We know our members have a unique depth and breadth of knowledge about microbiology. The Society's role is to help unlock and harness the potential of that knowledge to help you build and strengthen your networks and expertise, no matter what stage of your career.

Our principle goal is to develop, expand and strengthen the networks available to our members so that they can generate new knowledge about microbes and ensure that it is shared with other communities. Join us to help us achieve our mission of advancing the understanding and impact of microbiology by connecting and empowering communities worldwide.

+ Student Membership

Student membership is available to any full time student in any discipline. Applications must be followed promptly with confirmation from your supervisor about your student status. Your membership is not confirmed until your supervisor has confirmed with The ASM.

+ Associate Membership

Associate membership is granted to any person who has an interested in the field of microbiology

+ Honorary Membership

Honorary membership is conferred upon those people who have made an outstanding contribution to the Society or to the science of microbiology.

+ Retired Membership

The Retired Membership category is for those Members over the age of 65 yrs who have retired from full time or part time work but wish to continue being up to date with the latest information Retired Members may still will retain their membership status. Download Retired Member Application Form

+ Reduced Employment Membership

Reduced Employment membership is available to any member who works 20 or less hours per week. Applications must be followed promptly with confirmation from your employer about your working status. Your membership is not confirmed until your employer has confirmed with The ASM.

+ Professional Membership (MASM)

Members of the Society are scientists whose professional experience and formal qualifications are judged by the ASM's National Qualifications Committee to be consistent with a professional level of commitment to their career in microbiology. In order to obtain professional membership, one must be:

  • Have completed the requirements of an academic qualification in microbiology at bachelor’s degree or post-graduate level acceptable to National Council. Other under-graduate awards of less than three (3) years full-time study are not acceptable.
  • Has satisfactorily completed two years of postgraduate work to advance the discipline of microbiology.

+ Fellowship (FASM)

Fellows of the Society are those microbiologists who, through a process of peer assessment, are determined to be either specialists in their field, or scientists who have made a significant contribution to the profession.

Fellowship is the higher qualification of the ASM which is granted by the Council on the recommendation of the National Examinations Board. Members eligible to apply for Fellowship (FASM) must be

  • A financial MASM member of ASM at the time of applying for the fellowship
  • At least 10 years' experience in the field of microbiology











Reduced Employment

MASM (Professional)

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