Introduction & announcements
The 43rd FEBS Congress (7-12 July 2018) will host a Special Sesion on Education on “Bioethics Education in Molecular Life Sciences”, a workshop on “Developing Case Studies in Bioethics”, a Special Session on Career and Research Skills on “How to improve the value and impact of your scientiﬁc papers in molecular life sciences”, a workshop on “Networking”, a Speed Talks session “Selected Topics on Education” and education posters.
The FEBS Education Committee has the mission of promoting education of the highest quality in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Europe at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
In order to fulfill this important objective:
- We encourage the development of innovative teaching methods.
- We disseminate advice on educational resources.
- We arrange at least one education event at each FEBS Congress.
- We arrange other educational events such as workshops on educational issues in FEBS member countries on request (see map)
FEBS Education Committee has created the group of FEBS Ambassadors on Education, Constituent societies have nominated their ambassador to participate in joint development of education-related initiatives. More information.
Recent and upcoming activities
FEBS Education Workshop (Izmir, Turkey, 6-7 Sept. 2018)
- Workshops and Courses organised together with FEBS Constituent Societies. (See section below)
- Education events during the FEBS Congresses. (See section below)
FEBS Ambassadors on Education
Constituent societies have nominated their ambassador to participate in joint development of education-related initiatives. More information.
Awards, prizes and mentions
- 2015 "Best Poster on Education" in the 40th FEBS Congress, Berlin: "Developing scientific writing and integrating feedback for undergraduate biomedical students through mimicking the professional journal article review process" by J.A. Tanner (Univ. of Hong Kong)
- 2014 "Best Poster on Education" in the 39th FEBS Congress, Paris: "Multidisciplinary biochemistry laboratory education; student centered real learning process" by A.S. Dincel, Y. Ozkan, M. Selvi, F. Erkoc (Gazi Univ.)
- 2014 "50 Years of FEBS Education Training Award": Ines Heiland (Tromso Univ.) and Eva Margittai (Semmelweis Univ.) - Information
Workshops, courses and associated materials
Events within FEBS Congresses
- Special session on Education – Bioethics education in molecular life sciences (9 July)
- Workshop – Developing case studies in bioethics (9 July)
- Special session on Research and Career Skills – How to improve the value and impact of your scientiﬁc papers in molecular life sciences (11 July)
- Workshop – Networking (11 July)
- Poster session – Biochemical Education
- Speed talks – Selected topics in education
- Special session – Practicals in Molecular Life Sciences Education (11 Sept.)
- includes an Opening Lecture by Bruce Alberts
- Workshop – Practicals: Useful Tips (11 Sept.)
- Poster session – Education, Training, and Career Planning in Molecular Life Sciences
"New Horizons in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Education",
an IUBMB+FEBS joint conference on education (6-8 Sept.)
2016 Ephesus / Kuşadası
- Unfortunately this congress had to be cancelled. However, communications will be published in the abstracts book online.
- Special session/workshop: Research in undergraduate education (7 July)
- Poster session: Education, training, and career planning in molecular life sciences
- What skills and knowledge are required to improve molecular life science education?
- New technologies available to teach molecular life sciences.
- Poster session on education. Prize for best education poster.
2013 St. Petersburg
- Symposium: The Bologna process – Towards the European Higher Education Area: discussing the pros and cons.
- Workshop on Molecular life sciences education for the needs of the industry.
- CV Clinics.
- Poster session: Education in biochemistry and molecular biology.
- Symposia on education:
- Science in school: biodiversity and evolution.
- Teaching molecular evolution: a unifying principle of biochemistry.
- Research into effective teaching strategies: what biochemistry is learning from other sciences.
- CV Clinics.
- Poster communications on biochemical education.
- PhD training in Europe: Where are we heading?
- Integrating molecular bioscience education with medical training.
- CV Clinics.
- The researching, teaching and learning triangle at universities: unite or divide? (Research in undergraduate education)
- Research-oriented education at high schools.
- Workshop on Practical systems biology - an introduction to mapping and modelling of cellular signal transduction.
- CV Clinics.
- Workshop on Teaching systems biology.
- Workshop on Ethics education.
- CV Clinics.
- Workshop on eLearning.
- Symposium on Postgraduate training.
- CV Clinics.
- Symposium on How to go from biochemistry research to commercial biotechnology.
- CV Clinics.
The following events were organised by the FEBS Working Group on Teaching Biochemistry:
- Workshop on New approaches to post-graduate education.
- Workshop on How to write successful research grants.
- Computer lab on Database searching.
- Workshop on Laboratory practicals.
- Workshop on Problem-based learning.
- Symposium on Virtual learning.
- Computer lab activity on virtual learning.
About the FEBS Education Committee
A short history
The FEBS Education Committee has its roots in FEBS Working Group on Teaching Biochemistry, which was founded in 2001 by Prof. Jean Wallach (Lyon, France). Between 2001 and 2006, it was active in promoting educational events at yearly FEBS Congresses. In the Council Meeting held in Istanbul in 2006, the Group was converted to FEBS Education Committee, with Prof. Edward Wood (Leeds, UK) as the founding Chair. Prof. Gül Güner Akdogan (Izmir, Turkey) took over following the sad loss† of Ed Wood in December 2008. She was elected as Chair of the Committee at the Council Meeting held in Prague in 2009, and re-elected for subsequent terms in Seville, 2012, and Berlin, 2015.
In addition to arranging education events at the annual FEBS Congress, since 2008 the FEBS Education Committee has organized biochemistry and molecular biology education workshops throughout the FEBS area.
Members of the FEBS Education Committee
- Karmela Barišić — Croatia
- Miguel Castanho — Portugal
- Costas Drainas — Greece
- Frank Michelangeli — UK
- Wolfgang Nellen — Germany
- Peter Ott — Switzerland
- Tomáš Zima — Czechia
- Ed Wood — UK
Reports, resources and enquiries
The work of the FEBS Education Committee is reported to FEBS Council and in the Education Committee appendix of the FEBS Annual Report. Occasional reports also appear in FEBS News.
- Annual reports
- The history of educational activities in the book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of FEBS:
Resources from FEBS Education events are posted in this site you are visiting now.
For all enquiries on education events, please contact Gül Güner-Akdogan, Chair, FEBS Education Committee, via the icon below.
Prof. Gül Güner-Akdogan — Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir 35340, Turkey. Tel: +90 - 232 412 44 03
Educational activities in constituent societies
(...) Information is welcome here. Please, email it to webmaster (link at bottom-left of this page).
2015, Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (SEBBM): a Workshop on innovation in biochemistry and molecular biology education will be held within the congress, on 8 Sep., with posters and oral presentations. Congress website.
Openly available materials
Please, note that specific materials provided for attendants to workshops or courses may be accessed from the respective workshop section.
This section is planned to collect materials freely accessible to anyone. We are seeking to prepare a collection of pointers to resources and materials that are of educational value for the community of students and instructors of biomolecular sciences.
Education resources, freely available
If you want to suggest a resource that you wish would be developed, your ideas are welcome (though we cannot assure it will actually be produced, we can share the proposal) — please, with a detailed suggestion.