Become a Country Ambassador

Country Ambassadors are senior scientists that represent ASM in their home country, facilitating partnerships and exchange with other scientists worldwide. There are currently 91 ASM Country Ambassadors.


  • Develop and maintain relationships with local institutions and organizations
  • Identify and assist ASM in responding to the needs of the local scientific community
  • Strengthen ASM’s global network of members

Ambassadors are elected to an initial 3-year term with an opportunity to be considered for one additional term


  • Opportunity to play a leadership role in ASM’s mission to promote and advance the microbial sciences worldwide
  • Prestige of being an official ASM representative to microbiologists in your country
  • Opportunity to network with other scientific leaders worldwide

To apply, you must have:

  • Current ASM membership. To become a member, click here.
  • Completed a PhD, or equivalent terminal degree in a microbiology-related field OR a graduate degree and 10 years post-academic experience
  • Published at least three microbiology-related paper in last 5 years
  • A intermediate to advanced proficiency in English
  • 5 hours per month to commit to Ambassador activities

Application Process
Applications should be submitted to the Online Application. ASM is currently accepting applications from select countries due December 31, 2018.

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Years of ASM membership
  • Description of previous ASM activities
  • ASM and non-ASM meetings regularly attended
  • Membership in national, regional, and international scientific societies
  • Description of leadership in local scientific community
  • Area of scientific interest
  • List of agencies/ministries, organizations, universities, etc., where applicant has strong contacts
  • Letter of Intent explaining interest in position, relevant skills, and experience
  • Action plan with their proposed activities in the Country Ambassador role
  • Nomination letter from an ASM member
  • Two additional references

Ambassador Presenting

ASM Country Ambassador to Bangladesh, Firdausi Qadri, leads seminar on the benefits and opportunities for young researchers and ASM members involved in scientific research in Bangladesh.


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ASM Past President, Jeff Miller (left) speaks to Bangladeshi scientists at the ASM Bioresource Center launch event at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh, April 2014.


ASM Ambassador at ASM Booth at SFM Meeting

ASM Country Ambassador to Spain, Maria Figueras (right), introduces ASM to meeting attendees at the 25th Congress of the Spanish Society of Microbiology, July 7-10, 2015.