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Microbes and Us

Microbes and Us

By Federation of European Microbiological Societies

Welcome to our podcast, Microbes and Us, brought to you by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). Our FEMS communication gurus, Joseph Shuttleworth and Eleni Koursari, bring into each monthly episode guests from the microbiology field discussing topics from every corner of the microbial world. Whether you are a lover of microbes, a scientist, or you just want to join our fun microbiology community, then this is the podcast for you.
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Episode 14 | Science in Fiction: the #FEMSmicroBlog Writing Competition Winner, Gavin Douglas
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/
29:20
October 18, 2022
Episode 13 | Six Recent Microbe Developments for International Microorganism Day
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/
14:29
August 24, 2022
Episode 12 | How Do Bacteria Fight Their Viruses? With Dr Aude Bernheim
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. 
25:28
July 12, 2022
Episode 11 | Research Crimes with Science Integrity Detective, Elisabeth Bik
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/
23:53
April 11, 2022
Episode 10 | Angelina Fanny Hesse, the Woman who Brought Agar into Microbiology, with Vanesa Ayala-Nuñez
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. Read the #FEMSmicroBlog: Got agar? Say thanks to Angelina Hesse! - https://fems-microbiology.org/femsmicroblog-got-agar-say-thanks-to-angelina-hesse/ This episode celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and International Womens Day #BreakTheBias
22:20
February 08, 2022
Episode 9 | New Bacteria from Last Year & the Transition from Academia to SciComms Freelancing with Sarah Wettstadt
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. 
26:40
January 27, 2022
Episode 8 | Exploring the Antarctic Lake for Microorganisms with Christina Davis
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
18:24
December 15, 2021
Episode 7 | Antimicrobial Resistance and the R&D Model with Prof. Laura Piddock
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/
29:41
November 16, 2021
Episode 6 | Six Microbes for International Microorganism Day
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
23:01
September 08, 2021
Episode 5 | Our Science Communication Awardee Cláudia Godinho talks about International Microorganism Day
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
19:18
August 10, 2021
Episode 4 | Life as a research fellow with Elisa Granato, FEMS Early Career Microbiologist Awardee
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! 
20:49
July 08, 2021
Episode 3 | All about the World Microbe Forum, with Dr Jennifer Gardy
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
22:12
June 08, 2021
Episode 2 | When Science Crosses International Boarders - Experience From Our Japanese Ambassador: Prof. Ken-ichi Yoshida
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. 
25:09
April 26, 2021
Episode 1 | Research, Networking and Public Perception of Science, with Prof. Linda J Kenney
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 about 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!
27:13
April 26, 2021
Introducing: Microbes and Us!
Introducing: Microbes and Us!
Sneak peak into our new podcast - Microbes and Us - brought to you by the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS). Links:  Website - https://www.fems-microbiology.org Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/FEMSmicro/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/femsmicro/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/FEMSmicro LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/federation-of-european-microbiological-societies 
00:48
April 19, 2021