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IRIS Student Research Conferences 2024

June 2024

Young researchers are preparing to present their work at the IRIS conferences taking place across the UK over the next three weeks.

COMMENT

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
COMMENT

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.

Bored boy
COMMENT

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

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.

NEWS

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.

NEWS

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
COMMENT

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.

COMMENT

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.

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