The first training course for the teachers of the teams that won the first 3 editions of the Mad for Science Competition, sponsored by DiaSorin, starts today in Milan at the IFOM - FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology. The course programme, divided into two training days, includes updated classroom sessions, microbiology and molecular biology laboratory activities with particular attention to the subject of laboratory safety.

In order to encourage the optimal use of the tools provided to the winning laboratories from the previous Mad for Science, DiaSorin decided to reward all the science teachers of the winning schools with the exclusive participation to the training course in collaboration with YouScientist, the scientific dissemination programme of the IFOM biomedical research centre.

Full immersion in molecular biology

The first training course was attended by a total of 19 teachers from IIS Nicola Pellati - Galileo Galilei Scientific High School - of Nizza Monferrato (Province of Asti), Augusto Monti State Institute of Asti, Spallanzani Classical-Scientific High School of Reggio Emilia and Battaglini High School of Taranto. The aim of the class is to ensure that the teachers acquire updated scientific skills on laboratory practice. It is also a chance for all the winning teachers to exchange ideas and best practices on effective science education projects in secondary schools.

The Mad for Science community of teachers at the first training course


The IFOM course is part of the activities related to the Mad for Science challenge and starting from 2019 it will become a permanent feature of the future editions, with a focus on teacher training.

Carlo Rosa, CEO of DiaSorin Group

This initiative is focused on enabling the teachers to acquire direct hands-on experience of new laboratory techniques and the use of the most innovative technologies, which are essential for developing increasingly advanced applied research projects with their students.