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Position statements

Position statements are produced on key issues that are of strategic importance to the Society. They outline the Society's views on a particular issue and are used to inform policy and stimulate debate.

  1. 2015 - Joint statement supporting European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes

    November 2015

    The Microbiology Society, together with leading biomedical research organisations, learned societies, industry representatives, universities and patient groups, has signed a pan-European statement supporting the European Directive 2010/63/EU on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.

  2. 2015 - Scottish ban on genetically modified crops

    August 2015

    The Microbiology Society wrote to the Scottish Government’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead MSP, to raise evidence-based concerns about the decision not to permit growing genetically modified crops in Scotland.

  3. 2015 - Joint climate change communiqué

    July 2015

    The Microbiology Society joined 23 other prominent UK professional and learned societies in endorsing a joint communiqué on climate change published in the run up to United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 21.

  4. 2015 - Use of Animals in Research

    May 2015

    The Society supports the replacement, refinement and reduction of animals in research. However, when no alternative is available, the use of animals within an approved regulatory framework remains essential. The Society is committed to openness in the reporting of this research.

  5. 2015 - LeSPAR response to WHO Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance

    May 2015

    The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR), which comprises the Microbiology Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, Biochemical Society, Society for Applied Microbiology, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and Royal Society of Biology, published a statement in response to the approval of the World Health Organization Global Action Plan on AMR.

  6. 2015 - Open Access

    March 2015

    The Society supports sustainable open access models which maintain the scholarly publishing environment that is fundamental to how microbiologists improve, validate and share their research.

  7. 2014 - Biosecurity and the Dual-Use of Research

    August 2014

    The Society supports the principle of dual-use research for legitimate scientific purposes, as defined by the National Science Advisory Board on Biosecurity.

  8. 2013 - Sexually transmitted infections

    December 2013

    The Society convened an expert panel mapping the key issues facing the current system of research and healthcare in sexual health and how we might respond to these issues in terms of UK policy.

  9. 2011 - Food security and safety

    November 2011

    The Position Statement argues that microbiological research is vital in safeguarding our supplies of nutritious, safe and abundant food.

  10. 2008 - Bovine tuberculosis

    May 2008

    The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) commissioned the Society to write a report on bovine tuberculosis.

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