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Microbes and Society @ Exeter

Network aims

Microbes and Society @ Exeter draws together university-wide networks on AMR and Microbiology, the MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, and centres for the study of social aspects of science and microbiology, and health (EGENIS and WCCEH) with the express aim of developing interdisciplinary insights, outputs, and research activity and capacity in the areas of microbes and society. Microbes and Society @ Exeter will add value to these well-established units by forging links and synergies across the University, focusing on the greatest societal issues and scientific questions of our time, including climate change, the human microbiome, ecological engineering and the genetic editing of microbes, antimicrobial resistance in bacteria and fungi, future pandemic preparedness, green energy, waste treatment and food security.


To conduct world leading research, enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary approaches to Microbes and Society and providing a platform to explore and realise the implementation of scientific advances in microbiology in the real world.


  • Developing the capacity and agility to target funding calls and partnerships especially in relation to integrating core science activity with social problem identification, impact, and social engagement.
  • Generating opportunities for information sharing and development of capacity in key target areas.
  • Facilitating and hosting regular events to generate greater cross-faculty/disciplinary working.
  • Working closely with external partners and policy experts to ensure that our research is interwoven with legal and policy perspectives.
  • Promoting the M&S network and components networks/centres internally and externally.