Issue 27


Welcome to the twenty-seventh issue of Science in School

Once upon a time, scholars tended to wear long robes, live in monasteries and focus on botany.

News from the EIROs

A range of scales: from fusing a nucleus to studying a dwarf planet

Science in School is published by EIROforum, a collaboration between eight of Europe’s largest inter-governmental scientific research organisations (EIROs). This article reviews some of the latest news from EIROs.


Science teachers: using education research to make a difference

As a teacher of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), you are in a perfect position to encourage more students to take up STEM studies and careers. But what are the best ways to inspire students and achieve this goal? Research projects in science education can really help, but finding your way through all the results can be a challenge.

Cutting-edge science

The secret life of volcanoes: using muon radiography

How do we find out what’s going on inside a volcano? Using cosmic rays!

Evolving threats: investigating new zoonotic infections

In the African forest, Fabian Leendertz and his team look for new infectious agents that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Could one of them cause the next pandemic?

Science topics

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

A group of German researchers is bringing to light the medicinal wisdom of the Middle Ages.

Purple fumes: the importance of iodine

Iodine, with its characteristic purple vapours, has myriad applications – from the familiar disinfectant to innovative solar cells.

Teaching activities

From the bottom of our hearts: a hands-on demonstration of the mammalian heartbeat

Using nothing but a pig’s heart, a knife and a supply of water, you and your students can investigate how the heart pumps.

Phylogenetics of man-made objects: simulating evolution in the classroom

Evolutionary relationships can be tricky to explain. By using simple, everyday objects, your students can work them out for themselves.

Peering into the darkness: modelling black holes in primary school

Having difficulties explaining black holes to your students? Why not try these simple activities in the classroom?