General Microbiology Contact Group

The General Microbiology Contact group organized symposia in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1996 and these attracted numerous participants, testifying to the need among microbiologists for local, low-threshold occasions to attend and present at scientific meetings. This need was further substantiated by the establishment, in universities, of doctoral training programs that required PhD students to collect credits, for instance by participating in local as well as international meetings.

Early during the process, Jozef Anné raised the idea of formalizing the initiative by creating a Belgian Society dedicated to general microbiology. At that time, the idea initially gathered little support.