CMO Dame Sally Davies given SfAM Fellowship

05 Apr 2019

CMO Dame Sally Davies given SfAM Fellowship

The Executive Committee of the Society for Applied Microbiology is delighted to announce Professor Dame Sally Davies as our 2019 SfAM Fellow.

Dame Sally was appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK government in March 2011. She is an independent adviser to the government on medical matters, with particular responsibilities regarding public health.


Dame Sally is being recognised with Fellowship of the Society for her invaluable work in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR), particularly in bringing forward the importance of control in both the human and veterinary spheres.

The pressing issue of AMR has been a priority for SfAM for many years, and we continue our endeavours to campaign and inform on this topic on behalf of applied microbiologists.

Dame Sally has been a key figure in the global fight against AMR. She has spoken on AMR at a variety of events including the World Health Assembly side events, the G8 science ministers’ meeting in 2015, the Global Health Security Initiative in 2015, and the UN General Assembly side event in 2016.

AMR forum

Dame Sally was Chair of the 2013 AMR forum at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) and was for three years the chair of the WHO Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR. Most recently, Dame Sally has been appointed a co-convener of the UN Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group on AMR, set up in response to the AMR declaration made at UNGA 2016.

Dame Sally’s efforts in supporting health professionals in the UK to respond to the challenges arising from the 2013-16 Ebola epidemic were instrumental to controlling the outbreak in West Africa. 

SfAM also applauds her continuing efforts as a key figure at the head of many crucial public health campaigns, particularly her vocal advocacy for the importance of national vaccination schemes.

We would also like to recognise her work in championing women's representation in leadership positions and for continuing to engage, encourage and work with young people to ensure they all feel able to pursue a career in science.

Dame Sally joins Lord Jim O' Neill and Sir David Attenborough as SfAM Fellows and will be receiving her Fellowship at a dedicated event for SfAM members on 18 June 2019.