FEMS is a federation of microbiological societies in Europe. It brings together 50 member societies from 36 European countries, covering over thirty thousand microbiologists. Members can apply for fellowships, grants and/or support when organising a meeting. FEMS facilitates exchange of scientific knowledge to all microbiologists in Europe and worldwide by publishing five microbiology journals and organising a biennial congress for microbiologists around the world. It also initiates campaigns such as the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM) and the European Microbiology Forum (EMF).
Microorganisms play an essential role in humans, animals, plants, the environment and industrial processes, and impact significantly on health, the economy, food supply, and ecosystems. Scientific knowledge of microorganisms and their interactions in the biosphere is essential for informed decision and policy making, improved health and well-being, wealth generation and environmental quality and sustainability. FEMS' vision is to coordinate and lead the acquisition of scientific knowledge and innovation in microbiology and to maximise communication of this knowledge, and its importance, to scientists, politicians, policy makers, industry and the general public.