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Spreading the message of antimicrobial resistance: A detailed account of a successful public engagement event.

Redfern, J and Bowater, L and Crossle, M and Verran, J (2018) Spreading the message of antimicrobial resistance: A detailed account of a successful public engagement event. FEMS microbiology letters, 365 (16). ISSN 0378-1097

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Abstract

The increase in Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) microorganisms has been exacerbated by exposure to antimicrobial drugs (e.g. antibiotics). A solution to AMR may require academic researchers to not only contribute to the drug discovery pipeline through laboratory research, but also to engage and inform non-specialist audiences using a variety of interventions in order to change behaviour towards our use of antibiotics. In this paper, the authors describe a hands-on public engagement event focusing on AMR. 'A Spoonful of Soil', was created by drawing on the past experiences of the delivering team (also described), with planning focusing on clear concise messages, selection of an appropriate audience and ensuring the event would be of significant interest to the audience. The event had a significant footfall of over 300 visitors. Key messages which aimed to raise awareness of AMR and educate visitors on the actions and behaviours that can help address the global issue of AMR were delivered by appropriate experts successfully, however success in reaching audience cannot be concluded from the feedback and evaluation gathered.

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