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June 17, 2019
The Peter Wildy Prize Lecture is awarded each year for outstanding contributions to microbiology education or the communication of microbiology to the public. Professor Laura Bowater (University of East Anglia) won this year’s prize for her work as a committed science communicator who has engaged with a variety of audiences using different media and activities to raise awareness about the role of microbiology in society and of the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance.
June 14, 2019
This month on Microbe Talk is the second episode of Domino Effect, the podcast series where a Microbiology Society member is interviewed by another microbiologist who they have never met before. In this episode, Dr Lena Ciric, senior lecturer at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London (UCL) is interviewed by Sarah Jones, PhD student studying Geomicrobiology at Birkbeck and UCL.
June 4, 2019
This year, there were over 600 Pint of Science events across the UK. Pint of Science is a worldwide science festival which brings researchers to your local pub/cafe to present their scientific discoveries. We caught up with Rebecca Hall, who took part in York's Ecology and Evolution session earlier this month.
May 16, 2019
Last week, a group of Microbiology Society staff visited the Bacterial World exhibition at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, and were lucky to be accompanied by our President, Judith Armitage, who was lead research consultant for the exhibition.
February 20, 2019
As a budding researcher studying antibiotic resistance, I have always tried to find fun and interesting ways to convey our research during our outreach events. For me, the answer was with board games! After developing a small card game for a lab outreach event, followed by serendipitous conversation with a collaborator in South East Asia, a project was born: I would use my Professional Internships for PhD Students placement to go and create a board game to teach about antibiotic resistance in Bangkok, Thailand.
February 8, 2019
On 17-18 January, Microbiology Society member Dr Rachel Exley, lecturer at Oxford University, attended the Wellcome Trust to celebrate 10 years of e-Bug. The event focused on public education of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Here, Rachel discusses her experience at the event.
December 17, 2018
Dr. Steve Ormerod, Professor of Biosciences at Cardiff University, Co-Director of the Cardiff Water Research Institute, and Vice President of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), spoke at this month's Policy Lunchbox. In his talk on the importance of academic engagement with policy, Steve shared his personal experiences in engaging with the policy process and how other scientists can maximise their policy impact. Here, Eva Scholtus from the Microbiology Society’s Policy Team, summarises Steve’s key take-home messages for academics wanting to engage with policy-makers.
September 18, 2018
Microbes can colonise and transform environments that are considered harsh for humans. This was demonstrated by a team from the University of Manchester’s geomicrobiology group at Bluedot festival in their stall ‘Life at the Extremes’. This music festival, held at the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, celebrates science, art and culture. This year, Bluedot was held between 19 and 22 July.