About SGM Groups

The Society caters for the different areas of modern microbiology through 12 special interest Groups and one regional Branch.
Each Group/Branch has a committee, the members of which are elected by postal ballot of all Ordinary Members of the Society, chaired by a Convener.
The main business of the Groups is to propose and set up scientific meetings and symposia. Groups frequently organize meetings jointly with other learned societies.

Cells and Cell Surfaces Group
The investigation and analysis of the structural and functional organization of microbes, and their interactions with external factors, at all levels from the molecular to whole organisms and communities.

Convener: Dr Ian Henderson, Division of Immunity & Infection, University of Birmingham Medical School, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT. Tel 0121 414 4368; Fax 0121 414 3599; Email i.r.henderson@bham.ac.uk

Clinical Microbiology Group
To provide a forum for academic clinical microbiologists (medical, dental or veterinary) to discuss the clinical aspects of the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of microbial infections.

Convener: Professor Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, Division of Microbiology, School of Molecular Medical Sciences, University Hospital, Clifton Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2UH. Tel 0115 823 0748; Fax 0115 823 0759; Email daa@nottingham.ac.uk

Clinical Virology Group
The laboratory study of viruses and virus infection in the context of human and veterinary disease.

Convener: Professor Judy Breuer, Centre for Infectious Disease, Institute of Cell & Molecular Science, Queen Mary, University of London, 4 Newark Street, London E1 2AT. Tel 0207 882 2308; Fax 0207 882 2181; Email j.breuer@qmul.ac.uk

Education and Training Group
To communicate and develop advances in teaching and training in microbiology, to promote the importance of general skills (e.g. computer applications, microscopy), and to update on new developments in microbiology.

Convener: Professor Joanna Verran, Department of Biological Sciences, John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD. Tel 0161 247 1206; Fax 0161 247 6325; Email j.verran@mmu.ac.uk

Environmental Microbiology Group
The biology of microorganisms both in their natural habitats and introduced into novel habitats.

Convener: Professor Geoff Gadd, Division of Environmental and Applied Biology, Biological Sciences Institute, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Dundee DD1 4HN. Tel 01382 344765; Fax 01382 348216; Email g.m.gadd@dundee.ac.uk

Eukaryotic Microbiology Group
A forum for the discussion of the molecular, cellular and organismal biology of eukaryotic microbes

Convener: Dr Alastair Goldman, Department of Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, University of Sheffield, Firth Court, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN. Tel 0114 222 2779; Email a.goldman@shef.ac.uk

Fermentation and Bioprocessing Group
The exploitation of microorganisms in fermentation and other industrial and biotechnological processes, including biotransformations and the isolation and identification of novel producing organisms.

Convener: Professor Chris Hewitt, Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough LE11 3TU. Email c.j.hewitt@lboro.ac.uk

Food and Beverages Group
To promote scientific interaction and facilitate education in the area of food microbiology from farm to waste. The remit will cover all aspects of food and beverage microbiology throughout the human and animal food chain.

Convener: Dr Cath Rees, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 5RD. Tel 0115 951 6167; Fax 0115 951 6162; Email cath.rees@nottingham.ac.uk

Irish Branch
To provide a forum for microbiologists in Ireland to meet for the exchange of information and ideas, and to hear reviews and research papers presented by prominent microbiologists from elsewhere.

Convener: Dr Evelyn Doyle, Department of Industrial Microbiology, University College, Ardmore House, Belfield, Dublin 4, Republic of Ireland. Tel 353 1-7061300; Fax 353 1-2694409; Email evelyn.doyle@ucd.ie

Microbial Infection Group
The microbiology of infectious cellular agents in a broad context, including pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment. To include infectious microorganisms of man, animals and plants.

Convener: Dr Nick Dorrell, Pathogen Molecular Biology Unit, Department of Infectious & Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT. Tel 0207 927 2838; Fax 0207 637 4314; Email nick.dorrell@lshtm.ac.uk

Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Group
The investigation and analysis, primarily at the molecular level, of informational, enzymological, biological and metabolic activities of microorganisms.

Convener: Professor Maggie Smith, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology, Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD. Tel 01224 555739; Fax 01224 555844; Email maggie.smith@abdn.ac.uk

Systematics and Evolution Group
The theory and practice of classification, nomenclature and identification. The study of evolutionary relationships through phenotypes and genotypes. Special areas of interest include biodiversity, bioinformatics and culture collections (in situ and ex situ). The Group is committed to holding collaborative events to promote better understanding of the central role of systematics in biology.

Convener: Professor Niall Logan, Department of Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA. Tel 0141 331 3207; Fax 0141 331 3208; Email n.a.logan@gcal.ac.uk

Virus Group
Fundamental studies of the natural history, cellular and molecular biology, immunology and molecular pathogenesis of viruses of all kinds.

Convener: Professor Stuart G. Siddell, Department of Pathology & Microbiology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Bristol, University Walk, Bristol BS8 1TD. Tel 0117 928 7896; Fax 0117 928 7896; Email stuart.siddell@bristol.ac.uk