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The Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology (KMB) is the largest single microbiology and biotechnology membership organization in Korea. Membership has grown from a few scientists in 1973 to over 2,000 members today. KMB represents more than 10 divisions of microbiological and biotechnological specializations. The mission of the Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology is to promote the microbiological sciences and biotechnological applications. To meet the needs of our members, our activities include: (1) publishing journals and books; and convening meetings, workshops and colloquia; (2) conducting and supporting education, training and public information programs to facilitate the dissemination and application of new microbiological and biotechnological knowledge addressing scientific matters affecting the public interest; (3) promoting the microbiological and biotechnological sciences with actions that both preserve the heritage, tradition and credibility of the microbiology and biotechnology profession, and also recognize promise, achievement, and distinction among its practitioners; and (4) setting an example of ethical and professional behavior for all students and practitioners of microbiology and biotechnology. The KMB strives to ensure that all of our programs, products and services are of the highest possible quality provided at the lowest possible cost, and serve our members and other constituencies well.

Eligibility to become a Full Member of the Society is open to any person who is interested in microbiology and biotechnology and holds at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in microbiology or biotechnology related fields. Many members hold advanced degrees, including a large number at the master's, PhD, ScD, DrPH and MD level. A regularly matriculated student of microbiology or biotechnology related field is eligible to become a student member.

The KMB publishes 3 professional journals: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Korean Journal of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, and the KMB News which keep members informed of Society activities, meetings, educational and employment opportunities, new publications, and national political developments of interest to the microbiological and biotechnological community. KMB holds a General Meeting every year at which new developments in microbiology and biotechnology will be presented. Approximately 300 papers are presented each year.