Spring School Didactics of Biology 2024

The next spring school of the Didactics in Biology (FDdB) will take place from 4 March 2024 until 7 March 2024 on campus of Leuphana Universität at Lüneburg!

The Spring School of the Didactics in Biology (FDdB) in the Association of Biology and Biomedicine in Germany (VBIO) is an annual conference for scientists in the qualification phase of the didactics of biology. It is aimed at doctoral students and is internationally oriented. Therefore, contributions can be submitted and presented in German or English. It took place for the first time in 1998 and has thus offered scientists in the qualification phase of biology didactics a special space to present their projects in a constructive and open atmosphere, to discuss them, to further qualify themselves and to network.    
The scientific direction of the conference is currently taken over by Arne Dittmer, Sandra Nitz and Jörg Zabel.    
Participation of interested exam/master candidates is only possible in exceptional cases, if the contingent for participants is not exhausted. In case of a high number of participants, registrations and contributions of PhD students will be given priority.


The programme will shortly be available.


  • Registration for the spring school and submission of papers will be open from 15 August 2023.
  • The conference registration and abstract submission deadline is 15 October 2023.
  • Registration for the conference is through OxfordAbstracts via this link.


Please transfer the conference fee of 250 € to the following account (for VBIO members 240 €):

Account holder:  Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Bank:     Norddeutsche Landesbank
IBAN:     DE64 2505 0000 0106 0322 61

Reference:     FJS2024, First Name & Surname, OA-FJS-2024-00“Submission Number“, 10401170 / 84400069


The registration becomes binding only after receipt of the bank transfer. This must be done within 7 working days after registration. Apart from the discount for VBIO members, the fee is the same for all participants.

When registering, you may indicate wishes regarding the "roommates" for the room occupancy (see info on accommodation). We will try to consider the wishes within the organizational possibilities.

A vegetarian and vegan diet can also be indicated during the registration process. Please indicate any known intolerances.  

In case of any queries, please feel free to reach out to Ms.Ronja Sowinksi

Accommodation and Venue

Accommodation is provided at the Lüneburg Youth Hostel right next to Leuphana University. It can be easily reached by public transport from the main station. Alternatively, you can cycle with a city bike in about 15 min along a forest to the youth hostel.

Accommodation will be in shared rooms. During the registration process you may indicate wishes concerning the "roommates" for the room occupancy. We will try to consider the wishes in the context of the organizational possibilities.

A vegetarian and vegan diet can also be indicated in the registration process. Please indicate any known intolerances.  

The spring school itself will take place on the premises of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg. During the spring school you will have the possibility to explore an extracurricular learning location (e.g. L3 - Leuphana Learning Workshop Lüneburg, Biotope Garden, Forest Garden, Future Workshop Buchholz) with part of the conference group.

More detailed information on registration at the conference office will be available later by mail and also here on the conference homepage.

Poster Submission

Poster and oral presentations will be accepted in English and German via the conference management platform OxfordAbstracts. Submission of papers is due by 15 October 2023 via the this link.

In case of a correspondingly high number of submitted presentations, preference will be given to participants who have already presented a poster at a previous Spring School. The abstract of the conference contribution must not exceed one DIN A4 page with a maximum of six references on the second page.

Please use this template for your submission.

Especially at the beginning of your doctoral studies, it is advisable to attend the Spring School without your own contribution or to present your project to other doctoral students in the form of a project outline as a poster. The poster presentations play a central role at the Spring School and offer enough time and space to talk about your project with the participants and the scientific management and to go into detail! Presentations should only be submitted when results of the study can already be presented.    

Presentations at the FJS consist of a 20-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute plenary discussion. The time limit requires a concrete focus in the presentation of the research project. The presentation should be brought to the meeting on a digital data carrier.

The poster contributions at the FJS will be grouped into several poster sessions. This allows sufficient time for participants to study all posters and to set personal priorities. The common poster format is A0. Each participant needs to print out and bring the poster to the conference herself/himself. There will be a display wall available for each poster.

The evaluation will probably be completed by mid January 2024 and all candidates will be informed accordingly by email. Thanks for your patience in this respect.

Lüneburg as conference venue

Leuphana's university logo already shows Lüneburg's "landmark": salt.

This once made the more than 1,000-year-old Hanseatic and salt city rich, which can be seen from the patrician houses during a walk through the beautiful old town. According to a legend, salt was discovered in Lüneburg over 1,000 years ago by a hunter who found white salt crystals in the hide of a shot wild sow.

Lüneburg also has much to offer not only historically, but also ecologically: both the Ilmenau River, which flows through Lüneburg, and the surrounding Lüneburg Heath represent fascinating biotopes.

Leuphana University of Lüneburg was founded in 1946 as a university of education and became a model university in 2005 for the implementation of the Bologna Process to rethink university.

In 2022, Leuphana was selected as the only university in Lower Saxony in the federal-state program "Innovative University". According to the "Times Higher Education Young University Ranking", Leuphana is one of the world's best young universities. It has developed a multi-award-winning study model with three schools, which is still unique in Germany.

In addition, the campus is a special meeting place that can be shaped by all university members. For instance, among other things, we have a forest garden as well as a biotope garden, which are used in the context of seminars and research.

How to get to leuphana

Information on how to get to Leuphana is available here.

Privacy Policy

More detailed information on the processing of your personal data in the context of the registration for the 25th International Spring School of the Didactics of Biology Section in VBIO is available in the document below: