Finalist in ‘perspectives’ poster competition
In May 2009 I was selected as one of 36 finalists in the British Science Association’s perspectives poster competition. The purpose of the competition is to enhance the communication of science to the general public and improve understanding of the social dimensions of science – how science impacts on society and how social drivers influence research.
My poster, entitled ‘Can we disinfect the great outdoors?‘ was displayed at the British Science Festival in Guildford, Surrey (September 2009). Its based on my research into the critical research needs preventing us from addressing risks to human health arising from pathogens in the soil and water environment (http://www.shef.ac.uk/going-underground). We make a huge effort to disinfect our homes, but pathogens in the environment cause microbiological hazards to drinking water, bathing waters, shellfisheries, etc., that cost millions each year in remediation, compensation and losses to economies. So why not invest in research to understand and then manage pathogens in the environment too?
Some especially pertinent links from the UK – severe illnesses acquired via farm visits; norovirus outbreak at one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants; and the 2007 foot and mouth disease outbreak.
My entry can be viewed here: JB210809proof.pdf