About the Bad Bugs Book Club

The Bad Bugs Book Club is an initiative set up by Honorary Member of the Microbiology Society, Professor Jo Verran. The aim of the Book Club is to develop public understanding of infectious disease. Formed of scientific and non-scientific members, readers focus on literature in which infectious disease is a focus and microbiology is a key theme. 

Scientists and non-scientists are encouraged to join, to set up their own book club, suggest books and accompanying activities, and give feedback about the books that they have read, using the website information as a guide.

Learn more about the benefits of joining a book club and hear more about the experiences of current book club members: Victoria DoroninaMike Dempsey and James Redfern below. 

© Professor Jo Verran
  • Meet individuals with an interest in microbiology.
  • Engage with the public and discuss science.
  • An opportunity to stimulate undergraduate and postgraduate interest in topics and principles.
  • Consider the impact of science through storylines.
  • Determine the value of awareness of issues around infectious disease with different audiences.
  • Plan meetings around special occasions in the science calendar.
  • Share outcomes of meetings via websites and social media.

Testimonials from Bad Bugs Book Club members

For any more information about the Bad Bugs Book Club and how you can get involved, contact Professor Jo Verran at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter.

Image credits:
Jo Verran
Victoria Doronina
Mike Dempsey
James Redfern
Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library