ABE site Italy
The ABE program in Italy is organized with the Headquarters (HQ) in Naples, two Distribution Centers (DC) in Milan and Foligno, and two mini-DC in Bari and Palermo.
The ABE site Italy was born in 2017 thanks to a cooperation agreement between ANISN (the Italian National Natural Science Teachers Association) and the University of Naples Federico II. Since the 2020–2023 cycle, the partnership grew with the joining of IFOM (FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology), IBBR (Bioscience and Bioresources Institute), which is part of the CNR (National Research Council), LSS (Laboratory for Experimental Sciences in Foligno) and the Società dei Naturalisti (Society of Naturalists). ABE site Italy takes advantage of the international cooperation of a consolidated network of 21 other ABE sites, active in three continents in prestigious institutions in Australia, Canada, Japan, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey and United States (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Washington D.C., Tampa, Pittsburgh, Puerto Rico, and Washington State). In particular, ABE site Italy is twinned with the ABE site Massachusetts (USA) at Harvard University and with the ABE site France at the École Normale Supérieure of Paris.
The ABE training program aims to respond to teaching needs that have become unavoidable for Italian high school teachers and students, featuring a hands-on curriculum of molecular biology, which has been designed to introduce teachers and students to inquiry-based methodological approaches and complex experimental activities that are typical of scientific research and of biotechnology.
ABE provides instruments and reagents to carry out activities with students in school laboratories, free of charge, offering continued opportunities to facilitate a coherent integration with the school curriculum.
ANISN is the sole Italian provider for the implementation of the ABE training program, which involves training courses for teachers, both through distance learning, and in-person meetings in Naples, Foligno and Milan. It involves schools and teachers from Campania, Lazio, Apulia, Basilicata, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna and Sicily.