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FEMS 2017, the European microbiology congress, will be held in Valencia, Spain, July 9-13, 2017

29 December 2016

Welcome letter from Bauke Oudega (Chair of the Program Committee) and Antonio Ventosa (Chair of the Organizing Committee)

We would like to personally welcome each of you to the 7th Congress of European Microbiologists. It’s an exciting time to be working in the field of microbiology as we see some very relevant scientific and societal issues that ask for an answer from the microbiological community.

The Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM) will host the meeting and will also accommodate the 26th SEM congress. We are happy to join forces and build on the basis of cooperation that we laid at the 2nd FEMS congress in Madrid in 2006. Together, we are preparing an excellent joint scientific programme covering many disciplines and relevant hot topics. As a bonus, the modern and friendly Mediterranean city of Valencia will set the scene for FEMS 2017.

Our focus will be on all important research topics in microbiology: antimicrobial resistance and infections, food microbiology, sustainability, climate change as well as other fundamental topics in microbiology will be covered.

Investing in science and supporting the development of the early careers is at the core of both our organisations. FEMS will give out between 160 and 200 grants for early career scientists and offer some more special grants for delegates from South American countries.

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The Association Round Table Antibiotics has been founded in Bern on June 24, 2019.
29 October 2019

The Round Table Antibiotics is a Swiss non-profit interdisciplinary Association gathering experts from medicine, research and economics of almost all Swiss universities, as well as committed personalities from industry or elsewhere.

The aim of the Association Round Table Antibiotics is to drive Switzerland’s contribution to innovation, research, and development of measures against antimicrobial resistance, particularly by promoting the market introduction of new active substances, which should be available to all countries worldwide.

Additional information: www.roundtableantibiotics.ch

Appeal to the Swiss Federal Council for an innovative financing model for the research on new antimicrobials
26 November 2017

On 9 November 2017, the Round Table on Antibiotics launched an appeal to the Federal Council to establish a dialogue in Switzerland between all partners involved in antibiotic research (academic research, economics, small and medium-sized enterprises, pharmaceutical industry, etc.). This dialogue should aim at defining, developing and implementing an innovative financing model for the research, development and marketing of new antibiotics that are financially accessible to all.

The text of the call of November 9, 2017 can be seen under "Publications"

The World Antibiotic Awareness Week will be held on 13-19 November 2017. Switzerland will participate.
8 November 2017

With the purpose of raising awareness of antibiotic resistance and improving the prudent use of antimicrobials, WHO (World Health Organisation) is organising a World Antibiotic Awareness Week since 2015. This year the event will be held from November 13 to 19. For the first time, Switzerland will actively participate to this week. Indeed, the crisis of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is such that an increasing number of infections is becoming difficult to treat, or even impossible. WHO is deeply concerned with this issue and is stimulating its state members to organise campaigns at the national level. Switzerland has already reacted to the antibiotic resistance issue by promoting a National Research Programme of 20 millions CHF(NRP 72) as well as a national Strategy on antibiotic resistance (StAR).

Additional information: StAR NRP72

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