ASM’s Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS) is a new, dynamic governance structure representing the entire Society as we promote and advance the microbial sciences.  COMS is the key connection between ASM’s members and ASM’s leaders—and the place where members can get involved with their society.

Working in partnership with the Board of Directors, the CEO and staff, COMS keeps a pulse on new developments in microbial sciences and helps develop innovative ways to move the field and ASM forward.  COMS supports ASM by:
  • Setting priorities for the Society.
  • Identifying upcoming opportunities in the microbial sciences.
  • Identifying scientific trends to ensure effective programs and activities.

The COMS Members

Led by a Chair and Vice Chair elected by COMS members, every part of ASM is represented on COMS:
  • 10 At-Large Councilors elected by the ASM membership.
  • 35 Councilors selected by the ASM Branches.
  • 27 Councilors selected by ASM Divisions.
  • 8 additional Division Councilors.
  • 8 Program Committee Chairs.
  • 7 nonvoting members: 5 ASM officers, the ASM CEO and the Governors of the Academy Chair.

New Programs

ASM Conference Grant Program - Now Accepting Applications!

Peggy Cotter Travel Awards Early Career Branch Members

Upcoming Activities & Events

December 17, 2019: Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance Retreat, ASM HQ


Past Activities & Events

June 2019: COMS Meeting, San Francisco Marriott, San Francisco
May 2019: COMS Orientation Webinar
March 21, 2019: Profession of Microbiology Retreat, ASM HQ - report coming soon
December 16-17 2018: Molecular Biology and Physiology Retreat, ASM HQ - read the report
July 24-25 2018: Host-Microbe Biology Retreat, ASM HQ - read the report
December 19-20, 2017: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity Retreat, ASM HQ - read the report
May 25-26, 2017: Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Retreat, ASM HQ - read the report