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Lay Communication in Microbiology


11-12 décembre 2018


Pilar Junier, UNINE
Victor Jiménez Cid, Universidad complutense, Madrid
Gilbert Greub, CHUV
Karl Perron Massimo, Caine


The ability to communication science to a general public and to engage a new generation of scientist into connecting with society is a major challenge that needs to be addressed. Global initiatives such as the Small World Initiative and Tiny Earth, are examples of initiatives in which microbiology is used as a channel to connect with the general public. The overall topic discussed is the societal issue of antibiotic resistance. Thanks to these initiatives, a network of scientist and instructors is now focused on spreading the information on the topic, engaging with the public and working on crowdsourcing for the discovery of new antibiotics from soil. Giving PhD students the opportunity to learn from the experience of these scientists will add value to our doctoral program. In this 2-day activity, a leading scientist working on the Small World Initiative and Tiny Earth initiatives in Spain, as well as local scientist engaged in Lay communication will present their experience and discuss with the students in order to create a blue print applicable in Switzerland.


Tuesday 11 December, Université de Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, room A017


09:00-09:30 Welcome and program presentation Pilar Junier


09:30-10:30 Victor Jimenez CID : SWI@Spain/MicroMundo: antibiotic awareness and discovery by service-learning


10:30-11:00 Coffee break


11:00-12:30 First round table (work in small groups)


12:30-14:00 Lunch break


14:00-15:00 Edith Joseph: Title tba


15:30-16:00 Coffee break


16:00-17:00 Gilbert Greub: "Playing with microbes : a lay communication tool used for prevention and for teaching"


18:30 Dinner


Wednesday 12 December, Université de Neuchâtel, Rue Emile-Argand 11, room A317


09:00-10:00 Massimo Caine: Title tba


10:00-10:30 Coffee break


10:30-11:30 Karl Perron (to be confirmed): Title tba


11:30-12:30 Report round table

12:30-14:00 Lunch and end of the activity.


Université de Neuchâtel


For more detailed information please check the following pages:

Victor Jimenez-Cid:


Tiny earth initiative:



Deadline for registration 10.12.2018

If you have questions, please contact Andrea Bshary:


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