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The Convergent Effect of International Collaboration between Young Leaders of Two Global Societies: Strengthening Microbiology Education and Training Practices Worldwide

    Authors: Tomislav Meštrović1,*, Muge Cevik2, Tatiana Castro Abreu Pinto3, Aleksandra Barać4, Luis E. Servín-Garcidueñas5, David S.Y. Ong6
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    Affiliations: 1: Clinical Microbiology and Parasitology, Unit Polyclinic “Dr. Zora Profozić,” Zagreb, Croatia, and University Centre Varaždin, University North, Varaždin, Croatia; 2: Regional Infectious Diseases Unit, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K., and University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K; 3: Instituto de Microbiologia Paulo de Goes, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; 4: Clinic for Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Clinical Centre of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia, and Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; 5: Laboratory of Microbiomics, National School of Higher Studies Morelia, National University of Mexico, Morelia, Mexico; 6: Department of Epidemiology, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Centre Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, and Department of Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Franciscus Gasthuis and Vlietland, Rotterdam, Netherlands
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    • Received 31 July 2018 Accepted 02 November 2018 Published 26 April 2019
    • ©2019 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology
    • [open-access] This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ and https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode), which grants the public the nonexclusive right to copy, distribute, or display the published work.

    • *Corresponding author. Mailing address: University North, University Centre Varaždin, Ul. 104. brigade 3, 42 000 Varaždin, Croatia,. Phone: +385 42 493 338. Fax: +385 42 493 336., E-mail: [email protected].
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. April 2019 vol. 20 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v20i1.1669
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    Abstract:

    There has never been a more critical time than the present for young microbiologists to engage in continuous postgraduate education. Next-generation microbiologists need to integrate several scientific disciplines in the early stages of their careers to keep up with the ever-changing nature of microbiology (advent of high-throughput sequencing platforms, bioinformatics, complex omic, culture and systems-biology approaches) and to ensure timely response to the current global health and biodiversity threats. Here we propose that international collaboration of young experts would help to address the challenges in microbiology training and serve as a communication bridge between senior and early career scientists. To establish a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the Trainee Association (TAE) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the Young Leaders Circle (YLC) of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have joined forces to adequately represent the interests of young members within the two largest societies in the field of microbiology. Through this partnership, both societies aim to promote continuous education for young scientists and the general public. Additionally, we intend to identify shared objectives and introduce joint activities that could lead to a beneficial exchange process for a long-lasting relationship. This partnership further contributes to advancing both the quality and quantity of education.

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Abstract:

There has never been a more critical time than the present for young microbiologists to engage in continuous postgraduate education. Next-generation microbiologists need to integrate several scientific disciplines in the early stages of their careers to keep up with the ever-changing nature of microbiology (advent of high-throughput sequencing platforms, bioinformatics, complex omic, culture and systems-biology approaches) and to ensure timely response to the current global health and biodiversity threats. Here we propose that international collaboration of young experts would help to address the challenges in microbiology training and serve as a communication bridge between senior and early career scientists. To establish a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the Trainee Association (TAE) of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the Young Leaders Circle (YLC) of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have joined forces to adequately represent the interests of young members within the two largest societies in the field of microbiology. Through this partnership, both societies aim to promote continuous education for young scientists and the general public. Additionally, we intend to identify shared objectives and introduce joint activities that could lead to a beneficial exchange process for a long-lasting relationship. This partnership further contributes to advancing both the quality and quantity of education.

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