ERFAN is pleased to inform you about an initiative coordinated by the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise (IZSAM) and titled “LEarning GenOmics for food safety(LEGO)”. The project,funded in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme – Key Action 2, Higher Education – Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices, is implemented in consortium with University of Helsinki (Finland), University of L’Aquila (Italy), University of Life Science and Technology (Poland), a Spanish research centre (AINIA) and an Italian company specialised in new technologies applied to training and scientific communication (Ud’anet).  LEGO aims at defining and training an innovative, interdisciplinary professional profile – the Food Microbial Bioinformatician (FMB) – responding to the need to apply the most modern Genomics to Food Safety.

One of the project outputs is the design, testing and validation of a multidisciplinary eLearning course aimed at supporting competences development in the Food Microbial Bioinformatics domain consistently with the new profile.

Recently, IZSAM has launched an open procedure to select and recruit participants in the first edition of the mentioned e-Learning Course that will start on March 29, 2021.  Deadline for application is 12 March 2021.

The eLearning course is structured in a flexible way. Module 1 and module 2 start on 29 March. Module 3 starts on 13 April. All modules end on 30 July. The dates are available on

This training initiative will involve at minimum 120 University students enrolled in second or third cycle studies in one of the following disciplines:

–       Veterinary Sciences, Animal Sciences, Bioinformatics, (Micro)biology, Biotechnologies, Public Health, Agronomics, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine (or equivalent degrees)

–       Statistics, Informatics, Mathematics (or equivalent degrees). In this case, they should also have some research experience in the field of Microbiology.

In addition, the course will be also opened to minimum 80 professionals (microbiologists, biotechnologists, bioinformaticians, epidemiologists, veterinarians, statisticians, etc.) having at least a three-year work experience and willing to enter into a formal educational path for the recognition of their competences in the field of genomics and food safety.

At the end of the course, after passing the final assessment, beneficiaries will receive an attendance certificate and an open badge (an international accepted virtual certification recognising and tracing their knowledge and skills across the web).

For any further information, please visit the project official website or contact: