Microbiology in the News

    Microbiology Awareness Campaign

    The SGM's Microbiology Awareness Campaign (MAC) aims to promote the understanding of microbiology and the important role of microbiologists to parliamentarians, opinion-formers and policy-makers. The SGM strives to meet this aim through a variety of activities designed to bring microbiologists, government officials and members of the civil service together. To be put in touch with SGM experts or to request hard copies of written resources, please contact Laura Udakis

    Policy priorities
    The SGM aims to engage with key global issues of interest to our members. Current priorities are:

  • Food security and safety
  • Climate change
  • Emerging and persistent infections
  • Water quality
  • Antibiotic resistance and drug development

    Food Security and Sa

    Position Statements »
    Position Statements on SGM's current policy priorities.


    antibiotics in a bottle

    Briefings »
    Topical briefing papers which provide need-to-know information behind pressing microbiological issues to parliamentarians.



    Campaigns »
    Campaigns supported by SGM.


    Big Ben

    Parliamentary events »
    Details of past and upcoming parliamentary events run by the SGM in the UK and Ireland.



    Consultation responses »
    Responses to relevant consultations issued by academic, government and NGO organizations.

  • Working with other organizations
    The SGM is active in more general science policy issues and works closely with other scientific organizations such as the Society of Biology and the Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) to ensure our voice is heard.

    The SGM freely distributes its own magazine Microbiology Today to Peers, MPs, MSPs, AMs and MLAs. This award-winning magazine is a valuable source of information about current issues and research in microbiology. The SGM also places advertisements in parliamentary publications including Total Politics. These adverts are designed to promote the SGM as a source of impartial, expert information for policy-makers. 

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