Reasons to join SfAM

Together we can ensure the applications of microbiology have an impact on the global challenges and issues that are important to us all.

As a member you join a prestigious and diverse community that has a powerful voice in raising the profile of applied microbiology. Together we can ensure the applications of microbiology have an impact on the global challenges and issues that are important to us all. You can get actively involved with the Society, helping us to shape the field, and to support innovation in microbiology and its application in the real world. Members of SfAM can gain access to the many following benefits:


Publishing is at the heart of our society, and you will gain:

  • Access to our five peer reviewed journals:

    • Journal of Applied Microbiology (JAM)

    • Letters in Applied Microbiology (LAM)

    • Environmental Microbiology (EMI)

    • Envrionmental Microbiology Reports (EMR)

    • Microbial Biotechnology (MB)

  • Access to our quarterly electronic magazine: Microbiologist

  • Our monthly e-newsletter sent to your inbox

Grants and Funding

We support our members with a wide range of funding opportunities, included but not limited to:

  • Up to £2,500 to assist you in presenting at a scientific meeting or attending a workshop

  • Scientific meeting grants to cover of attendance fees of up to £400

  • Work experience grants of up to £2,500 for undergraduates or recent graduates

  • Newly appointed lecturers in their first academic appointment can pump-prime their research with a grant of up to £10,000

  • Public engagement grants of £4,500 to promote microbiology to the general public

Events and Networking

SfAM runs a variety of events throughout the year, and members of the society greatly benefit from:


Members gain special access to benefits not available to non-members, such as:

  • 35% off Wiley-Blackwell book titles

  • The chance to win one of our prizes for public engagement and scientific communication

  • Being able to have your writing published on SfAM's blog

  • The chance to nominate candidates for the prestigious WH Pierce prize, awarded for a substantial contribution to microbiology

Stay Engaged

SfAM is at the forefront of science in the UK and globally, and we'll keep you updated and help you have your say with:

  • Updates on parliamentary enquiries, government consultations and other opportunities to engage with policy-makers

  • Close ties to the Science Media Centre to provide expert advice for journalists and scientists who wish to engage with them

  • The chance to question MPs at Voice of the Future, and media training at the Voice of Young Science workshops

  • Engaging with the public - join us for public events, science fairs and family days, improve your science communication skills and get people talking about microbiology

Professional Development

The society offers many ways to continue your professional development:

  • The opportunity to join the executive committee of the society

  • Join our subcommittees on policy, ECS, finance, or the Microbiologist editorial group

  • Accreditation for many of our events towards CPD certificates