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Dr Bethany Dearlove ISSF Public Engagement award, 2014

Post-doctoral researcher Bethany Dearlove has recently won an ISSF Public Engagement award of £500 to develop her Learning is infectious: pass it on kit of activities aimed at introducing primary age school children to how genetic sequencing can be used to understand the spread of infectious disease. This success follows on from her taking second place in the infectious diseases zone in the final of I'm a Scientist, Get me out of here, for which her Learning is infectious kit was originally conceived. The competition, which took place in June, is an online X factor style event that offers school students the opportunity to interact with scientists. During a series of fast-paced chat sessions students challenged Bethany and her fellow scientists to explain their research and beyond in both an engaging and accessible way, voting for their favourites by process of elimination – the winner taking £500 for a public engagement activity of their choice. Over the course of two weeks, Bethany interacted with students from eight schools, and in addition to the chats, answered over 100 long-form ‘ASK’ questions. "Although I was disappointed to fall at the last hurdle in I'm a Scientist, I was thrilled that the Wellcome Trust ISSF Public Engagement Competition Committee saw value in my project, and I'm looking forward to taking my research into local schools and beyond."

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Congratulations to Chioma Achi

Chioma has just received the University of Cambridge Public Engagement Starter Grant from the Office of External Affairs and Communications.

Farmers play important roles in food-safety and AMR but they are often a neglected and under-targeted group in interventions that concerns the control of antimicrobial resistance. This grant will enable her to engage farmers and provide an opportunity for shared knowledge and interaction that enables them to gain a better understanding of the dangers of AMR hence improving global public health.

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