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These are uncertain and rapidly changing times. We have formed an Emergency Response Task Group to monitor the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 and its consequences. This statement outlines our response in several key areas and provides links to important information on the novel coronavirus. ​

FEMS and OUP have subscribed to the Wellcome Statements on the novel COVID-19 virus and will make all research in our journals related to the COVID-19 outbreak fully Open Access. ​

All FEMS events are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned, following an assessment of circumstances and risks involved. The safety and welfare of our attendees and staff  will always be our top priority. ​

Consequently, we continue to review the advice and information from the relevant professional and governmental bodies who are monitoring the situation and update participants regularly.

Although the consequences of this pandemic are severe and will be with us for a while to come, I am heartened by the swift and united response from the scientific community.​

At this time, collaboration and connection are more important than ever, and as a Member of FEMS, I hope that it is helpful to be part of this larger federation of societies across Europe.

If there is any way we can work with you and your members, to share knowledge, promote best practice or invite collaborative projects, please do get in touch. We will also consider requests for other support, including financial, if you have been impacted as a consequence of the outbreak.
We also want to recognise those in our communities who are working hard on the frontline to greatly improve our understating of the virus and would welcome nominations of individuals that we could promote and acknowledge in some way.​

Hilary Lappin-Scott​, FEMS President
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Expert update: COVID-19

We have produced an Expert update on the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus causing the COVID-19 outbreak with Alfredo Garzino-Demo from the Institute of Human Virology, and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (USA); and at the University of Padova (Italy), to help fight disinformation surrounding COVID-19. ​​Our translation volunteer team have produced versions of this expert update in 9 languages, that are available via the same webpage.

In the spotlight: Crowdfight COVID-19

an initiative from the scientific community
Crowdfight COVID-19 is a platform aiming to redirect scientific resources towards the fight against COVID-19.

This platform has two sides:
  • For scientists at all levels of their career, even if they work in fields completely unrelated to COVID-19: They simply need to fill a form. Help can be as simple as answering a question related to their discipline, but there are also many other tasks. There is no commitment at this point, and it takes 5 minutes to sign up.
  • For researchers who are already working on COVID-19: They can ask to perform any task for them, for free. These tasks can include labor intensive tasks (annotating data, analyzing images manually, etc.), answering questions (from simple questions about a protocol, for example, to general research questions), or setting up new techniques. Everything is coordinated by scientists highly skilled in the field of interest, so the required input will be kept to a minimum.
Sign up to help fight COVID-19

Share Your News​

Our network consists of tens of thousands of international and European microbiologists who we engage with our newsletters, social media* and website content. ​
If you represent one of our Member Societies, we would love to hear from you so we can spread the news of your society’s achievements, developments, and initiatives to the microbiology community worldwide. ​Our News Submission Form allows you to easily send your news articles for us to publish.
Submit news

FEMS Microbiology Ecology Thematic Issue

China Soil Microbiome​ - Abstracts translated into Mandarin​

Soil is alive, and soil microorganisms are the driving force of elemental biogeochemical cycling and the bridge linking above- and below-ground ecosystem interactions. ​The Thematic Issue is guest edited by Haiyan Chu and Yong-Guan Zhu, and focuses on various aspects of soil microbiology in China, including soil microbial biogeography, microbial biogeochemical cycling, and interactions between plants and microbes.​

Additionally, a Virtual Issue was curated by FEMS Microbiology Ecology Editor-in-Chief Max Häggblom as a collection of previously published articles by Chinese authors on the topic of the soil microbiome.​
Read the China Soil Microbiome Thematic Issue

Read abstracts translated into Mandarin
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FEMS Journals Calls for Papers

All journals in the FEMS Portfolio welcome spontaneous submissions except for FEMS Microbiology Reviews (invited contributions, pre-submission enquiries possible). Below are the current Calls for Papers.
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Upcoming Grants deadlines

1 June 2020 for meetings taking place between 1 December 2020 and 30 November 2021.

1 July 2020 for projects that will start within a year from 1 September 2020
‘’The grant gave me a priceless opportunity to take my family (two toddlers and my husband) with me at least for a part of my visit (one month out of two months). Mobility that is an integral part of the EU projects is very nice and beneficial, but at the same time it is very hard for a scientist with a family to handle this in a way that would satisfy all sides. I truly appreciate the financial aid I received through FEMS, as it contributed to the continuous integrity of my family.’’

─ Kristiina Vind, Italy
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Upcoming Events deadlines

FEMS will continue to review the advice and information from the relevant professional and governmental bodies and update participants regularly.
FEMS Summer School on Microbiology Education (Greece)
  • 19 April 2020 applications
FEMS Summer School for Postdocs (Croatia)
  • 31 March 2020 applications​

FEMS Conference on Microbiology (Serbia)

  • 15 April 2020 abstract submission​ & grant applications​
  • 30 April 2020 early bird registration
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Comings and goings

March sees the last working day of Martijn van Veen as he leaves FEMS for a new job managing clinical trials. ​Martijn first joined FEMS in 2015 as an intern before becoming central to our networks and CRM project. Martijn also ensured we were GDPR compliant and acted as a general project manager and problem solver including the logistics of the first summer for Microbiology Educators. We are be very sad to see him go and wish him all the best in his new role. You can read an interview with Martijn here.
We are also recruiting for two new positions (closing date 5 April):​
Communications Assistant | Finance and Administration Assistant
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Click on the images to read the latest interviews with Programme Manager Cameron Wright, EAM Member Isabel Gorda and FEMS-ESCMID Awardee Alexandra Veress
All Building Communities interviews
Building Communities with Cameron Wright
Prof. Isabel Gordo - new EAM Member
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