Marien de Jonge, theme Infectious diseases and global health, has been appointed chairman of the Royal Netherlands Society for Microbiology (Koninklijke Nederlandse Vereniging voor Microbiologie, KNVM).
The Society promotes high-quality microbiological science and aims to inspire and create interest in microbiology, which is not just a discipline for a selective group of scientists, but affects everyone’s life and determines our daily news, ranging from the emergence of antimicrobial resistance to the increasingly important role of microbes in a biobased economy. The Society has an important role in the dissemination of scientific findings to the general public and provides a forum for communication among microbiologists. Furthermore the Society aims to improve collaborations with other partner organisations in the field to lobby for the general interests of microbiologists and to raise funds for investment in the future of microbiology.
The Netherlands Society for Microbiology was established in 1911, with Martinus Willem Beijerinck, known from the conceptual discovery of viruses and one of the founders of virology and environmental microbiology, as the first chairman.
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