Joint workshops

FEBS & SBD (Slovenian Biochemical Society) Education Workshops
Ljubljana, Slovenia; 19 September 2023 (free; for young scientists, with a focus on general skills such as presenting science and writing a scientific paper)
Portoroz, Slovenia; 21 September 2023 (for senior educators); attendance via registration to the 15th Meeting of the SBD, where the workshop is part of the program. Topics are COVID – Lessons for education; Current challenges and opportunities for AI in education; and AI and VR assisted teaching: education through immersive technologies.

For more details of the education events, see the program pdf here; for information on the SBD Meeting, visit https://portoroz2023.sbd.si/en/conference-programme.html. FEBS Education Committee will award a best poster prize (200 Euros) during the SBD Meeting to encourage scholarly educational research.

FEBS & SBP (Portuguese Biochemical Society) Education Workshop: SPIB2023
Symposium on Pedagogical Innovation in Biosciences How to Engage Students in Our Practices?
Aveiro, Portugal; October 1213, 2023

The event is jointly organized by IUBMB & University of Aveiro & University of Minho, Portugal. The main themes are: Pedagogical innovations for better learning; Students’ engagement in our practices; and The 4C’s skills for biosciences students to succeed in the workplace (Critical thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication). Posters and oral communications on aspects of molecular life sciences education are warmly invited.

FEBS Education Committee will give a poster prize (200 Euros), and award five bursaries (400 Euros each) to partially cover the registration fee and travel expenses of participants from FEBS Constituent Societies.  Priority will be given to postgraduate students or early-career researchers interested in education. For more information, and to apply for bursaries,  visit https://spib15.wixsite.com/spib2023. 

FEBS Education Ambassador event

Best practices in leadership and student mentoring in life science research
Riga, Latvia; 20 October 2023

This event, organized by the Latvian Biochemical Society with support from the FEBS Education Ambassador scheme, is aimed at Principal Investigators (limited to 20–25 participants), and will cover: Supervisor & student roles and expectations; Mentoring in academic integrity; Communication between supervisor and student; Understanding psychological aspects of efficient leadership.

For more information, please see the FEBS Network post here or email [email protected]

About FEBS Education events

The organization and funding of events to advance teaching, training and learning in the molecular life sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels is a key activity of the FEBS Education committee.  Among the aims are increasing the knowledge and skills of educators, encouraging the development of innovative teaching methods and educational resources, and sharing good practice.

Supported education events include a seasonal webinar series, workshops jointly organized by  FEBS and a FEBS Constituent Society, education sessions at the FEBS Congress, and workshops organized by FEBS Education Ambassadors.

Find more details on all FEBS education activities on the Education/Training page.

Recent FEBS  Education events

Joint workshops

FEBS Education Joint Workshop: Evolving molecular bioscience education
Organized with the Biochemical Society (UK), in association with IUBMB; Manchester, UK; 25–26 May 2023

The fifth edition of this event comprised group discussions, talks from invited speakers, and flash talks and posters from delegates. Topics included Practical solutions for improving inclusivity and accessibility of bioscience education; Evaluating, understanding, and promoting student engagement; Novel approaches to student assessment; Thriving, not just surviving: communities of practice for the development of teaching, considering both staff and students.  It was preceded by a training event on educational research in the biosciences.

FEBS Education Joint Workshop: Research on education
Organized with the Croatian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (HDBMB)
Zagreb, Croatia; 4–5 October 2022

This joint international workshop focused on how to perform educational research – the application of scientific methods to study educational practices. It covered designing an educational research, identifying a research question, reviewing the literature, and choosing appropriate research methods to collect, analyse and interpret the data.

FEBS Education Ambassador events

2023 FEBS Education Ambassadors Meeting
Vilnius, Lithuania; 5–6 May 2023
This event brought together education representatives appointed by the FEBS Constituent Societies.

FEBS Education Session at the Conference of the Association of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; 18 May 2023; supported by FEBS Education Ambassador scheme.
This was an education-focused day at the Society’s first national conference. Find the event’s program here.

FEBS Education Committee Seasonal Webinars

Autumn webinar: ‘Development of a teaching module for PhD candidates’, John Kelly, Ireland; 3 November 2022

Winter webinar: ‘Assessment 101 and beyond in Life Sciences education’, S. Ayhan Çalışkan, UAE; 15 March 2023

Spring webinar: ‘Ethics at the heart of the training of scientists: a crucial issue for the future of research’, Xavier Coumoul, France; 13 June 2023

Summer webinar: ‘The importance and process of integrating AI into teaching and learning’, Brent Anders, Armenia; 11 September 2023

Education Activities at the 47th FEBS Congress

The FEBS Education committee held an evening event at the 47th FEBS Congress (Tours, France; 8–12 July 2023) entitled ‘FEBS Stands Up for Education: Hot Topics, Music and More‘,  and ran an education-themed Treasure Hunt for participants. Posters on aspects of molecular life sciences education were also part of the event. For further information on the Congress education activities, see the Congress webpage here.