FEMS Annual Report 2015 - Page 26



Working together with our publisher , Oxford University Press ( OUP ), our international journals – including 4th ranking FEMS Microbiology Reviews – attract and disseminate excellent science and bring in the revenues which fund our charitable activities . This year , following the transition to our OUP , we started off in January by publishing the first issues of our five journals with their new branding . We finished , in December , with a short film , dedicated to our editors , authors , reviewers and other contributors , in appreciation of all of their hard work and commitment to the scholarly community .
Dating back to 1977 ( which saw the launch of FEMS Microbiology Letters ) our journal editorial boards represent our longest-standing specialist network . This year our publications were supported by a professional community of 154 truly international Editors ( including 6 Guest Editors ) from 31 countries . ( Asia , 11 ; Oceania , 7 ; Europe , 99 ; North America , 35 ; and Latin America , 2 ). This is an increase from last year ( 135 Editors ) and we ’ re delighted to say includes greater representation from Asia ( 9 in 2014 ), Oceania ( 6 ), North America ( 34 ) and Latin America ( 1 ). We were also supported by around 2,800 reviewers from across 62 countries , and we would like to thank all our 2015 reviewers from FEMS Microbiology Letters , FEMS Microbiology Reviews , FEMS Microbiology Ecology , Pathogens and Disease and FEMS Yeast Research .


Last year we introduced our Editors-in-Chief , including incoming Editor-in-Chief for FEMS Microbiology Letters , Rich Boden . This year we ’ d like to introduce Letters ’ new section editors – both drawn from the existing editorial board and new to the journal – who are working hard together with Rich to develop its eight new sections :
Beatrix Fahnert led the publication of our first articles in the new Professional Development section – which is more about being a microbiologist than microbiology itself . We ’ d like to thank her for the great job she did in leading the section ’ s first thematic issue , focusing , on this occasion , on Education . Meanwhile FEMS Yeast Research saw Carol Munro welcomed to the position of Deputy Editor-in-Chief , while existing editors Tillmann Lueders , Angela Sessitsch and Julie Olson took up new positions as Senior Editors for FEMS Microbiology Ecology .
Physiology & Biochemistry
Jana Jass , School of Science and Technology , Örebro University , Sweden
Pathogens & Pathogenicity
Arnoud van Vliet , Institute of Food Research , Section Molecular Microbiology , Norwich Research Park , UK
Environmental Microbiology
Tim Daniell , Environmental Plant Interactions , SCRI , UK
Food Microbiology
Wolfgang Kneifel , Department of Food Science and Technology , ‘ BOKU ’, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences , Austria
Professional Development
Beatrix Fahnert , Cardiff School of Biosciences , Cardiff University , UK
Rich Boden ( Acting ), School of Biological Sciences , Faculty of Science & Environment , and Sustainable Earth Institute , University of Plymouth , UK
Taxonomy & Systematics
Aharon Oren , Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences , Institute of Life Sciences , The Hebrew University of Jerusalem , Israel
Biotechnology & Synthetic Biology
Michael Sauer , Department of Biotechnology , ‘ BOKU ’ -University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences , Austria
THE MICROBIOLOGY NETWORK Who are we? FEMS supports a network of around 40,000 microbiologists, across Europe and beyond. Working closely together, the FEMS team works with a wide range of partners and special interest groups, as well as our Editors-in-Chief and editorial boards. Additional colleagues include our accountant and consultants in areas such as employment law, tax requirements and human resources. In addition to these are our many colleagues at Oxford University Press, who are doing such a fantastic job working together with us on our journals. Our international team based in Delft are: The surveys and consultations we’ve carried out with our membership over the last two years reveal that in addition to our grants, there is a strong need for a whole range of opportunities that can help both microbiologists and the wider research community, and that can contribute to ensuring that microbiological knowledge achieves maximal beneficial impact. Such opportunities include funding, training, courses and meetings, and at the heart of all of these activities is the opportunity to build up new contacts. This is key to developing productive research collaborations, as well as to forming partnerships that can translate scientific knowledge into practice and reach very different audiences. As such, connecting and activating the existing network of microbiologists in and beyond Europe, and developing effective communications that helps us to do this are key. At our congress, FEMS2015, we provided opportunities for editorial boards, Member Society representatives and Member Societies themselves, to meet both formally and informally. We also made sure that the exhibition was connected to the poster sessions, ran three poster sessions (displaying over 500 posters at each session) plus six themed poster discussion sessions that allowed early career researchers to discuss their ongoing work with experts in the field. Beyond the congress we started to broaden our connections across the microbiology community, our professional staff working directly with their counterparts in those Member Societies that have them, and strengthening existing groups that include our editorial boards, affiliates and alumni (past grantees), the European Academy of Microbiology, the global yeast research community, ALAM, and those community members with a special interest in education. We also initiated new groups, bringing together those Member Societies who publish journals, and developing links with international partners in the One Health movement. One especially exciting new development in 2015 has been the initiation of our internship programme, working with TU Delft and Leiden University to offer great internship opportunities for Masters students as well as collaborative projects with both Masters students and undergraduates. In 2015 we worked with a group of undergraduates from the TU Delft exploring the potential of an innovation platform for small businesses, and we welcomed our first intern, Martijn van Veen, who joined us for 6 months from Leiden University’s Masters programme in Science Based Business. Dr Catherine Cotton Dr Frédérique Belliard Carianne Buurmeijer Danielle Hoevers Dr Alessio G. Maugeri CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER JOURNAL DEVELOPMENT EDITOR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER OFFICE MANAGER BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Lotte Nielsen Dr Erwin Ripmeester Dr Goda Sporn Lindsay Uittenbogaard Martijn van Veen MEMBERSHIP OFFICER JOURNAL DEVELOPMENT EDITOR PUBLISHER COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER MSC INTERN All of our colleagues at OUP, including our publisher Matt Pacey and our accountant Heather Lawrence COMINGS AND GOINGS Our network currently includes around 40,000 people internationally, the bulk of our Members and Members’ members based across 36 countries in and around Europe: 33 Partners* (FEMS2015 Sponsors) 7,500 Authors and Reviewers (total who cumulatively contribute to our journals) 120 Member Society representatives** 200 Specialist Networks (Education, Publications, One Health, Communications (specialist groups) 30,000 Matt Pacey Heather Lawrence During the course of this year we welcomed our new Executive Secretary, Danielle Hoevers, our HR advisor Marijke van Doorn, Communications specialist, Lindsay Uittenbogaard and Business Development Manager Alessio Maugeri. At the same time we said goodbye to two of our longest-standing colleagues – Office Administrator Gillian van Beest and Office Assistant Guus ten Hagen. We wish Gillian and Guus the best of luck for the future, and would like to thank both them and all of our staff for their hard work and commitment throughout 2015. 455 Grant recipients (including indirectly through meeting grants) 2015 Members’ members (including our Member Societies) 5,000 4,500 538 Alumni (historic grantees and awardees) Affiliates (other individuals receiving our communications) Experts, EAM, Editors, invited speakers, awardees (including indirectly through meeting grants) 2015 *See final page for our partners details **including Delegates, Presidents, Officers and professional staff. 26 Left to right: Guus ten Y[[X[[Y\ X\ZH[ܛ[[Y[H]\•\ۋT]]\XوY[H\[]][ۈ\ܝ M[[Y[H L M‚