Teaching physical aspects of the molecular biosciences

The aim of this free highly interactive workshop will be to share ideas and practice in teaching concepts that lie right towards the physics end of the molecular biosciences curriculum. By “molecular biosciences” we mean courses with a strong focus on biochemistry and broader molecular cell biology: courses where Stryer, Voet and Voet, or Alberts would often be core textbooks. By “physical aspects” we mean things like kinetics, binding, thermodynamics, interaction forces, structural biology, physical methods, and aspects of computing and modelling. But those definitions are very much open to interpretation .. hence the workshop.

By the end of the workshop we aim that

Although the emphasis will be on teaching physical topics to molecular bioscientists, we also welcome those teaching molecular biosciences to physics, chemistry, maths or engineering undergraduates. We realistically acknowledge this distinction, but do not wish to perpetuate it unnecessarily

Issues to be addressed might be

Provisional Schedule

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee and posters as ice breaker.

11.15 – 12.15 Three 20 minute slots for presentations of examples of alternative teaching methods.

12.15 – 13.15 In small groups, brainstorm ways to teach a particular concept e.g. “Unpicking the Michaelis Menten equation: can we make limiting forms of the equation make sense to the mathematically weak?”, aiming to come up with a short presentation.

13.15-2 Buffet lunch while discussions continue.

14.00-14.30 Presentations from the four groups

15.30-16.00 Facilitated general discussion and brainstorming new curriculum ideas.

16.00 Adjourn to University Arms or departures.


To register please click here.


For further information please contact the organisers:

Jeremy Craven (c.j.craven@sheffield.ac.uk)

Ehmke Pohl (ehmke.pohl@durham.ac.uk)

Guy Grant (guy.grant@study.beds.ac.uk)