15 July: world youth skills day – Course and Conference Office


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15 July: world youth skills day

Today marks the UN-declared day for world youth skills; something we are passionate about at EMBL. We aim to equip the next generation with the biological, bioinformatics, and data skills needed to enter a career in STEM.

The theme for World Youth Skills Day 2023 is skilling teachers, trainers, and youth for a transformative future. It highlights the essential role that teachers, trainers, and other educators play in providing skills for youth to transition to the labour market and to actively engage in their communities and societies.
United Nations website, 2023

At EMBL-EBI we have a wide array of free-to-access tutorials, recordings, and learning collections including the pathway dedicated to introductory bioinformatics.

close up of a laptop displaying InterPro website
Close-up of a laptop displaying the InterPro website

This curated collection brings together several online tutorials and recorded webinars to provide an introduction to bioinformatics, a brief tour of the resources available from EMBL-EBI, and more details about some of those resources, including Ensembl, UniProt, and Expression Atlas.

This collection is for anyone with an interest in learning about bioinformatics and EMBL-EBI services to work through at their own pace. No prior skills are required, but undergraduate-level knowledge of life sciences could be useful. 

It’s also a fabulous resource for teachers or trainers wanting to upskill and introduce youth teams, school students, or even undergraduates that you work with to the world of bioinformatics.

All our training materials are free to use, and re-use with credit. Our materials are free cultural works licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license, except where further licensing details are provided.

More from EMBL | Have you heard of EMBL’s Science Education office?

The Science Education and Public Engagement office hosts inspiring educational experiences and shares the scientific discoveries of EMBL with young learners aged 10-19 years and teachers in Europe and beyond.

Upcoming event | Apply by 21 July

New ways of teaching ecology: a train-the-trainer course
Course dates: 27 – 29 September 2023

A group of trainers working together on a table-based group activity.

The EMBL Science Education and Public Engagement team in collaboration with Merck invite European teacher trainers, secondary school science teachers, and informal educators to apply for  “New ways of teaching ecology: a train-the-trainer course”, taking place at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany between 27 and 29 September 2023. The course is free of charge and is held in English.

The 2.5-day train-the-trainer course is the first of its kind, training trainers and formal and informal educators to deliver professional development courses for fellow educators on the topic of “teaching ecosystems”

Find out more about EMBL’s science education programme of activities available to both teaching staff and students; such as lab tours, school visits, and even virtual learning opportunities.