The aim of the Bad Bugs Book Club is to get people interested in science, specifically microbiology, by reading books (novels) in which infectious disease forms some part of the story.
We also try to associate books, with some other activity or event, to widen interest and to broaden impact. Our bookclub comprises both microbiologists and members of the general public. We felt that this would encourage some discussion on the science – accuracy, impact etc – as well as about the book.
We have established a fairly fluid membership of our bookclub and we hope to encourage others to join, to set up their own bookclub, suggest books and accompanying activities to us, and give feedback about the books that they have read, using our website as the focus for communication. So please get in touch!
For further infomation, or if you have any queries, please contact Joanna Verran: J.Verran@mmu.ac.uk
See our upcoming events listing for the next meeting and what we'll be reading.
Below, we have provided information on the books we have read so far.
The next meeting of the Manchester Bacteriology Discussion Group is a talk by Professor Mark Pallen, Research leader at the Quadram Institute in Northwich and Professor of Microbial Genomics at the University of East Anglia. Prof Pallen worked at Birmingham University for twelve years, and during this time developed a keen interest in the 1978 smallpox incident and will be giving a talk and leading a discussion on smallpox based around his book:
Tuesday 12th March 2019 “The Last Days of Smallpox: Tragedy in Birmingham”
Register attendance via our event Webpage (for catering purposes) https://bit.ly/2UQf7Ns
STOP PRESS: THE AUTHOR WILL BE JOINING US VIA SKYPE AT 7:00PM!
The meeting will take place on Tuesday 17 July at Manchester Metropolitan University, John Dalton Building, Chester St, M1 5GD. Attendees will be met at the John Dalton reception from 6:15PM and taken to the meeting room (E0.05). Light refreshments will also be available.
MMU hosted the British Science Association Science Communication conference in 2015. Part of the programme was a taster for the BadBugs Bookclub. Delegates had been given advanced warning and signed up to join the discussion. The selected book was Nemesis by Philip Roth, which the bookclub had considered previously. Notes from the previous meeting can be found on this website.