Our Work

Every year as part of ASM Microbe, our annual meeting, ASM organizes numerous public engagement activities. These events provide attendees with opportunities to participate in public-facing interactions that bring science outside of the meeting confines. Members of the local community in which Microbe takes place get the chance to meet with scientists and discuss their interests, concerns and questions.

ASM Microbe 2023

This year's meeting will feature a number of public events:

Day of Science

The "Day of Science" is a fun, free science festival and is open to the public. All are welcome to take part and enjoy the hands-on science activities and demos.

Activities include:

  • Picture the microbes
  • What’s on your hands??
  • Make your own agar art

When: Saturday June 17, 12 - 4 PM

Where: Lott Hall, Hermann Park (6201 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030)

Cost: Free!

Hand print

Agar Art hand print

How to Get Involved

Host an Activity

Do you have a pubic-facing, hands-on demo or activity that you want to share with the world? Apply by May 15 to present at the Day of Science. There is no charge.


We're looking for interested volunteers to help out with the various activities taking place during the day. Help engage with the local Houston community!


Companies and organizations interested in sponsoring the event should contact ASM Public Outreach Program Officer Geoff Hunt.

One of our wonderful volunteers performing a science demo.

Science festival volunteer

ASM volunteers help bring science to the community.

Micro Bazaar

Interested in the microbiology of food? Join us for this immersive experience, where you'll get to explore the most up-to-date research and application of food microbial technology, and learn about what's coming next!

When: Wednesday June 14, 6 - 8 PM

Where: St. Arnold Brewing Company (2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020)

Cost: Free!

More information coming soon!

Agar Art on Display

Come check out our gallery of Agar Art and other stunning scientific images, and meet the artists themselves! More information coming soon.