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August 15, 2022
On 18 May 2022, the Irish Department for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) published ‘Impact 2030’, its new Research and Innovation (R&I) Strategy. Here, our Policy and Engagement Officer Katie O’Connor reflects on ‘Impact 2030’ and the future of Irish R&I.
August 10, 2022
On 17 May 2022, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) held their annual event 'Science and the Senedd' that works to connect Welsh decision makers with the scientific community. Here, Microbiology Society Champion Issy Centeleghe from Cardiff University reflects on her experience representing the Society at this event.
May 17, 2021
The UK is facing severe financial pressures because of COVID-19 and its impact on the economy. As a result, the UK government has decided to reduce the funds available for Official Development Assistance (ODA), which includes research projects funded via UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) from the ODA budget. In this blog, Eva Scholtus discusses the impact of these cuts.
June 11, 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, politicians are looking to experts from the scientific community to inform the government’s response to control the spread of the virus. Microbiologists have contributed to the management of many public health emergencies and we are reflecting on how members of our community have used their expertise to help manage these events. In this blog, past President of the Microbiology Society Professor Sir T. Hugh Pennington discusses his experience as Chairman of a number of Public Enquiries into outbreaks of Escherichia coli O157 in the UK.
May 22, 2020
As part of our 'A Sustainable Future' policy project, the Microbiology Society's policy team have produced three special episodes of Microbe Talk to explore the role of microbiology to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. This episode, Hannah speaks with Dr Ellie Harrison, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and Luke Hillary, PhD student at Bangor University to find out about how their research into soil health contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
April 14, 2020
The Westminster Health Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance took place on Thursday 20 February 2020 at Glaziers Hall, London – a month before the country went on lockdown due to the infectious disease SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. The event was run by the Westminster Health Forum. Dr Tina Joshi was invited to attend as a member of the Microbiology Society Policy Committee, member of the Science Committee of Antibiotic Research UK, and on behalf of the University of Plymouth, where she lectures their future NHS biomedical scientists and healthcare staff on clinical microbiology (particularly on the impact of antimicrobial resistance).
February 13, 2020
Last year Joanne Kite, PhD student at the University of Surrey, attended the Science Policy Workshop jointly run by the Microbiology Society and the Society for Applied Microbiology. The workshop discussed how scientists can influence government policies and how to communicate with policymakers. Here, Joanne discusses her experience of the event.
December 20, 2019
As we come to the end of another year, we are having a period of reflection here at Microbe Post. Today, we’re looking back at some of the most popular blog posts of 2019, so grab a cup of tea and revisit some of the best of the year with us – what a year it has been!