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Cutting-edge biology teaching

EU-funded project will link scientists with teachers to revitalize European biology education.

Martina Habeck(m.habeck@gmx.net)

A new project aims to give European biology teachers the chance to learn the most recent developments in biology and to return to their classrooms with new laboratory exercises and fresh enthusiasm.

"Many teachers do not have very good access to the latest information in modern biology", said Andrew Moore, "and they have little opportunity to do practical experiments." As manager of the Science and Society programme at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany, Moore is keen to make a difference.

He was instrumental in bringing together the EMBL, EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) and EFB (European Federation of Biotechnology) to launch the project "Continuing Education for European Biology Teachers," which has now received EU funding of €710,000 for 2003 and 2004.

The project offers European teachers the chance to meet leading researchers, who will deliver talks on the latest biosciences research and...

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