FEMS Affiliates Letter March 2020

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE: PUBLICATIONS / GRANTS CORNER / OPPORTUNITIES / EVENTS / EXTRAS / DEADLINES Affiliates Letter  The official newsletter for FEMS Affiliates How FEMS is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak 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. 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. Hilary Lappin-Scott​ FEMS President 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 and information from the and governmental bodies the situation and update to review the advice relevant professional who are monitoring participants regularly. Recognizing Reviewers The FEMS journals have partnered with Publons, which is a platform where researchers can track their publications, citation metrics, peer reviews and journal editing work in one place. Reviewers in the FEMS journals can now simply choose to automatically add their reviewing activity to their profile (see instructions here). It’s quick and easy to maintain a profile, can be used as evidence of your research outputs, and provides valuable insights into your publication and review history. It’s important to note that your verified review history is shown across all academic journals and selected funders without revealing any sensitive information about the manuscript or grant application. Delftechpark 37A, 2628 XJ Delft, The Netherlands T: +31 15 302 0050 | E: [email protected] Table of contents Page 2-3: Microbiology News • New deadlines • FEMS-ESCMID Award • New EAM Members Page 4-5: Research from the FEMS journals Page 6: Grants Corner Page 7: Events and Opportunities Page 8: Deadlines, Videos, and Extras... “Our end user is the microbiology community - whether that’s microbiology societies or individuals. I am trying to make sure that what we report on is clear, and there’s a transparent structure to it.”​ Cameron Wright, Programme Manager MAR 2020