Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer

personal effectiveness
communication skills


Start date:

29 March 2021

29 March 2021


30 March 2021


31 March 2021


01 April 2021


General context

The ELIXIR Train the Trainer programme aims to build a network of trainers to allow them to benefit from reciprocal support and discussion. ELIXIR TtT courses aim to give new instructors tools and tips for providing an enriching learning experience to trainees, irrespective of topic, and to include best-practice guidance on course and training material development. 

An overview of the schedule is listed below, an extensive overview of the topics covered during this workshop is given here.

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  • To get acquainted with Learning principles and how they apply to training
  • To be able to select and utilise training techniques that can be used to enhance learner engagement and participation
  • To learn how to use assessment and feedback in training
  • To learn about session, course, and materials design
Event intended for

Whoever is interested in becoming a teacher or a better one. If you have questions like the following ones, this course may be very helpful to you.

  • How learning works?
  • How can I use learning principles and theories to improve my teaching?
  • How can I make my teaching more engaging and effective?
  • How should I adjust my teaching to different types of learners?
  • How can I help slow learners?
  • How can I assess whether my students are actually understanding my lessons? Are they actually learning?
  • What is the best balance between theory and practice?
  • How can I best assess whether learning is occurring and/or has occurred?
  • What works in a classroom and what doesn't?
  • How can I become a better teacher?
  • Etc.


Patricia Palagi
ELIXIR-CH Training Coordinator, SIB, CH

Patricia Palagi has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Computer Sciences from the University of Brasilia, Brazil, and a PhD in Cognitive Sciences from the INPG, Grenoble, France. She joined the SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics in 1997, and since 2014 she leads the SIB Training group. Among others, she is also Editor for the Education track of the PLOS Computational Biology journal and the ELIXIR Training Coordinator for Switzerland. She used to teach programming and bioinformatics years ago, and today she's a proud ELIXIR Train the Trainer instructor.

Fotis Psomopoulos

Dr. Fotis Psomopoulos is a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB) at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece. His research focus lies at the intersection of Bioinformatics, Data Mining and Cloud Computing, with over 90 peer-reviewed publications in international journals and conferences. In addition to his research, he is an active proponent of Open Science, especially within Life Sciences and Bioinformatics in particular. Among others, he is the Training Coordinator for ELIXIR-GR, a member of the ELIXIR Training Platform Executive Committee, and the co-chair of the ELIXIR Machine Learning Focus group. Finally, he was the national representative to the EOSC Skills and Training working group during 2020. 

Bérénice Batut
ELIXIR Germany, Freiburg Galaxy Team

Bérénice Batutis a post-doctoral researcher in the Freiburg Galaxy Team at the University of Freiburg, Germany. She joined this team in 2016 after a MSc and engineer diploma in Bioinformatics and Moddeling, a PhD in in-silico experimental evolution and comparative genomics and a first post-doctoral position in metagenomics. She is currently analyzing biological data and developing tools for data analysis, mainly via Galaxy. Bérénice regularly teaches during workshops (data analysis, tool development, etc.). She started and still co-leads the Galaxy Training Material project and is co-deputy training coordinator for ELIXIR Germany (de.NBI), a founder of an outreach program (Street Science Community) and a founder and organizer of Open Life Science, an online mentoring & training program for Open Science ambassadors. 

Allegra Via

Allegra Via is a scientific researcher at IBPM-CNR in Italy. She has a MSc degree in Physics and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. Her main areas of research are bioinformatics and computational biology.

She is the Training Coordinator of ELIXIR Italy and the co-lead of the Capacity Building tasks for the ELIXIR Training Platform. As such, she also works in the field of the Science of Learning and Teaching, and is constantly involved in the design, organisation, and delivery of bioinformatics training courses, in Train the Trainer activities, in projects related to data and software management, and research software development. 


Introductions, who is who and what we need to achieve

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[Session 1]: Review of learning principles and how they apply to training and teaching

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[Session 2]: Session, course, and material design

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[Session 3]: Training techniques that can be used to enhance learner engagement and participation

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[Session 4]: Assessment and feedback in training

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Wrap-up and feedback

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