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We are pleased to present the June edition of FEMS News to you with new deadlines, opportunities and more microbiology news: 

All the best,

The FEMS Team
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As an increasing number of conferences, society meetings and congresses are moving into online events, FEMS has opened a dedicated round of Online Meeting Organizer Grants (MOG) to support these virtual meetings.

Applications are open from Monday 22 June to Sunday 12 July 2020. Members of any FEMS Member Society that are preparing to organize (or co-organize) an online microbiology event to be held between 6 September 2020 and 10 July 2021 are eligible to apply. Support of up to EUR 3000 per event is available.
Find out more and apply
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More behind the scenes videos

Our new ‘behind the scenes’ series now also features our Director Events and Internationalization, Vaso Taleski, Director Research and Publications Patrik Bavoil and our Managing Director, Matthew Harvey. ​Subscribe to our channel or follow #FEMSbackstage to see te complete series!​
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International Microorganism Day

We support the Portuguese Society for Microbiology in promoting International Microorganism Day on September 17. This initiative aims to raise awareness about the importance of microorganisms and microbiology research among the general public. Our mission is to teach and provide a platform for microbe lovers around their world to share their passion and knowledge.
​The new website for international microorganism day goes live on 1 July 2020! Have a look and find out how you can join initiatives. Please email Joseph Shuttleworth should you wish to get involved.

Survey on the future of Microbiology

By: Microbiology Society (UK and Ireland)​

Help shape the future of Microbiology: the Microbiology Society’s flagship journal ​

Microbiology is the flagship journal of the Microbiology Society, publishing the latest advances in microbiology since 1947. ​
In 2022, Microbiology will be celebrating its 75th anniversary and we want to know what you want from a broad-scope, flagship microbiology journal. Help us to shape the future of Microbiology, by completing this five-minute survey. 
Take part
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FEMS-Lwoff Award for Achievements in Microbiology:

nominations reopend until 7 July

As the world around us has changed drastically over a short period, we decided to reopen nominations for the FEMS Lwoff Award, in order to also welcome nominations for those who contributed to COVID-19 research.

Do you know anyone – either an individual or a group – that has made such an exceptional contribution? Then why not nominate them for the FEMS-Lwoff Award for Achievements in Microbiology and send in your nomination until 7 July 2020?

We particularly welcome nominations of those who are making a significant contribution in fields related to COVID-19 research. ​As we foster an atmosphere of inclusion and equal opportunities and place a high value on ensuring we reflect the diversity of the microbiological community, we warmly welcome nominations that will recognize scientists from underrepresented groups.
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For the safety and welfare of our attendees and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, FEMS has cancelled all physical events in 2020. We are pleased to inform you about the FEMS ONLINE Conference on Microbiology 2020.

DATES - The Conference will be held from 28 to 31 October 2020 - from 2 PM in the afternoons of Wednesday to Friday, and from 10 AM on Saturday​

CONTENT - The basic structure of the Conference on Microbiology that was planned for the cancelled in real life event in July 2020 will in principle remain unchanged. ​

LIVE & RECORDED - We will prerecord invited lectures AND offer a number of live streaming options throughout the Conference

DISCOUNTS - Substantially discounted registration fees apply to all categories of Conference participants.​

DEADLINES - Join this pioneering event at a discount and register before the Early Bird registration deadline of 31 July. You can submit your abstract until 15 July. 
Register now

FEMS Microbiology Ecology Webinar on the Sponge Microbiome​

Join us for a webinar on the Sponge Microbiome, featuring the authors of recent papers in FEMS Microbiology Ecology, with Max Häggblom, Russell Hill, Laura Steindler and Rodrigo Costa.

This event is part of a series of webinars being developed by FEMS and in partnership with Oxford University Press.

Date: Thursday 9th July 2020​
Time: 10-11 am EDT / 3-4pm BST / 4-5pm CEST ​
Sponges, the oldest extant multicellular animals (i.e. more than 600 million years old), are holobionts comprised of the host and its symbiotic microbes. Marine sponges are ecologically important components of coral reef ecosystems where they provide habitat for a wide range of species and couple the benthic and pelagic zones through their high seawater filtration capability.
Register now

Transparent Peer Review in FEMS Microbes

In an effort toward open science and more transparency in the peer-review process, FEMS Microbes offer the option of a Transparent Peer Review. Authors have the possibility to publish the peer-review reports and their answers as supplementary material, and reviewers can disclose their name on the article. Both choices are optional and independent from each other.

As decisions are taken post-acceptance of the manuscript, the peer-review process is single blind in all four options. In all cases, reviewers can seek recognition for their work on Publons. For more information, see Instruction to Authors > Transparent Peer Review.

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