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Our #BiofilmAware campaign is all about helping people to understand what biofilms are and why biofilms are so important, whilst at the same time raising awareness of the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) and its research.

We want to be pioneers in educating the UK on biofilms and how they can be harnessed to tackle a number of global challenges. Together we can raise awareness of biofilms and and their societal impact. 

Below, you will find a variety of resources, including downloadable and shareable content for your social media channels as well as the #BiofIlmAware logo. Simply click on the download buttons, and save the images to your desktop when it opens in a new tab.

This hub will be updated throughout the campaign with new and exciting content for you to share on a regular basis.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #BiofilmAware to boost awareness of the campaign and support NBIC in tracking campaign activity.

 

#BiofilmAware guide

 

Your support will help us to make this campaign a success. We have put together a guide which contains all of the information you need to support NBIC in delivering the campaign.

If you have an idea for an activity or if you’re interested in writing something on a biofilm related topic close to your heart, please contact NBIC’s Communications Manager Natasha Nater. Take a look at our blog page for some inspiration!

 

Biofilms Explainer

 

What are biofilms and why are they important?

Together with Microbiology Society we have put together an explanatory guide devoted to biofilms and their numerous benefits.

Interactive Biofilm Ontology Map

 

Understanding the language and terminology of biofilms

We have devoted time across our industrial and academic communities to understand the language and terminology of biofilms, and this has been captured as an ontology on the MindManager platform. This was developed in consultation with 80 UK researchers (in industry and research institutions/universities) to document how they talk about and describe biofilm research, problems and opportunities.

Biofilms Outreach Activity

 

Why should I brush my teeth?

Inspired by the Blast a Biofilm activity developed jointly by Prof. Nicola Stanley-Wall and her group at the University of Dundee.

Biofilms Video

 

What are biofilms and why are they important?

University of Edinburgh undergraduate student Grace Carpenter has created this video to explain.

Social media assets

 

Download and use on your social media channels.

All assets are NBIC and #BiofilmAware branded to create a cohesive and recognisable campaign across social media. Like, retweet, share and tag NBIC – don’t forget to engage with other organisations too.

For Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

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Are you #BiofilmAware? Through a blend of content, events and outreach activities the National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) are raising awareness of UK #biofilm research and the global impact #biofilms present. Get involved with the campaign at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware

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The #BiofilmAware campaign is all about helping people to understand what #biofilms are and why they are so important. With your support we can raise awareness of biofilms and their societal impact. Visit biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware for a variety of downloadable resources.

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Gaining a greater understanding of how to prevent, detect, manage and engineer #biofilms, presents benefits across a range of sectors. Get involved in the #BiofilmAware campaign to help raise awareness of biofilms and their impact. Find out more biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware

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The Microbiology Society and National Biofilms Innovation Centre have put together an explanatory guide devoted to #biofilms and their numerous benefits. Download the Biofilms Explainer at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware

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The National Biofilms Innovation Centre devoted time across industrial and academic communities to understand the language and terminology of #biofilms and have put together an interactive ontology on the MindManager platform. View the map at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware

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Looking for a #biofilm related outreach activity? or something to keep the kids entertained this summer? Download the ‘Why should I brush my teeth?’ activity from the National Biofilms Innovation Centre at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #biofilms

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A biofilm is the collection of single-celled organisms that live together in a group structure. The name has two parts “bio” because it is made up of living creatures and “film” referring to the thin, clinging structure. Learn more at biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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Without realising it, you actually see #biofilms every day. They grow well in wet areas – the light pink areas in your shower, or the grey parts you can see in pipes at home, are biofilms. Learn more at biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms are all around us. From the slime on rocks in streams, to washing machines, to our own bodies, including the dental plaque on our teeth! Learn more at biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms are communities of micro-organisms that stick to each other and to surfaces. They form in aqueous environments in response to the environment, such as changes in pH and nutrient concentration. Learn more at biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms are central to our most important global challenges, from antimicrobial resistance and food safety to water security – and exert significant economic, social and environmental impact. Download the Biofilms Explainer to learn more at biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms can impact human and animal health as a cause of chronic antimicrobial-resistant infections, cause water and food contamination and corrosion. However, biofilms play an important natural role in recycling matter on Earth. Learn more biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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Contemporary research has shown that when micro-organisms group together to form a biofilm, the #biofilm is much more than just a collection of micro-organisms, but can be seen as a new material. Learn more biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware #Biofilms

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Biofilm infections can occur on the body, delaying wound healing and causing gum disease, and within the body, such as in urinary tract infections or in cystic fibrosis lung infections. Find out more about #biofilms at biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofouling is problematic in the naval industry, as larger marine animals such as mussels and barnacles can stick onto #biofilms on ship hulls. This increases drag resistance, causes greater fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms on pipes and on food preparation surfaces can contain micro-organisms that cause disease and food spoilage and are resistant to disinfection, compromising the safety and quality of drinking water and food products. Learn more biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms exist in the mouth from the early days of life. Dental plaque is a common example of a biofilm that forms on tooth surfaces. The products of metabolism of the bacteria in plaque are responsible for tooth decay and gum disease biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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The highest concentration and diversity of microbes in the body occurs in the gut – these microbes are referred to as the gut #microbiome. This is increasingly understood to play a vital role in maintaining human health. Learn more biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware #biofilms

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#Bioremediation is the eco-friendly process of degrading harmful pollutants from the air, soil and water into non-toxic substances using micro-organisms. #Biofilms can be engineered to enhance this process, or to degrade specific pollutants biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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#Biofilms are used in microbial fuel cells to convert chemical energy into electricity, generating clean energy. Ongoing research aims to use microbial fuel cells in wastewater treatment, to generate electricity from waste material biofilms.ac.uk/whatisabiofilm #BiofilmAware

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As part of our #BiofilmAware campaign we’re supporting the #BadBugsBookclub to help raise the profile of #AntimicrobialResistance during #WorldAntimicrobialAwareness Week. Join the Twitter discussion on 19 November with @JoVerran. Learn more bit.ly/2HhWSPn #WAAW2020

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Social media headers

 

Download and use to highlight the campaign at the top of your social media profiles and pages. 

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#BiofilmAware logos

 

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Our Impact

 As the UK’s hub for accessing biofilm expertise, capability, science and innovation, we connect biofilm specialists across the UK, and provide a mechanism for industrial partners to explore their unmet needs with our researchers to achieve breakthrough innovation. 

We support development of technologies to prevent, detect, manage and exploit biofilms through translational Proof of Concept (POC) funding to help progress discoveries.

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