The International Union of Microbiological Societies was founded in 1927 as the Inter¬national Society for Microbiology. lts first President was Nobel Laureate and Director of the Pasteur Institute in Brussels (Belgium), Jules Bordet. The first International Congress for Microbiology was held in Paris in 1930. At the time of the 10th International Con¬gress of Microbiology held in Mexico in 1970 the Executive Committee decided to create three sections covering the fields of Bacteriology, Virology and Mycology. Subsequently these sections became three separate divisions of IUMS possessing complete autonomy in the conduct of their affairs and the organization of their International Congresses (past and future International IUMS Congresses).

 IUMS Presidents Past and Present

1927 1930

Jules Bordet

1982-1986

P Gerhardt

1931-1936

Jules Bordet

1986-1988

K Arima

1936-1939

J C G Ledingham

1988-1990

S Sasaki

1939-1947

T M Rivers

1990-1994

Rita R Colwell

1947-1950

T Madsen

1994-1999

P Helena Makela

1950-1951

O da Fonseca

1999-2002

BWJ Mahy

1953-1958

MacFarlane Burnet

2002-2005

J Davies

1958-1966

André Lwoff

2005-2008

K-H Schleifer

1966-1970

André Lwoff

2008-2011

D Sordelli

1970-1974

V M Zhdanov

2011-2014

G. Smith

1974-1978

Ashley Miles H P

1978-1982

R Seelinger

 A more detailed essay on the history of IUMS is written as

  • The International Union of Microbiological Societies, IUMS by Karl-Heinz Schelifer (IUMS president from 2005-2008) in Research in Microbiology 159: 45-48 (2008). Download the PDF
  • A history of the international union of microbiological societies  (1927-1990) by Eric Kupferberg, PhD. February 1993. Download the PDF.
  • A history of the Mycology Division under IUMS. Download the PDf.