Volunteer: Join the #OnThisDay Team!
The #OnThisDay project aims to assemble a collection of historically important microbiology events for every single day of the year to spread amongst our community and the wider public.
These events could be interesting discoveries, the dates of seminal scientific publications, the important moments in the lives of famous microbiologists, or anything that would pique the interest of the microbiology community! These historical facts will be spread through our social media network to raise public awareness of these important scientific developments.
This would be the third year that the #OnThisDay project has run and the #OnThisDay facts are amongst the most loved posts on our social media! We are thus looking bring new volunteers into the team from all around the world to communicate even more #OnThisDay microbiological facts across 2021.
See the bellow tweets to get an idea of what the #OnThisDay facts look like:
🧫 Julius Richard Petri died #OnThisDay in 1921. Petri invented the standard culture dish, named after him, which was filled with agar for the culture of microorganisms. This helped purifying and cloning microorganisms from single cells and therefore identification of diseases.
— FEMS (@FEMSmicro) December 20, 2020
We all know the gram stain! Hans Christian Gram, the Danish microbiologist and inventor of the crystal violet stain that irreversibly stains certain #bacteria, died #OnThisDay in 1938.
— FEMS (@FEMSmicro) November 14, 2020
The #vaccination era began #OnThisDay in 1881. #Pasteur injected 48 sheep with a virulent culture of anthrax. Beforehand, 24 of them had received an injection of an attenuated culture. All sheep treated with attenuated culture survived, while those without died.
— FEMS (@FEMSmicro) May 31, 2020
- you will be part of a distributed team of expert volunteers from across the world
- before the start of each month you will research for interesting microbiology facts for delivery to our social media audiences, with a combined reach of tens of thousands of scientists
- the monthly commitment it not huge, maybe less that one hour, it can be done on the go, in your spare time, or as you work
- the team will be coordinated by our Science Communication Assistant via email and through some simple documents hosted in the cloud
- as well as microbiological facts for each day, this year we also expanding to communicating about awareness days
If you are interested, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have. To apply, please provide a CV and a short paragraph on why you are interested in the project. Deadline Sunday 14th March 2021.