ELIXIR - Train the Trainer Workshop to Learn Teaching Techniques

Start Date:
Nov 11, 2019
Finish date:
Nov 12, 2019
Booking deadline:
Last Revised:
Oct 18, 2019
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European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany
Available seats:
10 of 10


General Information

The course is aimed at everyone who is interested in becoming a better teacher. 

The workshop is a mix of lectures and hands-on lessons where you practise giving a short lesson using approaches learned and implement some of the teaching techniques which we will discuss. This is training for teaching, not technical training; you do not need any particular technical background, and we will not be teaching that. This workshop is based on the constantly revised and updated curriculum.

Date: 11-12 November 2019, 9:30 - 17:00

Instructors: Malvika Sharan, Toby Hodges, Elisabeth Zielonka

Where: Room 202, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany.


Choose a Track to attend during this course

We will offer two parallel tracks (The Carpentries Track and ELIXIR Track), and you will be asked to choose one track that you would like to attend during this event. The Carpentries Track to become Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry and Library Carpentry instructors, run workshops and contribute to the Carpentry training materials. ELIXIR Track is a non-programming module which will prepare you to organise or teach at the bioinformatics or wet-biology workshops.

The Carpentries Track

This module is aimed at those who want to become Software CarpentryData Carpentry and Library Carpentry instructors, run workshops and contribute to the Carpentry training materials. You don't currently have to be an instructor or a teacher to attend this workshop, but you do need to be willing and committed to becoming one and to improving your teaching techniques.

Software CarpentryData Carpentry and Library Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on two-day workshop covers the basics of educational psychology and instructional design and looks at how to use these ideas in both intensive workshops and regular classes.

Please note that after this course is over, you will be asked to do three short follow-up exercises online in order to finish qualifying as an instructor: the details are available at https://carpentries.github.io/instructor-training/checkout/. If you have any questions about the workshop, the reading material, or anything else, please get in touch.

ELIXIR (non-programming) Track

ELIXIR unites Europe’s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the increasing volume of data being generated by publicly funded research. It coordinates, integrates and sustains bioinformatics resources across its member states and enables users in academia and industry to access services that are vital for their research.

In this module, the trainer will deliver the ELIXIR curriculum aimed at the instructors interested in teaching workshops on the topics related to bioinformatics or wet-biology.


When possible, participants should bring a laptop that can be connected to the Internet to follow teaching materials and developing a shared note. A device for recording audio and video (mobile phones and laptops are OK) will also be useful as throughout the two days, we are going to record one another teaching in pairs or threes. It does not have to be high-quality, but it should be good enough that you can understand what someone is saying.


All participants are required to abide by The Carpentries' Code of Conduct.

Selection process: 

Due to a limited number of seats (15 for The Carpentries Track, and 10 for ELIXIR Track), the registration will be accepted on the first-come-first-served basis.

Course fee:

This course is offered free of charge. In the registration form, you must justify your motivation for attending this course and the training activities you would like to get involved in afterwards.


You can secure a seat by registering via this form: https://forms.gle/koz2bVR7VE6BSz77A 


For more details, please get in touch with the organizer Malvika Sharan by emailing malvika.sharan@embl.de.

Sponsors and supporters:

This course is supported by EMBL Bio-IT, EICAT (EMBL) and de.NBI - ELIXIR, Germany.




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