ASM Action Center

ASM has your back on journal access, career advice and connecting you to the global community of microbiologists. Now ASM is making it easy and providing opportunities for members to advocate for evidence-based science policy. Check this page often for our current legislative action items and policy resources.

Ongoing Campaigns

Take the Message to Congress

When advocating for science, it is particularly important that the messages be clearly presented, compelling to nonscientists and based on scientific evidence. The American Society for Microbiology Advocacy team has created the following guide to help you communicate with Congress.

View the Guide

Advocating at Your Institution

The Importance of Your Engagement

As Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL-11) highlighted during an exclusive meeting with ASM advocates, future funding and ongoing legislation will have wide-ranging implications for science, including the bioeconomy and the scientific workforce.
Rep. Ami Bera thanks ASM for its advocacy work during the COVID-19 pandemic and on the Tracking Pathogens Act.


ASM has developed several factsheets to help you advocate for high-profile issues in the microbial sciences. These educational factsheets are designed for you to share with a non-scientific audience, such as policymakers and government officials, and to augment formal requests for science policy and funding. If you have any questions about these factsheets, please email

Factsheets are available for download on the following topics:

Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

AMR in Agriculture

Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD)

Microbial Sciences in Agriculture