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.
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 organizations.
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 >> read more
The scientific activities of the Union are conducted by the three Divisions of Bacteriology & Applied Microbiology (BAM), Mycology and Virology and 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.
IUMS statement on research with dangerous microbes
The International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) supports studies of pathogenic micro-organisms that are directed towards increasing knowledge of how these organisms propagate, cause disease and disseminate between hosts. Such knowledge will aid the development of vaccines or therapies to prevent or treat disease and will also aid detection of micro-organisms with properties likely to increase their transmission, virulence or drug-resistance.
IUMS supports an open and balanced discussion of the risks and benefits associated with such work.
IUMS opposes the indiscriminate prohibition of specific types of experiments, such as those involving gain or loss of function. Rather, IUMS supports careful evaluation of the risks of such experiments in open discussion with safety committees and funding agencies. Scientists who wish to undertake such work under the level of containment approved by safety committees, and with strict adherence to these conditions, should be supported.
IUMS also supports publication of the results deriving from such research in a forum that should be available to all without restriction. IUMS Executive Board - July 31st 2014
- The next IUMS congresses will be in Singapore in 2017 see http://www.iums2017singapore.com/index1.html
- IUMS Outreach Program on Food Safety and Conference on Mycotoxin - Yogyakarta, Indonesia 14-15 November 2014 >> read more