Public Engagement

We organise events with schools, colleges and members of the public, and build new materials to teach others about the importance of antimicrobial resistance

The Global Health Research Unit (GHRU) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and the Centre for Genomic Pathogen Surveillance (CGPS) organized public engagement activities in five different countries during the World Health Organization’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 18-24. World Antimicrobial Awareness Week aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Cambridge Science Festival March 2019

  • Location: Cambridge Guildhall
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Disease Detectives

  • 3rd of July 2019 & 26 February 2020
  • Location: Castle Manor Academy, Haverhill
  • Microreact activities
  • Pupils year 9 and year 10

The importance of public engagement on antibiotic resistance

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2019 - Colombia

The team from the GHRU-AMR Colombia Unit visited the Colegio de la Contraloria General de la República, where students participated from a workshop aimed to encourage best antibiotic use practices through presentations and laboratory sessions. During a second visit to the Universidad de los Andes, students participated in talks and interactive activities visualizing genomic data of important pathogens with Microreact.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2019 - India

The team from the GHRU-AMR India Unit visited St. Anne’s School in Bangalore on two separate days, where high-school students learned about AMR through videos, puzzles and various activities, from “Super Sneeze” to Microreact and Pathogenwatch case-studies. Other activities aimed to reinforce good hygiene practices to stop the spread of AMR.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2019 - Nigeria

The team from GHRU-AMR Nigeria Unit organised an activity at the University of Ibadan, where participants learned about multi-drug resistant Salmonella Typhi from Nigeria via flashcards, and had an opportunity to interact with genomic data directly through Microreact. The day ended with an engaged discussion between participants and the GHRU team about the spread of this important pathogen in Nigeria.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2019 - Philippines

The team from the GHRU-AMR Philippines Unit engaged with children and adult patients visiting the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, delivering a number of presentations and audiovisual materials to increase awareness on antibiotic resistance, understand the implications of antibiotic misuse, and promote best antibiotic use practices among the general public.

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2019 - UK

At the Cambridge Science Centre, children aged 12+ and their parents played Disease Detectives and investigated a hospital outbreak of a superbug resistant to antibiotics using laboratory and genomics methods. Scientists from the CGPS and the University of Cambridge guided an enthusiastic audience through the hands-on experience the tools used to understand the spread of AMR.

Our Research Alliances and Funders


Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention


European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control


Food and Agriculture Organisation
of the United Nations


National Institutes
for Health


National Institute for
Health Research


World Health Organisation

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