Scientific Topics and Tracks

The World Microbe Forum program is organized by topics and tracks that allow you to explore the full scope of microbiology. Explore the ASM Tracks and FEMS topics that will delve into the latest cutting-edge science. 

ASM Tracks

Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance

The Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance (AAR) track features the latest on the discovery and development of new antimicrobial drugs in the pipeline, and their associated resistance mechanisms. The AAR track focuses on a broad range of topics, including surveillance and global epidemiology, mechanisms of resistance, antimicrobial discovery from pre-clinical investigations to post-marketing data, stewardship, novel approaches to infection diagnosis and treatment, and pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic principles to optimize antimicrobial design and use. 


  • AAR01: Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance: Molecular Typing, Clinical & Molecular Epidemiology
  • AAR02: Antibiotic Agents: Mechanisms of Action and Resistance
  • AAR03: Antifungal Agents: Mechanisms of Action and Resistance
  • AAR04: Antiviral Agents (including HIV Drugs): Mechanisms of Action and Resistance
  • AAR05: Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • AAR06: Novel Approaches: Diagnostics/Discovery and Non-Traditional Therapies to Combat Drug-Resistant Infections
  • AAR07: Antimicrobial Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  • AAR08: New Antimicrobial Agents (In Vitro and In Vivo Studies Prior to the Start of Clinical Therapeutic Studies/Pre-Phase 2)
  • AAR09: Pharmacological Studies of Antimicrobial Agents Pre-NDA (Phase 2/3)

Applied and Environmental Science 

Applied Environmental Science (AES) fosters broad understanding and collaboration between 17 sub-tracks, based on the fundamental shared interests in how microbes work in diverse environments. The AES track is designed for scientists with a variety of backgrounds in the basic sciences, engineering, public health and food production. Topics include basic and applied microbiology in environments from soil to food, lakes and oceans to drinking water systems, and deserts to urban population centers.


  • AES01: Microbiology of Engineered Environment 
  • AES02: Microbiology of Agricultural Systems
  • AES03: Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment
  • AES04: Biofilms in Environmental Systems
  • AES05: Biofuels, Bioproducts and Resource Recovery
  • AES06: Bioremediation, Biodegradation and Biotransformation
  • AES07: Biofouling and Biocorrosion
  • AES08: Viruses in the Environment
  • AES09: Urban Water Microbiology
  • AES10: Marine Microbiology
  • AES11: Genetic and Metabolic Functions in Environmental Microbes
  • AES12: Microbial Food Spoilage
  • AES13: Probiotics and Fermentation of Foods
  • AES14: Foodborne Pathogens
  • AES15: Source-tracking of Environmental Microbes
  • AES16: Electromicrobiology and Synthetic Biology
  • AES17: Aeromicrobiology and Geomicrobiology

Clinical Infections and Vaccines

The Clinical Infections and Vaccines (CIV) track encompasses clinical and epidemiological studies in adult and pediatric infectious diseases, global health issues, including emerging infectious diseases and tropical medicine, and recent developments and clinical studies in vaccines. This track is designed for infectious diseases physicians, clinical microbiologists, epidemiologists, public health officials and pharmacists to learn about the latest advances in clinical and basic science.


  • CIV01: Clinical Studies of Adult Infectious Diseases, including Epidemiology and Clinical Trials
  • CIV02: Infection Prevention and Control including Healthcare-associated Infections
  • CIV03: Global Health
  • CIV04: Transplant Infectious Diseases
  • CIV05: Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • CIV06: Vaccines and Immunization Science
  • CIV07: Infection Biology and Dynamics

Clinical and Public Health Microbiology

The Clinical and Public Health Microbiology (CPHM) track provides laboratory directors, medical technologists, clinicians, infection preventionists, and public health officials with the most recent developments and cutting-edge findings in the field. The CPHM track delves into multiple infectious disease sub-disciplines, including novel diagnostic technology, susceptibility testing, clinical laboratory biosafety and biosecurity, antimicrobial and diagnostic stewardship, surveillance and epidemiology, and “One health.”


