FEMS Summer School

on Microbiology Education

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Educators play a vital role in sharing and distributing of knowledge and creating the microbiologists of tomorrow. The FEMS Summer School will explore new strategies and techniques in facilitating learning and engaging audiences through practical examples.

Therefore, the first FEMS Educators Summer School will:

  • present innovative approaches to microbiology teaching
  • explore how these new approaches could be applied both in class and at course level
  • discuss how educators can stay up to date with the latest research
  • ask how we can best design a learning process
  • cover how to guide students through seemingly unlimited forests of knowledge
  • look at new practical work protocols in Microbiology education
  • explore how a common European curriculum might standardize educational approaches
  • suggest how to prepare a great presentation and what to avoid
  • examine the challenges when presenting scientific topics to the general public
  • learn about encouraging understanding and communication of microbiology amongst first year undergraduates
  • explore enhancing students’ skills portfolios through volunteering and project work
  • review ‘reduction’ as key to fruitful teaching

While being primarily a school, substantial free time and an informal and cosy environment and atmosphere will facilitate academic and networking interactions between all attendees.


The provisional programme is below. Titles and timings are still subject to change. The final programme will be confirmed shortly.

September 15, Sunday – Introduction Day

AM: Arrival, registration, and accommodation check-in.


15.00 – 15.15: School Opening A. Sibirny

15.15 – 16.00: The aim and the scope of the FEMS Education Summer School. – A. Sibirny (Lecture)

16.00 – 17.30: Microbiology learning outcomes and constructive alignment – B. Fahnert (Workshop)

17.30 – 19.30: Get-together party


September 16, Monday – What is happening in Microbiology and Teaching

9.00 – 10.00: Problems with presentation of microbiological topics to general public – G. Wegrzyn (Lecture)

10.00 – 10.15: Coffee break

10.15 – 11.45: Assessment for Learning Versus Assessment of Learning in Microbiology– B. Fahnert (Workshop)

11.45 – 12.00: Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30: Authentic assessment in microbiology – B. Fahnert (Workshop)

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 15.30: The new microbiology – genomics and microbiomes – E. Ron (Lecture)

15.30 – 16.30: Educational aspects of new technologies in diagnostic stewardship programs of limited resource countries – A. Tsakris (Lecture)


September 17, Tuesday – The art of engaging your audience

9.00 – 10.00: Encouraging understanding and communication of microbiology amongst first year undergraduate, using art. – J. Verran (Lecture)

10.00 – 10.15: Coffee break

10.15 – 11.45: Tips on writing papers and applying for grants – E. Ron (Workshop)

11.45 – 12.00: Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30: Enhancing students’ skills portfolios through volunteering and project work. – J. Verran (Workshop)

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 16.00: New lab works and protocols in Microbiology education – A. Trchounian (Workshop)


September 18, Wednesday – New discoveries in Microbiology

9.00 – 10.00: Implementation of new discoveries and regional problems in university course of Microbiology _ A. Trchounian (Lecture)

10.00 – 10.15: Coffee break

10.15 – 11.15: Teaching the novel discovery in microbiology on the example of CRISPR-Cas9 methodology – A. Sibirny (Lecture)

11.15 – 11.30: Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00: The Bad Bugs Bookclub: using fiction to improve science literacy. – J. Verran (Workshop)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 20.00: Excursion


September 19, Thursday – Communicating your science

9.00 – 10.00: How to guide students through seemingly unlimited forests of microbiology knowledge? – M. Sauer (Lecture)

10.00 – 10.15: Coffee break

10.15 – 11.45:  Reduction as key to fruitful microbiology teaching – M. Sauer (Workshop)

11.45 – 12.00: Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30: The beauty of the ivory tower of microbiology science immersed into real world problems – M. Sauer (Workshop)

13.30 – 14.30: Lunch

14.30 – 16.00: How to prepare a good microbiology presentation and what should be avoided – G. Wegrzyn (Workshop)


September 20, Friday – Delivering excellence in Microbiology Education

9.00 – 10.00: Common curriculum and development of teaching approaches in Microbiology education – A. Trchounian (Lecture)

10.00 – 10.30: A European Common curriculum: group discussion

10.30 – 10.45: Coffee break

10.45 – 12.15: Practical classes with bacteriophages – benefits and dangers – G. Wegrzyn (Workshop)

12.15 – 12.30: Concluding remarks and school closing – A. Sibirny

12.30 – 13.30: Lunch


Speakers at the school include specialists in microbiology education as well as members of European Academy of Microbiology (EAM): Joanna Verran (UK), Beatrix Fahnert (UK), Michael Sauer (Austria), Grzegorz Wegrzyn (Poland), Armen Trchounian (Armenia), Eliora Ron (Israel, EAM Secretary General), Athanasios Tsakris (Greece, EAM member) and others.

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