We'd like to personally welcome each of you to the 7th Congress of European Microbiologists. It's an exciting time to be working in the field of microbiology as we see some very relevant scientific and societal issues that ask for an answer from the microbiological community.
The Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM) will host the meeting and will also accommodate the 26th SEM congress. We are happy to join forces and build on the basis of cooperation that we laid at the 2nd FEMS congress in Madrid in 2006. Together, we are preparing an excellent joint scientific programme covering many disciplines and relevant hot topics. As a bonus, the modern and friendly Mediterranean city of Valencia will set the scene for FEMS 2017.
Our focus will be on all important research topics in microbiology: antimicrobial resistance and infections, food microbiology, sustainability, climate change as well as other fundamental topics in microbiology will be covered.
Investing in science and supporting the development of the early careers is at the core of both our organisations. FEMS will give out between 160 and 200 grants for early career scientists and offer some more special grants for delegates from South American countries.
Before we close, we'd like to thank you for attending our conference, bringing in your expertise. This congress cannot succeed without your support and engagement. Our thanks go out to all of you. You can make it last by continuously exchanging knowledge and developing in your daily work.