ASM Policy Framework

The American Society for Microbiology recognizes the essential role of public policy in advancing microbial science as a cross-cutting and global endeavor. Microbiology transcends government agencies and borders, and continued advancement in the field requires adherence to certain core policy principles.
Articulating policy principles is fundamental to advocate to Congress and the Executive Branch on important issues. Therefore, the Society has set forth a broad-based framework based on 6 key policy principles that span the areas in which microbiology intersects with public policy: from health, to agriculture, to energy and the environment, to biodefense. All this must be done while promoting a culture where science can thrive.

policy principles
The policy principles were developed by ASM’s Policy Development Task Force with input from multiple stakeholders to ensure this foundation is representative of our diverse membership and addresses present and future needs.  Learn more about how the policy principles were developed in this webinar.

ASM is committed to advocating for public policies that are rooted in science. We recognize the essential role of the microbial sciences in helping to address humanity’s most daunting – and evolving – challenges. We strive to better understand diseases and conditions affecting humans, plants and animals and microbial communities that play a critical beneficial role in everything from wastewater treatment to food production to the development of lifesaving drugs.
As a core part of its mission, ASM leads, collaborates and galvanizes scientists, stakeholders and the public across multiple sectors and at multiple levels to advance the field through evidence-based public policy. We advocate for funding that reflects the tremendous scientific opportunities to fuel discoveries and build a vibrant bioeconomy. We promote researchers at all levels, and support infrastructure and training for the next generation of researchers who will build on the progress made to date and continue to drive economic activity around the globe. We believe a diverse, inclusive research environment will lead to better science and discoveries and advances that will benefit all of humankind.

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ASM Advocacy
ASM Advocacy is making it easy and providing opportunities for members to advocate for evidence-based scientific policy.