FEBS Education Platform

2018 Izmir workshops on molecular life sciences education, research and career skills

Izmir, Turkey Main website for the event: English Türkçe

İzmir University of Economics, Block E. Fevzi Çakmak Mahallesi, Sakarya Cd. No:156, 35330 Balçova/İzmir, Türkiye

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pageSupporting materials (Restricted access using the password given to participants)

pdf Report in the November 2018 issue of FEBS News.

5–6 Sept. 2018

FEBS Workshop on Molecular Life Sciences Education, “Training Tomorrow's Scientists”

FEBS Education Committee

Jean-Luc Souciet (France)

Laszlo Dux (Hungary)

Ferhan Sagin (Turkey)

Jason Perret (Belgium)

Winnie Eskild (Norway)

Luciane V. Mello (UK)

Keith Elliott (UK)

Angel Herráez (Spain)

Gül Güner-Akdoğan (Turkey) (Chair)

FEBS Honorary Secretary General

Israel Pecht

FEBS Executive Committee members

Nazmi Özer

Beáta G. Vértessy

Jerka Dumić

Miguel A. de la Rosa

Manolis Fragkoulis

President of Turkish Biochemical Society

Doğan Yücel

Workshop coordinator

Ali Burak Özkaya — Ass. Prof., School of Medicine, Izmir University of Economics

Workshop co-chairs

Ferhan Sağın — Vice-President of Turkish Biochemical Society

Gül Akdogan Güner — Director of the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Izmir University of Economics

Workshop organizing committee

Gül Akdoğan

Ferhan Sağın

Aylin Sepici Dinçel

Barış Emre Dayanç

Ayşe Banu Demir

Melis Kartal Yandim

Ali Burak Özkaya

Deniz Ceylan

Elvan Ergülen

Duygu Harmancı Karagülle

Ayşe Koçak Sezgin

Cemre Ural Özkan

Zihni Onur Uygun

Hasan Kazdağlı

Elif Barış

With kind support of

Tomáš Zima — Past Chair of FEBS; Rector of Charles University (Czechia)

Félix M. Goñi — Basque Centre for Biophysics (Spain); Chairman of the Spanish Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jeremy Pritchard — University of Birmingham (UK)

Hakan Abacıoğlu — Dean of School of Medicine, Izmir University of Economics (Turkey)

Hakan Orer — Koç University (Turkey)

Tomris Özben — Akdeniz University (Turkey)


5 September 2018, 9:30 – 18:30 h

  • Welcome and opening remarks
  • Session 1: Novel educational strategies and methods
    • Introduction
    • Establishing a new educational culture — Hakan Abacıoğlu (Turkey)
    • Lecture flipping in a digital environment — Jeremy Pritchard (UK)
    • Team-based learning — Ferhan Sağın (Turkey)
    • Engaging students in large classes — Jason Perret (Belgium)
  • Small group discussions
    each person in 1 out of 3 groups:
    1. Flipped classroom - Room E102
    2. Team-based learning - Room E103
    3. Large classes - Room E104
  • Poster viewing
  • Session 2: Graduate education (MSc and PhD training)
    • Introduction
    • MSc studies in biosciences — Winnie Eskild (Norway)
    • PhD training: new prospects — Gül Güner (Turkey)
    • Transferable skills — Luciane V. Mello (UK)
    • Good supervision for good research — Hakan Orer (Turkey)
    • A unique example for external supervisor and examiner in MSc and PhD programmes — Tomris Özben (Turkey)
  • Small group discussions
    two rounds, each person in 2 out of 5 groups:
    1. MSc studies- Room E102
    2. PhD training - Room E103
    3. Transferable skills - Room E104
    4. Good supervision - Room E203
    5. External evaluation - Room E204

6 September 2018, 9:00 – 18:00 h

  • Short presentations from selected posters
  • FEBS Special Lecture:
    • Gender issues in science and education: theory and practice — Cecília M. Arraiano (Portugal)
  • Session 3: Using electronic technologies in education
    • e-Med activities in Charles University, Prague — Tomáš Zima (Czechia)
    • e-Med in Izmir University of Economics — Ali Burak Özkaya (Turkey)
    • Virtual laboratories — Angel Herráez (Spain)
    • Using Proteopedia — Angel Herráez (Spain)
  • Small group discussions
    two rounds, each person in 2 out of 4 groups:
    1. e-Med Prague - Room E102
    2. e-Med Izmir - Room E103
    3. Proteopedia - Room E104
    4. Virtual laboratories - Room E105
  • Poster viewing
  • Session 4: Excellence in education, excellence in research
    • Science policy in Europe — Manolis Frakgoulis (Greece)
    • A research training center model: Weizmann Institute — Israel Pecht (Israel)
    • Research ethics — Jean-Luc Souciet (France)
    • Joint research with the industry — Jerka Dumić (Croatia)
  • Panel discussion
  • Closing session, poster awards, feedback

7 Sept. 2018

Research and Career Skills Workshop for Young Scientists
(Supported by IUBMB)

The main aim of this event is to help the development of research and career skills of young scientists. The event will specifically focus on transferable skills including CV preparation, writing research proposals and scientific articles, as well as the use of electronic tools to support career development. The targeted participant profile for the event includes MSc and PhD students as well as post-docs and junior/senior faculty members working in the field of life sciences and medicine with a focus on biochemistry and molecular biology. The reason we are also targeting the faculty is to provide them with a model programme on “how to train young scientists for these skills”. The event will take place right after “FEBS workshop on molecular life sciences education” and participants of either event will be encouraged to join both. The proposed event will consist of two distinct parts: presentation sessions and discussion sessions. In the presentation part, speakers will give the outline of the topic and will present useful career tips and tricks, and hints regarding what to discuss in round table sessions. In the discussion part, participants will have the chance to discuss career-related questions or problems with experts of the field. Upon completing the workshop, participants are expected to;

  • Have a better understanding of career requirements of academia and industry after PhD training, and opportunities PhD students may have to be prepared for either career path.
  • Be able to prepare a lean and to the point CV specifically designed either for academia or industry.
  • Explain key points and important tips of scientific article publishing and writing research proposals.
  • Remember how to access software and websites, which may be used to build an online scientific profile or enhance preparation of research proposals, publications, CVs and presentations.
  • Apply the main principles of the transferable skills training in training their students (specially for junior/senior faculty).

The event programme is structured in such a way that each speaker will have the opportunity to interact in a smaller group of interested young scientists around a round table. Young scientists will have the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to them with the appropriate speaker.


7 September 2018, 9:00 – 16:30 h


  • Post-graduate academic path — Beáta G. Vértessy (Hungary)
  • Post-graduate industrial path — Jerka Dumić (Croatia)
  • CV preparation — Keith Elliott (UK)
  • Writing and publishing a scientific article — Félix M. Goñi (Spain)
  • Writing a research proposal — Miguel A. de la Rosa
  • The art and science of effective oral presentations — Ferhan Sağın (Turkey)
  • e-Tools of trade for scientists — Ali Burak Özkaya (Turkey)

Small group discussions

two rounds, each person in 2 out of 7 groups

  1. Academic path - Room E102
  2. Industrial path - Room E103
  3. Scientific publication - Room E104
  4. Research proposal - Room E204
  5. CV preparation - Room E206
  6. Effective oral presentations - Room E207
  7. eTools of trade - Room E208

Closing session