A Sustainable Future activity feed

  • The UK’s progress on the Global Goals

    On the 16 July 2019, the UK Government presented its Voluntary National Review (VNR) on National progress towards achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York.

  • Fifth anniversary of UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we share how the Society has demonstrated the impact of microbiology and how it is contributing to addressing the UN SDGS.

  • Microbe Talk: A sustainable future and antimicrobial resistance

    Professor Laura Piddock from the University of Birmingham and Dr Anne Leonard, research fellow at the University of Exeter discuss how how research into antimicrobial resistance fits into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)

  • Microbe talk: a sustainable future and a circular economy

    Professor Alison Smith Head of the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Cambridge and Emilia Wojcik, PhD student at the University of Manchester discuss how their research contributes to moving towards a circular economy as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

  • Microbe Talk: a sustainable future in soil health

    Dr Ellie Harrison, Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield and Luke Hillary, PhD student at Bangor University tell us about how their research into soil health is contributing to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

  • The Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum

    Learn more about the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum, an event which involved discussions from policy makers and stakeholders on the future of UK agricultural policy

  • Highlights from the UK AMR Strategy

    On the 24th January 2019, the UK government launched its strategy to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In this blog we highlight key points in the UK AMR Strategy and research priorities.

  • Bioeconomy: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

    In recent years, the bioeconomy has gained increasing prominence as a tool which presents solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Bioeconomy, the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into valuable products, holds particular promises for achieving several of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

  • The UK’s AMR strategy and coordinating a global response

    In this blog about the Westminster Health Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance, Dr Tina Joshi who 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, tells us more about her experience at the event.

  • Reviving the antibiotic research and development pipeline: marine natural products

    In this Microbiology Today article, we explore the work of researchers searching for antibiotics in the abyss.

  • The Global Sustainability Development Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

    In this Microbiology Today article, we present a major scientific initiative taking place at the international level: The Global Sustainability Development Report.

  • Using microbiology to bring single use plastics into a circular economy

    Biodegradable plastics can be converted into useful end products such as fertiliser, biogas and chemical products by an industrial process called anaerobic digestion. Find out more about how and why this is beneficial to our environment.

  • Plastic waste: a global challenge and an opportunity for microbiology

    Professor Kevin O’Connor and Dr Tanja Narancic develop technologies which could open up new recycling opportunities and reduce plastic pollution. Find out more about their research in this news story.

  • An interview with Dr Tina Joshi

    Dr Tina Joshi is a Lecturer in Molecular Microbiology (teaching and research) at the University of Plymouth, UK. Here she talks about how her research could help tackle antimicrobial resistance and AMR as a health issue.

  • An interview with Professor Penny Hirsch

    In this interview Professor Penny Hirsch tells us about her career in microbiology and her research into the complexity of soil microbial communities.

  • An interview with Lynsay Blake

    Dr Lynsay Blake is a proteomics PDRA and until recently a Daphne Jackson Research Fellow at Durham University. She is also a member of the Microbiology Society and, in this interview, tells us more about how her research is contributing to moving towards a more circular economy and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

  • Why is soil microbiology important?

    As part of our ‘A Sustainable Future’ policy project, we spoke to Professor Matthew Goddard from the University of Lincoln about his research into the soil microbiome.

  • An interview with Omololu Fagunwa

    As part of our ‘A Sustainable Future’ project, we spoke to Omololu Fanguwa, who is a PhD student at the University of Huddersfield and a member of the Microbiology Society. In this interview, he tells us about his career in microbiology and his recent review article published in Access Microbiology on how microbiology can accelerate the sustainable development goals.

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Tina Joshi 
Penny Hirsch
Lynsay Blake
Omololu Fagunwa