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Belgian Society for Microbiology

The Belgian Society for Microbiology (BSM) is a nonprofit association (VZW/ASBL) dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences in the broadest sense. It was founded in 1996 to give all the microbiologists in Belgium a chance to meet and discuss Science in a friendly atmosphere.



  • Microbiome: From benchtop to bedside (October 25, 2022)

    Join the first UZ Brussel symposium on Microbiome: from benchtop to bedside. View the news post to have a look at the program announcement and registration page.

  • Save the date : inaugural symposium of the Belgian Society for Viruses of Microbes

    Dear colleague,

    On Friday, September 23, 2022, the newly formed Belgian Society for Viruses of Microbes (BSVoM) will hold their inaugural symposium in Leuven, Belgium. The main mission of our society is to join and boost the Belgian ‘VoM’ community, to stimulate research and to promote interaction between academia, government, and industry.

    During this day, three sessions are organized:

    • Virus-Host interactions
      • Keynote to be confirmed
    • Viral Ecology, evolution and diversity
      • keynote : Prof. Martha Clokie (University of Leicester, UK)
    • Present and Future applications
      • keynote 1 : Prof. Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa (ISVM President-Elect; University of Wroclaw, Poland)
      • keynote 2 : Prof. Dr. Willem-Jan Metsemakers (UZ Leuven, Belgium)

    If you hold a weak spot for viruses of microbes, we kindly invite you to save the date. More information will be communicated in the coming months.

    On behalf of the organizing committee,

    Prof. Yves Briers President of the BSVoM

  • Update BSM Symposium March 11

    Given the recent governmental decision to lift most of the COVID restrictions, a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will not be required to participate. Nevertheless, we would like to ask all participants to wear a mouth mask during the symposium, except when eating or drinking.

    All tickets have been sold. Please be aware that only participants with a valid symposium ticket can access the event. May we also ask to inform us at info@belsocmicrobio.be in case you will not be able to come, so that we can offer your place to someone else?

  • BSM Symposium 2022 – Agar art submission deadline has been extended to March 7

    Agar art submission extended! We want to inform you that the agar art submission deadline has been extended to March 7. We hereby invite you to participate in the Agar Art competition.


Our annual conference is coming up!

The next annual BSM conference “Future challenges in Microbiology” is scheduled to be held in the Academy Palace, Brussels, on 11 March 2022. More information can be found here.

Become a member

Membership to BSM is open to anyone with an interest in microbiology. Membership allows you to register for free to the annual meeting and makes you a member of FEMS.


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