Advocacy often means telling your story. The work you do makes you uniquely equipped to advance evidence-based scientific policy by sharing it with others. Putting a face to the message is one of the quickest and best ways to make an impact.

ASM is calling all scientists in the field of microbiology to be the face of issues that matter most to them and create videos that will promote the microbial sciences. Submissions will be shared on social media or used to help us better advocate to legislators through other platforms.

Please use the video recording tool below to share why you're an advocate for the microbial sciences. The tool will work on a computer or a mobile device. Please keep your answers short and concise, to speak slowly, and enunciate clearly. 

Tips and Best Practices:

These videos are intended for an audience that does not have scientific expertise. Impactful videos will focus on a concise bottom line of your work and the reasons why you study it. While process and methodology are important, those details are not necessary for this video. Please avoid jargon or acronyms that are unlikely to be immediately understood outside of your field.

Think about and answer each of the following questions as you record your video (example components are in italics):

  • What is your name? Where do you live?
    • My name is Dr. Amanda S. Morales. I live and work in Washington, D.C.
  • Where do you work, or what area of microbiology do you work in?
    • I'm an agricultural microbiologist at a university.
  • In one-two sentences, what are you researching, and why?
    • I research antimicrobial resistance to understand better how antibiotics given to livestock affect health in humans.
  • How would does policy directly affect you or your work? Does your lab rely on government funding?
    • My colleagues and I are directly supported by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Why do you advocate for the American Society for Microbiology? (keep this answer short and direct)
    • With that funding, my lab has made fundamental discoveries about how to limit the spread of harmful bacteria from animals to people through food.
  • Be sure to wrap up your video a "thank you" message
    • Thank you for supporting the field of microbiology.

Thank you for taking the time to share your story with ASM and helping us advocate for better science policy. Know more microbiologists who might be interested in lending their voices? Feel free to share this page! Contact advocacy@asmusa.org with questions.

Note: All submissions made through this portal are appreciated, but submission does not guarantee the use of your video.