Microbes and Us
By Federation of European Microbiological Societies
Microbes and UsOct 04, 2023
Episode 22 | Nature's Palette, Creating Beauty With Moulds In Art
Join our host Corrado Nai, as he explores the fascinating world of artists who create marvellous and inspiring artworks using moulds as subjects or as materials. Textile artist, Lizan Freijsen, crafts 'fungal carpets', while the artist-scientist duo, Ofer Grunwald & Nir Osherov, have pioneered 'fungal pointillism' as their artform. Listen to their examples of fungal creativity to discover the challenges and opportunities in creating beauty with moulds in this episode. Tune in now!
Episode 21 | International Microorganism Day 2023
With International Microorganism Day (17 September) just around the corner, hosts Eleni Koursari and Joseph Shuttleworth, bring in IMD volunteers, Filipa and Helene, as guests to talk about some of the great initiatives that are planned for this year, including events, blog, illustration galleries and more…
Head over to the IMD website: https://www.internationalmicroorganismday.org/
Episode 20 | Waterborne Diseases, Education And FEMS2023 With Rita Colwell
FEMS2023 Plenary Speaker, Rita Colwell, joins us to discuss her research interests on waterborne diseases, with a focus on cholera and satellite-based data collection. This podcast also covers her experience in science education for young age groups.
Register now for FEMS2023 - https://www.fems2023.org/registration
Episode 19 | Microbiology Literacy, Weaponizing Microbes for Peace and FEMS2023 with Kenneth Timmis
FEMS-Lwoff Awardee 2023, Kenneth Timmis, joins us to discuss his upcoming Prize Lecture at FEMS2023, The International Microbiology Literacy Initiative, and his recent paper on ''Weaponizing Microbes for Peace'' which outlines microbial solutions to sources of conflict.
Register now for FEMS2023 - https://www.fems2023.org/
More about the Lwoff Award - https://fems-microbiology.org/2023-fems-lwoff-award-for-achievements-in-microbiology/
The International Microbiology Literacy Initiative - https://imili.org/
Episode 18 | Microbes and Food with The Microbe Moment
Podcast host Eleni Koursari, welcomes the hosts of the microbiology podcast The Microbe Moment! Jonathan Mitchell and Tess Deyett join our conversation about microbes in our food systems! We talk about how microbes are involved in healthy crops, home brewing, chocolate production, and mushrooms.
More about the Microbe Moment - https://www.microbigals.com/the-microbe-moment-science-podcast
Episode 17 | The Portable Microbiology Laboratory: Reducing Water-Borne Disease Through Community Led Testing in Kenya
Microbiologists are the key to addressing waterborne disease. With a Portable Microbiology Laboratory (PML), anyone can be a water microbiologist. Podcast host Joseph Shuttleworth is joined by the creator of the PML, Bob Metcalf, Professor Emeritus at California State University (Sacramento), and Dinah Chienjo, Director of the community project Fiends of The Old (FOTO), who leads the training and use of the PML in villages in Kenya. In this episode we discuss the history and development of the PML, and its impact on locally organized and community focused drinking water testing.
Find out more about the PML here: https://solarcooking.fandom.com/wiki/Portable_Microbiology_Laboratory
Watch our YouTube videos on the PML here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmDJJJpFrgi7E3D9JuMtnCJIZBKoi82oa
Episode 16 | Coral Reefs, Climate Change and Conservation with Jennifer Matthews
Our episode host Eleni Koursari, welcomes Jennifer Matthews, Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the University Technology Sydney, Australia. They talk about coral reefs, how they have been affected by climate change and what can we do to conserve them for future generations.
Read Jennifer's interview for the FEMS Microbes best presentation prize at JAMS11 - https://fems-microbiology.org/about_fems/network-and-activities/awards/poster-oral-presentation-prizes/fems-microbes-presentation-prize-jennifer-matthews/
Episode 15 | BacteriaGame: Learning Clinical Microbiology Through Play
Join our host Joseph Shuttleworth as we talk to the team that designed BacteriaGame. Created by our Member Society, the French Society of Microbiology, BacteriaGame is a card game developed to help university students learn about antibiotics and bacteria. We discuss the development process, the reaction and outcomes from students, and how you can get your hands on a copy of the game!
Find BacteriaGame here: https://www.sfm-microbiologie.org/boutique/bacteriagame/
Episode 14 | Science in Fiction: the #FEMSmicroBlog Writing Competition Winner, Gavin Douglas
In this episode, hosts Joseph Shuttleworth and Corrado Nai, welcome Gavin Douglas the winner of the #FEMSmicroBlog Writing Competition. They chat about the challenges and opportunities for writers to incorporate science in fictional stories. The winning short story “Mutiny” by Gavin Douglas, a tale about radical climate action from dedicated scientists, is narrated at the end of the episode.
Find all the shortlisted stories from the #FEMSmicroBlog Writing Competition here: https://fems-microbiology.org/femsmicroblog-writing-competition-and-the-winners-are/
Episode 13 | Six Recent Microbe Developments for International Microorganism Day
Looking forward to International Microorganism Day, episode hosts Eleni Koursari and Joseph Shuttleworth chat about six recent microbe-themed developments perhaps unknown to you. From the largest bacterium ever found, fungi and viruses that cure diseases, to shoe-making bacteria and bacteria that can power electronics, there is something in this episode for everyone!
