New FEMS Initiatives-Challenges and Opportunities for Most Talented Microbiologists

Taleski, Vaso (2019) New FEMS Initiatives-Challenges and Opportunities for Most Talented Microbiologists. In: 53rd Days of Preventive Medicine - International Congress, 24-27 Sept 2019, Nis, Serbia.

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FEMS (Federation of European Microbiological Societies) established in 1974, is a federation of 54-member societies from 3trac8 countries, an active and diverse network of around 30,000 professionals, early and senior career scientists committed to advance microbiology. FEMS publish five highly regarded journals, hold biennial European congresses, promote education and professional development, provides support for various microbiology meetings in Europe.
Early career scientists are one of the main focus of FEMS providing every year grants for Research and Training at a European prestige institutions (exceptionally outside Europe) on their own choice, in a country other than their own country of residence. In 1987, the available FEMS funds permitted the award of ten fellowships for ten-member societies, each nominated one candidate in the years 1988, 1989 and 1990. However, the constantly improving FEMS resources permitted an increase to 12 and 14 fellowships respectively in 1989 and 1990. Great success of five FEMS journals provided larger budget for various FEMS grants. Last 15 years FEMS developed several different types of grants for early career scientists, senior scientists (as visiting scientists) and meeting grants. FEMS is supporting microbiology with grants amount of 400.000 to 500.000 EUR each year.

The noble idea appears, to organize serial of FEMS postdocs summer schools, for excellent European and non-European postdocs, in organization by worldwide scientifically recognized and distinguish professors, lecturers, researchers and scientists. It would be a new landmark of FEMS, a place for connection of young and senior scientists, knowledge exchange, and production of ideas for new scientific projects. WIth great help of Croatian Microbiological Society (HMD) and acceptance with delight from prof. Miroslav Radman, founder of MedILS (Mediterranean Institute of Life Sciences), FEMS Board of Directors selected MedILS as a venue and made agreement with MedILS to organize postdocs summer schools in following five years, starting in 2019. MedILS, is situated in Split, Croatia, and founded in 2003 as a non-profit research institute, a leading international centre of excellence in the field of natural sciences. Institute is located in pine forest in the heart of hill Marjan (178 m), in a beautiful completely renovated building, comprises on ground floor conference room for 170 people, several smaller classrooms for smaller groups, and complete audio-visual equipment. In the basement, several excellently equipped labs on disposal for experiments for postdocs, depending on the school program.
Director and co-director of the First FEMS – MedILS postdocs summer school are prof. Miroslav Radman and prof. Graham Walker. A dozen of distinguish scientists are mentors and speakers. Excellent program attracted about 40 young scientists to apply for summer school. Scientific board selected 24, but unfortunately due various, serious personal reason 7 cancelled, and 17 postdocs, 13 from 11 European and four from three non- European countries, will attend the first FEMS summer school taking place from 28 August to 7 of September 2019.

In addition, another new initiative, very important for young scientists, is organization serial of FEMS biennial conference on microbiology, between FEMS Congresses. Conference will have limited number of topics, but always one topic will be included: FEMS grants – Influence on scientific career of Early career Scientists. First FEMS conference on microbiology will be organized in association of Serbian Society for Microbiology (SSM), 2-4 July 2020, in hotel Hilton, Belgrade, Serbia.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: Medical and Health Sciences > Basic medicine
Medical and Health Sciences > Health sciences
Medical and Health Sciences > Other medical sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Medical Science
Depositing User: Vaso Taleski
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2019 12:42
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2019 12:42

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