Case studies

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were introduced in 2015. They are a collection of 17 global goals which aim to produce a fairer, more prosperous and more sustainable world by 2030. Now, ten years before the deadline we are starting a ‘decade of action’ to attempt to overcome the issues which current analysis shows will prevent us from achieving these goals by 2030.

The Microbiology Society is undertaking a project entitled A Sustainable Future as part of our 75th Anniversary, which aims to highlight the SDGs to our members and empower them to use their research to evidence and impact the goals. Microbiology impacts many of the SDGs in different ways and we have selected three areas where microbiology has large and interesting contributions to make: antimicrobial resistance, the circular economy and soil health.

We are currently asking for our members to submit case studies if they have an interesting story to tell in any of these three areas. Case studies will be published throughout 2020 on the project webpage, promoted on social media, and may be edited for inclusion in the reports.

Perhaps you have been working on an innovative project with exciting results? Are you working in an interdisciplinary way with other researchers and stakeholders to further the reach of microbiology? Or maybe you just have a great story to tell about your research. We want to hear from you.

Suggested case study structure:

We are looking for case studies that are 400–800 words long. If you already have a great story in mind and know how you would like to tell it then please structure your story the way you want to tell it. If you would like more structure and guidance to help you tell your story, then please feel free to use the framework below.

  • What are the challenges/needs that this research/initiative addresses?
  • What findings and solutions were provided by this research/initiative?
  • How can this research/initiative support the transition to a more sustainable future?
  • What is the future for research and innovation in this area?
Please send your case studies to

If you have any questions or want help with your case study, then please feel free to contact the policy team at

If you are unsure about where your research fits, then please read our pages below.