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.
FEMS aims at advancing microbiology in Europe and the neighbouring regions through grants, publication of internationally renowned journals, news items, congresses, teaching support, and additional initiatives that fulfil its Vision.
To achieve our mission, we focus on networking, professionalization and internationalization, as well as developing additional revenue streams in order to maintain and develop our charitable activities. Our organizational direction 2015 - 2019 is summarized in our strategic framework.
We are made up of an active and diverse network of around 30,000 professionals who are committed to advancing microbiology for the benefit of society in the areas of health, energy, food, materials, and the environment. Set up in 1974, today we are a growing coalition of 53 member societies from 36 countries. Around half of those in our network are early career researchers, and others are business people, scientists or campaigners. To subscribe to FEMS newsletters as an affiliate, please use this link.
We nurture this network with a variety of knowledge development and network-building activities:
Our Network is growing and our reach is broadening as we continue to advance the microbiology agenda in partnership with researchers, educators, industry professionals, and policy makers.
2014 was a big year for FEMS. It was the 40th anniversary of our first general meeting and it marked the start of profound organizational change. After four decades of helping thousands of scientists to meet, learn, and exchange ideas, expertise and knowledge we are now also further increasing our community's impact across both academia and the wider society.
You can read or download the full Annual Report here.