FEMS Affiliates Letter July 2020 - Page 3

New Member of the EAM: Prof. Matiana Pinho At the end of 2019, the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM) elected eleven new members from across different European countries and disciplines: • Marek Basler, Biozentrum Basel (Switzerland) • Sigal Ben-Yehuda, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) • Dirk Bumann, Biozentrum Basel (Switzerland) • Josep Casadesús, University of Seville (Spain) • Tobias Erb, Max-Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Germany) • Isabel Gordo, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal) • Iñigo Lasa Uzcudun, Biomedical Research Centre of Navarre (Spain) • Thomas Nyström, University of Gothenburg (Sweden) • Mariana Pinho, NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal) • Paul Rainey, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology (Germany) • Karina Xavier, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (Portugal) Congratulations to each of the new members! They presented themselves and their research (online) at the EAM Members meeting (27-28 March 2020). This month, we spoke with Mariana Pinho at the NOVA University Lisbon (Portugal) , about her research, and her professional life a as microbiologist. You can read the full interview on the EAM Website.​ Prof. Mariana Pinho Read the full interview with Mariana > FEMS2021 Goes Online At FEMS, we organize several events that focus on promoting and connecting scientists; promoting scientific excellence, encouraging diversity, and building momentum for public outreach, education, and communications projects. Formal and informal events help develop relationships across all disciplines relating to microbiology and across all sectors and put the right people “in the same room”. One of the consequences is that our upcoming 9th FEMS Congress of European Microbiologists, originally planned to be in Hamburg, Germany, will become a ONLINE congress, to be held from 12 - 14 July 2021 via fems2021.org. The COVID-19 pandemic has made us review how our events achieve these and deliver events in a safe, flexible, effective and accessible manner. We realize that staying connected is more important than ever. We are therefore working together with our Member Societies on the best ways to create opportunities to connect and share knowledge virtually, accessible to all members of the microbiology community. Find our more about FEMS2021 > JULY 2020 3