Max Häggblom, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, is one of two long-standing editors-in-chief honored with a Federation of European Microbiological Societies Special Merit Award for his extraordinary support of students and early-career researchers in addition to his ongoing efforts in growing the impact of the journal, FEMS Microbiology Ecology.
This award recognizes exceptional contributions to FEMS and the microbiological community, and is presented by the federation in acknowledgement and appreciation to individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ in terms of effort and achievement.
Häggblom has been editor-in-chief of FEMS Microbiology Ecology since January 2011 and his efforts have led to consistent growth of its reputation over those years. He has created strong links in particular between FEMS Microbiology Ecology and a number of universities and research institutes in China and several conferences, such as the biennial Polar and Alpine Microbiology conference and Symposium on Sponge Microbiology.
He has also contributed as speaker, chair and in other ways to several FEMS congresses, and has presented several workshops to early-career researchers and students on the topic, “Get Your Work Published,” in FEMS Microbiology Ecology in events across the U.S., Europe and China, including the Online Conference on Microbiology 2020. Häggblom will also be presenting on the topic at the upcoming World Microbe Forum digital meeting jointly organized by FEMS and the American Society for Microbiology in June 2021.
Häggblom has been a driving force behind a new initiative, the FEMS Microbiology Ecology webinars, which have proved to be very popular with attendees numbering in the hundreds. These webinars, with authors outlining their research, provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of key research, enabling the flow of ideas to continue despite the cancellation of in-person events and conferences. The webinars have since been expanded to other FEMS journals.
This story first appeared on the FEMS website.