Join the SfAM club

The Fight Club offers combative thrills, but you can’t talk about it. The Freemasons are mysterious and hard to infiltrate, so we’ll never know what they have to offer. The Mickey Mouse Club gave us Britney, Ryan Gosling and Christina Aguilera, but few benefits aside from catchy pop and the distractions of Disney. Towering above these renowned organisations and offering way more than any of them, since 1931, is the Society for Applied Microbiology.

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Get involved

As a member of SfAM, you’ll join a lively, supportive and diverse community that collectively raises the profile of applied microbiology. As an organisation, we collaborate to ensure the applications of microbiology have an impact on the global challenges and issues that are crucial to us all.

Live outside the UK? That’s even more reason to join us! If you’re based in a lower, lower-middle or middle income country (as defined by the World Bank here), we offer a discounted rate of £5, £25 or £37.50 respectively. Those able to take advantage of our membership can experience major benefits due to the opportunities offered by our Grants and Funding.


Proud to support

We’re very proud to support our members with a range of subsidising opportunities, including:

  • Up to £1200 to assist in presenting at scientific meetings or to attend a workshop.
  • Scientific meeting grants, to cover attendance fees of up to £300.
  • Work experience grants of up to £2,500, for undergraduates or recent graduates
  • Newly appointed lecturers in their first academic appointment can boost their research with a grant of up to £10,000.
  • Public engagement grants of £3,000 to promote microbiology to the wider public.


Knowledge is power

In addition to supporting out members financially, we offer many other ways to facilitate study and information on all the latest research. Included in membership is access to our five peer-reviewed journals, published in association with Wiley:

  • Journal of Applied Microbiology (JAM)
  • Letters in Applied Microbiology (LAM)
  • Environmental Microbiology (EM)
  • Environmental Microbiology Reports (EMR)
  • Microbial Biotechnology (MB)
  • Read our monthly e-newsletter – keeping you up-to-date with news and events
  • Receive our topical quarterly Microbiologist magazine
  • Access the entire digital collection of JAM & LAM journals, dating back to 1938.

Yes, you read that right. 1938! That’s an awesome and overwhelming abundance of research to have at your fingertips. While our core aim is to advance the science of applied microbiology, we are well known as a friendly society and enjoy every chance to be social and have fun. Communities work best when they have the same aims- and enjoying company while sharing ideas is a key component.


Events and Networking

SfAM members enjoy FREE entry to the annual EMI and JAM lectures and hugely reduced registration fees to our varied events programme. Perhaps it’s best we let our members speak for themselves about how SfAM membership has helped.

Suhad Al-Salihi (Presidents Fund to attend 29th Fungal Genetics Conference at Asilomar March 14-19, 2017)

“Presenting my work at such international event, has helped me to build my network and increase my awareness of new trends happening in my area of interest. I met people from dozens of universities, and my network expanded accordingly. I had the opportunity to exchange ideas and participate in debates and develop friendships with researchers all over the world.”

Jinyu Shan (President’s Fund)

“The Present’s Fund Grant from SfAM has helped me to attend one of the most important Lyme disease international conferences. My poster presentation won the First Prize for poster competition. My study attracted a lot of comments and interest. I was approached by the CEO of an US-based Lyme diagnostic company (Dr Shah), IgeneX. We had a very healthy conversation about potential collaborative research on Lyme diagnostic development. We’ve since exchanged email, and are currently in talks with IgeneX. I have established new contacts with Dr. Capizzi-Banas Sandrine, an expert in tick (ecology working at Université de Lorraine.”

WH Pierce prize winner, Nicola Stanley-Wall (talking about Margarita Kalamara- Students into Work grant)

“Sometimes students shine-out in class. Margarita was one of those stars and I was delighted to take the opportunity to have her in my laboratory over the summer. Her enthusiasm, infectious delight in fresh results, and her work ethic made it a privilege to host her. This would not have been possible without the financial support of the SfAM summer placement. The benefits from having summer students in the lab wide ranging: not only do they help with progressing research that will be published in due course, but they allow permanent members of the laboratory to test out their supervision and mentoring skills. The value of this opportunity for early career researchers should not be underestimated.”

Become an SfAM member

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