IUMS Congresses 2017 is organised by Singapore Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (SSMB). Over the span of 5 days, it brings together three congresses; 15th International Congress of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology, 15th International Congress of Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology and 17th International Congress of Virology.
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The Society is a constituent member of the Singapore National Academy of Science, and plays an active role in promoting microbiology and biotechnology to schools, universities, industries and the general community.
Through their regular events and workshops for members and the community, the aspiration of SSMB is to facilitate scientific exchanges among local and visiting professionals. At the same time, corporate members can introduce new technologies and services to the community.
The Society’s online portal and social activities provide further networking points for members. From these, SSMB strive to extend the interest of microbiology and biotechnology in Singapore.
The IUMS is one of the 31 Scientific Unions of the International Council of Science (ICSU). It was founded in 1927 as the International Society of Microbiology, and became the International Association of Microbiological Societies affiliated to the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a Division in 1967. It acquired independence in 1980 and became a Union Member of ICSU in 1982.
As the leading international union for microbiology, the objectives of the Union are to promote the study of microbiological sciences internationally: initiate, facilitate and coordinate research and other scientific activities which involve international cooperation; ensure the discussion and dissemination of the results of international conferences, symposia and meetings and assist in the publication of their reports; represent microbiological sciences in ICSU and maintain contact with other international organisations. IUMS is subscribed by 75 National Microbiological Societies around the globe.
The major goal of IUMS is to promote research and the open exchange of scientific information for advancement of the health and welfare of humankind and the environment and strongly discourages any uses of knowledge and resources to the contrary.
The scientific activities of the Union are conducted by the three Divisions of the IUMS, namely Bacteriology & Applied Microbiology (BAM), Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology (MEM) and Virology; supported by six specialist international committees, eight international commissions and two international federations. Their major activities include the classification and nomenclature of bacteria, fungi and viruses, food microbiology, medical microbiology and diagnostics, culture collections, education, and biological standardization.
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