IRIS works with academic faculties and cutting-edge research organisations to develop opportunities for students to participate in authentic research and make contributions to the scientific community while they are at school or college.


Consistent with our philosophy, we seek to add to academic discussion to help advance our understanding of how young people experience STEM education and how we can better support talent and break down the barriers that impact underrepresented young people in STEM.


The following papers detail the work of IRIS and the impact of research and innovation on students, teachers and schools.



Investigative research projects for students in science: The state of the field and a research agendaMichael Reiss, Richard Sheldrake and Wilton LodgePublished 2023
Mentoring school student research as an approach to geography teacher professional developmentElizabeth Rushton and Helen Walkington Published 2019
Science education and teacher professional development: Combining learning with researchElizabeth RushtonPublished 2021
The experiences of active participation in academic conferences for high school science studentsElizabeth Rushton, Lauren Charters & Michael ReissPublished 2019
From science teacher to ‘teacher scientist’: Exploring the experiences of research-active science teachers in the UKElizabeth Rushton and Michael ReissPublished 2019
Ten salient practices for mentoring student research in schools: New opportunities for teacher professional developmentHelen Walkington and Elizabeth RushtonPublished 2019
Transforming education with the Timepix detector – Ten years of CERN@schoolBecky Parker, Laura Thomas, Elizabeth Rushton and Peter HatfieldPublished 2019
Empowering young people through co-created scientific researchBecky Parker and Elizabeth RushtonPublished 2019
Practical, open-ended and extended investigative projects in science: Report to The Gatsby Charitable FoundationLynda Dunlop, Kerry Knox, Maria Turkenburg-van Diepen and Judith BennettPublished 2019
Students becoming researchersLynda Dunlop, Kerry Knox, Judith Bennett, Michael Reiss and Rebecca Torrance-JenkinsPublished 2019
Increasing environmental action through climate change education programmes that enable school students, teachers and technicians to contribute to genuine scientific researchElizabeth RushtonPublished in 2019
Promoting young people’s participation and attainment in STEM and reigniting teacher’s passion for science educationBecky Parker, Ellie Fox and Elizabeth RushtonPublished 2018
IRIS – extending young peoples’ participation and attainment in STEM and promoting teachers and students as vital members of STEM research communitiesBecky Parker, Ellie Fox and Elizabeth RushtonPublished 2018
Who inspired my thinking? – Young people, and teachers who encourage their creative thinkingBecky ParkerPublished 2018
Practical independent research projects in science: a synthesis and evaluation of the evidence of impact on high school studentsJudith Bennett, Lynda Dunlop, Kerry Knox, Michael Reiss and Rebecca Torrance-JenkinsPublished 2018
Authentic Biology: Student-led research and discovery in schoolsDavid Colthurst and Mick TuitePublished 2018
Real science, real classroomsBecky ParkerPublished 2017
CERN@school: Forming nationwide collaborations for physics research in schoolsT WhyntiePublished 2016
Young researchers: Reflections from Wellcome on the impact of doing research projectsJohn Holman, Matthew Hickman, Hilary LeeversPublished 2016