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Promoting the importance of microbiology

Microbiology is fundamental to global policy issues as diverse as energy, food security, and health, providing both societal and economic benefits. The Microbiology Society aims to promote a better understanding of microbes, and highlight the important role of microbiologists to policy-makers, opinion-formers and the public. The Society proactively informs policy, and engages with key global issues that are of interest to our members.

The Society prioritises its focus on microbiology-relevant global issues on the current policy agenda or policy horizon. Current policy priorities are:


Microbiome Policy Project

The Society will be producing an evidence-based report for policy- and decision-makers on human, animal and enviromental microbiome research and its relevance to public policy.

Policy documents

Publishing policy statements and briefings that provide impartial, expert, microbiological information on current policy issues.

Responding to policy consultations

The Society’s responses are compiled from evidence submitted by our members who are experts in the relevant field of microbiology.

Policy events

Organising and participating in parliamentary events in the UK and Ireland with the aim of bringing microbiologists, parliamentarians and civil servants together.


Interested in any aspect of science policy in UK schools or colleges? See how we work with other learned societies, charities and government bodies to ensure microbiology is represented in education.

Working with other scientific organisations

The Society is active in more general science policy issues, such as education, science funding and supporting researchers. We work closely with other scientific organisations, such as the Society of Biology and Society for Applied Microbiology, to ensure our voice is heard.

Policy opportunities

Find out how you can share your expertise and support policy activities.

Microbiome Policy Project

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Policy-makers and decision-makers need to have access to appropriate evidence-based scientific information and expert opinion about research on microbiomes. The Society will be developing a report on human, animal and environmental microbiome research.

Find out more about the Microbiome Policy Project

Food Security and Safety

Now and in the future, microbiology research and development will play a profoundly important role in sustaining and improving food production, food safety and environmental quality while reducing waste.

Visit our Food Security and Safety microsite for information on this topic.

A source for microbiological information

Through its diverse membership, the Society can offer impartial, expert information on all aspects of microbiology. The Society welcomes requests for microbiological information or enquiries about our policy activities, please contact our Policy Officer.

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