One of the goals of FEMS has been to amplify the impact of microbiology and microbiologists in Europe. For this purpose, it is important to establish a leadership group of European microbiologists that will be in close association with FEMS. FEMS executives discussed and supported the concept of establishing an “Academy” of senior microbiologists within Europe with the objective of providing a source of advice for the Federation and a united advisory source for governmental and other bodies. This idea was also discussed and supported by the Ad-hoc committee for the admission of new member societies, that includes the FEMS president, two former FEMS presidents (Nombela and Trueper) and an expert in standing orders and by-laws (John Norris). The idea was brought to Council 2007 for discussion.
The European Academy of Microbiology will promote excellence in microbiology in Europe through targeted programs and activities. Members of the academy will be elected through a highly selective, peer-reviewed process, based on their records of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology. #