!

Volunteers edit and create pages on microbiology based on their unique skills and knowledge, thus increasing the corpus of knowledge on Wikipedia as active academic researchers. Being native in languages other than English, they often also translate pages in further languages. They are thus greatly contributing to increase quality, (scientific) accuracy of Wikipedia entries, and literacy in microbiology.

If you want to contribute to the Wikipedia Taskforce, either with regular contributions or with ad hoc tasks, or wish to get more information about the project, feel free to contact the Project Manager.

#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!

The OnThisDay team research these facts and figures and then this important information is be digested into social media content for the purposes of science communication and and public engagement, as well as raising the profile of underrepresented scientists. 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.

 

Featured Issue

Ecology and Physiology of Halophilic Microorganisms

This Thematic Issue of FEMS Microbiology Letters contains eight papers based on oral presentations or posters presented at the 12th International Conference on Halophilic Microorganisms – Halophiles 2019, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The location for the event recognizes the great diversity of hypersaline environments in Romania and the rich history of the exploration of the microbial diversity in those environments. This Thematic Issue explores the latest developments on the microorganisms living in these unique environments.

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