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.


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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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

Focus: Stem Cells

Interactive introduction to stem cells

Topic area:  Cell biology, Developmental biology   Age group:  14-16, 16-19