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FEBS Workshop on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education

Student-Centred learning

(Biomolecular Science Education )


Scientific Skills for Postgraduate Students and Young scientists

Yerevan, Armenia, 8-9 October, 2012


Organizer: Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)

Hosting Organization: Armenian Association of Biochemists (AAB)

Local Coordinating Organization: Young Biologists Association (YBA)

Venue of workshopYFA (Youth Foundation of Armenia) Youth Center

                                  (50/5, Abovyan str.,Yerevan, Armenia)

Aim and Scope of the Workshop

The aim of this workshop is to promote biochemistry and biomolecular biology education by introducing new trends in education as well as presenting tips for the future scientists. Thus, it will not only provide opportunities to enhance excellence and innovations in teaching (Student centered learning, problem-based learning, innovative educational technologies, new trends in PhD education), but also create a platform for postgraduate students and young scientists to share and learn, from the experts, current issues in biochemistry and molecular bioscience education.

As science touches every part of life in today's global society, it is imperative that postgraduate students learn to communicate science. Thus, the workshop also aims to present the challenges of science communication to the public and to train students in transferable skills pivotal to communicating science across a range of professional settings. An important focus of the workshop will be to develop the “scientific skills” (project writing, critically reading literature, CV writing), of post-graduate students , as well as giving the faculty an opportunity to explore ways of how to teach such skills.

Meet the Expert Sessions –With this segment of the Workshop, it is aimed to provide a face to face interaction, for faculty and for future members of science, on issues treated during the general sessions.


Objectives of the Workshop


Who Should Attend?

Faculty, post-docs and PhD/MSc students from biochemistry, molecular biology, medicine, pharmacy, science education, and all disciplines of molecular biosciences are invited to attend.

Workshop Trainers


Gül Güner -Akdogan

Chair - FEBS Educatin Committee


Mathias Sprinzl



Keith Elliott

Co-Opted member - FEBS Educatin Committee


Angel Herraez

Member - FEBS Educatin Committee


Wolfgang Nellen

Co-Opted member - FEBS Educatin Committee


Tomáš  Zima

Member - FEBS Educatin Committee

(Czech Republic)


Internal Young Scientist Fellowships (IYF’s)

There will be a number of  “internal young scientist travel fellowships” (IYFs) from FEBS, for young scientists  (Graduate students and post-docs within 4 years of their PhD) based in Armenia and outside of Yerevan, to attend the Workshop. FEBS will cover travel  (to Yerevan and back) and accomodation (2 days)  of those selected by FEBS Education Committee (up to 200 Euros for  each fellow). Applications should be sent (with a CV, intent letter, and an itemized  list of costings) to the Chair of FEBS Education Committee:

Gul Guner Akdogan


Phone: + 90 232 412 44 03 (Office)  / + 90 533 749 17 96 (Cell phone)


“MEET THE EXPERT” SESSIONS (see the programme below)


“MEET THE EXPERT” session in the programme consists of 6 separate small group sessions  for 5-15 individuals. The purpose of a 90 minute “Meet the Expert” session is to “focus” on a specific topic in small group discussion format. The goal is to discuss and exchange ideas on a particular topic, with the aim of providing a focused, complete, interactive and competence-building learning experience. Methods can be variable but are interactive.


Each participant will have the opportunity to attend one session each day, upon his/her choice. We are asking the participants to make three choices for each day. You can find the short descriptions of the “Meet the Expert” Sessions here,which allow you to choose in which “Meet the Expert” session you want to participate. Please, send the list of your choices with your completed Registration and CV Forms.

The groups will be known before the Workshop. Please, kindly take note that some sessions require previous preparation.


Working language is English

It is advisable to bring a laptop with you.

Please, submit completed Registration Form and your CV's (find the form below) until 10th September 2012 sending them to the both e-mail addresses:;


Registration Form & CV submission:  10th  September 2012

IYF’s application submission:  10th  September 2012


Registration Form

CV form

Workshop Programme


For More Information:


Hovakim Zakaryan

Secretary of External Communications Committee of  Young Biologists Association (YBA)


 Flora Sarukhanyan

PhD, Assistant to Secretary of Armenian  Association of Biochemists (AAB)