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The German society for hygiene and microbiology (DGHM) is a German scientific specialized company, which dedicates itself non-profit to the promotion of the medical research in the areas of the Infektiologie and microbiology.

Goals and tasks

Apart from the protection of interests of the own disciplines outward and in relation to the politics policy stimulation the own research project by symposiums and smaller trade conferences stand at the very front on the agenda.

The DGHM is besides involved during the definition of national micro-biological reference laboratories. On their suggestion the accreditation of these laboratories takes place via the German Federal Ministry for health. The setting of tasks for such reference laboratories precisely to intend, their obligation for comprehensive documentation of its results and activities as well as the promotion of information exchange between the reference laboratories on national and international level is part of the work.

Structures, emphasis, memberships

Scientific emphasis is created by the education by specialized groups. Their reestablishment takes place on need and desire of the members. At present (2006) accordingly five specialized groups (fG) exist. Everyone is led by an executive committee (chairman, deputy chairmen, secretary). Task of the specialized groups is it, the members of the DGHM, particularly with the topic of the fG is occupied to summarize and this topic by specialized group conferences to give symposiums also beyond the national range and together with further interested societies (VAAM) the current scientific background. Each member of the DGHM has the possibility of cooperating in maximally three of the fG actively.

On the meeting of the members in the year 2002 the introduction was decided by constant working groups. Constant working groups can be formed by the executive committee for the perception of special tasks and dissolved again. Their members are determined either directly or on suggestion of the constant working group by the executive committee. At present (2006) there are four constant working groups: "Diagnostic procedures in the microbiology", "hospital hygiene", "clinical microbiology/Infektiologie", "reference centers and Konsiliarlaboratorien".

The work of the specialized groups and constant working groups is financially supported by the DGHM. With its more than 1,900 members the DGHM presents itself thus today than an active dynamic society, their scientific emphasis in particular in the areas of the medical and scientific microbiology, to which Infektiologie as well as the hospital hygiene and environmental sanitation/environmental toxicology see.

By its membership in that internationally union OF Microbiological Societies (IUMS) and the Federation OF European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) holds it besides with the most diverse international specialized companies close contact. In addition it exerts influence on national interests in the context of its membership in the working group of the scientific medical specialized companies (AWMF) in the medicine, by taking position to all substantial aspects of amending the training program for the medical profession up to the restriction of the scientific work by legal measures (among other things animal law for the protection, genetic engineering law, infection law for the protection) from its specializedspecific perspective.


was created the DGHM on 01 June 1906 as "free combination for microbiology". Almost all important professors, private lecturer and authors of the subject in Germany took part actively. Robert cook, who is called occasionally also as initial member, was at this time on journeys in Africa. But it seems to have signaled its agreement that it wanted to go through, as soon as it had returned.

A first change of name experienced the specialized company on its congress in peppering castle 1922, where it renamed itself into "German combination for microbiology". In the postwar year finally 1949 at the congress in Frankfurt it gave itself its today valid name "German society for hygiene and microbiology".

Since soon it turned out that the Ausdiffennzierung unfolded strong after scientific Unterdisziplinen and stormily for more self-sufficiency was required, had to decide 1977 an amendment of the by-laws, the four sections:

  • Naturwissenschafliche microbiology,
  • Medical microbiology,
  • Hygiene and
  • Virologie

to equip with own executive committees. Since as a result of this structure common scientific cooperating desired more and more was overlaid by individual self-interests of the sections, the meeting of the members of the DGHM decided 1991 in the abolition of these sections. The executive committee was made smaller at the same time on five members, the term of office of the president was shortened on one year and introduced for the congresses and meetings of the members the yearly rhythm.

See also

Infection-epidemiological yearbook

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