15 episodes

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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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.

    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/


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    • 29 min
    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/


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    • 14 min
    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. 


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    • 25 min
    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/


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    • 23 min
    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


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    • 22 min
    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. 


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    • 26 min

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