  • CPHM01: Administering the Clinical/Public Health Microbiology Laboratory
  • CPHM02: Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing
  • CPHM03: Diagnostic Bacteriology
  • CPHM04: Diagnostic Immunology
  • CPHM05: Diagnostic Mycobacteriology
  • CPHM06: Diagnostic Mycology
  • CPHM07: Diagnostic Parasitology
  • CPHM08: Diagnostic Public Health Microbiology
  • CPHM09: Diagnostic Veterinary Microbiology
  • CPHM10: Diagnostic Virology
  • CPHM11: Laboratory Safety, Security and Biodefense
  • CPHM12: Molecular Diagnostic Microbiology
  • CPHM13: Laboratory Informatics
  • CPHM14: Practical Tools for Bench Technologists
  • CPHM15: One Health Practices and its Impact

Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity 

The Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity (EEB) track is defined by research that encompasses laboratory, clinical, engineered, and natural settings. The EEB track is aimed to advance ecological and evolutionary theory in microbes and other organisms in basic and applied research, and to promote microbial ecology, evolution, and biodiversity in biological education.


  • EEB01: Microbial Ecology
  • EEB02: Microbial Evolution and Comparative Genomics
  • EEB03: Microbial Biodiversity and Systematics

Host-Microbe Biology

The Host Microbe Biology (HMB) track explores research at the host-microbe interface. The HMB track addresses pathogenic and symbiotic relationships between microbes and the host, as well as the microbiome. Scientists studying genetics and physiology of microbes and viruses at the basic science level should expect to find topics covering the genetic, physiological and virulence mechanisms that shape host-microbe relationships.


  • HMB01: Animal Infections and Transmission
  • HMB02: Genetic and Physiological Adaptation to the Host
  • HMB03: Cell and Tissue Responses to Microbes
  • HMB04: Invasion and Survival in Host Cells
  • HMB05: Microbe Interactions with Non-mammalian Host
  • HMB06: Microbiome-Host Interactions
  • HMB07: Phage-Host Interactions
  • HMB08: Polymicrobial Pathogenicity and Symbiosis
  • HMB09: Inflammation and Immunity
  • HMB10: Surface Structures and Pathogenic Microbes
  • HMB11: Toxins and Secretion Machines and Secreted Factors
  • HMB12: Virulence Regulatory Mechanisms
  • HMB13: Virus-Host Associations
  • HMB14: Anti-pathogen Strategies (Basic Science Stage)
  • HMB15: Vaccine Development (Basic Science Stage)
  • HMB16: Mammalian Host-Microbe Interactions

Molecular Biology and Physiology

Molecular Biology and Physiology (MBP) covers a broad spectrum of microbiological phenomena. For scientists in the MBP track, the goal is to understand the basic mechanisms of microbial life at the molecular, cellular and multi-cellular level.


  • MBP01: Gene Expression and Regulation
  • MBP02: Signal Transduction
  • MBP03: Stress Responses
  • MBP04: Growth, Morphogenesis and Development
  • MBP05: Genome Dynamics, including Replication, Repair and Recombination
  • MBP06: Metabolism Enzyme Mechanics and Physiology
  • MBP07: Biofilms, Motility and other Collective Behaviors
  • MBP08: Transport Systems
  • MBP09: Phage and Viruses
  • MBP10: New Microbiological Techniques
  • MBP11: Computational Genomics/Databases and Modeling

Profession of Microbiology 

The Profession of Microbiology (POM) Track covers topics related to education, career choices, diversity and inclusion, professional development and science communication and outreach.


  • POM01: Microbiology Education
  • POM02: Microbiology Communication and Outreach 
  • POM03: Career and Professional Development
  • POM04: Microbiology Policy
  • POM05: History of Microbiology 

FEMS Topics

Infection Biology and Pathogens 

This topic includes, but is not restricted to, research on medical, veterinary, plant and insect pathogens.

Infectious Diseases

 This topic covers diagnosis of infectious diseases, characterization of the causative factors relevant for patient care, clinical-microbiological research on infectious diseases, research on anti-infective therapy and prophylaxis, virology, and mechanisms of resistance to antimicrobials.

Molecular Microbiology and Biochemistry

 This topic aims to explore genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, structural biology and ‘omic’ studies.

Environmental Microbiology and Ecology

This topic covers ecophysiology, ecogenomics and meta-omic studies, microbe interactions, aquatic and soil ecosystems, extreme environments, biofilms, animal microbiomes, environmental dimensions of antimicrobial resistance, and climate change and microbiology. 

Eukaryotic Microbiology and Biotechnology

Applied and general research on eukaryotes including, but not restricted to, industrial microbiology, systems biology, genetic and molecular engineering, alternative energy sources.

Health and Food Microbiology

 This topic includes, but is not restricted to, research areas from food production and biotechnology, to spoilage and food borne pathogens, and food safety, and from microbiome to AMR.


 Here, you find free subjects, for example, any other microbiology research, professional development, education, science communication, business and advocacy.

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