Lab meets Teacher

Welcome to the “Lab meets Teacher” program!

Our innovative further education program for teachers of the natural sciences offers you insight into current research projects at the MDC. Through the program, you can take part in experiments in the lab and benefit from our teaching materials. The program is now offered in a digital format.

Course program and registration information


The training "Learning to Fly: what the fruit fly brain can teach us about human neurodegenerative diseases" is held in English.

Course description: Ageing is the most significant risk factor for developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The fruit fly, with a strikingly similar brain to our own, has recently emerged as a powerful model for studying human disease. Through genetic modification and state-of-the-art sequencing, we are able to gain unprecedented insight into the brain's reaction to age and neurodegenerative disease. During this course, the teachers will learn about the techniques we are currently using in fruit flies to further our understanding of human neurodegenerative disease.

The remaining training courses are held in German. Please refer to our German program.

All of the courses are accredited by the Berlin Senate Department for Education, Youth and Family and the Brandenburg Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. 

Click here to register.

Resources for teaching

in German

We have a number of teaching materials in the form of films, lectures and exercises that can be found here: Resources.

Are you looking for a place to do experiments with your class? Check out the Gläsernes Labor, organized by the institutes on the Campus Berlin-Buch. In the school lab, pupils can carry out exciting experiments themselves and become acquainted with current topics in research, medicine, and biomedicine.

Teacher feedback


Teacher feedback in German

Teachers comments:

"... for Hamburg and also the rest of the republic, it would of course be great if you would continue the online events after the epidemic!"

"Please continue to offer similar courses after Corona, it is extremely difficult to get good technical input at this level."

"Please continue to offer online. With a travel distance of  over 1h and difficulties to organize with family, participation can be quite problematic. This way it is possible for me. Thank you very much!!!"

"Please, please keep these lectures. Especially for teachers at schools abroad who can't go to many face-to-face events a year, this here is a goldmine, even after the pandemic."

"I am grateful for this information directly from the current state of research. It gives me the opportunity to better answer questions from peers and students. Digital was great, it can reach so many people without having to move far."

"Great: the online courses mean I can attend comfortably from Hamburg, at home!"

"Excellent lecture and moderation. Thank you for the effort and opportunity to educate like this."

Our concept is original: MDC scientists working on cutting edge research projects invite teachers to take part in experiments in their laboratories. We have now revised this offer to provide an online meeting space for teachers and scientists. During the school year, once a month, MDC researchers present their projects to our participants with sufficient time for discussion and networking. LTL gives you up-to-date information on the newest technologies and discoveries from current research.
Caught your interest? Come and visit to get a first-hands look at today's research, rediscover your original passion for science, and take that enthusiasm back home to your classes.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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