Estonian Society for Microbiology (EMS) was established in 1992 as a successor of Estonian branch of Microbiological Society of the former Soviet Union. Since 1992, Ass. Prof. Tiina Alamäe and MSc Ene Talpsep have been chairing the Society. Currently, Prof. Jaak Truu holds this position. Our society is small as Estonia is a very small country with population of slightly more than a million. The average number of members in our Society has been approximately 80, depending on a year. Importantly, students comprise over 30% of our members. Microbiologists belonging to our Society come mostly from two big towns of Estonia, Tartu and Tallinn that harbor the universities and other major Estonian scientific institutions. Despite our smallness, we have been active in distributing information on microbiology-related events through our mailing lists, organizing conferences and seminars and promoting our young members. The Society highly appreciates belonging to FEMS. Over years, our young people have been active in applying for FEMS grants. Receiving young scientist grants, they have been working in research laboratories all over the Europe.
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