The IMP has officially begun!

Last week the Oxford Interdisciplinary Microbiome Project held its first event: a workshop for collaborators from across the University to meet, talk, and discuss shared interests around the social implications of microbiome research. 

 

Bio-artist Anna Dumitru and historian Dr Claas Kirchhelle making a Winogradsky Column at the IMP launch event.

Bio-artist Anna Dumitru and historian Dr Claas Kirchhelle making a Winogradsky Column at the IMP launch event.

The event began with a curator-led tour of the "Back from the Dead: Demystifying Antibiotics" exhibition at Oxford's Museum of the History of Science. Artist Anna Dumitriu then led the group in a microbial bio-art workshop, which involved making Winogradsky columns with local soils, designing 'votive microbes' for the exhibition, and experimenting with antimicrobial compounds in petri dishes. 

 

Project Leader Dr Jamie Lorimer explained that the workshop aimed "to introduce the project and its participants and to start some conversations about the microbiome and its potential for future research collaborations". To learn more about participating in the project and future events, watch this site for further announcements or contact Dr Lorimer.