Visit the EMBL campus in Heidelberg, Germany with your school group!
Learn what EMBL is all about, experience cutting-edge life sciences first hand and meet the scientists behind the research.
Please make sure you read through all sections before applying for a campus visit.
The guided visits are aimed at school groups of the local region, Europe and beyond. Whether you are interested in learning about the latest developments in basic life sciences research, are curious about the interdisciplinary nature of scientific endeavours, or keen to get an insight into careers in the life sciences, a guided visit to EMBL Heidelberg may just be right for you.
As we receive a high number of applications and want to keep the programme open to all countries and schools, groups will be selected by the following criteria:
A typical guided visit will last approximately 2-2.5 hours. We offer a selection of three different modules: Science at EMBL (module A), Science and the Lab (module B), and Careers in the Life Sciences (module C).
A typical Science at EMBL visit comprises:
A typical Science and the Lab visit comprises:
A typical Careers in the Life Sciences visit comprises:
Please check the booking timetable for information on which module is offered in which slot. If no information on modules is given for a particular date, please suggest your preferred module.
Please note that we do not provide lab training or hands-on lab activities as part of our guided visits.
The minimum group size is 10, including accompanying teachers. If you would like to visit EMBL with a smaller school group or individually, please contact us via email and we will try our best to allocate you to an existing group visit.
The maximum group size is 50, including accompanying teachers. For visits to labs or facilities (module B), the maximum group size is 24.
Guided visits are usually offered in English, the working language of EMBL. Depending on the availability of EMBL scientists and staff, we may also be able to provide parts of the visit in German or other languages, but this cannot be guaranteed. Please indicate your language preferences in the application form.
Due to the growing number of staff on campus, we are unable to offer lunch at the EMBL canteen to visiting groups. Weather permitting, you are welcome to bring your own lunch and have it in the campus garden. There is also a large selection of restaurants and cafés suitable for groups available in Heidelberg.
Outreach and training are integral parts of EMBL. All guided visits are free of charge.
We offer guided visits on selected Fridays throughout the year from 9:30 to 12:00 and 14:00-16:30. If there are currently available dates/times, there are shown below. Please indicate your preferred slot when completing the application form.
Please note that we will not be able to offer visits outside the dates given in the timetable.
To apply for a guided visit on one of the free dates, please select “Apply” below to complete the EMBL school visits application form. Please note that we will only accept visit requests using this application form.
Once we have reviewed your application, we will notify you as soon as possible to discuss your visit with you. Due to the high number of visit requests we receive, invitations to guided visits are made on a case-by-case basis. Please note that your visit is only confirmed after you have received a confirmation email from us.
As the programme is very popular, please only apply for a visit if you are certain you will be able attend. Once your visit has been confirmed, please notify us as soon as possible of any changes to your visit, including group size (see notes on group size). If you need to cancel the visit, please notify us as soon as possible so we can try and assign your slot to another school. Please note that late cancellations will jeopardise the viability of the programme and put a burden on our scientific volunteers.
Please make yourself familiar with the terms and conditions for participating in our school visits and on data protection. Your agreement towards these terms and conditions is required before you can continue with applying for a visit.
Information on how to travel to the EMBL campus in Heidelberg can be found on the EMBL website. Train and public transport connections can be found via this journey planner (enter “EMBL, Heidelberg” as destination). To aid our planning, please indicate how you plan to travel to the campus when applying.
If you would like to stay overnight, there are various options for accommodation in Heidelberg. Many schools stay at one of the two youth hostels in Heidelberg: “DJH Youth Hostel International” and “Steffi’s Hostel Heidelberg”.
Heidelberg and the region offers plenty of cultural, educational and scientific opportunities for an extended stay. Here are some suggestions: