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Breaking down barriers, one after another

May 2024

Georgie Lott shares her success in boosting stem engagement at her former school and what led her to IRIS.

Student connie working in science lab
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Science practicals need to push experimental boundaries

May 2024

IRIS Director sees practicals as a chance to let young people freely explore answers to real-world issues.

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Year 10 students prompt penguin discovery

April 2024

Year 10 students inspire the discovery of nearly a third of known penguin colonies.

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Anyone can do science—just not me!

April 2024

Students still struggle to see themselves as ‘science people’. How can we make STEM more inclusive?

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Tribute to Peter Higgs

April 2024

Peter Higgs – His scientific legacy will continue to inspire curious minds.

NEWS

Students unveil the wonders of particle physics

April 2024

Students learn coding methods and the fundamentals of the Standard Model from leading physicists.

Bored boy
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Students on STEM lessons: important but not interesting

February 2024

Over half students surveyed don’t enjoy their lessons. What is missing from their learning experience?

Jo Foster, Director of the Institute of Research in Schools
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Paradigm shift needed to transform attitudes to the sciences 

January 2024

Our director, Jo Foster, talks about the fresh approach needed to truly change STEM education.

NEWS

What we’re watching this Christmas: the Christmas Lectures & AI research

December 2023

We shine a light on AI research, from a tennis ball retrieving robot to simplifying processes.

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IRIS and Queens University Belfast shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award

December 2023

Our outreach initiative encouraging people from non-traditional backgrounds to enter higher education.

Two boys smiling at camera, wearing IRIS Buttons at Greener Fragrances event in November 2023
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Queen’s University chemistry conference smells like teen spirit

November 2023

Students share their greener fragrance research with their peers and chemists at QUB.

IRIS Awards Best Researcher Surayyah Amatul Aziz
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IRIS alumna becomes published author with cosmic ray research

November 2023

We share Surayyah’s cosmic ray research paper, recently published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Future Flight: Pupils join scientific search for aviation climate solutions

October 2023

A team of UK students work with ZeroAvia engineers to research the practicalities of hydrogen-electric flight.

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IRIS Awards 2023 – Celebrating young researchers and those that inspired them

September 2023

We reveal the award winners praised last night at the Crick Institute in London.

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Big Data: ATLAS wins physics engagement award

September 2023

Our collaboration with the University of Oxford and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory takes the prize.

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IRIS London conference: AI ball boys & girls, future hackers & searching for wolf stars

August 2023

Young researchers travelled from Belfast to Dover to share their research at the London IRIS conference.

camera microphone boy interviewed
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Tracking sewage from space: Cornish student highlights pollution problem

August 2023

Arthur, a pupil at Mullion School in Helston, uses satellite images to monitor sewage pollution.

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IRIS Manchester conference: robot dentists, Coeliac disease awareness & preventing organ rejection

August 2023

We highlight a few of the many research discoveries shared by young people at this year’s conference.

News

Serving up success: students create AI robot ball boy

July 2023

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School students’ robot can safely retrieve tennis balls on the busiest of courts.

NEWS

The scent of success: IRIS recognised at the Education Awards

May 2023

Our Greener Fragrances project was shortlisted for an outreach award at the Education Awards.

NEWS

Art, science and computer design at a nanoscale

May 2023

Students visit the University of Leeds to talk research and discover careers in materials sciences.

COMMENT

10 ideas for lowering carbon emissions in schools

April 2023

Our director, Jo Foster, offers 10 ways that schools can empower students to become active citizens.

NEWS

Leading particle physicist returns home to meet with aspiring young scientists

March 2023

Alan Barr sets students on a quest to answer some of science’s biggest questions.

NEWS

ATLAS inspires the future generation of particle physicists

March 2023

World-leading particle physicists teach passionate sixth-formers about coding and more.

young student chemist
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The top 10 career choices for teenagers in the UK

March 2023

Our director Jo Foster explains how doing research can benefit school students’ future careers.

Student connie working in science lab
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Women scientists encourage girls to shine bright in science lessons

February 2023

Women scientists share valuable advice for girls interested in science careers.

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Why we should all love apprenticeships

February 2023

Jo Foster, director of IRIS, explains why apprenticeships are equally as strong as academic degrees.

NEWS

Shattering perceptions of chemistry

December 2022

Northern Ireland students visit Queen’s University Belfast to kick-start greener fragrance research.

COMMENT

Give students the tools to achieve

October 2022

IRIS director Jo Foster shares her ideas on breaking down the barriers to STEM engagement.

NEWS

The inaugural IRIS Awards

September 2022

Our very first awards ceremony to celebrate students and teachers who champion research in the classroom.

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IRIS student wins Young Scientist 2022

June 2022

14-year-old Connie on why some birds don’t fly and becoming Big Bang’s Young Scientist of the Year.

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Young researchers share their findings at IRIS Student Conferences 2022

June 2022

From finding evidence of the Higgs boson to showing how recent lockdowns impacted pollution in London.

COMMENT

Widening STEM access is necessary and far from impossible

May 2022

Ignore the social mobility tsar’s comments. There’s plenty we can do about diversity in STEM careers.

Jo Foster
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I am not ‘totally fine’ that only 16% of girls study Physics

May 2022

IRIS director refutes UK Social Mobility Commissioner’s claim that hard maths puts girls off physics A-levels.

NEWS

The National Research and Innovation Accelerator – our plan to open up science for young people

April 2022

We share our plan to help schools embed a culture of research and innovation in their schools.

