FEMS Annual Report 2015 - Page 20

Meeting our Members ’ needs

With the exception of the Terra Nova strategic consultation in 2001 , FEMS ’ consultations with its Membership has largely been limited to formal discussions with official Delegates at and around the Council meetings and AGM . Keen to better understand our Members ’ needs we launched a number consultation activities in 2014 that continued in 2015 as follows :
• FEMS Grants Review Feb 2015
• FEMS Members website review March 2015
• FEMS Membership Review March 2015
• One-to-ones with Delegates and Presidents at our Maastricht Congress June 2015
• Pre-Council consultation Sept 2015
• FEMS Member Society CEO consultation Oct 2015
• FEMS Member Survey 2015 ( Communications ) Nov 2015
The wide-ranging discussions triggered by these processes , reveal a highly diverse membership – ranging from our smallest society with around 50 members to our largest with closer to 4,000 – that is located across 36 countries in and around Europe . Inevitably such a diverse and complex group exhibits similarly diverse and complex needs , but there are areas of overlap too , particularly on the issues of capacity , resources , influence and professional development .

Meet one of our members : The Swedish Society for Microbiology

The Swedish Society for Microbiology ( Svenska föreningen för mikrobiologi , SFM ) is a life science membership organisation for researchers and students interested in microbiological sciences . The mission of SFM is to support the progress and growth of microbiology in Sweden .
SFM has currently around 150 active members located at universities , university colleges , research institutes and industry . The members of SFM represent a broad spectrum of subdisciplines ( including general microbiology , molecular biology , microbial genetics , microbial ecology , microbial engineering , medical and veterinary microbiology , virology and immunology ) and makes an effort to reflect this diversity through representation on its Board . The present Board consists of Åsa Sjöling ( Karolinska Institutet ), Ulrika Lustig ( Uppsala University ), Magnus Evander ( Umeå University ), Anders Bergqvist ( Uppsala University ), Claes von Wachenfeldt ( Lund University ), Staffan Svärd , ( Uppsala University ), Öjar Melefors ( Public Health Agency of Sweden , Stockholm ) and interim members Sanna Koskiniemi ( Uppsala University ), Jonas Warringer ( University of Gothenburg ), and Per-Eric Lindgren ( Linköping University ).
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SFM recently launched a series of annual one-day meetings for SFM members to be held every autumn in Stockholm . It also actively supports other research conferences and workshops , and provides travel stipends to national and international meetings for graduate students . On the international stage , SFM represents Sweden in International Union of Microbiological Societies ( IUMS ), Federation of European Microbiological Societies ( FEMS ) and European Federation of Biotechnology ( EFB ).
SFM was founded in the early 1960s and joined FEMS in November 1974 at the founding meeting of the FEMS Council . The second FEMS President was the Swedish professor , Örjan Ouchterlony ( 1914-2004 ). Between 1952 and 1980 , Dr Ouchterlony was professor at University of Gothenburg , where he founded the department of Microbiology and Immunology . Since then many famous Swedish microbiologists have been , or are , members of SFM , and the Society continues to provide an attractive vehicle for promoting high quality fundamental and applied research across Sweden .
