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. 


The EMBL TeachingBASE is a collection of STEM teaching modules designed for teachers and young learners, developed by EMBL science education experts and scientists.

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

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Imagine: explore mitochondria

A picture book with activities to learn about the structure of mitochondria

Topic area:  Cell biology   Age group:  14-16

Ocean diversity – resource collection

Resource collection featuring materials on diversity and related EMBL research

Topic area:  Environmental biology   Age group:  < 10, 14-16, 16-19

A guide to MoBIE

A practical guide for the use of the MoBIE plugin

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

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