Working groups

Our working groups allow SfAM to have a prominent and unified voice on policy and public affairs.

Our working groups are the engine room of SfAM's policy and public affairs department. This is where challenges are raised, issues debated, ideas conceived and solutions sought. We are part of a number of cross association working groups which include members of SfAM, representatives from other learned societies and umbrella microbiology organisations, experts from priority area disciplines, and govermental, independent, academic and industrial best practice advocates.



The Learned Society Partnership on Antimicrobial Resistance (LeSPAR) is a powerful collaboration of organisations like SfAM devoted to tackling AMR.

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UK Plant Microbiome Initiative

This initiative seeks to exploit the potential of the plant microbiome (the microbial communities surrounding and inside plant systems) and place the UK at the forefront of global research, facilitation and policy.

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RSB Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

the Royal Society of Biology Member Organisations’ Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) convenes regularly to share best practice and co-ordinate activities and events.