FEMS Affiliates Letter June 2020

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: PUBLICATIONS / GRANTS CORNER / OPPORTUNITIES / EVENTS / EXTRAS / DEADLINES Affiliates Letter The official newsletter for FEMS Affiliates Introducing: Prof. Matthias Horn, Co-Editor-in-Chief of microLife (1 of 4) We are pleased to announce that there will be four new Co-Editors-in-Chief of microLife – The journal of the FEMS European Academy of Microbiology. Here we introduce the first of our new Editors-in-Chief: Professor Matthias Horn, as he talks to us about his vision for the new open access journal of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM). Institution: Centre for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science, University of Vienna (Austria) ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8309-5855 Research Interests: Biology and evolution of intracellular microbes; Ecology of host-associated microbes; Mechanisms of microbe-host interactions; Microbial genome evolution What encouraged you to pursue a career in the field of microbiology? ‘‘’My interest in microbiology started late – during my studies of biology at the Technische Universität München, Germany. In the basic microbiology courses I became fascinated by the hidden world of microbes that exists beyond our senses. I was intrigued both by the power and importance of microbes for any living being on the one hand and our lack of knowledge about these organisms on the other.” How would you describe microLife in your own words? ‘‘microLife is a journal from scientists for scientists, dedicated to publish highest quality science without commercial interests or exploitative business and publishing models.’’ How do you see the future of microLife, and what would you consider a success for it? ‘‘microLife starts in a difficult period, in which much of our attention, scientific activities and resources are devoted to coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that the microLife team and its supporters will have enough endurance to establish the journal in these challenging times. microLife is a success if it became a reliable resource for some of the best papers in the diverse fields of microbiology.’’ - As the journal of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM), microLife will be the platform for leading experts in microbiology, publishing outstanding papers of the highest standard, novelty, and significance. All microbes are covered, including bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists, parasites, and viruses. The journal is fully gold open access and all articles are free to read. Read the full interview with Matthias > Delftechpark 37A, 2628 XJ Delft, The Netherlands T: +31 15 302 0050 | E: fems@fems-microbiology.org Table of contents Page 2-3: Microbiology News • Sponge Microbiome Webinar - 9 July • FEMS Yeast Rearch 20th Anniversary Page 4-5: Research from the FEMS journals Page 6-7: Two New Journals: • microLife • FEMS Microbes Page 8-9: Grants Corner, Events, and Opportunities Page 10: Deadlines, Videos, and Extras... microLife – The journal of the FEMS European Academy of Microbiology