In the 1980s a group of consultant medical microbiologists met to form a society that would foster the scientific interests of those hospital doctors who were interested in nosocomial or hospital acquired infections.
The Society moved into permanent premises at 162 King’s Cross Road London in July 2002 and Professor Sir Liam Donaldson officially opened the headquarters in March 2003.

On 30th April 2002 an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society was held to vote on a new constitution, the first time major changes have been made since its inception.  There is now a reduced membership fee for trainees and an associate membership category (without voting rights) open to all interested parties. The Charity Commissioners were consulted on the proposed changes and approved the new Constitution. A further amendment to the Objectives of the Society was voted on and adopted unanimously at the AGM in September 2012.

The previous HIS Officers can be seen on this link (https://www.his.org.uk/about-his/council/) and council elections are held annually.

The HIS conference was traditionally held every 4 years but in 2010 Council agreed that there was sufficient demand for a bi-annual event.  This event has developed into a multi stream event with a large number of papers and posters presented.  For more information visit (https://www.his.org.uk/conference-events/current-conference/)