These aims are achieved by organising an annual meeting, workshops, conferences, courses in continuous education, and by taking part in current microbiology debates. Special attention is given to promoting young scientists by supporting them with travel grants. The Society has also established the «SSM encouragement award» to promising microbiologists for achievements that are outstanding in terms of their originality and scientific value. The SSM is a privileged partner of the Swiss Federal Office for Public Health with respect to medical microbiology issues. Furthermore, the SSM actively contributes to the program of postgraduate training for specialists in medical laboratory diagnostics, as it is responsible for the training in microbiology. The society's news are published on the web site and sent by electronic newsletters to SSM members.
Year founded: 1942
Number of members: 700 (2015)
Swiss Society for Microbiology (SGM) is a member of SCNAT, Platform Biology