Policy briefings

Society for Applied Microbiology

The Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM) is dedicated to advancing the applications of microbiology so that they contribute to addressing significant challenges facing humanity. SfAM draws on the expertise of its international membership to employ microbiology for the benefit of the public across the environment, human and animal health, agriculture, and industry. Our values include equality, diversity and inclusivity; collaboration to amplify impact; scientific integrity; evidence-based decision-making and political neutrality. With Wiley-Blackwell, SfAM publishes five internationally acclaimed journals. SfAM’s 6 Policy Priorities include: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), Diversity and Inclusion, Food Safety and Security, Future Applications, Preserving and Protecting Our Oceans, and Microbiomes.

Policy briefing

Monitor antimicrobial resistance in the environment

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) could be the next global threat. We are now finding resistant microbes in previously undiscovered locations. This briefing lays out ways to tackle this issue and describes effective monitoring systems that need to be put in place.

Additional Resources

Lisa Rivera

As SfAM’s Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Lisa leads the Society’s external engagement programme across 6 policy priorities, ranging from health to biodiversity. She is responsible for developing SfAM’s policy strategy, which promotes the impact of members’ work to ensure applied microbiology contributes to significant challenges facing humanity.

Lucky Cullen

Lucky is SfAM’s Science Policy & Diversity Officer. She helps SfAM achieve its policy objectives across 6 policy priorities. She is also responsible for leading the Society’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion work. Lucky has a PhD in Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology from Kingston University.

Diane Purchase

Diane is a Professor of Environmental Biotechnology at Middlesex University London.  She has a PhD in Environmental Microbiology from King’s College London. She is a Fellow of both the Institution of Environmental Sciences and Royal Society of Biology. Diane’s research focuses on the role of biotechnology in pollution control and bioremediation.

Suzy Moody

Suzy is a Lecturer in Eukaryotic Microbiology at Kingston University and General Secretary of SfAM. In addition to her MSc in Infectious Disease and Post-Graduate Diploma in Adult Nursing, she has a PhD at Swansea University looking at novel antimicrobial metabolites. Her research focuses on environmental microbes and bioremediation of plastics.