FEMS Annual Report 2015 - Page 24


• FEMS2015 – our Biennial Congress , FEMS2015 , attracted some 2,000 participants from 79 countries
• 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 journal 1 in microbiology with an Impact Factor of 13.687
• 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
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 .
The FEMS2015 Special Session on start-ups was also well attended with 260 participants
• FEMS Microbiology Letters new section , Professional Development , published its first thematic issue on Education receiving 1,921 downloads in its first month of publication
• 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
Our initial steps towards our future policy programme are being informed by input from Member consultations .
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 .
AWARDS FINANCE AND FUNDING While most of our grants are aimed at helping researchers in the early stages of their career, we also recognise both new talent and established researchers in our programme of five awards – two of which are joint awards with partner organisations. These are the FEMS-ASM and ASM-FEMS Mäkela-Cassell Award and the FEMS‑ESCMID and ESCMID-FEMS reciprocal awards with the American Society for Microbiology and European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCCMID) respectively. This Annual Return has been completed for the following dates: In 2015 Dr Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, from the Spanish Society for Microbiology, and based in Madrid received the FEMS-ESCMID joint award, the reciprocal ESCMID-FEMS joint award going to Lidija Senerovic, Belgrade, Serbia. We were also able to give out a number of awards at our Maastricht Congress, including the FEMS-ASM MäkelaCassell Award, which went to Dr. Ember Morrissey for her work on “Taxon-specific growth rates are related to phylogeny in soil bacterial communities”. For more established researchers, who have already made a significant contribution to the field, we – unusually – awarded two Lwoff Awards to Professor Fernando Baquero, Spain, and Professor Rudolf Kurt Thauer, Germany. OUR CURRENT GRANTS PROGRAMME INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING OPPORTUNITIES: FEMS Lwoff Award Initiated in 2000 and named in honour of our first President (1974-1976) Professor André M Lwoff, the FEMS Lwoff Award is awarded in FEMS Congress years to a person, or group of persons, for outstanding service to microbiology. It consists of a prize lecture presented at the FEMS Congress, a commemorative medal and an honorarium of €1,000. FEMS Jensen Award The Jensen Award honours Dr Hans Laurits Jensen for his efforts in helping young scientists establish their scientific career, and is awarded in FEMS Congress years to early career researchers showing the potential to develop an outstanding research career. The award – up to €10,000 – allows the recipient to spend 6 months in an outstanding research laboratory of their choice. FEMS-ASM Mäkela-Cassell Award The FEMS-ASM and ASM-FEMS Awards allow a member from each organisation to attend the other’s main conference and are designed to benefit early career scientists from both organisations. They provide recipients with the opportunity to present their work overseas and experience the best of microbiology in the partner country. The FEMS-ASM Award – of up to €4,000 – is awarded in a FEMS Congress year, alternating with the ASM‑FEMS Award. FEMS-ESCMID Award All FEMS research grantees in a given year are considered for the FEMS-ESCMID Award that recognises outstanding research potential by providing an additional €1000 to assist with additional expenditure for the research project. • Financial period start - 01 January 2015 • Financial period end - 31 December 2015 • Next financial period end: 31 December 2016 INCOME £2,201,896 £2.03m £2.20m Total £0.03m Voluntary Charitable activities £1.01m Total £0.15m £0.00m Investment gains £248.5k Investment Management Governance £0.00m Trading to raise funds, Other ASSETS, LIABILITIES & PEOPLE £0.03m £0.02m Investment Generating voluntary income, Trading to raise funds, Other CHARITABLE SPENDING Gains on investments assets included £0.01m Own use assets £0.96m £1.44m £5.00m £0.04m Income Charitable Retained for Long term investments MEET OUR AWARDEES 10 Employees 0 Volunteers Rudolf Thauer has been a pioneer of modern microbiology with a number of landmark contributions to understanding the physiology, biochemistry and ecology of anaerobic bacteria and archaea. 24 £0.96m Charitable activities FEMS Special Merit Award Initiated in 2003 to recognise individuals who have made a special contribution to furthering the Federation’s goals, the award honours extraordinary service to the organisation. Fernando Baquero is known worldwide for his numerous original and outstanding contributions to understanding the genetic mechanisms involved in both the emergence and evolution of antibiotic resistance, and its epidemiological and ecological implications. SPENDING £1,007,502 £3.16m generation & governance spending future use Other Assets -£2.66m Total liabilities Professor Rudolf Kurt Thauer Professor Fernando Baquero FEMS LWOFF AWARDEE 2015 FEMS LWOFF AWARDEE 201 BH[\ܝ\Y[Y\\Y]HR\]H[Z\[ۈ[[H[XH\XYN\˘\]X[Z\[ۋ݋Z\]KԙY\\ِ\]Y\\]U]\\ԙY\\Y\]S[X\LL ̌LMɔXYX\S[X\LB