Microbial Science Research in the Post-COVID Environment.
- Author(s): Nguyen, Nguyen K
- Burnham, Carey-Ann D
- Casadevall, Arturo
- Estes, Mary K
- Ferrell, Rebecca V
- Fleiszig, Suzanne MJ
- speakers, moderators, and panelists of the ASM Virtual Symposium: Microbial Science Research in the Post-COVID Environment
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1128/mbio.01116-21
Since early 2020, the world has witnessed the unprecedented accomplishments of the scientific community in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. In the meantime, we also learned valuable lessons and recognized the challenges that hindered our successes. In this article, we synthesize the ideas discussed at the ASM Virtual Symposium: Microbial Science Research in the Post-COVID Environment on 10 November 2020. We propose three new approaches that microbiology researchers can embrace to overcome these challenges. Moreover, we suggest broad systematic changes to focus on social impacts, teamwork, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe these values are needed to prepare the microbial science research community for future opportunities and challenges.