A celebration of all things biofilm!

#BiofilmWeek will take place between 16-22 August 2021 and aims to promote the economic and physical impact that biofilms have on our world, as well as highlight research taking place to prevent, detect, manage and engineer biofilms. Read our news article to find out more. 

We want to hear all about your research and technologies!

 

This is a great opportunity to showcase your biofilm-related research or technologies, whether it be through written or video blogs, educational activities, microscopy images, or images from applications in use  

Below you can download #BiofilmWeek branded social media templates which you can use to frame your images or videos, to showcase your research and technologies during this awareness week. Want to make a video or write a blog, but stuck on what to say? We’ve put some together some talking points below to get you started. 

On this page you can also find a number of educational resources, activities and educational social assets, as well as social media headers and logos. 

Don’t forget to use the hashtags #BiofilmWeek #BiofilmAware when posting so we can share your posts to our feed.

This awareness week is part of our wider #BiofilmAware campaign, which 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.

 

 Educational resources and activities

‘Research in Focus’ interviews

As part of #BiofilmWeek, we are highlighting interesting and exciting biofilm research being undertaken across our NBIC partner research institutions by early career researchers, PhD students and our Interdisciplinary Research Fellows.

Visit the links below to read each interview and watch each accompanying video clip: 

Safeguarding Water Quality for the Future, with Katherine Fish from the University of Sheffield. 

A New Weapon Against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with Bhavik Bharochia from the University of Southampton. 

Biological Photovoltaics and Sustainability, with Maira Anam from the University of Nottingham. 

Molecular Microbe-Host Interactions, with Shi-qi An from the University of Southampton. 

Antibiotic Resistance in Skin Wound Infections, with Snehal Kadam from the University of Hull. 

Forming Biofilms Within 3D Environments, with Eirini Velliou from University College London. 

Combatting Cystic Fibrosis, with Declan Power from the University of Southampton. 

Battling Bacterial Vaginosis, with Ryan Kean from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Raman Against Respiratory Infection, with Callum Highmore from the University of Southampton.  

Biofilm, Mutants and Mass Spectrometry, with Winifred Akwani from the University of Surrey. 

Complex Polymicrobial Biofilms, with Shaun Robertson, from the University of Nottingham.

Using AI to Detect Bacteria in Wastewater, with Gavin Melaugh, from the University of Edinburgh.

Events

Bacteria: the true rulers of your world – Friday 20 August 2021, 3-4pm BST

As part of their ‘Curious’ summer events programme, join the Royal Society Of Edinburgh for a discussion around how bacteria control the health of all living creatures (including you!), and what they can and cannot do. Speakers include NBIC’s Edinburgh Co-Director Professor Cait MacPhee, and NBIC partner Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall from the University of Dundee.

 

#BiofilmWeek social media templates

Use these templates to frame your images or videos related to your research or technologies during #BiofilmWeek. 

The templates are available in multiple sizes so you can post to all social platforms. 

These templates are designed for use with Adobe Photoshop. If you prefer to use Adobe InDesign, please contact NBIC Communications Manager Natasha Nater to request alternative files. 

Want to make a video, but stuck on what to say? Use our talking points to get you started. These contain a set of themes/questions for both academic researchers and industry experts. 

Social media assets

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Get involved with the first ever #BiofilmWeek, starting 16 August! We want to hear all about your biofilm research! We have a variety of resources and social media assets available to help you share your stories. Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmweek #BiofilmAware #biofilms

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Get involved with the first ever #BiofilmWeek, starting 16 August! We want to hear all about your biofilm research! We have a variety of resources and social media assets available to help you share your stories. Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmweek #BiofilmAware #biofilms

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Get involved with the first ever #BiofilmWeek, starting 16 August! We want to hear all about your biofilm research! We have a variety of resources and social media assets available to help you share your stories. Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmweek #BiofilmAware #biofilms

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Did you know that #biofilms are an integral part of the worlds $3,700bn of agricultural activity? Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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One of the most common examples of a biofilm is dental plaque. Did you know that the global oral care/hygiene market totals $4.7bn? Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Maintaining a healthy balanced skin microbiome is a common approach used to promote personal care products Did you know controlling biofilms will also play a huge part in keeping your skin healthy? Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Aquaculture has seen significant growth in recent decades, inland and marine production in 2018 were 51.3m and 30.8m tonnes respectively. The management of these #biofilms accounts for 5-10% of production costs. Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek

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Biofilms have a significant impact on human health. This is estimated to be $7.2bn in the UK and $387bn globally. Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek

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Biofilms can be found throughout the home. In 2019, the global household cleaning product market reached $212bn with a growth of 5% per year. Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Antimicrobial containing textiles are frequently used to prevent biofilms which can cause odour and infection, for applications in medical and military uniforms, medical bedding, sportswear and even curtains! Find out more at biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek  

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Marine biofilms cause biofouling, which is the accumulation of bacteria and other organisms on the surfaces of submerged objects such as ship hulls. In 2019 increased fuel costs of $10,000m were related to drag caused by biofouling. biofilms.ac.uk/biofilmaware #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Get involved with the first ever #BiofilmWeek, starting 16 August! 

We want to hear all about your biofilm research! We have a variety of resources and social media assets available to help you share your stories.

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more. #BiofilmAware #biofilm #biofilms 

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Get involved with the first ever #BiofilmWeek, starting 16 August! 

We want to hear all about your biofilm research! We have a variety of resources and social media assets available to help you share your stories.

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more. #BiofilmAware #biofilm #biofilms 

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Get involved with the first ever #BiofilmWeek, starting 16 August! 

We want to hear all about your biofilm research! We have a variety of resources and social media assets available to help you share your stories.

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more. #BiofilmAware #biofilm #biofilms 

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Did you know that #biofilms are an integral part of the worlds $3,700bn of agricultural activity?

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek

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One of the most common examples of a biofilm is dental plaque. Did you know that the global oral care/hygiene market totals $4.7bn?

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more. #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Maintaining a healthy balanced skin microbiome is a common approach used to promote personal care products Did you know controlling biofilms will also play a huge part in keeping your skin healthy?

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Aquaculture has seen significant growth in recent decades, inland and marine production in 2018 were 51.3m and 30.8m tonnes respectively. The management of these #biofilms accounts for 5-10% of production costs. 

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Biofilms have a significant impact on human health. This is estimated to be $7.2bn in the UK and $387bn globally.

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek

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Biofilms can be found throughout the home – in the pink areas in a shower basin, the grime in a washing machine and the rogue bits of food and liquids in a fridge. In 2019, the global household cleaning product market reached $212bn with a growth of 5% per year.

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more. #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek 

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Antimicrobial containing textiles are frequently used to prevent biofilms which can cause odour and infection, for applications in medical and military uniforms, medical bedding, sportswear and even curtains!

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more. #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek  

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Marine biofilms cause biofouling, which is the accumulation of bacteria and other organisms on the surfaces of submerged objects such as ship hulls. In 2019 increased fuel costs of $10,000m were related to drag caused by biofouling.

Visit @ukbiofilms to learn more #BiofilmAware #BiofilmWeek

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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.