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. 



ELLS TeachingBASE is a collection of molecular biology teaching modules designed for teachers and students, developed by ELLS staff members and EMBL scientists.

The materials are freely available but each module carries a creative commons copyright.

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A guide to MoBIE

A practical guide for the use of the MoBIE plugin

Topic area:  Cell biology  

Microbial genome puzzles

Resource introducing genome reconstruction using a puzzle metaphor

Topic area:  Genome biology, Bioinformatics   Age group:  16-19

Teaching resources for remote teaching

Article about a collection of ELLS resources suitable for remote teaching

Topic area:  Resource collections   Age group:  < 10, 10-12, 14-16, 12-14, 16-19

Microscope in Action

Comprehensive resource on hands-on fluorescence microscopy

Topic area:  Microscopy & Imaging   Age group:  14-16, 16-19

Plant DNA Barcoding Resource

Wet-lab and bioinformatics experiments using DNA barcoding

Topic area:  Bioinformatics, Environmental biology   Age group:  16-19