FEMS Affiliates Letter September 2018

Also in this issue PUBLICATIONS / GRANTS CORNER / OPPORTUNITIES / DEADLINES Affiliates Letter  The official newsletter for FEMS Affiliates Get Ready for the EUROmicroMOOC! The EUROmicroMOOC is a project by the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM) and is supported by FEMS. It will be the first world-wide open access microbiology course delivered through Twitter. It runs from 2 October to 15 November, with three topics every week. 21 enthusiastic teachers will provide instruction and learning coordinated around the hashtag: #EUROmicroMOOC (“micro” acknowledges both the subject under focus, Microbiology, and the small 140-character format of a tweet; and “MOOC” stands for Massive Online Open Course). Lectures will be divided into 30-40 tweet sized statements with links to webpages, blogs, news, and plenty of images and videos. The tweets go out at a rate of 1 tweet per minute, starting at 17:00 on the day of that course. A Spanish Origin EURO micro MOOC at a glance • 21 courses, by 21 professors, from 18 institutions, in 9 countries across the world • classes scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 17:00 (CET) from 2 October to 15 November • tweets will be sent from the @SEMicrobiologia Twitter account • each course consists of 30-40 tweet sized statements posted at a rate of 1 tweet every minute • all classes will be in English and the tweets stored online using the open tool Wakelet This global version is the evolution of an idea that was initialised by Ignacio López- Goñi in the midst of the Spanish Society for Microbiology. Their Teaching and Dissemination of Microbiology Group created a twitter MOOC which aimed to deliver microbiology lessons to as many people as possible. In 2016, a team of 30 researchers from SEM - located in the US, UK, and Spain - delivered 26 lessons on General Microbiology. The results were impressive: 175,000 people visited the SEM twitter account during the MOOC, the tweets reached a device’s screen over 4 million times, and followers of the SEM account increased by 330%. 62% of the followers were located in Spain and 61% were female. Delftechpark 37A, 2628 XJ Delft, The Netherlands T: +31 15 302 0050 | E: fems@fems-microbiology.org SeptembeR 2018