The EFB Section on Microbial Physiology was founded on 17 August 1997, during an EFB General Assembly. One of its main activities is the organization of high-level scientific symposia. Major features of these activities are:
1. they are interdisciplinary, bringing together molecular
microbiologists, geneticists, environmental and industrial biotechnologists
and chemical engineers.
2. they are truly international, typically
attended by participants from across the world.
3. all sectors are represented: industry, academia, research institutes and government agencies.
Aims of the Microbial Physiology Section.
Microbial Physiology is concerned with structure-function relationships of microorganisms, with particular emphasis on how microbes respond in response to changes in their environment. The Microbial Physiology Section of the European Federation of Biotechnology is committed to the promotion and dissemination of results of fundamental research of the highest quality, and to its application to the benefits of biotechnology in Europe. The interests of our colleagues span from fundamental genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, immunology, pathogenesis, cell, molecular and structural biology to their applications in medical, environmental, pharmaceutical, industrial and agricultural biotechnology and engineering.
In serving the interests of European microbiologists, the Section is committed to being an open organisation that recognises no boundaries. It actively encourages the creation of new collaborations between European Universities, Research Institutes and Industry, between different disciplines represented within the EFB, between the EFB and the European Commission, and will maintain close links with other Federations such as the Federation of European Microbiological Societies.
How these aims will be achieved
The Section will continue to organise highly focused symposia on specialist topics at the frontiers of recent developments. Many of these activities will be part of a series of related meetings organised at appropriate intervals so that future developments can be reviewed. Residential meetings lasting two or more days have proved an effective way to complete such in-depth reviews. Were appropriate, selected contributions to these symposia will be disseminated more widely, for example, in international, edited publication.
The Section will also support other major activities organised by the EFB, such as the bi-annual European Congresses of Biotechnology, and symposia organised by other Sections within the Federation. It will provide Position Papers for the European Commission, expertise for the various Task Groups of the Federation such as the Task Group for International Relation, Public Perception of Biotechnology, and Safety in Biotechnology.