14 - 17 January 2025
Application deadline:
10 December 2024
Cancellation deadline:
17 December 2024
Daniela Brites, Valeria Di Cola, Wandrille Duchemin, Patricia Palagi
Academic: 0 CHF
For-profit: 0 CHF

No future instance of this course is planned yet


This course introduces trainers in the life sciences to learning principles, training techniques, lesson, session, course, and material design as well as assessment and feedback. It offers guidance, ideas and tips for designing training/teaching, development and delivery on training activities, all based on research-driven educational principles. Examples and discussions will also focus on the challenges presented by academic teaching.

This course has been developed for and by trainers in bioinformatics but is suitable for all trainers and educators in higher education. It is part of the ELIXIR-GOBLET Train-the-Trainer programme.

The course will run from 14 to 17 January in the afternoons, and is organize by ELIXIR-Switzerland.


This course is addressed to scientists:

  • with some to little or no teaching experience,
  • who want to become a teacher or a better one, and
  • who believe teaching is - or may become - a relevant aspect of their professional development.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the participants are expected to:

  • tell which learning principles a good trainer should have in mind
  • describe at least three training techniques drawing on learning principles
  • design a training session and a course
  • develop assessment questionnaires
  • tell what types of material are needed for each part of a training session


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed for scientists with some to little or no teaching experience.


You don't need to bring a computer. It's all based on human interactions.


This course is free of charges. It is partially sponsored by ELIXIR.

Applications will close on 10/12/2024 or as soon as the places will be filled up. Please note that participation in SIB courses is subject to our general conditions.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

While participants are registered on a first come, first served basis, exceptions may be made to ensure diversity and equity, which may increase the time before your registration is confirmed.

Venue and Time

This course will be streamed.

Precise information will be provided to the participants in due time.


The course will have four sessions, spread across three days.

14 January 2025 14:00-17:30 Introduction to learning principles
15 January 2025 14:00-17:30 Application of learning principles in instructional design
16 January 2025 14:00-17:30 Teaching techniques to enhance learner engagement
17 January 2025 14:00-17:30 Assessment and feedback in training and teaching


  • Daniela Brites, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland
  • Valeria Di Cola, SIB Training Group, ELIXIR-Switzerland
  • Wandrille Duchemin, SIB Training Group, ELIXIR-Switzerland
  • Patricia Palagi, SIB Training Group, ELIXIR-Switzerland

Additional information

Coordination: Patricia Palagi (SIB Training Group and ELIXIR-CH.

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SIB abides by the ELIXIR Code of Conduct. Participants of SIB courses are also required to abide by the same code.

For more information, please contact training@sib.swiss.