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  • Ice and bacteria- frozen in time

    Allison Cartwright is our ECS Publications Officer. Here, she looks at the fascinating survival of frozen bacteria.  As Christmas nears and we dream of snow and ice (currently seen from my window!), I can’t help but wonder, what amazing microbes… Read More ›

  • Growing ‘fabric of the future’

    Exploring the crossover between art and science, Senior Lecturer at University of Cumbria, Christine Ryan has been using living microorganisms to grow biodegradable and sustainable fabrics 9mtr long, through a process of fermentation.  These have been described as ‘materials of… Read More ›

  • Cara fights for academic freedom

    Last week, Professor Timothy Garton Ash delivered the fifth annual Cara ‘Science and Civilisation’ lecture. He drew on his new book, ‘Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World‘ and Free Speech Debate, the 13-language Oxford University website The ‘Science… Read More ›

  • Tips for presentations

    Allison Cartwright is our ECS Events Officer. Here, she gives practical tips for presenting your work to a live audience.  There comes a time in everyone’s course or job where they hear the word ‘presentation’. For some this causes panic…. Read More ›

  • A Year Without Antibiotics

    Professor Brendan Gilmore (Queen’s University Belfast) answers the question. “What would a year without antibiotics look like?” Grim? Certainly. Apocalyptic? Probably not. Antibiotics have been one of the most transformational discoveries in mankind’s history. Few drugs can make the impressive… Read More ›

  • TweetChat: AMR: the science behind the headlines

    On Wednesday 15 November 2017 (15:00-16:00 GMT), the Biochemical Society, British Pharmacological Society and Sense about Science’s VoYS network will be holding a TweetChat for World Antibiotic Awareness Week to explore the science behind the headlines of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) stories recently published in the… Read More ›

  • 2017 EMI lecture by Rino Rappuoli

    The annual EMI lecture 2017 was presented by Professor Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist & Head of External Research and Development (R&D) at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vaccines. Known globally for his work in vaccines and immunology, he co-founded the field of cellular… Read More ›

  • Vaccines for a 21st century society

    The annual EMI lecture 2017 was presented by Professor Rino Rappuoli, Chief Scientist & Head of External Research and Development (R&D) at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Vaccines. Known globally for his work in vaccines and immunology, he co-founded the field of cellular… Read More ›

  • SfAM editor receives royal honour

    Professor Willem de Vos has received the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contribution to science, in particular, his work in biotechnology. De Vos is currently on the editorial board of Environmental Microbiology & Environmental Microbiology Report and a… Read More ›

  • Leptospirosis hits Puerto Rico- but what is it?

    In the month after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has reported at least 76 cases of suspected and confirmed leptospirosis, including a handful of fatalities, said Dr. Carmen Deseda, the state epidemiologist for Puerto Rico. Two deaths involving leptospirosis have been… Read More ›