#BiofilmAware: Coccus Pocus 2020 Competition

Competition deadline: 31/10/2020

Age group 12-17 and 18+

In October 2019, the Department of Biomedical and Forensic Sciences at the University of Hull launched an exciting scary story competition, Coccus Pocus 2019!

Coccus Pocus is back this year, and we’re proud to support the event as part of our #BiofilmAware campaign.

Antibiotic resistance by pathogenic microorganisms is currently a major health concern, leading to a big rise of serious untreatable infections, especially in hospital environments. In addition, biofilms (slimy structures that microbes form around them) further protect the microbes against antibiotics, detergents and the attacks of our immune system.

Can you think of a scary Halloween story including biofilms and/or antimicrobial resistance? Read our news article for some inspiration from last year’s winning stories!

Please email your stories to Dr Georgios Efthimiou or your Coccus Pocus ambassador by 31 October 2020.  The story evaluation committee, is composed of 4 academics and researchers from the University of Hull and will be ranked according to the intrigue of their plot, use of language, character description and scientific soundness.

The four Coccus Pocus ambassadors are Giridhar Chandrasekharan from University of Warwick, Nadia Andreani from University of Lincoln, Morgan Feeney form University of Strathclyde and Leena Kerr from Heriot-Watt University.


Prize certificates will be provided to all winners.

First prize: £100 Amazon voucher

Second prize: £30 Amazon voucher

Third prize: £20 Amazon voucher

For the 12-17 group, the winners will be invited for a microbiology masterclass at the University of Hull. 

Please contact Dr Georgios Efthimiou, Lead Organiser and Lecturer in Microbiology, University of Hull with any queries.