General Information

The first International Congress for Microbiology was held nearly 100 years ago. In 1970 the Executive Committee decided to create three sections covering the fields of Bacteriology, Virology, and Mycology. They became three separate divisions of IUMS with complete autonomy, and with their own International Congresses.

For the first time in years, the three IUMS divisions will come together to hold a joint meeting, IUMS 2022. This will be the hybrid edition, taking place from July 20 to 22, 2022, in person in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as well as online during the same period of time.

To find more details for the meeting, please click on the tabs below:


Rotterdam Ahoy
Ahoyweg 10
Rotterdam, Netherlands
3084 BA

Congress Dates

The IUMS Congress will take place on 20 – 22 July 2022.

Congress Time Zone

The IUMS 2022 Congress will officially run on Central European Summer Time (CEST/GMT+2) – Rotterdam time. 

Congress Format - What is the Hybrid Edition?

This will be a hybrid event – in person in Rotterdam (Netherlands), as well as online during the same period of time. More information for the hybrid format can be found here. 


The official language of the Congress is English.

Traveling to Rotterdam

The city can be reached easily from across the country and abroad. To find more information on how to plan your visit, please click here.


The Netherlands uses the euro (€ or EUR) as its form of currency.  


For the Netherlands there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side.  The Netherlands operate on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz. 

Visa Requirements

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. Nationals from certain countries that are traveling for business and tourism purposes are allowed to enter the Netherlands without a visa.  The Visa Advisor helps you determine whether you need a visa, and if so what type. If your country of origin is not listed, we advise you to contact your local Dutch Embassy or Consulate for official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that may apply to you. 

Further guidelines can be found on the website of the Government of the Netherlands.  

It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa if required.  

Official Letter of Invitation

Official letters of invitation designed to help overcome administrative difficulties in certain countries will be sent on request. It must be understood that such letters do not represent a commitment on the part of the Organizing Committee or Congress to provide any financial assistance. For an invitation letter, please send your request via the Contact Us page on this website. Please make sure to send us your full name (as printed in your passport), full postal address and passport number. An official invitation letter will be created and sent to you by e-mail within 5-7 working days. 

COVID-19 Restrictions in the Netherlands

The latest information on Dutch domestic coronavirus measures can be found on the Dutch government website (in English).

Liability and Insurance

The Congress Secretariat and Organizers​ cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participants. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for your trip.

Guest Attendance Policy

All event activities (including educational sessions, meal functions, exhibit hall, etc.) are exclusively reserved for registered attendees. Non-registered guests (including children, family members, colleagues, etc.) are not allowed in any of the event areas. Badges provided at registration are required for entrance into all functions and will be strictly enforced.

Congress Organiser:

Rue François-Versonnex 7
1207 Geneva, Switzerland

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