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We provide funds to support events where aspects of clinical microbiology, infection prevention and control, and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are promoted to the public and other relevant stakeholders.
Events eligible for support can be diverse (pieces of art to popular music) or funds may be used to aid individuals to exhibit at public science festivals. The main criterion is that the event/activity must promote the science of microbiology in the context of (HCAIs).
Nosocomial a Microbiology play
Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green (GOSH), working with playwright Nicola Baldwin
The aim was to create and test a play in which audiences could participate in the lab experience. The play was co-created with a group of scientists from across healthcare and academia. Twenty four Healthcare Scientists from 8 institutions co-created the play across 3 workshops. Scientists worked directly with actors and a creative team. Scientists shared their experiences with colleagues and a playwright in the working group, and also with the general public through the play. Nosocomial was programmed for 3 nights as a site-specific performance at Camden People’s Theatre during their September 2018 ‘Underground’ festival.
Nosocomial was extremely well received by microbiologists and general public. Scientists were enthusiastic about sharing their experiences with other colleagues in the working group, and with the general public in the play. Audience members previously unfamiliar with microbiology had the strongest reaction, of amazement they had known so little about healthcare science, describing it as “eye-opening”, “fascinating” or “astonishing”. The intention is that the play will be developed for a full production in 2019, to be performed in theatres, and available for festivals and workshops.
Applications are open to:
Types of events considered (but not limited to):
The grant can be used to contribute towards the costs of hosting of a single event or activity, such as venue hire and materials.
Funds, for example, may also be used to support travel (this must not cost more than 30% of the award) and attendance at the event (both organiser, speaker or delegate), the development of resources for the event and production of educational resources for HIS use after the event.
In return for financial support, the event organisers will be required to:
The support from the Society will include: