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Promoting education in biochemistry and molecular biology across Europe

Introduction & announcements

Announcements

infoFEBS Workshop on Molecular Life Science Education in Riga, November 2016

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 develpment of education-related initiatives. More information.

Recent and upcoming activities

FEBS and IUBMB are jointly preparing a conference, "New Horizons in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education" for 6-8 September 2017 in the Weizmann Institute (Rehovot, Israel)

The 2nd meeting of FEBS “Ambassadors on Education” is being planned for April 2017 in Paris.

infoFEBS Workshop on Molecular Life Science Education in Riga, November 2016

infoFEBS “Ambassadors on Education” Meeting (Prague, 8-9 April 2016).

Map with locations of all activities held: map

  • 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 develpment 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

Information to Societies interested in hosting a FEBS education workshop:info

Map with locations of all workshops: map

2016

info1st FEBS “Ambassadors on Education” Meeting (Prague, 8-9 April 2016).

2015

FEBS education workshop (Athens, Greece; 8–9 October)info

FEBS+IUBMB workshop on molecular life sciences education (Oslo, Norway; 18–19 September)info

FEBS workshop on molecular life sciences education (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 3–4 September)info

2nd FEBS–Biochemical Society education workshop: Enhancing molecular bioscience education (Cambridge, UK; 30–31 March)info

2014

FEBS workshop on molecular bioscience education (Belgrade, Serbia; 18–19 September)info

FEBS workshop on molecular bioscience education (Debrecen, Hungary; 24–25 August)info

Joint symposium on PhD training in clinical chemistry, clinical biochemistry and laboratory medicine (Istanbul, Turkey; 25 June)info

2013

FEBS workshop on molecular life sciences education (Sofia, Bulgaria; 22 November)info

FEBS workshop on molecular life sciences education (Tbilisi, Georgia; 8–9 October)info

FEBS education workshop on Teaching molecular evolution (Gdansk, Poland; 13–14 July)info

2012

1st FEBS–Biochemical Society education workshop: Innovations in molecular bioscience education (Cambridge, UK)info In memory of Ed Wood (1941-2008)

FEBS workshop on biochemistry and molecular biology education (Yerevan, Armenia)info

FEBS workshop on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (Izmir, Turkey)info

2011

FEBS workshop: Biochemistry education (Ljubljana, Slovenia)info

FEBS workshop: Biochemistry and molecular biology education (Smolenice, Slovakia)info

FEBS workshop: Problem-based learning (Tallinn, Estonia)info

2010

FEBS workshop: Education in biochemistry and molecular biology (Opatija, Croatia)info

FEBS education workshop (Athens, Greece)info

2009

FEBS education workshop (Cluj-Napoca, Romania)info

2008

FEBS education workshop (Sofia, Bulgaria)info

Events within FEBS Congresses

Map with locations of all events: map

2016 Ephesus / Kuşadası

  • Unfortunately this congress had to be cancelled. However, communications will be published in the abstracts book online.

Details:info

2015 Berlin

  • Special session/workshop: Research in undergraduate education (7 July)
  • Poster session: Education, training, and career planning in molecular life sciences

Details:info

2014 Paris

  • 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.

Details:info

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.

Details:info

2012 Seville

  • 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.

Details:info

2011 Turin

  • PhD training in Europe: Where are we heading?
  • Integrating molecular bioscience education with medical training.
  • CV Clinics.

2010 Gothenburg

  • 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.

2009 Prague

  • Workshop on Teaching systems biology.
  • Workshop on Ethics education.
  • CV Clinics.

Programme:pdf

2008 Athens

  • Workshop on eLearning.
  • Symposium on Postgraduate training.
  • CV Clinics.

2007 Vienna

  • 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:

2006 Istambul

  • Workshop on New approaches to post-graduate education.
  • Workshop on How to write successful research grants.
  • Computer lab on Database searching.

2005 Budapest

  • Workshop on Laboratory practicals.

2004 Warsaw

  • Workshop on Problem-based learning.

2002 Istambul

  • Symposium on Virtual learning.
  • Computer lab activity on virtual learning.

About the FEBS Education Committee

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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.

FEBS News special issue in memory of Ed Wood:pdf

Members of the FEBS Education Committee

Chair:
  • Prof. Gül Güner-Akdoğan — Izmir, Turkey
Members:
  • Prof. Frank Michelangeli — Chester, UK
  • Prof. Jean-Luc Souciet — Strasbourg, France
  • Prof. László Dux — Szeged, Hungary
  • Prof. Ferhan Sağın — Izmir, Turkey
Co-opted members:
  • Keith Elliott — UK
  • Prof. Angel Herráez — Alcalá de Henares, Spain
Ex-officio members:
  • Prof. Israel Pecht (FEBS Secretary General)
  • Prof. Sir Alan Fersht (FEBS Treasurer)
  • Prof. Winnie Eskild (FEBS Deputy Treasurer)
  • Prof. Beata Vertessy (Chair of FEBS Advanced Courses Committee)

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 reportslink
  • The history of educational activities in the book celebrating the 50th Anniversary of FEBS: pdf

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.

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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).

info2015, 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.

at workEducation resources, freely available

Enter the repository of resources:enter (just a draft yet)
If you know of an existing resource and would like to propose it for inclusion here, please submit the details using this formform

notepadWish list

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.