Jo Foster
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Apprenticeship reform starts with the school calendar

March 2022

Want more young people to join your apprenticeship programme? Consider their schedule, says Jo.

COMMENT

For young people to ‘get’ STEM, they must see the real-world applications

March 2022

Sean O’Sullivan, a biotech professional, explains how to get more young people into STEM careers.

NEWS

Students share DNA designs at University of Leeds

January 2022

UK students visited the Bragg Centre to talk research and learn about careers in materials science.

 

COMMENT

Apprenticeships will unlock our science superpower

November 2021

Schools must promote apprenticeships if we are ever to become a ‘science superpower’, says Jo Foster.

 

NEWS

Northern Ireland students join scientists on salty study

October 2021

Teens work with Queens University to explore ionic liquids and how they could shape the 21st century.

Student from St John Fisher show reporters a bit about DNA Origami
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BBC Look North investigates student research in Dewsbury

October 2021

Reporters visit St John Fisher to uncover young students interesting research using DNA Origami.

 

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Girls in STEM: A cause for celebration, not complacency

August 2021

Despite postitive GCSE and A level results, gender imbalance still exists in the sciences, Jo Foster.

Student illustrating DNA Origami
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Stuff clay, let’s play with DNA

July 2021

Could these be the youngest people to construct artificial structures using DNA? Our latest pilot project.

Students using Natural History Museum's Scanning Electron Microscope
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What’s under the microscope? Plastic, worms and flies.

July 2021

Young people explore interesting objects using the Scanning Electron Microscope.

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Research must be at the heart of science education

June 2021

Jo Foster argues that research in schools is key if the UK wants to become a science super power.

NEWS

UK students decode parasite genome to help prevent childhood infection

June 2021

Students efforts could support the development of a vaccine to prevent a disease linked to malnutrition.

NEWS

CPD to help embed student-led research in schools

May 2021

Teachers can sign-up for our courses held at the National STEM Learning Centre in York

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IRIS Virtual Conference: Resilience in a tough school year

May 2021

The top research projects presented by secondary students at this year’s conference.

 

COMMENT

Could research reignite teachers’ passion for science?

April 2021

An evaluation of 50 teachers shows how IRIS projects/student research can improve job satisfaction.

 

NEWS

IRIS launches national STEM framework

March 2021

Our framework to help leaders develop an effective whole school STEM strategy.

COMMENT

Where are tomorrow’s scientists?

January 2021

STEM Director at Chipping Campden School on why investigative work is key to educating future scientists.

NEWS

Scottish students inspire penguin discovery

November 2020

The British Antarctic Survey acknowledged students in their discovery of a new penguin colony.

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Education is at stake

November 2020

Why it’s more important than ever to get teens involved in real research

NEWS

Students make strides on human whipworm genome

September 2020

Students complete over 8,500 annotations of the genome of the human whipworm, Trichuris trichiura.

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Students given the chance to study the stars at home

May 2020

IRIS and STFC launch a project to boost the research skills of secondary students while learning from home.

NEWS

IRIS cancels conferences

March 2020

Due to the progression of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we must cancel our conferences this spring.

COMMENT

Empowering more girls into research careers

February 2020

Lauren Charters on how an IRIS project shaped her career aspirations and helped her get into university.

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Jo Foster on how to help your students shine at science

November 2019

Catherine Lough, Tes staff writer, talks to Dr Jo Foster, IRIS director, on teaching STEM to students.

NEWS

UCL Professor Michael Reiss joins IRIS board of trustees

July 2019

UCL’s Professor of Science Education joins our board of trustees.

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Higgs Hunters wins University of Oxford Award

July 2019

IRIS celebrated at the Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards.

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IRIS appoints STEM educator Jo Foster as new director

May 2019

Director of the Nexus STEM Programme, Cornwall School of Maths & Science appointed IRIS Director.

Left to right: Lavanya and Advika with their tacher Razika from Lampton School contributed annotations of the human whipworm genome
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Lampton physics technician wins Gratnells award

April 2019

Lampton School technician wins Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Award.

Lauren Charters
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Tes features IRIS student research on mental health

September 2018

IRIS students research on nature and mental health featured in the leading education publication.

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IRIS awarded Garfield Weston Grant for glacier research

June 2018

The Garfield Weston Foundation grant will enable IRIS continue to run school hubs ran by a teacher scientist for a year.

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MELT – a polar ice caps project for schools

April 2018

IRIS and the UK Space Agency launch school research projects investigating the rate of polar ice cap melting.

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It’s Minecraft: teens create replica of CERN

December 2017

UK teenagers made interactive museum of the ATLAS detector at the Large Hadron Collider in Minecraft.

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IRIS students contribute to tropical disease research

September 2017

IRIS students stand to become world experts through their participation in Genome Decoders, a research project launched in partnership with Wellcome Genome Campus.

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Transport for London- Bring big data into classrooms

July 2016

Our new project looks at how TFL uses data to improve millions of people’s journey every day.

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NASA to launch TimPix space radiation project in the U.S.

June 2016

IRIS is working with NASA to get American students involved in the TimPixproject.

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IRIS students break new ground in science

April 2016

UK scientists breaking new ground in science and not one of them has so much as a university degree.

NEWS

Students research radiation levels in the world’s oceans

April 2016

Students from a school in Canterbury look to  analyse radiation levels  in oceans near nuclear reactors in real time.

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Using NASA data to analyse radiation exposure in space

April 2016

High school students use NASA data to analyse astronaut radiation exposure in space.

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Academics and scientists launch the Institute for Research in Schools

March 2016

Charity set to change STEM education by empowering young people to join the scientific community.

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