School Membership is open to any primary, middle or secondary school or Sixth Form College in the UK or Ireland that is involved in teaching microbiology. The Society supports microbiology teaching by providing a wide range of multimedia educational resources such as posters, books, practical investigations, and videos. To apply, please visit the School Membership information.

An annual subscription of just £15 entitles your school to the following:

  • Microbiology Today
    The Society’s quarterly magazine is packed with articles about the latest advances in the various fields of microbiology. It also has a regular Schoolzone section on topics of particular interest to schools.
  • Free single copies of books and practical packs
    Single copies of chargeable publicationsThe Secret World of Microbes (£9.99), The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly – Microbes (£10) and Algae: A Practical Resource for Secondary Schools (£15) are free to member schools.
  • Priority mailings of educational resources and class sets of free resources upon request. Members are sent copies of new resources as soon as they are published. Visit our resources page for more information.
  • Grants
    Funds are available to support developments that are likely to lead to an improvement in the teaching of any aspect of microbiology relevant to secondary education in the UK. The Society wishes to encourage innovation by providing funding; it is not intended to subsidise normal departmental teaching practices.
  • The Society runs occasional basic and advanced courses in practical microbiology for secondary school teachers and technicians. School members are entitled to discounts on course fees for these events. Visit our courses page at Microbiology Online for information.
  • Newsletter
    Each month we send members an e-newsletter containing news from the Society, including any education activities that the Society is involved with.
  • Microbiology in schools helpline
    Members are welcome to contact our Education team about matters relating to microbiology in schools.
  • Get involved
    Members are encouraged to help with the future development and testing of our resources or any areas of curriculum development that the Society is involved in.

Any enquiries should be sent to our Education team. If you have any questions about School Membership, please contact the Membership Office directly.