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Concept: European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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Since 2010, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory’s (EMBL) Heidelberg laboratory and the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have jointly run bioinformatics training courses developed specifically for secondary school science teachers within Europe and EMBL member states. These courses focus on introducing bioinformatics, databases, and data-intensive biology, allowing participants to explore resources and providing classroom-ready materials to support them in sharing this new knowledge with their students. In this article, we chart our progress made in creating and running three bioinformatics training courses, including how the course resources are received by participants and how these, and bioinformatics in general, are subsequently used in the classroom. We assess the strengths and challenges of our approach, and share what we have learned through our interactions with European science teachers.

Concepts: DNA, Bioinformatics, Molecular biology, Education, European Bioinformatics Institute, Malta, Italy, European Molecular Biology Laboratory

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Around 300 people from 18 countries took part in the fourth biennial Chemical Biology conference at The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, from August 20 to 23, 2014. Many advances in the field of chemical biology were presented in talks and poster sessions. Picture: Petra Riedinger (EMBL).

Concepts: DNA, Molecular biology, Biology, Chemistry, The Europeans, European Molecular Biology Laboratory