In celebrating the first ever World Microbiome Day 27th June 2018, APC Microbiome Ireland sought nominations of community groups, organisations, individuals, industry and scientists whose activities help us to “Mind our Microbes”. The aim is to help raise awareness and encourage public dialogue on the critical awareness of microbes and to acknowledge individuals and organisations whose actions benefit and impact on all our lives.
All “Microbiome Hero” nominations received were considered by a panel of reviewers and the following individuals and organisations are being recognised as Microbiome Heroes for 2018. Each Microbiome Hero will receive a Microbiome Hero certificate.
The #microbiomehero award process was quite simple. Anyone could nominate an individual or organisation they felt made a contribution to microbiomes or its research no matter how big or small. This was done by email or Twitter.
All nominees were checked for eligibility for making a contribution to microbiomes at some level – self nominations were deemed ineligible. This nomination review and awardee selection was carried out by the APC Microbiome Ireland Education and Public Engagement review panel which incl. Catherine Buckley, Eimear Ferguson, Ger Clarke, Orla O’Sullivan and Eileen O’Herlihy. #WorldMicrobiomeDay is an initiative launched this year by APC Microbiome Ireland which saw events happening around the world on the 27th June to celebrate & raise awareness of the importance of the microbiome. We hope next year more will join us to make it a bigger and better event! In the meantime hope we all #MindOurMicrobes!
Community Microbiome Heroes
|Cornstore restaurants in Cork and Limerick promote digestive health by hosting themed nights with specially designed menus to support good gut bacteria e.g. Food For Thought and Love Your Gut|
|Dearbhla Reynolds is passionate about fermentation and has taught hundreds of workshops to pass on her knowledge of the subject. She has written The Cultured Club, a fabulously funky fermentation recipe “cook” book.|
|Donal loves nature and is passionate about soil health, and humans’ relationship with nature and the soil. He shares his enthusiasms infectiously and generously, and is very clear about the importance of our being closer to nature for human happiness and wellbeing. As well as his composting work, Donal does a lot of community-based environmental work such as nature education.|
|Bernie Glynn, known in the school as the Garden Guru engages the students during break times in digging, weeding, planting and harvesting in the polytunnel and sensory garden. She also initiated the creation of a bug hotel. Carmel Moclairn is Science Coordinator and has focused on the Microbiome for this year’s school ‘Science Day’. Carmel Moore, organized the planting of one hundred trees in the school field for future generations of children. She also leads the ‘Fresh Air Club’ which involves exploring and free, child-led learning one morning a week outdoors in our natural surroundings.|
|Mad About Cork is a voluntary group who making positive changes in derelict and run-down spaces in the Cork city through various projects including planting and city gardening which encourages and supports urban microbiomes.|
|Slí Eile which operates through two non-profit charitable companies provides a safe haven and supports to mental health recovery. Their programme helps to promote a healthy body and healthy mind in keeping with the gut-brain microbiome connection. Their organic farm also has a positive impact on the environment. It’s Farm shop & Café is open every Saturday where you can buy fresh organic produce.|
|The Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Project is at the forefront of microbiome research and is the world’s first comprehensive look at microbiomes in a controlled aquarium ecosystem. Under the leadership of Dr. Bill Van Bonn, this not-for profit initiative is uncovering and advancing our knowledge on the impact of animal and habitat management practices on microbial communities in aquatic environments for animal and environmental health.|
|St Patrick’s GNS, Gardiner’s Hill, Montenotte – for their wonderful work in promoting the importance of the Microbiome throughout the school year. The school welcomed 4 scientists throughout the year to talk about their work and also contributed to the making of the “World Microbiome Day” video. Thank you to all involved. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALxPdqfn918
|Gaelscoil Ui Riordan, Ballincollig – For their work in promoting the importance of a healthy microbiome in their school’s organic garden. The students planted various plants to help encourage diversity in the microbes present in the environment.|
|St. Michael’s Church of Ireland National School, Blackrock – for focusing on maintaining a ‘healthy gut biomes’ from the Food Dudes Programme and the schools Healthy Eating Policy. For creating ‘diversity’ in their school garden. And for keeping the school grounds clean, preventing food waste and litter from encouraging ‘bad bacteria’ to grow.|
Industry Microbiome Heroes
Researchers/Scientific Organisation Microbiome Heroes