Bioscience Lite: teaching genomics in the classroom

Supporting teachers' professional development, knowledge and confidence in teaching genomics topics in the classroom

Bioscience Lite is an online CPD programme designed to support teachers' understanding and confidence of genomics, biology and biodata topics. 

The programme has two main elements - an online talk series, and a free online learning portal.  We recommend that you allow 3 hours per month to attend the talks and try out resources, but the programme is flexible and once registered you can dip in and out at times to suit your needs.

Online talk series

Live Bioscience Lite online talks will occur once per month, on Wednesdays from 5:00-6:30pm. The session will include a talk from a scientist from the Wellcome Genome Campus, time for a Q&A with the scientist, resource and teaching technique discussion between Bioscience Lite community members and members of the Education & Learning team. The talks will cover a range of topics in genomics, biology and data science, such as CRISPR, Genomics Surveillance and Protein Folding AI Software. These talks will also be recorded and made available for anyone unable to attend live. 

The talk topics will largely match the topics being covered in Genomics Lite - our webinar series for upper secondary students - giving both you and your students the opportunity to learn about and hear from scientists working in the field. 

Upcoming talks

Genomic Surveillance - Wednesday 10th October 2021, 5-6:30pm.

Our guest speaker Valerie Vancollie will discuss what genomic surveillance is and highlight case studies of its use, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be time for a Q&A with Valerie, and time to discuss with other teachers and members of the Education & Learning team how you might teach the topic in the classroom. 

A link to the Zoom talk will be provided on the online learning portal and via email in advance of the session, please email education@wellcomeconnectingscience.org for more information

CRISPR and its applications - Wednesday 8th December 2021, 5-6:30pm.

Our guest speaker Olivia Edwards will discuss what CRISPR is and how it can be used to study diseases. There will be time for a Q&A with Olivia, and time to discuss with other teachers and members of the Education & Learning team how you might teach the topic in the classroom. 

A link to the Zoom talk will be provided on the online learning portal and via email in advance of the session, please email education@wellcomeconnectingscience.org for more information

Online learning portal

Bioscience Lite community members have access to a dedicated free online learning portal, where they can access learning and teaching resources on key areas of genomics, as well as resources linked to the talk series.  

How to apply: 

Please contact education@wellcomeconnectingscience.org for more information.