About the Canadian Society of Microbiologists

Advancing microbiology in all of its aspects while facilitating the interchange of ideas between microbiologists

Our Mission & Mandate

The Canadian Society of Microbiologists seeks to advance microbiology in all its aspects and to facilitate the interchange of ideas between microbiologists. The membership includes honorary, emeritus, ordinary, student and sustaining members.

The society is divided into three sections and is governed by a Council comprising Officers of the Society and Councilors elected from within the general membership. The Officers include the President, the First and Second Vice-Presidents, the Secretary-Treasurer and the immediate Past President. Society business is facilitated by a monthly conference call including all officers of the Society, the Meetings Secretary, a Graduate Student representative, and the CSM Secretariat.

The Council is composed of the Officers of the Society as well as the Meetings Secretary, Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons of the sections. Council meets formally once a year. A meeting of the entire membership is called once a year (Annual General Meeting), usually in June.

The CSM maintains several active committees undertaking activities in various areas. The CSM is financed by annual dues from the membership as well as from the proceeds of the Annual General Meeting or other meetings which it sponsors. It is a non-profit organization.

About the CSM


The CSM has a long history dating back to its first Annual Meeting in June 1952 and official founding in 1958. Learn about our journey and scientific advancements that have affected the way we look at the microbial world.


Our CSM-SCM is run by an Executive that governs the day-to-day operations and finances of the Society. 


The regular business conducted by the CSM is in compliance with our bylaws. Regular AGM minutes are posted for our membership to review.

Explore our Sections in Microbiology

The Canadian Society of Microbiologists is divided into 3 sections. These sections cover the breadth of Microbiology in Canada. Use the links below to explore each of our sections and the expanse of the microbial world.

Applied & Environmental Microbiology

Applied Microbiology: study of microorganisms found in biotechnologies used in food science, agriculture,biomass products, waste treatment and bioremediation, pharmacology

Environmental Microbiology: study of microorganismms found in soils, sediments, water, air and their relation with each other and surrounding life

Infection & Immunity

Infection & Immunity: study of microbial pathogenesis, medical and veterinary microbiology, host-pathogen interactions, immunity to microbial infections, usage and development of vaccines and therapies against infectious diseases

Molecular Genetics & Cellular Microbiology

Molecular & Cellular Microbiology: study of microbiology not commonly thought of as directly environmental or medically significant, from molecular and microbial genetics (gene to genome) to physiology and biochemistry (metabolite to whole organism) that deal with how microorganisms live and interact with their surroundings