The FEBS Education and Training Committee has the mission of promoting biochemistry and molecular biology education and training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. To realize this objective:

1. We provide leadership in training activities to increase the knowledge and skills of educators
2. We support and encourage the development of innovative teaching methods and educational resources
3. We organize activities and workshops designed to strategically improve education in the molecular life sciences
4. We disseminate good education policies, exchange ideas and share good practices through FEBS Education Ambassadors
5. We distribute grants to support educational activities
6. We arrange education sessions at each FEBS Congress

FEBS Education Events

The organization and funding of FEBS education events are a key way the aims of the FEBS Education and Training Committee are realized. These include FEBS Education and Training Committee Seasonal Webinars, FEBS-sponsored Constituent Society education events, FEBS Education and Training Committee workshops, and education activities at FEBS Congresses. Committee members may also contribute on education matters at other FEBS-supported events such as the FEBS Young Scientists’ Forum and Advanced Courses. Upcoming and recent FEBS Education events are listed in the Events section of this website, on the Education events page.

Details of how FEBS Constituent Societies can apply for up to €1500 Euro to support their own education events, or discuss the realization of a FEBS Education and Training Committee Workshop in their country, are given in the section of the FEBS website on ‘Support for activities of FEBS Constituent Societies’ here.

FEBS Education Ambassadors

FEBS Education Ambassadors is a unique structure in which FEBS Constituent Societies have one appointed member as a representative. Education Ambassadors use a special mail group, as well as the FEBS Education Platform and the FEBS Network to exchange ideas and communicate on all issues on education. The Ambassadors have also met once a year for a few years for an education event, sponsored by FEBS, to share progress and ideas on educational issues across Europe. In 2024, a ‘FEBS Education Ambassador Board meeting’ was be held during an open longer FEBS Education and Training Conference, in Antalya, Türkiye.

FEBS Education Award

On its 60th anniversary year, FEBS has launched the prestigious FEBS Education Award to highlight and honour an educator with a distinguished teaching and training career path in the field of molecular life sciences. Exemplary dedication to enhance the quality of student learning and experience along with a track record of applying impactful and innovative approaches in advancing learning and teaching within the realm of molecular life sciences are the main pillars. Through this award, FEBS not only aims to recognize and celebrate sustained and continued excellence and impact in molecular life sciences education and training but also to inspire others in fostering engaging, creative, and transformative educational experiences for students. Nomination is by a FEBS Constituent Society or self nomination along with a support letter of the Society.

We are delighted to announce the inaugural recipient of the FEBS Education Award is Prof. Robert A. Harris, nominated by the Swedish Society for Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology (SSBBMB). Read the news post about the recipient here.

An Education section in FEBS Open Bio

Following a proposal from the FEBS Education and Training Committee, the open access journal FEBS Open Bio began a new section devoted to original and valuable publications in biochemical and molecular life sciences education. The overall aim of this initiative is to foster good educational practices, stimulate the development of innovative teaching methods, and disseminate advice on educational techniques and resources. For further details and recent articles, find the FEBS Open Bio education section here.

An Educator channel on the FEBS Network

One section of the FEBS Network is dedicated to blog-style posts on teaching approaches and resources for lecturers and tutors in the molecular life sciences, as well as announcements on education activities.  If you would like to contribute a post to the FEBS Network Educator channel, please contact [email protected]

Resources and enquiries

For resources from FEBS Education events, please visit the FEBS Education Platform at: www.febs-edu.eu. The FEBS Education Platform is maintained by the FEBS Education and Training Committee and supplements general information on the FEBS website, serving to disseminate FEBS education activities and to share resources.

For enquiries on FEBS Education events (focused on pedagogical issues), please contact Prof. Ferhan G. Sağın, Chair, FEBS Education and Training Committee, via the Contact section of the website. For members of the Education and Training Committee, click here.