The ASM Communications program is governed by the ASM Communications Committee, a committee of ASM member microbiologist volunteers. The vision of the ASM Communications Committee is universal understanding and appreciation of microbes.
The mission of the Communications program is to plan and execute a continuing program of communication that will enhance public understanding of the microbiological sciences and the Society and to provide communications counsel and support for the activities of other program units involving the ASM membership and the public.
ASM Key Communications Messages
- We can use microbes to understand the majority of life processes. Microbes were the first life form on earth. All living things share fundamental biologic properties with them.
- Microbes are the smallest life form, but together they represent the single largest mass of life on earth. Their characteristics—small size, rapid reproduction, mobility, and facility in exchanging genetic information—allow them to adapt rapidly to external influences.
- Microbes have the greatest diversity of all living creatures, using biological and chemical processes that exist nowhere else in nature. We can look to the microbial world for a vast, mostly untapped resource of biotechnological potential.
- Microbes create, maintain, and restore balance in virtually all ecosystems. We rely upon the activities of the microbial world to sustain our planet.
- All life on earth is inextricably intertwined with microorganisms. We depend on them for nutrient, mineral and energy recycling. Without microbes all other life forms would cease to exist.
- Microbes are critical to maintaining the health of all organisms. Conversely, some microbes can cause infectious disease when they overlap with susceptible hosts.