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ELLS

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.

Campus visits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ELLS has paused the campus visits programme. Join us for virtual visits instead!

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.

What we offer

Who are the guided visits for?

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.

Rules on school and country quota – with effect from March 2019

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:

  • Maximum of four schools per country per calendar year
  • Priorities will be given to countries with lower attendance rates
  • Maximum of one visit per school per calendar year
  • Priorities will be given to schools which have not attended the previous calendar year, or which have not visited previously at all
How does a typical visit look like?

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).

Module A: Science at EMBL (max group size: 50)

A typical Science at EMBL visit comprises:

  • Introductory talk about EMBL: learn what EMBL is all about
  • Scientific talk: listen to an EMBL scientist presenting their work
  • Campus tour: take a tour across campus and walk along the famous double helix of the Advanced Training Centre

Module B: Science and the Lab (max. group size: 24)

A typical Science and the Lab visit comprises:

  • Introductory talk about EMBL: learn what EMBL is all about
  • Scientific talk: listen to an EMBL scientist presenting their work
  • Lab tour: take a tour around one of EMBL’s research labs or facilities

Module C: Careers in the Life Sciences (max. group size: 50)

A typical Careers in the Life Sciences visit comprises:

  • Introductory talk about EMBL: learn what EMBL is all about
  • Careers in the Life Sciences: meet EMBL staff in small groups and discuss scientific and non-scientific career paths
  • Campus tour: take a tour across campus and walk along the famous double helix of the Advanced Training Centre

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.

Are there restrictions on group size?

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.

What languages do you offer?

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.

Is it possible to have lunch at EMBL?

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.

Are the visits free of charge?

Outreach and training are integral parts of EMBL. All guided visits are free of charge.

Booking your visit

When do you offer visits?

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.

How do I apply for a visit?

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.

Terms and conditions

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.

Your stay in Heidelberg

How can we travel to EMBL Heidelberg?

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.

Where can we stay when visiting EMBL Heidelberg?

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”.

What else can we do in Heidelberg?

Heidelberg and the region offers plenty of cultural, educational and scientific opportunities for an extended stay. Here are some suggestions:

European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS)

EMBL Heidelberg
Meyerhofstraße 1
69117 Heidelberg
Germany

Tel: +49 6221 387-8805
Fax: +49 6221 387-98252
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