World Antibiotic Awareness Week

Biofilm of antibiotic resistant spherical bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, MRSA

World Antibiotic Awareness Week events

Please join us at these public events that will highlight the issue of antibiotic resistance. 

  • 13-19 November: Exhibition - University of Plymouth research posters (09:00-16:00, venue: Portland Square Building)
  • 13 November: Bugs, Drugs and Beer - talk and pub quiz (18:00 start, venue: Bread & Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF).  
  • 14 November: Time for culture: Interactive bacterial demonstration - feed your curiosity in science as part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18:00-19:00, meet in the Portland Square Building foyer at 18:00 - booking essential).
  • 15 November: Free film screening of 'Resistance', the documentary that seeks to answer the question: 'Have we reached a point where we must save antibiotics in order to save ourselves?' (19:00-22:00, venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building)

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World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) aims to highlight the issue of antibiotic resistance, one of the most significant current threats to global health. 

As part of WAAW, the University will be promoting messages from the UK government and Public Health England. The week seeks to gauge awareness levels in all sectors of the population using a short questionnaire and promotes the issue via a number of resources that can be found on the above links. 

A key aim is also to recruit ‘Antibiotic Guardians’ who pledge to help raise the profile of antibiotic resistance – you can sign up via the 'Pledge now!' button above.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today.

Why it is relevant to you: Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy and animal health all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

What we want you to do: To slow resistance we need to cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics. We invite the public, students and educators, farmers, the veterinary and medical communities and professional organisations, to become 'Antibiotic Guardians'.

Call to action: Choose one simple pledge about how you’ll make better use of antibiotics and help save these vital medicines from becoming obsolete.

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