Priority areas

At the heart of the Society’s work is a commitment to giving microbiology a voice, so we can shape our work and influence change.

As part of SfAM’s commitment to make its work more purposeful, collaborative and driven by the needs of microbiologist themselves, our member community and other interested parties were given the opportunity to discuss what significant challenges our planet is facing, and how microbiology may be applied to provide potential solutions.

The Society then identified five priority areas for those challenges and a series of priority campaigns have been initiated for this current strategy period (2018-2021).


Preserving & protecting our oceans image
Preserving & protecting our oceans
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) image
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
Food safety & security image
Food safety & security
Microbiomes image
Microbiomes
Future applications of microbiology & microbial biotechnology image
Future applications of microbiology & microbial biotechnology
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Diversity and inclusion

These campaigns will consistently aim to make sure we identify the important questions that need to be answered, how any skills gaps can best be filled and how research can influence policy development and delivery - when such action should be taken. We will also be regularly asking members, the public and other interested parties for input and feedback to ensure they have their say on these priorities.

Members who may already be working in these areas can also contact SfAM to ensure their voice is heard.