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Doctor in the morning, researcher in the afternoon

By Dorotee Schulter


For doctor Stefan Pfister, efforts to cure cancer happen at the hospital and in the laboratory.

The way of the dragon: chemistry for the youngest

By Anna Gunnarsson


In Sweden there lives a small, green dragon called Berta, who invites young children to join her adventures in Dragon Land – all of which are about chemistry.

Classroom fundamentals: measuring the Planck constant

By Maria Rute de Amorim e Sá Ferreira André and Paulo Sérgio de Brito André


Bring discovery into the classroom and show students how to evaluate Planck’s constant using simple equipment.

From model organism to medical advances

By Louise Weston


A simple fungus used to brew beer is now used around the world to advance cancer research.

Tales from a plague pit

By Kirsten Bos


Archeology and genetics combine to reveal what caused the Black Death.

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.

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.

Welcome to the twenty-seventh issue of Science in school

imageImage courtesy of EMBL Photolab

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

Purple fumes: the importance of iodine

By Frithjof C Küpper, Martin C Feiters, Berit Olofsson, Tatsuo Kaiho, Shozo Yanagida, Michael B Zimmermann, Lucy J Carpenter, George W Luther III, Zunli Lu, Mats Jonsson & Lars Kloo


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

Monastic medicine: medieval herbalism meets modern science

By Susan Watt and Eleanor Hayes


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

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