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Science Education

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.

Molecular biology is an integral part of life sciences curricula throughout Europe. As life sciences research is moving forward at an enormous pace it is very important to have a clear idea of its true scope and its potential to have dramatic effects on society. 

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Teacher training

Our professional development opportunities for teachers aim to empower educators to share the latest developments in life sciences with their students. Our courses are open to science educators teaching at secondary schools in Europe and beyond and held in English unless stated otherwise. All of our trainings are free of charge.

The ELLS LearningLABs are teacher training courses held face-to-face over 2–3 days or virtually across several weeks. All courses provide an update on current scientific research and offer teaching and learning materials that bring real-life science into the classroom. Face-to-face courses include training in laboratory or bioinformatics practices.

The ELLS TeachingBASE workshops are 60-120 minute long teacher training sessions that provide hands-on training on using classroom-ready teaching and learning materials developed by ELLS. All TeachingBASE workshops take place live on Zoom.

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Genes of Change, February 2019

Focusing on cutting-edge topics in evolutionary biology and exploring new ways of teaching evolutionary concepts in the classroom

On-site LearningLAB  


Genes, Research and Disease, September 2018

Focusing on developments in genetic engineering and sequencing technologies and how these techniques can be integrated into school lessons

On-site LearningLAB  


The molecule of life, March 2018

Focusing on sequencing technologies and illustrating how research in DNA biology can be taught in the classroom

On-site LearningLAB  



Bringing structures to life, October 2016

Providing interactive introduction to structural biology technologies, their application to study macromolecular structures and its teaching in the classroom

On-site LearningLAB  


Biodiversity in focus, April 2016

Offering an introduction to DNA technologies and exploring how these can be transferred to the classroom

On-site LearningLAB  


Learning from life, April 2015

Introducing DNA technologies and exploring how these can be transferred to and used in the classroom

On-site LearningLAB  



See the list of past LearningLABs

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