EMBL's science education department, the European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences (ELLS) bridges the gap between research and schools. Multifaceted training and engagement activities provide European teachers as well as primary and secondary school students with hands-on experience of cutting-edge life sciences research. ELLS works closely with EMBL scientists to bring transform new ideas gained from EMBL research and technology into useful knowledge for teachers and students, aiming to raise curiosity for scientific research and make young people well-educated and critical consumers of scientific knowledge.

Programmes for schools

ELLS offers programmes for primary and secondary school classes from local and European schools.

EMBL School Ambassador Programme
EMBL scientists visit schools and talk about their research

EMBL guided visits for school groups
European and local schools are invited to visit EMBL Heidelberg and get insights into an international research institute

EMBL Insight Lecture
Yearly lecture series for 15+ students given by EMBL scientist. Schools can take part at the EMBL campus in Heidelberg or via live-stream.
Lectures of previous years are available as video-on-demand from the ELLS Website.

School projects

ELLS regulary runs science education projects with local primary and secondary schools.

Programmes for teachers

ELLS LearningLABs
Continued professional development for teachers: 2-3-day training courses for European secondary school biology teachers

Online courses and teaching material
Training modules, teaching resources, e-learning and online courses in the area of life sciences

Activities for the young public

ELLS offers a diverse range of activities for young people outside of school and for the general public in collaboration with local and regional partners, including science festivals.

For more information about ELLS activties, please visit the ELLS Website