About Training and Education

Modern life sciences call for advanced data and technological expertise. Researchers and programmers need training to acquire such skills. The DTL-associated professionals jointly identify training needs and develop new courses.

DTL’s training and education activities are incorporated in the DTL Learning programme, which has four action lines: Developing courses, People, Course overview, and Outreach.

The DTL-associated professionals identify training needs and develop new courses in collaboration with the partner institutes and research schools such as the Dutch Research School on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology (BioSB). The efforts are aligned with European (ELIXIR Training) and global (Goblet) training initiatives. Inspect our 2016 DTL Learning/ELIXIR-NL Training poster to learn more.

We currently work on the following topics and themes:




The training needs of modern life scientists extend beyond the borders of technologies (e.g., proteomics, bioinformatics, imaging), life sciences sectors (e.g., agro, health), ESFRIs, and countries. The DTL Training and Education activities bring together the training expertise of public and private parties in the life sciences in the Netherlands. In addition, we align our efforts with initiatives in Europe (ELIXIR) and abroad (e.g.,  GOBLET, RDA-CODATA). The DTL Learning Interest Group was started in 2014 to realise a comprehensive strategy and portfolio of training and education related to life sciences data and technology. Our activities are open to all and we welcome new collaborations. Read more.

The DTL Course Overview provides a structured overview of courses, trainings, and workshops offered by the DTL partners and other organisations, which can be searched by keywords and tags. It is automatically transferred to the European training portal TeSS.

We stimulate and extend existing public outreach initiatives of the DTL partners. There are several outreach projects in the Netherlands, all aiming to promote life sciences to a broader public. The outreach activities target two specific audiences: high school pupils & teachers, and the general public.

DNA labs on the road
dnalabsThe ‘Reizende DNAlabs‘ (DNAlabs on the road) are an excellent means for high school pupils to get acquainted with DNA, genes, genomics and the latest research techniques. The project has been up and running since 2006 and since then 160.000 high school pupils have participated in the practicals.

University students lead the labs. They take along all the equipment, from computer to PCR apparatus. The main language is Dutch, but the accompanying leaflets are also available in English.

There are six different subjects, each one provided by a different university.

High school teachers interested in hosting a lab are welcome to contact the Reizende DNA labs; the practicals come free of charge.

Bioinformatics @ school
bioinformatics@schoolThe main goal of ‘Bioinformatica in de klas‘ (Bioinformatics @ school) is to increase awareness of and interest in bioinformatics at secondary schools, aiming at both pupils and teachers. Bioinformatics@school provides information, educational materials and workshops for teachers. Furthermore, Bioinformatics@school is involved in outreach activities like the Dutch Technology Week.

jetnetJet-Net, Youth and Technology Network Netherlands, is a joint initiative of leading Dutch technology companies and secondary (pre-college) schools. Together they provide students with experiences that show that technology is challenging, meaningful and socially relevant. In collaboration with the schools, the companies develop an educational environment with practical content for the science curriculum. Through guest lessons, workshops and many other activities, young people see with their own eyes that they can find great, varied and interesting jobs in technology.

More than 80 different companies – like Shell, Philips, Unilever and DSM – and more than 170 high schools participate in Jet-Net. Jet-Net believes in ‘learning by doing’ so the activities all have interactive or executive component.

Jet-Net actively participates in European projects on the subject of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), such as inGenious and Scientix.

Leve DNA
levednaLeve DNA provides information and educational material about DNA for professionals and the general public. Besides, they try to encourage debate about social issues that involve DNA research. Leve DNA organisesDNA-days, workshops, readings, etc.

De Praktijk
De Praktijk was a company for science education and communication in the period 2000-2016. It developed educational concepts and materials and offered advice on subjects related to students, schools and education. De Praktijk tried to empower teachers by providing them with high quality, fun lessons. More than 3500 teachers and other interested parties were ‘registered members’ and had access to the open en online educational material. In addition to high school material, de Praktijk’ also contributed in science events and organised other scientific fun.

DSM logoDSM contributes in several educational programmes. One of them is the above-mentioned Jet-Net project. And so is Project techniek Limburg’ (ptl), a programme that aims to increase the MBO enrolment of maintenance studies.

Every year almost 2000 VMBO pupils participate.

Dutch Technology week
dtwBrainport region Eindhoven brings the most beautiful, exciting and innovative technology stories to light during the annual Dutch Technology Week (DTW). In 2015 the 4th DTW takes place from the 31st of May until the 6th of June. The DTW shows that technology is fun, challenging and provides many opportunities for study, work, business and investment.

International outreach activities: GOBLET
GobletLogoGOBLET (Global Organisation for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training) aims to provide a global, sustainable support and networking structure for bioinformatics educators/trainers and students. For example, GOBLET organised a hands-on session at the Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STOA). You can find the immediately applicable material on the GOBLET site. It includes common used web tools in bioinformatics as BLAST, OMIM and PDB.

International outreach activities: Science in School
Science in school is a quarterly published journal that is distributed across Europe. The content includes teaching materials and projects in science education, information about cutting-edge science, interviews with inspiring scientists and teachers, etc. The topics focus on interdisciplinary work and cover not only beta-sciences but also earth science, engineering and medicine.