The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) invites European secondary school science teachers to apply for the ELLS LearningLAB “Biodiversity in focus – exploring the barcode of life”.
The 2.5-day professional training course for secondary school science teachers will offer an introduction to selected DNA technologies and provide opportunities to explore how these can be transferred to and used in the classroom. The course runs between 27 and 29 April 2016 and is free of charge. The course will be in English and will take place in the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany.
The course will consist of a mix of seminars by practising scientists, hands-on activities and visits to state-of-the-art research facilities at EMBL. The programme will cover a range of scientific topics and highlight established DNA-based technologies that are regularly used in molecular biology laboratories and that can be employed in the biology classroom to illustrate concepts found on modern school biology curricula.
During the 2.5-day course, a combination of seminars, discussions, hands-on activities and visits will:
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The 2.5-day course (27 – 29 April 2016) will take place at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (EMBL ATC) in Heidelberg.
Single-room accommodation for participants will be provided in Heidelberg (preferentially for participants who do not reside in Heidelberg).
General instructions on how to reach EMBL can be found here: Travel to EMBL Heidelberg
If you arrive by taxi, ask the driver to be dropped off in front of the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC), which is the circular glass building (rather than at the entrance of the main building).
For those staying in the hotel, a shuttle bus will be provided, transferring participants between hotel and EMBL or the quarry, as appropriate. Please refer to the course programme about information when a shuttle service is provided. Please note that there will be no shuttle service for getting from Heidelberg to EMBL on the 27th April (first day) and participants are kindly ask to make their own way up to EMBL for the start of the course at 15:30 (see below).
Getting to EMBL on 27th April
For getting to EMBL for the start of the course it is recommended that you take a taxi from Heidelberg town centre (e.g. Heidelberg main station) up to EMBL.
There is a taxi rank just outside the main station and the ride should take around 20 minutes and cost between 12 and 15 Euros. Ask the driver to be dropped off in front of the EMBL Advanced Training Centre (ATC), which is the circular glass building (rather than at the entrance of the main building).
In case you arrive early and want to explore Heidelberg town centre, you could also take a bus/tram into Heidelberg town centre from the main station (bus 32, 33, 34 or tram 5, 21) – which takes 5 minutes – and get off at “Bismarckplatz”, which is located at the start of the main pedestrian street and old town. There is a taxi rank at Bismarckplatz and the ride to EMBL takes around 15 minutes.
If you travel by car, please use the free car parking lot “P1” on the left hand side as you arrive in Meyerhofstraße. You will find the ATC building at the top of the footpath leading up the hill.
Application is now closed.
Following your course application, you will receive an email in due course notifying you whether your application has been successful and you will then be asked to confirm your attendance by completing our registration process.
Application deadline: 16 March 2016 (10:00 am CET) – early registrations are welcome and are more likely to be successful.
Acceptance notification date: 21 March 2016 (latest)
Maximum number of course participants: 24
Minimum number of course participants: 15
Registration fee: none
We are pleased to offer three bursaries to assist with travel costs. All applicants must be active in teaching biology to 16-19 year old students. Candidates of any nationality may apply but must be resident and work in the EU and associated member states.
Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of:
How to apply for a bursary?
Once you have been selected to participate in the course, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to submit your application for a bursary.
If you are accepted for a bursary, you will receive partial support for your incurred travel costs upon completion of the course.
Course participants may view and download the course programme. Please note, you will have received the required password in our email correspondence.