A micro blog

Our blog hosts talented scientists and writers who are given the freedom to write on whatever microbiological subjects they choose.

All our writers are elligble and encouraged to write for our blog. If you would like to write an article for us then email communications@sfam.org.uk.

18 May 2020

Superbugs: an unseen threat in the race against the COVID-19 pandemic

ECS member Binod Rayamajhee talks about AMR in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blog  Antimicrobial resistance  Antimicrobials 

23 Apr 2020

Board games: activities for self-isolation

ECS Secretary James Williamson takes a break from pandemic-related news with a lighthearted guide on the best board games for you to try in quarantine.


E. coli: a really useful bug image

06 Apr 2020

E. coli: a really useful bug

Alli Cartwright discusses the (not-so-humble) E. coli, and all the ways it's helped us as humans.

Bioremediation to clean air, water & soils Biotechnology

Oncoviruses: an envelope no-one wants to receive  image

31 Mar 2020

Oncoviruses: an envelope no-one wants to receive 

Georgia Jones describes the link between viruses and cancer

The dreaded PhD suspension image

18 Feb 2020

The dreaded PhD suspension

SfAM's Science Policy Officer Lucky Cullen dug out this article from 2015, on her experiences of PhD suspension and illness in the first year of her PhD.

2020 Blogs

07 Feb 2020

Accepting failure in academia


05 Feb 2020

Crayfish conservation: a battle against microbes

Blog  Water microbiology 

20 Jan 2020

London's microbiota - John Snow in Soho

Blog  Water microbiology 

10 Jan 2020

London's microbiota - the Great Beer Flood of 1814

Blog  Brewing 

07 Jan 2020

Understanding 2019's AMR reports

Blog  Veterinary Microbiology  Antimicrobials  Antimicrobial resistance 

06 Jan 2020

Something in the water: microbial water quality

Blog  Microbiological environmental monitoring & control  Wastewater treatment 


2019 Blogs

10 Dec 2019

London's microbiota - a torch for Carting Lane


26 Nov 2019

My first conference - as an undergraduate


12 Nov 2019

Microbes: climate change accelerator or saviour?

Blog  Biotechnology  Geomicrobiology 

28 Oct 2019

Five spooky microbes for Hallowe'en


08 Oct 2019

Mental health: mind over matter or mind over microbes?


01 Oct 2019

Antibacterial products in the home


29 Aug 2019

The student experience – would it be complete without microbes?


08 Aug 2019

Yeast: deliciously ancient

Blog  Brewing 

07 Jun 2019

5 reasons to attend a conference

Blog  Education  Undergraduate and above 

30 May 2019

Microbes - part of our DNA

Blog  Role of microbes in veterinary medicine or animal taxonomy 

24 May 2019

A voice for Africa at Canadian Microbiome conference

Blog  Environmental Microbiology 

20 May 2019

STI Testing: At-Home Edition

Blog  Medical Microbiology  Microbial pathogenesis & epidemiology 

10 May 2019


Blog  Agricultural Microbiology  Environmental Microbiology  Antimicrobials 

26 Apr 2019

Lindsey Fitzharris- The Butchering Art

Blog  Education 

19 Mar 2019

International capacity building grant

Blog  Education 

06 Mar 2019

British Science Association Media Fellowships

Blog  Education 

04 Mar 2019

Scicomm Vs the public

Blog  Education 

28 Feb 2019

Nosocomial- a Healthcare Scientist's perspective

Blog  Education  Antimicrobial resistance 

27 Feb 2019


Blog  Education  Antimicrobial resistance 

22 Feb 2019

Sexual health- view from the frontline

Blog  Medical Microbiology  Antimicrobial resistance  Microbial pathogenesis & epidemiology 

19 Feb 2019

SfAM Student Placement Scholarship

Blog  Education 

13 Feb 2019

Everything you need to know about AMR

Blog  Antimicrobial resistance 

30 Jan 2019

Can you hear the Silent Spring?

Blog  Environmental Microbiology  Soil microbiology  Antimicrobial resistance 

17 Jan 2019

PhD Vs illness

Blog  Education 

14 Jan 2019

Learning from David Attenborough

Blog  Education 

01 Jan 2019

Is immunotherapy the key to curing cancer?

Blog  Medical Microbiology  Education  Antimicrobial resistance 

01 Sep 2012

2012 SiP AUTUMN.pdf


2018 Blogs

22 Nov 2018

At home with microbes

Blog  Microbiological environmental monitoring & control  Environmental Microbiology 

17 Nov 2018

Top 10 Tips for poster writing

Blog  Education 

16 Nov 2018

A greener lab footprint

Blog  Education 

31 Oct 2018

Cambridge Hands-On Science Summer Roadshow 2018

Blog  Education  16 to 18 years 

24 Oct 2018

Microbes in Space

Blog  Environmental Microbiology  Antimicrobial resistance 

22 Oct 2018

The future is phage?

Blog  Antimicrobial resistance  Biotechnology 

27 Sep 2018

Lab grown food of the future

Blog  Microbial fermentations and biotechnological applications in foods  Food Microbiology  Biotechnology 

04 Sep 2018

Superbugs - an Arms Race against Bacteria

Blog  Antimicrobial resistance 

29 May 2018

Dinosaurs Vs microbes

Blog  Role of microbes in veterinary medicine or animal taxonomy  Environmental Microbiology  Education 

15 Mar 2018

Growing fabric of the future

Blog  Water microbiology  Brewing 


2017 Blogs

19 Dec 2018

Overcoming challenges

Blog  Education 

13 Nov 2017

A Year Without Antibiotics

Blog  Antimicrobials  Antimicrobial resistance 

26 May 2017

Policy Lunchbox: Access and Benefit sharing through the Nagoya Protocol


27 Feb 2017

Pollen has a microbiome!

Blog  Microbiological environmental monitoring & control  Environmental Microbiology  Antimicrobial resistance 

17 Jan 2017

Microbiology of Lego

Blog  Microbiological environmental monitoring & control 

05 Dec 2016

Let Them Eat Dirt- Saving Your Child from an Oversanitized World

Blog  Human microbiota  Environmental Microbiology  Education