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-DCs in Bari and Palermo.
The ABE site Italy was born in 2017 thanks to a cooperation agreement between ANISN (the Italian National Association for Natural Sciences Teachers) and the University of Naples "Federico II". Since the 2020–2023 cycle, the partnership grew with the joining of IFOM (FIRC Institute for 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 22 ABE sites, active in three continents: Australia, Canada, Japan, England, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey and United States.
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 in Paris.
ABE offers hands-on training in molecular biology for secondary high school teachers and students. It provides without charge instruments and reagents to perform experimental activities in school labs, thus offering a unique opportunity to integrate them in 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 ten Italian regions (Campania, Lazio, Apulia, Basilicata, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Lombardia, Emilia-Romagna and Sicily).