Citizen Science Project
Who took part?
As part of Antibiotics Unearthed, our aim was to engage with people about the global issue of antimicrobial resistance through a practical soil-based activity, to address some of the challenges associated with the discovery of novel antibiotics.
A series of ‘pop-up’ events took place across the UK and Ireland. At each event, there were a variety of hands-on activities for visitors to engage with the issue of antimicrobial resistance and drug discovery. Members of the public were encouraged to collect a soil sample during their visit and then prepare it for scientific analysis at the interactive stand. Participants were able to track their sample and subsequent analysis online.
Throughout the UK, 17 schools/colleges were partnered with a university, research institute, hospital laboratory or similar. Selected students sampled a soil of their choice before taking part in a series of laboratory sessions where they looked for new antibacterial compounds, experiencing real research.
At Newton Abbot College, teacher Alicia Widerman (MSc, BEd) said of the experience:
St Mary's Malne and University of Bristol
Sir Roger Manwood's School and University of Kent
Barton Court Grammar School and University of Kent
|The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School and Middlesex University||Dundee & Angus College/Baldragon Academy and the University of Dundee||Edward Jenner School|
|UTC Oxfordshire and Oxford Brookes University||St Francis College and University of Hertfordshire||Kent College and University of Kent|
|Cokethorpe School and University of Oxford||Sir Jonathan North Community College and Loughborough University||Parrs Wood High School and Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Liverpool Life Sciences UTC and University of Sheffield||Boroughtbrigde High School/New College Pontefract and University of York||Newton Abbot College and University of Exeter|
|Gresham's School and University of East Anglia||Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form College and University of East Anglia|
|University of Edinburgh||University of Westminster||University of Leeds|
University of the West of England
|Edinburgh Napier University||Cork Institute of Technology|
|University of Glasgow||Northampton University||Aberystwyth University|
|Nottingham Trent University||Royal Veterinary College||University of South Wales|
|University of Warwick||University of Birmingham||Bath Spa University|
|University of York||Blackpool and Dylde College||University College Cork|
As part of our work with Antibiotics Unearthed and ensuring we continue to learn and unearth antibiotics, the Society collaborated on cross-disciplinary match-funded PhD studentship with the University of East Anglia (UEA). We have also compiled a list of resources which can be downloaded.
Newton Abbott College A-level biology students. Alicia Wideman.