FEMS Annual Report 2015 - Page 18

EVENTS FROM OUR GRANTEES This year our Congress travel grantees from around the world received grants to a total of €93,400 permitting 138 early career researchers – including 12 from Latin America – to attend. CONGRESS: FEMS2015 This year we celebrated more than 40 years of helping microbiologists collaborate across the whole of Europe with our 6th biennial congress in Maastricht. Showcasing the best of microbiology research, and attracting attendees from 79 countries, our congress is the place to go for microbiologists who want to network, catch up on cuttingedge developments, hear talks from international stars in microbiology and find out what’s happening in other fields. Held in the Netherlands from 7-11 June, we welcomed almost 2,000 participants, including 138 early career researchers who received FEMS travel grants. Thanks to a series of special meetings attendance awards 12 of these joined us from Latin America. FEMS2015 was a fantastic success, and we would like to thank our Scientific and Organising Committees, our professional conference organiser, Kenes, our sponsors and exhibitors, our invited chairs and speakers, the excellent volunteers who worked so hard at the venue, and of course everyone who travelled to join us. FROM LATIN AMERICA • FEMS and FEMS JOURNALS took centre stage, the vibrant booth we shared with OUP providing a focal point for networking and a meeting place for editorial boards and Member Societies • a series of special travel grants, awarded to 12 early career researchers based in Latin America, allowed us to build on our existing collaboration with the Latin American Association for Microbiology/Asociación Latinoamericana de Microbiología (ALAM) • creating opportunities for early career researchers across Europe remained at the heart of the Congress. We provided €93,400 in travel grants and organised a grantees lunch attended by grant recipients together with members of the FEMS Executive Committee, Grants Board and FEMS Team, and representatives from the Spanish Society for Microbiology, who welcomed our visitors from Latin America. Felipe Del Canto, Young Professor at the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile Kiara Iraniparast, Iran • promoting our Member Societies – and facilitating interactions between both them and their members – is also a cornerstone of our activities. All Member Societies were offered discounted booths and we promoted Member Society materials both at our booth and via social media. • this year we had two Lwoff Award winners who gave their prize lectures at the Congress: Professor Fernando Baquero, Spain, Prize Lecture: Transmission: a basic process in Microbiology; and Prof Rudolf Kurt Thauer, Germany, Prize Lecture: The microbial methane cycle. Both delivered fantastic presentations, with Fernando Baquero’s review on transmission scheduled for publication in FEMS Microbiology Reviews. • the recipient of the joint FEMS/ASM Mäkelä-Cassell Awa rd, Dr. Ember Morrissey, gave her award-winning talk on “Taxon-specific growth rates are related to phylogeny in soil bacterial communities” in Maastricht • we signed a new Memo of Understanding on cooperation with ASM with whom we also hosted a joint session on Polymicrobial Biofilms By far the biggest event in our events calendar, our biennial Congress would not be possible without the backing of our fantastic sponsors and exhibitors. We would sincerely like to thank all of them for helping us to create such a fantastic congress in Maastricht, to which we were able to contribute more than €250,000 in travel grants, Member discounts and in bringing in invited experts to speak at, organise and chair sessions. 18 Pablo Leiva-Novoa, PhD student , Adolfo Ibañez University of Chile, Santiago ‘I come from a country with economic problems. I couldn’t come to the congress without the FEMS congress grant. I’m very happy to have received the grant which allows me to network with professors.’ 2015 HIGHLIGHTS • committed to showcasing scientific excellence, we invited 163 experts from around the world to present and chair our scientific programme ‘I feel very fortunate and grateful to have come to the FEMS Congress to share my work with other scientists from other parts of the world.’ FROM EUROPE AND BEYOND The FEMS2015 twitter feed was a great way to exchange ideas and raise important issues • 553 members of FEMS Member Societies (including 270 students) benefited from reduced congress fees totaling €55,334. ‘With the congress grant I paid the food and accommodation costs and so was able to get recognition from presenting my results.’ ‘The congress is an important event for young scientists. It is the place to exchange experiences and look for collaborations with other scientists. Also attending the lectures by the senior scientists is informative and useful. Coming to this congress is very important for further success.’ Karen Trchounian, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia Our keynote speakers, FEMS2015 TITLE Bacterial persistence NAME McKinney How to eat without Dubilier a mouth... GIVEN NAME AFFILIATION COUNTRY John D. École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Global Health Institute, Laboratory of Microbiology and Microsystems, Lausanne Switzerland Nicole Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Department of Symbiosis, Bremen Germany Microbial symbioses with marine animals Giant viruses Claverie Jean-Michel CNRS Aix Marseille University, Mediterranean Institute of Microbiology (FR 3479), Structural and Genomic Information Laboratory (UMR7256), Marseille France (Human) microbiome Jansson Janet K. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Earth and Biological Sciences Directorate, Biological Systems Science Division, Richland USA Plant-fungal pathogens de Wit Pierre Wageningen University, Department of Plant Sciences, Laboratory of Phytopathology, Wageningen The Netherlands Mechanisms of bacterial secretion Waksman Gabriel University College London, Department for Structural and Molecular Biology and Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Birkbeck, University of London UK 19