World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) 12–18 November 2018
  • Superbugs Pub Quiz - B-Bar, The Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ

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    Research Poster Exhibition - Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building

  • Antibiotic Resistance public event - Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky BUilding

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Held every November since 2015, World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW) gauges awareness levels in all sectors of the population via a short questionnaire and promotes the issue via a number of resources that can be found on the above links.

Antibiotic resistance is a global health threat which kills around 700,000 people worldwide each year, a figure expected to rise to 10 million by 2050 unless something is done today. 

 The University continues to promote antibiotic resistance messages from the UK government and Public Health England as well as the World Health Organization outside of World Antibiotic Awareness Week. 

The University is engaged in cross-disciplinary research into antibiotic resistance. From examining deep-sea sponges in the search for new antibiotics, to inventing new technologies to detect antibiotic resistance in blood samples, for more effective prescribing of antibiotics. 

We have organised some events for WAAW to highlight the issue of antibiotic resistance, with all proceeds going to the Peninsula Medical Foundation to support pioneering research, pilot projects, clinical trials and PhD research students at the University of Plymouth's Medical School. 


Find out more about our World Antibiotic Week events below



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Today's events

Research Poster Exhibition

The University is engaged in cross-disciplinary research into antibiotic resistance. From examining deep-sea sponges in the search for new antibiotics, to inventing new technologies to detect antibiotic resistance in blood samples, for more effective prescribing of antibiotics.

During World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), take a tour of this display of the University’s research into antimicrobial resistance to understand the global health threat that kills over 700,000 people world-wide each year, and our plan to combat it. 

  • 12-16 November 2018 (all day)
  • Venue: Crosspoint, Roland Levinsky Building


Superbugs Pub Quiz

As part of the University’s interactive events across World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), we present a superbug-themed quiz night.

Get a team together and join Dr James Edwards for a catching quiz with several infection-related rounds on movies, songs and pictures. We encourage teams of 4-6 and there will be prizes! We will be taking donations to the Peninsula Medical Foundation at this event.

This event is restricted to those aged 18+. Booking is essential via Eventbrite.

  • Monday 12 November 2018 (19:00-23:00)
  • Venue: B-Bar, The Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ



Fighting Superbugs 

Join us during World Antibiotics Awareness Week for a documentary, panel discussion and Q&A on the problem of antibiotic resistance and how scientists are trying to find a solution to one of the biggest public health issues of our time. 

  • Thursday 15 November 2018 (19:00-20:30) 
  • Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building 

Visit our event page for further details and to register your place.


Institute of Translational and Stratified Medicine (ITSMed)

ITSMed brings together world-class research strengths in both basic laboratory and translational clinical science, providing a strong, collaborative, interdisciplinary environment to develop high-impact, translational research of clinical relevance. Our focus is on three core research themes: Cancer, Clinical Neuroscience and Infection, Immunity, Inflammation, facilitated by cross-cutting expertise in Diagnostics, Clinical Trials and Public Health research. Visit our webpages for more information.


If you like this event, our Research Festival 2019 (21-25 January) may also be of interest

How can research shape our world? 

This week long showcase explores Plymouth's rich and varied research culture and the exceptional work of university academics, working in collaborations and affecting change across the world.

Economic | Environmental | Social | Cultural | Medical

Making an impact - from local to global.

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