Formerly known as European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences
Our inspiring educational experiences share the scientific discoveries of EMBL with young learners aged 10-19 years and teachers in Europe and beyond. We belong to EMBL’s Science Education and Public Engagement office.
Last week ELLS has hosted its very first Science Chat in 2014, connecting Italian high school students from the Istituto Scolastico Cattolico Paritario ‘Vincenza Altamura’ in Rome with EMBL researchers from Monterotondo and Heidelberg via the web.
Postdocs Jose Viosca presented his work on behavioural traits such as fear and anxiety, and postdoc Federico Rossi discussed his research on microglia – the macrophages of the brain.
The engaging presentations led to lively discussions between students and scientists during the Q&A session in the virtual ELLS meeting room.
Looking back at the Science Chat, Jose Viosca, who initiated the event, says:
“The students surprised me with their mature (and socially meaningful) questions about gender differences in the brain, how much politicians support research, how much genes vs. environment influence personality, and many more. It was a stimulating and challenging experience at the same time. I am looking forward to repeating an event like this!”