FEMS-Sponsored Meetings GRANTS Throughout 2015 we also supported a total of 32 conferences, national and regional congresses and workshops, on topics ranging from hot topics for young scientists and antimicrobial resistance to microbial ecology and stress. Together these events allowed almost 8,000 international scientists – and our many of our Member Societies – to meet, discuss and develop their work at 32 locations across 14 countries. Our grants programme forms the cornerstone of many of our charitable activities. It provides research funding for small research visits that underpin longer-term projects, and allows our Member Societies and their members to organise many key scientific events. While contributing directly to both research and education, an additional consequence is their role in building our growing network of experts, early career researchers, business partners and science communicators. In 2015 we provided a total of €375,835 in grants to 241 early career researchers, meeting organisers and Member Societies. MONTH FEMS-SPONSORED MEETINGS COUNTRY ATTENDING March Meeting on Bacterial Respiratory Chains Portugal 120 March Microbiology 2015 - Health and Environment Israel 120 March/ April EMBO workshop: Modern DNA concepts and tools for safe gene transfer and modification France 196 April 4th Workshop on Microbial Sulfur Metabolism Denmark 120 April 8th Conference on Recombinant Protein Production - A comparative view on host physiology Spain 220 April Hot Topics in Microbiology - International Conference for Young Scientists Slovakia 65 May Molecular Mechanisms of Host-Pathogen Internations and Virulence in Human Fungal Pathogens - HFP2015 France 203 May International Meeting on Antibiotic resistance - the environmental dimension Germany 155 May 12th Yeast Lipid Conference Belgium 88 June 10th International Symposium on the Biology of Acinetobacter Greece 172 June BAGECO-13 - 13th Symposium on Bacterial Genetics and Ecology The Microbial Continuity Across Evolving Ecosystems Italy 314 June 17th European Workshop on Bacterial Protein Toxins Portugal 139 July 6th International Conference on Analysis of Microbial Cells at the Single Cell Level Austria 65 August 6th European Phycological Congress UK 400 September 27th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Italy 609 September 32nd International Specialised Symposium on Yeasts (ISSY2015): Yeast Biodiversity and Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century Italy 264 September Power of Fungi and Mycotoxins in Health and Disease Croatie 54 September 5th International Symposium on Soil O [XX]\ JB\X[BN\[X\[[]\X[[\][Hۈ[[ZXܛؚX[[[[ZXܛؚX[\\[BTT MJBܛ]XB\[X\]\X[ۙ\[Hۈ\[X[[[[ZX‚\X[B‚ؙ\]\\HܙX\ܜو[]Xܙ[\\‚\ܘY[Mؙ\ܙ[\][ۘ[ۙ\[HۈZXܛؚX[]\]NH[[Hو\^]B][BLݙ[X\ܙYY][ۈZXܛؚX[\ΈH[X[\\[\‚Z[LSӕSTTӔԑQQQUS‚SHUSS‚STY[X\Y]H][ۘ[[Y[ۘ[ۙܙ\\‚X\[X[ۙ\[HوH\X[Y]H܈[\[[\YYZXܛؚ[H PSJB\X[BL \[L\X[ۙܙ\وZXܛؚ[B\XB[B]ۙܙ\وH[\Y]H܈ZXܛؚ[BZ[LL\[X\L][\][ۘ[YY][ۈYX\\\ʂܝY[M\[X\SH MH H][ۘ[ۙܙ\‚][B̎B\[X\L][ۘ[ۙܙ\وH][X[Y]H܈\B][BLMB\[X\ZXܛؚ[H MH H \YY][وH][X[Y]Hو[\[ZXܛؚ[H[ZXܛؚX[[XY\ SQГJB][BLؙ\][[ۙܙ\وZXܛؚ[BܙYXBLݙ[X\Hۙܙ\ MB[X\‚ BY[X\وH]\X[Y\][ۈو[XH[YHSTY[X\Y]Y\H]\X[Y]H܈[XKZXܛؚ[HY]K[Y]H܈ZXܛؚ[K][X[Y]Hو[\[ZXܛؚ[Kݙ[X[ZXܛؚ[X[Y]KY]H܈\YYZXܛؚ[H[\”Y]H܈ZXܛؚ[KUSӐSSQSӐSӑԑTԐSŒL\X[ۙܙ\وZXܛؚ[K[ܘYK\XK\[ MLN[ݚYHHܝ[H^[HY[YXYX\[\H]\X\ ][]۝X܂XH\[\][ۈ[][H]\[\[[وH\[[[ZXܛؚ[H[\XKًYڛ؜YݚX؜\Y]HY\\[Hو[[ZXܛؚ[\\H\H]]HYۈ܈H]\HوH\X[ZXܛؚ[KZXܛؚ[H MK \][ۘ[ۙܙ\قHY]0][X[HHZXܛؚ[XH[\[HB[XۛYHZXܛؚXH SQГJK][K][K\[X\ L]X[ L\X\[[[[ܙX\[ܝ[ۂو]\X\\[Y[Hۙܙ\œݚYYX[Hܝ[]Y\܈X\H\Y\\X\\\[Z\ܚ[[\][ۘ[]YY[K\[\[H۝X]HZ\Y[YXX]\][ۂ[\]\HXܘ][ۜZYۙ\[Bܙ[\\[[XK[X[ۙܙ\وH[\ZXܛؚ[X[Y]KTۙܙ\ MJK[Y[[X\ݙ[X\BHT[X[ۙܙ\\]Y[H]][܈ZXܛؚ[\8$ۛH[]X]B]\\X\][Y[][]\]XYY\[]ܚ]]۝XˈHST™ܘ[\[[\ܝ[X܈[H\Y[[[وBY[YXܘ[[YK[[]HX\][]H[\[]\]Y\[Y[X]Y[]][ۜ˂HYHY\وTY[Y[˜[X\[\ܝ[܈H]\HX\›وHYY][[HYۈ]\YY[[[š]]\[\X\]KZYTZ\X[\[ZX؜[QQUSԐSŒL[\][HۈX\XH[]X[XK[H M LNۙ\[Hܙ[\\[Y[HYۘ[\Y\ܝHSTHYY][]B[]\]HوZ[[\[YYYHH][]X[ܙH[ \X\[H Y\[][ۜ[Y[ MHXZ\[Z\ˈ\[\›ܘ[\[][ۜHYY][&\\\[ۜ™]HY[[X\H\Y\\X\\H[XXBܝ[]H\[Z\[[[ۜ[][]YXZ\[^\X]Z\ܚ˂LYX\\Yۙ\[H[[ [][KX^p L]H[وX^KYX\\Y^\H\[Bܛ]\Y]HX[Hو[Y[H[[Y\[˜][[]\]H܈Z\Y[X[YY][ˈ^B\YST[[X[\ܝ[]Hۙ\[Bܘ[^X\H\Y\\X\\\B[YYH[ܙ[\\[H[Y\[B[\وHYX\\Yۙ\[\\][K\X\[]H LYX\\Yۙ\[H[[ [][KX^H L MBB