Federation of European Microbiological Societies
The Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) is 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 FEMS is a growing coalition of 54 Member Societies from 38 countries. Around half of those in its network are early career researchers, and others are business partners, scientists or campaigners.
This network is nurtured with a variety of knowledge development and network-building activities:
- Publishing five highly regarded journals, in partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP) – Articles from FEMS journals are downloaded over 2.5 million times annually (2014). Together, they provide the revenues that support its charitable activities, enabling FEMS to continue investing in science;
- Staging a biennial scientific congress – This event is hosted in different European locations and attracts some of the biggest names in microbiology among its 2,000 participants;
- Providing small research and meeting grants – FEMS gives out more than 250 grants worth over EUR 250,000 every year to members of its Member Societies;
- Recognizing excellence through awards – The first FEMS awards programme was set up in 1999. Today it has 5 active programmes, including the Måkåla-Cassell Award with the American Society of Microbiology (ASM);
- Promoting education and continuing professional development (CPD) – The FEMS Education Network runs sessions at its Congress and inspired the Professional Development section in FEMS Microbiology Letters;
- Initiating and funding the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM), a leadership group of around 150 eminent microbiology experts.