Public engagement

Public Engagement has developed enormously over recent years. No longer just about outreach and the communication of a particular topic or message to a ‘general public’, it is now a collection of approaches that still includes the vital activity of distributing information, but also comprises opportunities for different communities to contribute directly in a two-way approach.

The public engagement strategy of SfAM focuses on our commitment to encourage and support projects that raise awareness of the place of microbiology in the world around us, especially to under-represented groups within our discpline and those who may not already have much knowledge of microbiology.

We also seek to develop communication skills of scientists in the workplace or acedemia and frequently run workshops and competitions.

Our public engagement grant is generous, innovative and available to members and non-members alike. The grant is designed to target potential audiences using new approaches and modern communication tools.

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Public Engagement Grant 2020

Our Projects

'REMEMBER, REMEMBER!' - activities for self-isolation image

26 Mar 2020

'REMEMBER, REMEMBER!' - activities for self-isolation

'REMEMBER, REMEMBER!' is a play written by Nicola Baldwin with Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, which has now been released alongside 3 activity packs as a resource for home-schooling.


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19 Dec 2019

A Germ's Journey

Dr Katie Laird and her team talk about the Germ's Journey project - that started out as a children's book and has grown into an international public engagement initiative.


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01 Dec 2019

The Bad Bugs Bookclub 10th anniversary celebrations

The Bad Bugs Bookclub is a group for scientists and non-scientists to get together and talk about fiction books in which infectious disease forms part of the plot. 2019 marked their 10th anniversary, which SfAM's Public Engagement Grant helped make extra special.


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19 Nov 2019

How to play Microbiology Scramble

Dr Zubeyde Bayram-Weston from Swansea University piloted the game of ‘Microbiology Scramble’ at The Swansea Science Festival in October 2019 – find out how you can use this game in your public engagement events!


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28 Feb 2019

Nosocomial- a Healthcare Scientist's perspective

SfAM spoke to to Elaine Cloutman-Green about Nosocomial- a devised play about AMR, diagnosis and the unseen work of healthcare scientists.

Education Antimicrobial resistance

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31 Oct 2018

Cambridge Hands-On Science Summer Roadshow 2018

The Cambridge Hands-On Science (CHaOS) Summer Roadshow applied for a Public Engagement Grant to help finance their 2018 summer tour. Here’s what happened on the road!

Education 16 to 18 years

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01 Sep 2018

Nappy Science Gang

Sophia Collins talks about her public engagement project to get new mums into science.

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01 Mar 2018

Surgeon X

This is the story of how the comic book Surgeon X brings to life the grim yet familiar near-future world of an antibiotic apocalypse.