Dear Friends of Louis Pasteur,

We celebrate this year the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Pasteur, a global figure in scientific and medical research, a co-founder of the field of microbiology and a pioneer in global health.

His scientific work and thinking about how research should be conducted and its impact for society led to what would become a great scientific movement. The “Pasteur ethos” continues to inspire scientists at the Institut Pasteur, across the Pasteur Network and all over the world.

This jubilee provides a unique opportunity to commemorate the life and legacy of Louis Pasteur who once said: “Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world”.

In today’s world, let us celebrate Louis Pasteur’s scientific and humanitarian values.

I wish you all an excellent jubilee conference.


Prof. Sir Stewart Cole
President of the Institut Pasteur

Dear attendees of the Pasteur Jubilee Conference,

I am honoured and very pleased to welcome to you at the Pasteur Jubilee Conference in Warsaw as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of birth of Louis Pasteur. Louis Pasteur was one of the greatest microbiologists of all time. His work was extremely important for the development of Microbiology and the health and wellbeing of mankind. So, I am very pleased with this initiative in Warsaw. I hope that the work of Pasteur can remind us of the world changing potential of microbiology – subject that all of us share the deepest passion for.
I welcome you at this conference in my capacity as the President of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) and the Patron of this conference. The Polish Society of Microbiologists is a valued Member Societies of FEMS, and the Polish Microbiologists are our highly respected colleagues. FEMS is honoured to act as a Patron for this Jubilee Conference and has supported and promoted it via our website and social media activities. Under the grand umbrella of FEMS, we can work to advance and unify the goals of microbiologists and Microbiological Societies across the world.
From the very start of my career as an academic, I have been involved with learned societies. I always emphasized the importance of participating in learned societies to my research group. Being involved in senior roles in these societies, including being the President of the Microbiology Society and of ISME, has educated and motivated me greatly. What drives me onwards as President, is working closely with the member societies of the Federation as there is such a variety of sizes and resources available from them.
As Microbiologists we need to be good communicators too; realising the importance of Microbiology for our society and the planet – and helping to build conversations with all members of the public around how to live as much harmoniously as possible with the microbes that shape, break, and make our modern world.
Many of the microbiologists within the Federation are early career researchers. I’ve been frequently asked to speak to groups of early career researchers, for example about my own journey and also about what advice I might give to them. I try to encourage those who, like me, are the first in their families to go to university, to study for a PhD and onwards to an academic career. I am passionate about widening participation and raising awareness of the need for diversity in our profession to help solve some of the most pressing problems globally.
I am keen to make a plea for further volunteers, either at an individual learned society level or a Federation, such as FEMS. To my mind, volunteering opens up a different world that you may not have known otherwise. You have the opportunity to acquire new skills and I have found that these have enriched my ‘day job’ greatly. Please do think about stepping up in a learned society; I have found it to be a very rewarding experience and it has greatly helped me to grow my network too!
So, on this momentous anniversary, we gather here to celebrate birth of a world changing microbiologist, Louis Pasteur. I hope that we can draw inspiration from his example, as we turn our gaze to the future of our discipline and encourage microbiology to grow into all of its potential, diversity, impact, and brilliance.


Prof. Hilary Lappin-Scott
FEMS President