Author Archives

  • Pride in STEM

    As an undergraduate and then PhD student, I have to confess that I never really noticed any issues surrounding equality – perhaps I was too busy studying, doing my bench research, or maybe I spent too much time in the… Read More ›

  • Science and sexuality

    Coming out was never going to be easy. I was raised Catholic and attended a convent school. My desperate struggles to fit in and conform to society had a severe impact on my mental health. Aged 16, I came out… Read More ›

  • Microbes and holidays

    As courses come to an end and attention turns to holidays, it’s hard not to think about the different microbes one may encounter on trips. There are occasional news stories of ‘holidays from hell’ where travellers wind up in hospital…. Read More ›

  • I’m a Scientist, keep it simple

    Last year, Ananthi Ramachandran, SfAM member and a PhD student at University of Leicester applied to take part in the online STEM engagement project, I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here. “It was my supervisor who brought it to… Read More ›

  • Dinosaurs vs. microbes

    Allison Cartwright is our ECS Publications Officer. As a lifelong dinosaur obsessive, she pondered the possibilities and dangers of species revivalism.  With the new Jurassic World film on the horizon, I’m returning to my childhood obsession of dinosaurs. My room… Read More ›

  • Creative microbiology

    2nd place at ASM’s 2016 Agar Art and ‘Finding Pneumo: Starring Klebsiella pneumonia’  by Ligh Ngo won 2nd place in 2017

    Jacob Hamilton looks at the intersection of microbiology and art and how that can bring wisdom to both areas.  Not long ago I was invited to attend this year’s Voice of the Future event. One thing that really stood out… Read More ›

  • Jon Turney: interview

    Jon Turney is a UK-based science writer and author. His articles and reviews have appeared in Times Higher Education, The Guardian, New Scientist, Green Futures and elsewhere. From 1993-2003 he taught at the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University… Read More ›

  • Applications of plant pathology – from field to clinic

    On 18th April, SfAM and the British Society for Plant Pathology (BSPP) teamed up to host a one-day conference on the applications of plant pathology. The day brought together invited speakers from across the UK and abroad to share their… Read More ›

  • Microbiology of volcanoes

    Allison Cartwright is our ECS Publications Officer. After a trip to the Canaries, she looks at bacteria that colonise cooling lava flows.  I was fortunate enough to spend Easter break on the beautiful volcanic island of Lanzarote. As a leader… Read More ›

  • Bringing together dots and democracy at the ECS Policy Corner

    The 28th of March marked the first SfAM ‘Policy Corner’ at the 7th ECS Research Symposium (although not technically in a corner). Myself and Chris, supported by SfAM’s Policy Subcommittee, wanted to use this opportunity to show our early career… Read More ›