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We are pleased to present the July edition of FEMS News to you with news about our events, publications and more microbiology news: 
All the best,

The FEMS Team

FEMS2021 goes online

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us review how we can deliver events in a safe, flexible, effective and accessible manner. We are working together with our Member Societies on the best ways to create opportunities to connect and share knowledge virtually.

One of the consequences is that our upcoming congress FEMS2021, originally planned to be in Hamburg, Germany, will become an ONLINE congress, to be held from 12 – 14 July via

Other FEMS events in 2021 remain as they were scheduled to be held. However, we are keeping a close eye on developments of the global situation and we will keep you informed as plans progress via our websites and social media channels.

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We are pleased to share the extended the deadlines for FEMS ONLINE Conference on Microbiology 2020:

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Let’s meet online! 

With the arrival of SARS-CoV-2 a new attitude towards meeting is developed. There simply was no other way of meeting – a blessing in disguise. 

Many microbiology meetings have been canceled or postponed, and online meetings met the need to discuss research with peers and watch presentations of the state of the art in microbiology. We went through the learning curve: we have set up our favourite background, learned about audio settings and we make new connections virtually, with real persons. 

We gave up the comfort of meeting face to face, but we also reaped the benefits: saving traveling time and costs, and allowing for more accessible microbiology meetings. At FEMS, we are making an effort to list as many of those online meetings. So, if you are organizing a meeting, feel welcome to add yours via our form – it just takes a few clicks. 

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Upcoming grants deadlines

  • Meeting Attendance Grants: 1 September 2020
  • Meeting Organizer Grants: 1 December 2020
    More information

July top 3 news items:

  1. Interview: Kathleen Scott
  2. Interview: Mariana Pinho
  3. Peer Review Week 2020
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International Microorganism Day 2020

logo of internationalmicroorganismdayThis year:
  • We will be publishing a special series of images, videos, and blogs on microbes to lead us up to International Microorganism Day.
  • The Microbe Art Contest will return for 2020! The winners of #MicrobeArt2020 will be announced on 17 September. Post your entry on social media with the hashtag to enter and email Joseph Shuttleworth to complete your entry. 
  • On 17 September, we will be streaming video 24 hours to social media and webpages, featuring speakers and guests from the world of microbiology. 

Keep an eye on social media (via TwitterFacebook or Instagram) and the website for this content!
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FEMS Microbiology Ecology Webinar 

Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance​ (EDAR)
6 August 2020, 10am EDT / 3pm BST / 4pm CEST 
Register here to attend
Read the thematic issues of EDAR 2020 and EDAR 2018 

Register now

EDITORIAL: launch microLife

The inaugural Editorial of microLife has been published. The four Editors-in-Chief Axel Brakhage, Carmen Buchrieser, Matthias Horn and Paula Traktman outline the mission of the journal and call for collaborative and interdisciplinary efforts to address global challenges of today.

Behind the scenes at FEMS

We conclude our ‘behind the scenes’ series featuring our Secretary-General Branka Vasiljevic, who urges us not to be 'socially distancing' but 'physically distancing'.
In our latest #FEMSmicroBlog, members of the FEMS team also give a peak behind the scenes from their at home workspaces.

Stay safe and stay connected! 
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