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.

Self-paced course  

The CRISPR revolution 2024


Genome editing holds the transformative power to revolutionise medical treatments, agricultural practices, and our understanding of genetics. The self-paced course “The CRISPR revolution: a course for educators and CRISPR enthusiasts“, organised by EMBL’s Science Education and Public Engagement team in partnership with Merck, aims to give an overview and deep dive into the field of genome editing and CRISPR research and help educators teach the topic in class.

The free course will run online from 1 May to 9 June 2024, allowing educators and anyone interested in learning more about genome editing to join at any time and explore the course content at their own pace. At the end of the course, you can obtain a certificate of attendance by completing a short feedback questionnaire.

      Dates                         Duration                    Weekly study                      Format

1 May-9 June                  6 weeks                        2 hours                        100% online    

Please note: This course includes content from previous EMBL virtual LearningLAB 2021 entitled “The GRISPR revolution”. In addition to previous content, pre-recorded Zoom scientific discussions and new learning and teaching resources have been added.

Who is this course for?
This course is aimed at formal and informal educators, as well as teacher trainers and teachers in training.

It will also be useful for science professionals and anyone interested in learning more about genome editing and CRISPR in particular.

Learning format

All the course content is accessible online between 1 May and 9 June 2024. The course content is divided into three sections, depending on your level of understanding and interest:

  • Introduction to the CRISPR technology
  • CRISPR-based research
  • Teach CRISPR in class

The course workload is based on the time needed for covering some “recommended” content in the form of pre-recorded talks and pedagogical materials that might be of interest to you. However, the time you spend on the course may vary based on your interests.

What will you learn on this course?

By the end of this course, you will

  • Unlock CRISPR’s Potential: Discover how CRISPR is revolutionising life sciences research.
  • Explore Research Frontiers: Dive into cutting-edge CRISPR research topics.
  • Experience Hands-On Learning: Engage with a flexible, classroom-ready EMBL resource on the ethics of CRISPR.
  • Expand Teaching Toolbox: Enhance your secondary school teaching with comprehensive CRISPR materials.


By filling in the course registration form you get immediate course access for the course duration (until 9 June 2024). Join any time and explore the content we have in store for you.

We hope to see you there!

Register and join today


This training course is organised by EMBL’s Science Education and Public Engagement office in partnership with Merck.

EMBL Science Education and Public Engagement
EMBL’s Science Education and Public Engagement office shares the scientific discoveries of EMBL with young people, teachers and the diverse public in Europe and beyond. Our education programmes convey complex, cutting-edge topics in life science research in an exciting and insightful way, fostering the discovery of current research trends, the scientific method, and scientific career paths. Our teacher training courses empower educators to bring modern life sciences into the classroom. Visit our website for further information about our activities.

Merck, a leading science and technology company, operates across life science, healthcare and electronics. More than 64,000 employees work to make a positive difference to millions of people’s lives every day by creating more joyful and sustainable ways to live. From providing products and services that accelerate drug development and manufacturing as well as discovering unique ways to treat the most challenging diseases to enabling the intelligence of devices – the company is everywhere. In 2022, Merck generated sales of € 22.2 billion in 66 countries.

Date: 1 May - 9 June 2024

Application deadline: 9 Jun 2024

Topic area:  Genome biology

Format: Online

Location: Online

Contact: SEPE team