Find out more about the International Microorganism Day events at https://www.internationalmicroorganismday.org/
Episode 12 | How Do Bacteria Fight Their Viruses? With Dr Aude Bernheim
In this episode, host, Joseph Shuttleworth, is joined by Dr Aude Bernheim, researcher at INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), as they discuss the fascinating field of bacterial anti-viral mechanisms. From the rise of CRISPR for wide-scale genome editing, to the huge range of new anti-viral mechanisms discovered only very recently, this podcast takes you on a whirlwind tour through the evolutional battles going on between bacterial, phages, and genomic elements and the many unknowns that are still unanswered.
Episode 11 | Research Crimes with Science Integrity Detective, Elisabeth Bik
In this episode, host Eleni Koursari, chats with Dr Elizabeth Bik, science consultant, advocator of science integrity and FEMS Special Merit Awardee. Our discussion takes multiple levels from the definition of science integrity, what happens today, and how to spot, report and avoid these "crimes".
Science Integrity Digest Blog: https://scienceintegritydigest.com/about/
Episode 10 | Angelina Fanny Hesse, the Woman who Brought Agar into Microbiology, with Vanesa Ayala-Nuñez
Bringing you the story of a woman that revolutionized microbiology, but is ever hardly recognized. In this episode, hosts Eleni Koursari and Corrado Nai welcome Vanesa Ayala-Nuñez and chat about the discovery of culturing microorganisms using agar made by Angelina Fanny Hesse. We also discuss women in microbiology and what changed from the 19th century until today.
This episode celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and International Womens Day #BreakTheBias
Episode 9 | New Bacteria from Last Year & the Transition from Academia to SciComms Freelancing with Sarah Wettstadt
Sarah Wettstadt, Director of the MicroComms science communications business, joins host Joseph Shuttleworth to highlight some newly discovered bacteria from 2021 and what we can learn from them. They also discuss her experience transitioning from academia into science communication and give tips on starting your own freelancer projects or business.
Episode 8 | Exploring the Antarctic Lake for Microorganisms with Christina Davis
What does it take to do microbiology research in Antarctica? Christina Davis from the University of Florida talks to us about her own journey in studying microbes that live in subglacial lakes of Antarctica.
Episode host: Eleni Koursari
Episode 7 | Antimicrobial Resistance and the R&D Model with Prof. Laura Piddock
Celebrating World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2021 we bring to this episode Prof. Laura Piddock, Scientific Director at the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP). Together with episode host Eleni Koursari we discuss about antimicrobial resistance and dive deeper into the topic of antibiotic R&D and stewardship.
GARDP website - https://gardp.org/
Episode 6 | Six Microbes for International Microorganism Day
Looking forward to International Microorganism Day episode hosts Eleni Koursari and Joseph Shuttleworth chat about six interesting microorganisms and microscopic creatures perhaps unknown to you! From mangetic bacteria, to the worlds biggest fungi and spacefaring water bears!
Find more information about International Microorganism Day at https://www.internationalmicroorganismday.org/
Direct link to Interantional Microorganism Day YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaBLEoxM1V82rS2geNXA_fA
Episode 5 | Our Science Communication Awardee Cláudia Godinho talks about International Microorganism Day
At the spotlight of this episode is Cláudia Godinho, FEMS Science Communication Awardee, currently a postdoc at the Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. We talk about her involvement with International Microorganim Day (17the September), a day to celebrate the wondrous world of microbes!
Find more about International Microorganism Day at www.internationalmicroorganismday.org
Episode 4 | Life as a research fellow with Elisa Granato, FEMS Early Career Microbiologist Awardee
Our podcast host Eleni Koursari, welcomes into this episode, Dr Elisa Granato, molecular microbiology research fellow at the University of Oxford and first FEMS Early Career Microbiologist Awardee. Elisa shares with us details about her research on bacterial ecology and evolution, experience about progressing through academia and talks about her partners in crime!
Episode 3 | All about the World Microbe Forum, with Dr Jennifer Gardy
Dr Jennifer Gardy and our podcast host Eleni Koursari talk about the World Microbe Forum (20-24 June 2021)! With less than a month to go until the event we share with you details on sessions and how to make the most out of this online microbial meeting.
Find more about the World Microbe forum at www.worldmicrobeforum.org
Episode 2 | When Science Crosses International Boarders - Experience From Our Japanese Ambassador: Prof. Ken-ichi Yoshida
Science is really international! Our episode host Corrado Nai and the FEMS Japanese ambassador Prof. Ken-ichi Yoshida discuss how science crosses international boarders, from Japan to the EU to America.
Episode 1 | Research, Networking and Public Perception of Science, with Prof. Linda J Kenney
Episode host Joseph Shuttleworth and Prof Linda J Kenney, FEMS Ambassador for the USA discuss research, career progression, networking and public perception of science.
If you are interested in attending our next global meeting, share your research and build an international network submit and abstract and register for the World Microbe Forum, a collaboration between FEMS, ASM and several other societies!
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