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Interview with author of The Germ Files - Jason Tetro

I talk to Jason about his new book and how to communicate microbiology to the public.

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Aug 29, 2016
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Several months ago, after having written a book review, I had the pleasure of sitting down to a Skype interview with The Germ Guy himself, Jason Tetro. It was a lot of fun and we were able to record a 20 minute conversation where Jason told me more about himself, his passion for microbes and how to convey that passion to the public. For me, as a researcher, it was enlightening to hear how someone who has been so successful with scientific outreach approaches communication. Like any good communicator, Jason has simplified his process and explained 4 rules the he encourages all scientists to use. I have started to implement these rules in all of my outreach and while it is challenging (especially the last one) I have noticed a difference in how my work is perceived. There is also a fun "Micro-Interview" at the end that was inspired by Heidi Burdett and covers themes from his new book - "The Germ Files".


In the interview, find out more about Jason Tetro aka, "The Germ Guy" as well as his rules for science communication, the 4 E's.


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This interview was published alongside the book review that appears in the September 2016 issues of Nature Microbiology.

Libberton, B. A cure for germophobia. Nature Microbiology 1, Article number: 16137 (2016) doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.137


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Ben Libberton

Communications Officer, MAX IV Laboratory

I'm a Communications Officer at MAX IV Laboratory in Lund, Sweden, formally a Postdoc in the biofilm field. I'm interested in how bacteria cause disease and look to technology to produce novel tools to study and ultimately prevent infection. Part of my current role is to find ways to use synchrotron radiation to study microorganisms.

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