English is the universal language of science, yet to make a broader impact a local language is often more effective. We recruited a Team of volunteers speaking collectively more than 14 languages. Being all active scientists, they will make sure that no microbiology content will be ‘‘lost in translation’’!
Example of material interesting to be translated into further languages is abstracts of papers, Wikipedia pages, blog entries, or video interviews with renowned microbiologists, and much more. Our volunteers in the Translation Team are thus able with their unique subject expertise and language skills to contribute to increasing literacy and education in microbiology through targeted outreaches.
If you want to contribute to the Team, either with regular contributions or with ad hoc tasks, or wish to get more information about the project, feel free to contact the Project Manager.
Languages: Italian, German, Spanish, rusty French, a bit of Dutch
Short bio: Corrado is coordinating the Translation Team. Coming from a multilingual country himself, he knows that a unique language is not always the best solution for effective communication. When still active in the lab, he often caught himself using English words when explaining his project in his own mother language. He is excited to work together with motivated volunteers wishing to contribute to this outreach initiative.
Get in touch with him at corrado.nai “at” fems-microbiology.org
Short bio: Alejandro obtained his BSc and Msc in Spain, the PhD in Paris and he is currently postdoctoral researcher in Switzerland.
Link to personal page: Alejandro Tejada
Short bio: Anaïs is doing her PhD at the KULeuven in Belgium studying the gut microbiota.
Link to personal page: Anaïs Biclot
Short bio: Barak is a microbial ecology PhD student at the Agricultural Research Organization (ARO) and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Link to personal page: Barak Dror
Short bio: Carolin obtained her BSc and MSc Biology degrees at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, before she completed her PhD studies in the Department of Biology & Biochemistry at the University of Bath.
Link to personal page: Carolin Kobras
Short bio: Fabiola is doing her PhD at the University of Siena (Italy) and works at the Monoclonal Discovery Lab at Toscana Life Sciences Foundation. She works on the development of monoclonal antibodies against antibiotic-resistance pathogens like Neisseria gonorrhoeae, focusing on high-content microscopy and image analysis.
Link to personal page: Fabiola Vacca
Languages: Dutch, German
Short bio: Katharina completed her BSc and MSc Biology studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen and performed her PhD studies at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) within the Department of Cell Biochemistry. Katharina gained additional industry experience as a Scientist and Project Manager at an international CRO company.
Link to personal page: Katharina Rosenbusch
Languages: Romanian, Italian
Short bio: Madalina is doing her PhD at Utrecht University ( The Netherlands), where she studies nutrient flows and food-webs in compost as part of a multidisciplinary and applied project.
Link to personal page: Madalina-Maria Vita
Short bio: Maria is a Biologist from Brazil and she did her Master and PhD degrees at University of São Paulo/ Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture (Usp/Esalq).
Link to personal page: Maria Bonatelli
Short bio: Marta is a Postdoc research scientist in UMR SPO, INRAE in Montpellier, France.
Link to personal page: Marta Avramova
Short bio: Dr. Tatiana Pinto is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Instituto de Microbiologia Paulo de Goes (IMPPG), Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil.
Link to personal page: Tatiano Pinto
Short bio: Vanesa is a Mexican Virologist doing a postdoc in the sunny south of France. She is working on the Trojan Horse model for Zika virus and HIV-1.
Link to personal page: Vanesa Ayala
Short bio: He is located in Prague, Czech Republic and focuses on describing microbial functioning by molecular approaches.
Link to personal page: Vojtech Tláskal
This Virtual Issue is the first in our ‘Landmarks in Microbiology’ series. These collections will celebrate influential papers in the discipline published in the FEMS journals, as well as the exciting research that has grown from standing on the shoulders of these landmarks.
Our first collection focuses on anaerobic ammonium oxidation, or Anammox, a process first described in FEMS Microbiology Ecology in 1995. The papers that follow on from the original further explore this intriguing microbial metabolism, from reporting on environmental factors determining distribution and activity of anammox bacteria in minerotrophic fen soils, to deep-sea methane seep sediments in the Okhotsk Sea sustaining diverse and abundant anammox bacteria. These papers, spanning over two decades, show the wealth of knowledge we have come to understand, and start what we hope will be a fascinating series for our community.