SIMB Announces Membership Updates for 2023

Posted 10/24/22 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.

The Society’s simplified membership types and new rates will help it offer more value to members than ever before.

Fairfax, VA (October 19, 2022) – As 2022 comes to an end, we here at SIMB are reflecting on what we’ve learned this year and reviewing our goals for the year ahead.

A Year in Review

The SIMB Board of Directors meeting at SBFC 2022

In 2022, SIMB launched several new initiatives, including an Online Engagement Task Force, a Policy and Advocacy Working Group, and a Student/Postdoc/Early-Career Ad-Hoc Committee. By year’s end, we’ll have hosted three major meetings—and we’ve been gearing up for four more in 2023! SIMB also hired a new Executive Director and a Marketing and Communications Coordinator, who have joined our longtime staff to support and expand upon the benefits and services SIMB members know and love.

Read SIMB President Nigel Mouncey’s vision and priorities for 2023 here.

In short, it’s been a busy year, and we’re laying the foundation for great things next year, too. Our updated membership types and rates will help support these investments in the community!

U.S. and Non-U.S. Membership

Attendees of the 2022 SIMB Annual Meeting during the Q&A with keynote speaker Dr. Jay Keasling

SIMB is an international society that includes great minds and companies from around the world. To simplify membership and ensure straightforward access to SIMB’s broad suite of membership benefits for everyone everywhere, U.S. and Non-U.S. memberships have now been consolidated into one membership type: Regular membership.

Regular membership will now be $150/year, and it comes with many valuable benefits, including:

  • • Networking opportunities with diverse professionals in industry, academia, and national labs to help members exchange ideas with their peers and find support for their work and career
  • • Access to industry-oriented news and education to help members keep up with the latest and most relevant information, technology, methods, and applications
  • • Discounts on learning and publishing to enhance members’ knowledge and skills and promote their work and accomplishments

Student Membership

Francesca Gambacorta, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, receiving an award at SBFC 2022

Student membership for full-time grad students and postdocs has been reduced to just $40—now an even more affordable investment for those early in their career to help them build the skills, experience, and connections they need to succeed in this industry. Benefits of particular interest to Student Members may include:

  • • Career opportunities to help students find the jobs, experience, and connections they need to succeed in the industry long after they graduate
  • • Mentoring opportunities with diverse professionals in industry, academia, and national labs to help students develop their ideas and find support for their work and career
  • • Even bigger discounts on learning and publishing to make enhancing students’ knowledge and skills and promoting their work and accomplishments more affordable on a tight budget

What’s Next?

Members of SIMB’s Quarter Century Club gather at the 2022 SIMB Annual Meeting

Whether you are reading SIMB News, attending SIMB meetings, sharing your research in JIMB, or searching for (or posting) jobs in the SIMB CareerCenter, this Society is committed to your future.

Let’s see what 2023 has in store for the industry together.

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Join the Society or renew your SIMB membership online here.

Or click here to download a membership application.

Individual Membership Types Summary



Available to professionals in industry, academia, government, consulting, etc.

Access to all benefits; includes voting rights in SIMB elections



Available to full-time graduate students and postdocs for five (5) years

Access to all benefits; does not include voting rights in SIMB elections



Available to current 20-year members who are now retired; *requires Board approval

Access to all benefits; includes voting rights in SIMB elections

Corporate Memberships

Click here to learn how SIMB corporate membership could be a valuable investment for your organization.

About SIMB

The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to the advancement of microbiological sciences, especially as they apply to industrial products, biotechnology, materials, and processes. Founded in 1949, SIMB promotes the exchange of scientific information through its meetings and publications, and serves as liaison among the specialized fields of microbiology. Membership in the Society is extended to all scientists and companies in the general field of microbiology.

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