The Microbiology Society announced Senga Robertson-Albertyn, a PhD student from the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute, as the winner of their 2018 Microbiology Outreach Prize for her project Microbe Motels: How to make a Healthy Poo.
For her PhD research, Senga investigates the structure and function of the barley rhizosphere microbiota in the lab of Dr Davide Bulgarelli. Senga is an accomplished science communicator and has engaged with the public in many different ways, including the outreach project for which she has won the Microbiology Outreach Prize. Microbe Motels: How to make a Healthy Poo is a simple and effective outreach initiative that was originally intended to communicate the human microbiota to primary school children and, due to its versatile nature, can be successfully adapted to different audiences.
Senga said, "I couldn’t be more grateful to receive this award. Science outreach is my passion and I look forward to chatting about it at the AGM in September."
One of the nominators for the prize, Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall said, “Senga is incredibly passionate about public engagement and is always the first to volunteer to take part in a range of events for a wide variety of audiences. Her enthusiasm for public engagement is clear to everyone who meets her and she regularly recommends events and activities for people to get involved with.”
Senga will present her prize talk at the Microbiology Society Annual General Meeting, at Charles Darwin House, London on 6 September 2018. All society members are welcome to attend.
The Microbiology Outreach Prize is awarded annually for an outstanding outreach project. To find out more about the Prize, visit their website.