The Microbiology Society is a membership charity for scientists interested in microbes, their effects and their practical uses. It is one of the largest microbiology societies in Europe with a worldwide membership of ~7000 members based in universities, industry, hospitals, research institutes and schools. The Microbiology Society, previously named the Society for General Microbiology, was formally established in February 1945, with Sir Alexander Fleming elected as its first President.
The Microbiology Society is invested in supporting its members, helping them to connect to its active community, and providing many opportunities to get involved and shape its work. One example is the Society’s Annual Conference, which brings together scientists who work in microbiology and provides a comprehensive overview of current microbiological research and discoveries. The event takes place over the course of a week each April at one of the UK or Ireland’s major convention centres and is designed to maximise opportunities for networking and the formation of new collaborations.
The Microbiology Society is not structured as a traditional fundraising charity, its revenue is largely made from the sale of access to its journal content. It has six journals which are sold to academic and biological institutions around the world. The Society is now focussed on assessing its output versus its impact and how best it can continue to support its members to contribute to its overall mission.