I would like to announce a last minute call for a 4-day workshop on
Scientific Teaching, to be held in Poznan, Poland, between 15-19 of
September 2013. Due to the last minute funding decision, we now have places
available for international participants.
We invite faculty, postdoctoral fellows and PhD graduate students to join
us to address the strategies for implementing learner-centered biology
instruction and how to redesign curricula that reflect the biological
sciences in the 21st century.
During a highly interactive 4 full days (Mon-Thu), the participants will
learn the goals and theory of scientific teaching, why and how to create a
learner-centered classroom, how to design an entire course framework, how
to develop and use student assessments to inform evidence-based
instruction, how to create active learning classes, how to implement
cooperative learning, and how to build and sustain a professional network
for teaching and learning. Throughout the workshop, we will address the
practical realities of classroom logistics and time for processing and
analyzing student assessment data. By the end of the workshop, participants
will have more tools and data to support their decision to teach science as
it is practiced, that is, “scientific teaching”. The workshop is an
excellent preparation for biologists who plan to teach during their
careers, but participants with all life science background are encouraged
This course is the second European edition of the US-based FIRST project (
Polish Science, organised by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan by prof.
Izabela Maka┅owska and Joanna Ciomborowska and will be run by prof. Diane
Ebert-May from Michigan State University, USA and Dr Jarek Bryk from
the National Centre for Biotechnology Education at the University of
Reading, UK. The course is a part of the Foundation for Polish Science’s
SKILLS workshop series.
Participants affiliated with Polish academic institutions may be eligible
for the course fee waiver thanks to funding from the Foundation for Polish
Science and EU FP7 programme. For others the course costs 300 Euro, which
includes accommodation and food but does not include travel to/from Poznan.
Registration deadline: Midnight on Wednesday, September 5th (NEXT WEEK!).
To apply, please send us:
1. Your name, affiliation and position held including if/how much
teaching you do and to what audience;
2. An up to 200 words long statement explaining your reason for applying
to the workshop and expected outcomes from your participation in
relation to your career goals;
3. Curriculum Vitae;
4. An up to 200 words long statement of teaching philosophy;
Please combine all the files into a single pdf file, name it *
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the same email with any questions about
Some more information about the course is available at