FEMS Summer School

on Microbiology Education

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Introduction

The FEMS Summer School for microbiology teachers aims to expand the skills of those teaching academic microbiology; discuss and review new didactic approaches which have been developed and could be successfully used in microbiology education, and to examine the newest achievements in microbiology science.

These are exciting times of challenge and change, naturally providing opportunities to improve education now and to anticipate future drivers and be prepared.

Educators can never stand still. More often than not, whenever we think we have achieved an aim, the goalposts have already moved, and not yet emerging topics will then be the current topics in education.”

– Beatrix Fahnert; Edging into the future: education in microbiology and beyond, FEMS Microbiology Letters, Volume 363, Issue 7, 1 April 2016 

The Summer School will consist of intimate workshops and lectures, with an emphasis on communication and networking among participants. Most of the workshops and lectures will cover approaches relevant to microbiology education and how they might be applied in practice and the necessary skills for it. Other lectures will be dedicated to studying the most significant recent developments in microbiology science. The event is intended to contribute to holistic continued professional development (CPD) of educators and will be most beneficial to early and mid-career educators. Participants will be asked to do some work in advance of the summer school, to prepare attendees and ensure the events are tailored to meet their requirements. The maximum number of attendees will be 25.

Venue and Dates

The Summer School will take place 15-20 September 2019, at the Marmari Bay Hotel on the Greek island of Euboea/Evia, easily reachable from Athens.

The town of Marmari viewed form the harbour (top left), the Marmari Bay Hotel (top right), view of the sea from the Hotel (bottom left), the local coastline (bottom right):

This summer school is organized by Andriy Sibirny (FEMS Director for Education and Public Engagement) in collaboration with University of Rzeszow, Poland.

Costs

The cost of participation in the school will be EUR 300. This cost includes accommodation in twin rooms, all meals and a social excursion.

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