The year 2022 is a special year for the SSM as the society will celebrate its 80thanniversary. The first Annual Assembly of SSM was held in Lausanne in the year 1942. The 80th Annual Assembly will again be in Lausanne, namely at the SwissTech Convention Center STCC. It is organized by Gilbert Greub, Christof Holliger and Pilar Junier. The motto of this special event is “Celebrating Swiss Microbiology Research”. The different contributions will mainly come from researchers working at a Swiss research institution and from Swiss citizens working at a research institution abroad. As usual we will have a very broad offer of presentations going from clinical, molecular and environmental microbiology to virology and mycology. We will also have special sessions highlighting the different research programs of national importance, namely the two NCCRs Antiresist and Microbiomes, and the two NRPs 72 (Antimicrobial Resistance) and 78 (Covid-19). Thus, whatever your field and your background, you will find for sure the science you are looking for during these three days of a vibrant and exciting meeting in Lausanne with its plenary lectures, six parallel sessions, and numerous contributed talks and posters presented by promising young researchers.