Registration to the blended ABE Italy 2021 - 2022 course

12 Oct 2021


SOFIA platform code 64875

Training program (in Italian)

What is ABE?

ABE site Italy ( is an international training program for high school teachers coordinated by the EDC (Education Development Center) of Boston (USA) and supported by the AMGEN Foundation. In Italy, it has been organised since 2017 by ANISN (Associazione Nazionale Insegnanti di Scienze Naturali - National Association of Natural Sciences Teachers), together with the University of Naples "Federico II" and, since the 2020 - 2023 cycle, with a wider scientific partnership with IFOM (Istituto FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare - FIRC Institute for Molecular Oncology), IBBR (Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse del CNR - CNR Bioscience and Bioresources Institute), LSS (Laboratorio di Scienze Sperimentali - Laboratory for Experimental Sciences) in Foligno and with the Società dei Naturalisti (Society of Naturalists). ABE site Italy also takes advantage of the international cooperation with a solid network of 22 similar ABE sites, which are active in three continents and coordinated by prestigious institutions (). In particular, ABE site Italy is twinned with ABE site Massachussets (USA) at Harvard University, and with ABE site France at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. In four years, ABE site Italy expanded to 10 regions, actively involving hundreds of teachers and thousands of students.


60 High School teachers from Campania, Lazio, Apulia, Basilicata, Molise, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Emilia Romagna, Sicily, Lombardy.

Training program

This is an Italian-language course organised by ABE Italy. It is aimed at high school teachers living in the specified regions who have never taken part in ABE. The course will be carried out in blended mode and will consist of three phases:

  • Phase 1: distance learning, with two-hour long webinars
  • Phase 2: in presence, through lab experiments (ABE labs: cloning of red fluorescent protein) in an intensive course that will last two days and will happen in January and February 2022 at the teaching labs of the ABE site Italy partner research institutions.
  • Phase 3: implementation with the students at school, abiding by the anti-Covid 19 regulations and compatibly with the contextual situations. ABE Italy will provide instruments (micropipettes, electrophoresis boxes, PCR) and reagents without charge, for a period of time not to exceed 3 weeks, to carry out the lab activities with the students in the schools, either during school hours or outside school hours.

Le tre fasi consentono peraltro la partecipazione a distanza e in presenza all’ABE community Italiana; l’accesso alla community internazionale; la possibilità di partecipare a working groupd locali, nazionali o internazionali, la  partecipazione ad eventi pubblici di restituzione e disseminazione.

The three phases will also allow teachers to take part in the Italian ABE community (both in person and through online meetings); to take part in the international community; to be able to take part in local, national or international working groups; and to attend public payback and dissemination events.

In particular, phase 1 consists of a distance course comprising 5 meetings of two hours each, which will happen in the first and second week of December (8,9,10 and 15,16 December 2021), and it is structured with 4 kinds of alternating sessions: ABE labs (carried out using the LabXchange platform) in Italian; scientific talks; introduction to IBSE; alignment of the teaching program with the national curriculum; and experiences of veteran ABE teachers.


THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT THE APPLICATION IS NOVEMBER 22nd, 2021. The outcome of the selection will be communicated to applicants by the November 30th, 2021.

For more information about ABE Italy, write to