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Council & Governance

The Microbiology Society is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee, first incorporated in 1972. Members of Council bear the legal responsibilities of Trustees of the Charity and Directors of the Company.

The Society is delighted to announce the following elected members from January 2017:


George Salmond
Paul Kellam
Maggie Smith (General Secretary)
Helen Brown (Chair of the ECM Forum)
David Bhella (Chair of the Communications Committee)

Communications Committee

Freya Harrison
Lorena Fernández-Martínez

Policy Committee

John McGrath

Professional Development Committee

Tadhg O'Croinin (Chair-Elect)

Eukaryotic Division

Catarina Gadelha
Duncan Wilson
Michael Cunliffe
Richard Harrison

Prokaryotic Division

Sarah Maddocks
Alan McNally

Virology Division

Philippa Beard
Martina Scallan
Maruthi Gowda

Society President Professor Neil Gow explains in the video below why our governance is important, and how and why you should get involved in serving on Council, a Committee or a Division.

Positions for 2018 vacancies will open in March 2017.

See the following sections for more detailed explanations.

Council Members

View our current Members of Council in Who's Who.


The Society has a number of committees - find out more about them and what they do.


The Society's conference scientific programmes are planned by our several Division Committees.

Governing documents

The governing documents of the Society include the Articles of Association and the Society's Strategic Plan.

Council meeting dates and minutes

Find out what dates the Council are meeting, and download the minutes for past meetings.

Nominations and call for expressions

If you are, or know someone who might be, interested in becoming a Member of the Society's Council, see this page for more information.

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