Information for students



The service-learning is a course offered to students of the 3rd year of the bachelor's degree in biology during the spring semester. It aims to enable them to get involved in local communities and to acquire new skills in communication to the general public and in teaching, while consolidating their acquired knowledge in order to transmit this knowledge in turn.

To do this, the students independently prepare a strategy for transmitting knowledge on a specific scientific subject to a non-specialist audience; in our case, schoolchildren from level 2H to 9H. The scientific subject addressed, as well as the way of approaching it, is done through discussions between university students, teachers of the classes concerned and academic supervisors in order to involve all the partners. The only prerogative to address: what are microorganisms, what can they do and in particular to compare their negative side to the multitudes of positive actions that they can offer to society.

The general organization of a semester is as follows:

  • December to February: Recruitment of school teachers to define the general context of the approach and to start preparing students.
  • Mid-February - early March: First meeting between Unine teachers and students.
  • March: Preparation of activities by Unine students, with regular exchanges between the different project partners (Unine and school).
  • Mid-March - mid-May: Unine students working with schoolchildren.
  • June: Final presentation, feedback between the various participants.

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For students:

  • Popularize science in a clear and fair way
  • Communicate with children and the public
  • Apply the knowledge acquired through the creation of a fun activity
  • Evaluate the proper transmission of their knowledge
  • Work effectively as a team

The service-learning teaching consists in 28 hours of occupation, equivalent to three credits in the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

The schedule is as follows: 

  • Theme selection (4h)
  • Initial presentation + Briefing with teachers, professors and students (4h)
  • Preparation of teaching material (4-6h)
  • Classroom activities (10-12 h)


Link to registration



E-Mail: microbes.ecole@unine.ch


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