About Us

The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) makes cutting edge research projects open to school students and their teachers so that they can experience the excitement and challenge of science. We have projects available across the sciences.

In partnership with universities and research institutes we make data accessible to schools, provide support for teachers through webinars and other resources, and lend out scientific research equipment. All schools are encouraged to share the work they have been doing through presenting a paper or poster at one of our research conferences.

Lord Martin Rees said at the IRIS launch:

“Not only will schools and universities benefit but science itself will benefit”

Professor Alan Barr of the University of Oxford describes his experience in partnering with IRIS on the Higgs Hunters project:

“I’m really excited that the Higgs Hunters project, which I initially with some others set up with a particular goal in mind, has morphed into something that’s been taken in so many different directions by so many different students. There’s no way that we ourselves could have even come up with all of the questions that these students are asking. So we’re getting so much more value out of this data from CERN, because of the independent and creative ways in which these students are thinking about it. It’s just fantastic.”

We want all school and college students to be able to do genuine scientific work at the cutting edge. The science community therefore becomes one where schools, colleges, universities and research institutes collaborate for the greater benefit of all.

recent news

August 2019 – Paper published

We are delighted to share with you the latest research paper from IRIS, which explores the experiences of school students who present their research at conferences. This paper is available online at: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02635143.2019.1657395.

For more information, please email info@researchinschools.org.

July 2019 – New Trustee: Prof Michael Reiss

IRIS is delighted to welcome Prof Michael Reiss who joins us as a Trustee. He is a Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education, University College London; Visiting Professor at the Universities of Kiel and York and the Royal Veterinary College; Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and of the College of Teachers; Docent at the University of Helsinki and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His research and consultancy interests are in science education, sex education, curriculum studies and bioethics.

July 2019 – Higgs Hunters wins Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award

Higgs Hunters has won a Project Award in this year’s University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Awards.

The announcement was made at an awards ceremony at the Keble College, Oxford, on 10th July hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson. Professors Alan Barr and Chris Lintott were recognised for their Higgs Hunters project that enables citizen scientists to look for evidence of the ‘Baby Higgs’.

“One of the most innovative aspects to the project was enabling UK school students to analyse the data and perform their own independent research. The students then presented their findings at a conference, alongside researchers from the University. Their findings have been written up as proceedings – these are the first of their kind to be submitted to a CERN experiment” says Professor Barr.

July 2019 – Science Apprenticeships starting in Sept 2019

All apprentices will work towards a Level 3 BTEC in Applied Science whilst being employed and paid by their employer:

**Closing date: 4 July**

Johnson Matthey in Sonning are both looking for science apprentices to start in September to work in their Air Quality Team.

**Closing date: 5 July**

The National Physical Laboratory is based in Teddington in Middlesex

**Closing date 15 July**

Catalent based in Swindon are looking for apprentices to join their QC labs

June 2019 - Royal Society Student Conference Call Out ***Deadline extended***

There is an exciting opportunity to showcase your work completed through IRIS at the Royal Society student conference on Tuesday 19 November 2019. The student conference is an annual conference, which celebrates investigative, research based STEM work of secondary school students from across the country. It is a fantastic opportunity for your students to experience a real scientific conference and engage with their peers and invited guests, including Fellows of the Royal Society. The day will include a student showcase, workshop and key note speech. The conference is a unique opportunity for you and your students and a wonderful way to share and celebrate your students’ work. The Royal Society will provide financial support to help schools attend the conference. If you are interested in being involved in the conference please Contact Us for an expression of interest form. You will then need to complete this form and send it to the Royal Society Schools Engagement team. The deadline has been extended to 30 June 2019.

May 2019 – Paper published

ScienceDirect have recently published our paper: Transforming education with the Timepix detector - Ten years of CERN@school. You can read the abstract here.

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