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.
Are you a Czech biology teacher or teaching biology in Czech language? Are you interested in an interactive introduction to the field of bioinformatics and how different types of biological data can be used for modern biology lessons? Then register for our 2-day training course, which will take place on 2 and 3 June 2014 in Charles University Prague, Faculty of Sciences. The course language is Czech and your attendance is free of charge. The registration deadline is 23 May 2014 – early registrations are welcome and are more likely to be successful. Accepted participants will receive an acceptance notification no later than 26 May 2014.
Techniques such as high-throughput sequencing and other data-rich research methods are contributing to a huge amount of biological data being produced by researchers. In order to make sense of this data, computer-based analysis methods are required and this has generated the field of bioinformatics. The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is Europe’s centre of expertise on how to process, store and analyse life science information and we make this biological data available to researchers around the world through the provision of data resources provided by the EMBL-EBI.
The Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague is one of the leading research institutes in the field of biology in Czech Republic and bioinformatics is also becoming more important for the research and education efforts at the faculty. In addition the institution is responsible for the training of secondary school teachers.
The number and range of biological data resources can be bewildering but once familiar with the resources and the data they hold, the use of biological databases gives teachers and students the opportunity to use real scientific data and analysis tools to visualise and learn about biological concepts. Use of web-based user interfaces also helps support the development of effective ICT skills.
The ELLS LearningLab in collaboration with the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague will provide an interactive introduction to the field of bioinformatics, a central part of modern biology that can be used effectively in the classroom to teach biological concepts. During the 2-day course, a combination of seminars, discussions and hands-on activities will:
Topics and sessions include:
We are pleased to offer bursaries to assist with travel costs. All applicants must be active in teaching biology to 16-19 year old students. Candidates of any nationality may apply but must be resident and work in the EU and associated member states.
Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of:
How to apply for a bursary?
Once you have registered for the course, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to submit your application for a bursary.
If you are accepted for a bursary, you will receive partial support for your incurred travel costs upon completion of the course.