Why join us?

Member Benefits:

Joining SfAM is easy. There are several membership levels and each has an associated range of benefits. Use the following information to help decide what level of membership is right for you and then simply click  'Join Online'.

Alternatively, contact us for more information.

  • Full Member: offers all the benefits as listed above. £50 per annum
  • Full International Member: Includes all membership benefits for those based outside the UK. £50 per annum 

*From 2017, applicants residing in any of the countries that fall within the World Bank’s low, lower middle and middle gross national income per capita groups are eligible for a discount to their International Membership fee. Low per capita income countries - 90% discount. Lower-middle per capita income countries - 50% discount and middle per capita income countries - 25% discount. *Available by application only via membership@sfam.org.uk.

Discounted membership is NOT applied retrospectively and applicants for membership from these countries MUST contact the office BEFORE joining. T&Cs apply.

  • Early Career Scientist Member: offers the same benefits as Full Membership at a specially reduced rate for full time UK based students not in receipt of a taxable salary, or those aged 28 or under. £25 per annum.

(Undergraduates receive an additional discount, with membership for just £10 per year. Email membership@sfam.org.uk for further information.)

  • Associate Member: is only open to those with an interest in applied microbiology without it being a prime aspect of their job. For example, school teachers and those taking a career break, on maternity leave or working temporarily in other areas. It does not provide access to journals, Society grants, hardcopy Microbiologist magazine or awards. Associate Members receive Student Member rates at all SfAM events and have access to a downloadable electronic version of Microbiologist.  £10 per annum
  • Life Members: Retired Members and Members nominated by the Executive Committee.
  • Fellow: Fellowship to the Society for Applied Microbiology is only bestowed upon those in the profession who meet the requirements for Member and have demonstrated that they have made outstanding contributions in microbiology or attained a position of high responsibility within the Society itself.

As a member of the Society for Applied Microbiology you join a prestigious and diverse collective membership that has a powerful voice in raising the profile of applied microbiology. Together we can ensure the applications of microbiology have an impact on the global challenges and issues that are important to us all.

You can also get actively involved with the Society and join with us to shape the field and to support innovation in microbiology and its application in the real world.

Our members are the heart of our organisation, and we pride ourselves by adding value to membership through our member benefits such as:



A topical quarterly magazine Microbiologist.

Access to our five peer-reviewed journals

Journal of Applied Microbiology (JAM) published in association with Wiley.

Letters in Applied Microbiology (LAM) published in association with Wiley.

Environmental Microbiology (EMI) published in association with Wiley.

Environmental Microbiology Reports (EMIR) an online journal published in association with Wiley.

Microbial Biotechnology (MB)* an open access online journal published in association with Wiley.

Free access to the entire collection of digitized back files for JAM & LAM dating back to 1938.

Monthly e-bulletin. Keeping you up-to-date with SfAM activities, news and events.



Apply for up to £1200 to assist you in presenting at a scientific meeting (including the SfAM Summer Conference) or to attend a workshop related to your area of work.

Apply for a scientific meeting attendance grant of £300 to attend an appropriate applied microbiology scientific meeting.

Applying for up to £2500 to give undergraduate students and recent graduates, studying microbiology as part of their degree programme, the opportunity to obtain work experience.

Newly appointed lecturers in their first permanent academic appointment in a Higher Education Institute can pump-prime their microbiological research with a grant of up to £10000

Apply for a public engagement grant of £3000 to promote aspects of microbiology to the general public and other relevant stakeholders.  

As a registered charity SfAM has an extensive range of grants and awards available to all Full Ordinary and Full Student Members which support a greater understanding of applied microbiology. Details of all our grants and awards can be found here.



FREE Invitation to the annual Environmental Microbiology Lecture.

Networking with worldwide professionals in over 65 countries.

Access to private members’ area of the SfAM website.

Eligibility to join the Society's Early Career Scientist (ECS) group

Members can tell us about their events so we can advertise the event itself on the SfAM website



35% discount on Wiley-Blackwell’s extensive collection of book titles

Discounted membership fees for students and those members working, researching and studying in low income countries.

Discounted conference fees for all membership categories (including heavily subsidised conference student rates).



Win one of a number of prizes awarded each year by the Society highlighting and celebrating communications and public engagement in microbiology.

Eligibility to submit an article for MicrobeBlog.org the Society’s blogging site.

Nominate a candidate for the prestigious WH Pierce Prize awarded to a microbiologist who has made a substantial contribution to the science of applied microbiology.

Access to occasional workshops and events on significant issues that impact on our field such as Antibiotic Resistance, Impact, Policy etc.

Keep informed and get heard - SfAM keeps members informed about relevant parliamentary select committee enquiries, government consultations and other opportunities to engage with policy-makers, on the news pages on the website, our blogging site MicrobeBlog.org or via direct email to specific membership categories. SfAM also works closely with the Science Media Centre and relies on our membership to provide expert advice for journalists.

Engagement - SfAM provides Members with the opportunity to attend many events and workshops – from representing young microbiologist to UK MPs at Voice of the Future, to media training at the voice of young science workshops. SfAM also gives Members the chance to volunteer at Public Engagement events, such as the Cheltenham Science Festival, a great way to improve your science communication skills.



Take up positions within SfAM's governance structure by standing for election to the Executive Committee

Members can also request to join or get engaged with our various subcommittees including the ECS group, Policy Subcomittee, Finance Subcomittee and the Microbiologist Editorial Group.


For further information:

Email: The Membership Officer.

Write to: Society for Applied Microbiology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, LONDON, WC1N 2JU, UK.

Or call us, Tel: +44 (0)207 685 2596



For the current 2017 fiscal year, low-income economies are defined as those with a GNI per capita, calculated using the World Bank Atlas method, of $1,025 or less in 2015; lower middle-income economies are those with a GNI per capita between $1,026 and $4,035

Low-income economies (Band 1)

Afghanistan, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Dem. Rep Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Dem. People's Rep Korea, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Lower middle-income economies (Band 2)

Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Rep. Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Lesotho, Mauritania, Fed. Sts. Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, São Tomé and Principe, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Rep. Yemen, Zambia

Middle-income economies (Band 3)

Angola, Ecuador, Palau, Algeria, Gabon, Panama, American Samoa, Grenada, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, Iran Islamic Rep., Romania, Argentina, Jamaica, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Serbia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Seychelles, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Latvia, South Africa, Botswana, Lebanon, St. Lucia, Brazil, Libya, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Suriname, Chile, Macedonia FYR, Thailand, China, Malaysia, Tunisia, Colombia, Maldives, Turkey, Costa Rica, Mauritius, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Mexico  Tuvalu, Dominica, Montenegro, Uruguay, Dominican Republic, Namibia, Venezuela RB