FEMS Annual Report 2015 - Page 12

DELIVERING STRATEGY 2015 HIGHLIGHTS BUILDING ON OUR STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK RESEARCH EDUCATION • FEMS2015 – our Biennial Congress, FEMS2015, attracted some 2,000 participants from 79 countries • FEMS Microbiology Letters new section, Professional Development, published its first thematic issue on Education receiving 1,921 downloads in its first month of publication • We funded 423 early career researchers, 9 Member Society events, 23 meeting organisers and 282 invited speakers to carry out research, organise, attend and present at meetings, to a total value of €478,321 – plus €55,334 in discounts to Member Society’s members who attended FEMS2015. • FEMS Microbiology Reviews retained its position as the fourth-ranking journal1 in microbiology with an Impact Factor of 13.687 Our six strategic pillars are currently at different stages in their development. Our greatest strength is in research, with education and training – thanks to the dedication of Joanne Verran and her very active Education network – now very much our second. We currently deliver both research and education through our journal publications, biennial congress and FEMS-sponsored meetings, the latter supported by our popular grants programme. We also support a series of research awards, and are actively working to connect Europe’s microbiologists to form a collaborative and influential network that can support both scientific excellence and its effective translation into impact on the ground. To help us achieve our aims, 2015 saw us open up two new p ositions in business development and communications in the second half of the year. This investment has allowed us to start actively exploring both new ways of supporting our charitable activities and more effective means to communicate across the microbiology community as well as to wider audiences in business, policy and society as a whole. INTEGRATING OUR ACTIVITIES Research Education Policy Business Publication Grants Meeting Awards EAM Congress Training Recognition Comms Congress Materials Recognition Capacity Effiacy EAM Authority Initiatives Awareness Innovation EMF Public engagement Reliability Efficacy Capacity Recognition Global Community Partnerships Affiliates • FEMS think tank, the European Academy of Microbiologists, held a session at FEMS2015 and welcomed 36 newly elected members across broad disciplinary and regional distribution • FEMS Microbiology Letters extended its scope with new sections in Virology and Professional Development PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT In a first step towards developing a broad public engagement network we joined the One Health Initiative whose goal is to forge inclusive collaborations between physicians, veterinarians, dentists, nurses and others working in related health and environmental disciplines. In doing so we are joining leading academic and professional associations, the Centers for Disease Control, the United States Department of Agriculture and more than 850 prominent scientists, all committed to better understanding and tracking disease transmission and control, improving diagnosis and treatment, and enhancing education, training and public awareness. BUSINESS The FEMS2015 Special Session on start-ups was also well attended with 260 participants • The full-day Education Special Session at FEMS2015 featured 20 presentations and was filled to capacity with more wanting to join; many attendees were early career researchers who were able to present their work in this field through offered papers • The Education Group comprises members from 9 countries, its members leading round table discussions at the FEMS2015 Education event on topics that will contribute to the development of our Education strategy and activities POLICY Our initial steps towards our future policy programme are being informed by input from Member consultations. INTERNATIONALISATION FEMS2015 saw us formally renew our Memorandum of Understanding with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). This includes our collaboration on the FEMS-ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Award that supports outstanding early career researchers from both organisations to attend each other’s congress, and organises a joint session at each congress. • FEMS JOURNALS recruited 16 new international editors from Europe, Brazil, Canada, China and Japan • We welcomed 12 grantees from Latin America to our FEMS2015 Congress thanks to a special grant to our Latin American counterpart, ALAM Our ability to further our strategic goals comes from the effective delivery of our publications, events, grants and awards. This in turn involves collaborating with our Members to better connect the microbiology network, expand our resources and improve communications between all stakeholders – from research scientists and teachers to policy makers and the public at large. ENSURING FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY 12 13