2022 roundup: revisit our top content of the year

Posted on December 20, 2022   by Microbiology Society

As 2022 comes to an end, we’re reflecting on the year behind us. Microbiology has remained a relevant and wide-reaching topic this year, whether from this summer’s Monkeypox outbreak, to the current rise of Strep A infections. In this blog post, we take a look back at our most popular content of the year. Read on, enjoy, and we’ll see you again in 2023.


Best of the blog

Back in May, Professor Neil Mabbott from the University of Edinburgh, UK, answered some frequently asked questions about monkeypox for Microbe Post. Prof. Mabbott covered lots of ground, including the symptoms of monkeypox infection, how it differs from COVID-19, and what current treatments and vaccines are available.


Most popular podcast

Our podcast episode with the most plays covered the ongoing problem of bird flu in the UK. We spoke to Dr Ian Brown from the UK Animal and Plant Health Agency about what makes this year’s bird flu outbreak bigger and more worrisome than before.

Check out the rest of this year's top five most popular podcast episodes on our SoundCloud:


Standout social media


At the start of the year, we congratulated Dr Ashley Otter from the UK Health Security Agency upon his appointment as Chair-Elect of the Federation of Infection Sciences.


Our announcement of the winners of our 2023 Prizes got many people talking on Twitter. Congratulations to all our deserving winners!


We had some exciting news from our journal Microbial Genomics, where researchers discovered ‘superworms’ capable of digesting plastic waste, thanks to a bacterial enzyme in their gut.


In November, we introduced a brand new initiative to showcase the exciting microbiology research published in our journals. ‘Microbe of the month’ features one newly-discovered microbial species each month, taken from the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology and the corresponding New to Science blog series.


Most viewed video

2022 was a special year for the Microbiology Society as it marked 75 years since our founding journal, Microbiology, published its first articles. Our most viewed YouTube video celebrates this exciting milestone and looks forward to an open access future.