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.


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.

The ELLS teacher training courses (LearningLABs) take place either face-to-face over 2–3 days or virtually across several weeks. All courses provide an update on current 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. All of our training is free of charge for participants.

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The CRISPR revolution, September 2021

Providing insights into CRISPR-based genome editing techniques and discussing its teaching in the classroom.

ELLS virtual LearningLAB  

Introducing your microbiome, autumn 2020

Providing insights into basic research of the human microbiome and examples of transferring microbiome research to the classroom

ELLS virtual LearningLAB  

Genes of Change, February 2019

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

ELLS 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

ELLS 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

ELLS on-site LearningLAB  

See the list of past LearningLABs