24 Nov - 24 Nov 2021



With the still ongoing pandemic, the use of antimicrobials has skyrocketed; now more than ever raising the awareness of antimicrobial resistance is vital. For the upcoming antibiotic awareness week, the Community of Biotechnology will be hosting the "AMR Fest 2021" supported by IEDCR (Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research), sponsored by American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The event will consist of a quiz competition, article writing, and an art competition.

Event Date: 24th November 2021

Duration and time: 20:00 - 23:00 BST (Bangladesh Standard Time) (tentative)

Event host: Community of Biotechnology (COB)

Community of Biotechnology is an international non-profit organization that works with students and researchers, enhancing their expertise and future scopes in their respective fields of biology through webinars, symposiums, and workshops.

Supported by: Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research (IEDCR) The Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control And Research is a Bangladesh government research institute, under the Ministry of Health, responsible for researching the epidemiological and communicable diseases in Bangladesh as well as disease control.

Sponsored by: American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Platform: The event will be conducted virtually via Streamyard. The event will be simultaneously broadcasted through COB YouTube, LinkedIn and Facebook handle.

Registration and submission deadline for the competition: 23rd November 2021

Registration fee: none

Registrations form: https://forms.gle/qJsD3AYTxsDZXt7T9


1. Certificate

2. Crest

3. Internship at IEDCR* (Terms and Condition Apply)


Quiz Competition

Passages will be provided with a problem. The candidates will be to come up with a solution for the problem.

Article Writing

Aims to raise awareness against antimicrobial resistance. Topic: Tackling AMR in Bangladesh Word Count: 1000 words Language: Bangla / English

Art Competition

Topic: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) A virtual exhibition may be held at the end/middle of the event. As the pictures are being shown there might be some commentary; all the speakers and hosts can pitch in if they want to.


Dr. Stephen Baker

Director of Research; Professor

University of Cambridge and University of Oxford

Dr.Stephen Baker is a Director of Research for Global Health in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Professor at the University of Oxford. Dr. Baker's research focuses on studying the mechanisms and epidemiological influences of antimicrobial resistance in Gram-negative bacteria. His group has used various genomic and laboratory techniques to understand how antimicrobial resistant bacterial emerge and spread, and how best they can be combated through new antimicrobial agents and vaccines. He has published over 350 scientific articles and is a recognized name in global health with a portfolio of work ranging from typhoid fever and other enteric diseases to hospital acquired infections and zoonoses.

Professor Dr. Tahmina Shirin


Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) and National Influenza Centre (NIC)

Professor Dr. Tahmina Shirin is the Director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (IEDCR) and the National Influenza Centre (NIC) in Bangladesh. Professor Shirin is involved in the Hub’s research on human health in Bangladesh. As being the Chair of the Coordination Committee for One Health Secretariat in Bangladesh, she is responsible for coordinating the Hub’s One Health activities among government stakeholders. She leads on policy guidance and decision making for long-term sustainability and impact of the Hub. Professor Shirin’s experience in the field of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and immunology focuses on innate immune responses.

Dr. Catrin Moore

Research Group Leader

Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance, Nuffield Departement of Medicine, University of Oxford

Dr. Catrin Moore is the research group leader of Oxford GBD (Global Burden of Disease) an Oxford-based group, which collaborates with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Dr. Moore's research focuses mostly on clinical microbiology, notably in Southeast Asia, where she spent six years managing diagnostic and research laboratories at Mahosot Hospital in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap, Cambodia. While at the Epidemic Diseases Research Group in Oxford, she collaborated with a number of research groups across Africa (ERGO). She is also a panelist and chair assessing Athena SWAN applications for Advance HE (formerly ECU) We're thrilled to welcome her as a speaker at "AMR FEST 2021," where she'll be able to share her knowledge and experience with our audience.

Professor (Dr.) Nitish Debnath

Team Leader

Fleming Fund Country Grant (Bangladesh) and DAI Global, LLC

Dr. Nitish Debnath is the Team Leader of the Fleming Fund Project (Bangladesh). He is also the core member of the Board of Directors for the Council on International Veterinary Medical Education for Asia; president of Bangladesh Veterinary Council; president of the professional organization Agriculturist (Krishibid) Institution Bangladesh; and an Associate Fellow of Chatham House Global Health. Dr. Debnath pioneered the One Health movement in Bangladesh in 2007 jointly with veterinarians, physicians, and environmental scientists, and launched a new professional organization called One Health Bangladesh. He has been chairing One Health Bangladesh since its foundation and has led 10 One Health conferences. He has been involved with the U.K. Government-funded BALZAC project and subsequently got involved with One Health Poultry Hub project. He joined the FAO Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases as the Senior Technical Advisor for One Health and Veterinary Education. In 2021 ,Dr. Debnath was invited to become one of 26 global experts selected to serve on the One Health High Level Expert Panel convened to advise leading global health agencies on the development of a plan to avert disease outbreaks with the potential to trigger pandemics.


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