Science & Society

With outreach programs for the local community as well as educational events for school students and teachers, CIBSS wants to engage and inform the public about research at the Cluster of Excellence. CIBSS is committed to an open dialog with the public, the media and politicians on the research done at the Cluster and on the societal and ethical aspects of biological signalling research.

We welcome inquiries from all members of the public! Please get in touch with our press team if you want to find out more about CIBSS and biological signalling research.

We offer following programs, activities and materials for the public, teachers, children and high-school students:

CIBSS School Ambassadors

What is it like to study at university? Should I consider a career in science? What does the daily life of a scientist look like? CIBSS will be sending a delegation of students and doctoral researchers to schools in Freiburg and beyond to share their knowledge and experiences from the university and the research laboratory.

On-site visits

We are happy to organize visits for school classes and other interested parties to the buildings and laboratories at the University of Freiburg. Once a year we also invite classes of high school students to visit CIBSS research laboratories and get hands-on experience in Synthetic Biology. Please note that on-site visits are currently not permitted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Teacher training

CIBSS biannually holds one-day training courses for high school teachers. The focus of these courses is on integrative biological signalling, synthetic biology, and the ethical and social aspects of life science research.

Science Events for the Public

The public including school children and their parents can learn about research at CIBSS at local events such as the Wissenschaftsmarkt (in Freiburg) or Science Days at the Europa Park (in Rust or online in 2020). 

We have prepared resources for children of different ages. Feel free to use them at home or in the classroom! They are licensed under a CC BY-ND 3.0 DE license. Please cite CIBSS as a source when using them.

Colouring Image on the Signals in the Body

Illustrator Michal Rössler designed this colouring experience to be enjoyed by children and adults at home. You just need a printer and lots of colour pencils.

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DIY DNA Extraction

Dr. Nicole Gensch from CIBSS developed an easy protocol for you to try at home or at school. We teach you what DNA is and how you get to see your own DNA! The details of the manual can be found in a PDF and a video below.

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Public talks and lectures

CIBSS researchers hold lectures for the public, as for example at the yearly Pint of Science Festival. Stay tuned for announcements on our events page or on Twitter. A public lecture on the newest breakthroughs in the understanding of how cells respond to their environment and communicate with one another is in preparation.

CIBSS Basics Video Series

In our CIBSS Basics video series, we explain knowledge important to understand signalling science, immunology and more. Follow our CIBSS playlist on the University of Freiburg Youtube channel for updates:ätFreiburg

Children's Books on CIBSS research topics

CIBSS scientist Julia Jellusovahas authored and illustrated several children’s books, including a book entitled ‘Discover your Immune System’ and 'Discover the language of the cells' on how the cells in our body respond to their environment and communicate with one another. Interested in a free copy courtesy of CIBSS? Then get in touch with at the E-mail address below.



If you are a student, teacher or school representative, please contact
contact (at)

All other members of the public are welcome to contact our science communication team:

Michal Rössler
E-mail: press(at)
Schänzlestrasse 18
79104 Freiburg, Germany
Tel: +49 761 203 97662