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.

On-site LearningLAB  

The new gene technology revolution, March 2017


The European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) invites European secondary school science teachers to apply for the ELLS LearningLAB “The new gene technology revolution exploring genome engineering and transgenic animal research” which will take place between 19 and 21 March 2017 in European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany. The course is in English and free of charge.

The 2.5-day professional training course for secondary school science teachers will consist of a mix of seminars by EMBL scientists, hands-on activities, lab experiments and visits to state-of-the-art research facilities at EMBL. The programme will cover a wide range of topics and highlight the use of cutting-edge gene technologies and transgenic animals in research, and how these topics may be transferred to the classrooms.

The course will:

  • Introduce you to current genome engineering techniques and how these are applied in genomics research
  • Provide practical and hands-on insights into aspects related to genome editing
  • Update your knowledge on current biological research and get you in touch with research scientists
  • Foster discussion on the ethical aspects of genome engineering and transgenic animal research
  • Illustrate a range of classroom activities and experiments, and equip you to use the presented resources to support your teaching of biology
  • Include guided visits to research facilities at EMBL Heidelberg
  • Provide insights into research careers in the life sciences
  • Provide a platform to network and share your experiences with colleagues from all over Europe



The first course day (19 March) will take place at the seminar room of the Hotel ISG in Heidelberg-Boxberg. The second and third day (20-21 March) will take place at EMBL Heidelberg.


Shuttle bus
For those staying in the hotel, a shuttle bus will be provided, transferring participants between hotel and EMBL. Please note that there will be no shuttle service for getting from Heidelberg city centre to the Hotel ISG on the 19th March (first day) where the course starts. Participants are kindly asked to make their own way up to the Hotel ISG for the start of the course at 16:30 (see below).

Getting to Hotel ISG on 19th March
Instructions on how to reach the Hotel ISG can be found here: Travel to Hotel ISG

Getting to EMBL on 20th/21st March
General instructions on how to reach EMBL can be found here: Travel to EMBL Heidelberg

If you travel by car, please use the free car parking lot “P1” on the left hand side as you arrive in Meyerhofstraße. You will find the ATC building at the top of the footpath leading up the hill.

Leaving EMBL on 21st March
There will be a shuttle service taking participants from EMBL Heidelberg to the Heidelberg main train station after the end of the course.


Participants who do not reside in Heidelberg will be provided with single-room accommodation free of charge for 2 nights (19th and 20th March, i.e. Sunday to Tuesday) at the Hotel ISG in Heidelberg-Boxberg. If you require accommodation, please indicate this in the application form.

If you required accommodation for additional nights, please arrange this directly with the hotel at your own cost.

Hotel contact details:
Hotel ISG Heidelberg
Im Eichwald 19, 69126 Heidelberg, Germany
Tel: +49 6221 38610
E-mail: isg@embl.de
Website: www.isg-hotel.de


Travel expenses to and from the course location in Heidelberg, Germany need to be covered by the LearningLAB participants.

We have a small number of ELLS travel bursaries sponsored by Sartorius AG available to cover part of an individual’s travel expenses. These bursaries are aimed at participants who would have difficulties attending the course without financial aid.
If you would like to apply for a bursary, please fill in the bursary section in the course application form.

Eligibility requirements for ELLS travel bursary sponsored by Sartorius AG

  • 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.
  • Bursary recipients will receive partial support for their incurred travel costs upon completion of the course.
  • Only complete bursary applications received via the application form will be considered for review.

Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of:

  • Justification of use of the funds to support your attendance of the LearningLAB.
  • Demonstration of involvement with national (and possibly international) teaching networks and a commitment to sharing course materials through these.

After attending the course, bursary recipients are asked to provide a short statement describing the reasons for having applied for teacher training course and travel bursary, the benefits of attending the course and the impact the course had on their work in the classroom.


Applications for the course are now closed.

Following your course application, you will receive an email between 7 and 14 February notifying you whether your application has been successful. You will then be asked to confirm your attendance by completing our registration process within a couple of days, so please ensure you will have access to email between these dates.

Application deadline: 5 February 2017
Acceptance notification date: 7-14 February 2017
Maximum number of course participants: 20
Minimum number of course participants: 12
Registration fee: none

Course programme

A detailed course programme will be provided to successful applicants closer to the time of the course.

Date: 19 - 21 March 2017

Topic area:  Genome biology

Format: Face-to-face

Location: Germany

Contact: ELLS Team

Organiser: ELLS