The Global Microbial Identifier network currently consists of people who have attended the previous meetings in Bruxelles (September 2011), Washington (March 2012), Washington (September 2012), Copenhagen (February 2013), California (September 2013), York (September 2014) and Beijing (May 2015).
The Global Microbial Identifier Network consists of approximately 228 experts members from 43 countries, including clinical-, food-, and public health microbiologists and virologists, bio-informaticians, epidemiologists, representatives from funding agencies, data hosting systems, and policy makers from academia, public health, industry, governments.
The Initiative was started in September 2011 at the first meeting convened in Bruxelles. This could also be seen as a follow-up to a EU pilot project (GESTURE) exploring the potential for global sharing of sequence data.
Since then a biennial sequence of meetings have been initiated. At the third meeting in Bethesda, September 2012 an interim Project Steering Committee composed of leaders from five countries was established.This Project Steering Committee has guided the development and implementation of a strategic plan and has set up a range of working groups to initiate specific work tasks.