New biology for new curricula

The European Molecular Biology Organization announces its 6th International Workshop on Secondary School Science Education, which will take place from 17 -19 May 2007 in Heidelberg, Germany. Its title is "New biology for new curricula".

Each year we change the focus of the workshop to cover new aspects of biology education. This time we are focusing mainly on the thematic content of secondary school biology curricula across Europe.

We will concentrate on three principal themes, representing some of the most important and rapidly developing areas of modern biology:
  • Systems biology and proteomics
  • Molecular evolution
  • Molecular medicine

The aim is to discuss ways of covering them in the secondary school biology curricula, and to facilitate exchange of experience across different education systems in Europe.

Forming the basis for these discussions will be scientific talks related to the three different topics, and following these plenary sessions, hands-on practical experiments (the latter organised by our colleagues in EMBL¹s /ELLS, and in the Explo-Heidelberg teaching laboratory).

80 participants will be accepted from the following professional groups:
* Practising biology teachers
* Scientists
* Curriculum designers/examiners/advisors

For all accepted registrants up to the number of 80, EMBO will cover two nights accommodation during the workshop (typically the nights of 17 and 18 May).

Please note that only 60 participants will be able to do the experiments; the others are invited to observe and participate again in the concluding plenary session on Saturday afternoon. Practical slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Language of the workshop: English.
The workshop is free of charge.

More information and the on-line registration form are available on the following webpage: http://www.embo.org/scisoc/teachers_workshop07.html

The workshop is usually greatly oversubscribed, we recommend you to register as soon as possible in order to stand a good chance of getting a place.
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