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Communication

Biofilm Control Strategies: Engaging with the Public

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Department of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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Surface Engineering Group, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M1 5GD, UK
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Antibiotics 2020, 9(8), 465; https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080465
Received: 17 June 2020 / Revised: 27 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 30 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Insights on Biofilm Antimicrobial Strategies)
There are few peer-reviewed publications about public engagement with science that are written by microbiologists; those that exist tend to be a narrative of an event rather than a hypothesis-driven investigation. However, it is relatively easy for experienced scientists to use a scientific method in their approach to public engagement. This short communication describes three public engagement activities hosted by the authors, focused on biofilm control: hand hygiene, plaque control and an externally applied antimicrobial coating. In each case, audience engagement was assessed using quantitative and/or qualitative methods. A critical evaluation of the findings enabled the construction of a public engagement ‘tick list’ for future events that would enable a hypothesis-driven approach with more effective communication activities and more robust evaluation. View Full-Text
Keywords: Biofilm; Public Engagement; Outreach; Control Strategies; Oral Biofilm Biofilm; Public Engagement; Outreach; Control Strategies; Oral Biofilm
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Verran, J.; Jackson, S.; Scimone, A.; Kelly, P.; Redfern, J. Biofilm Control Strategies: Engaging with the Public. Antibiotics 2020, 9, 465. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080465

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Verran J, Jackson S, Scimone A, Kelly P, Redfern J. Biofilm Control Strategies: Engaging with the Public. Antibiotics. 2020; 9(8):465. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080465

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Verran, Joanna, Sarah Jackson, Antony Scimone, Peter Kelly, and James Redfern. 2020. "Biofilm Control Strategies: Engaging with the Public" Antibiotics 9, no. 8: 465. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics9080465

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