Issue 34


Editorial issue 34

Ahead of the traditional New Year resolutions, Science in School has changed its look.

News from the EIROs

Space, student visits and new science

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


Learning from laughter

Neuroscientist and stand-up comic Sophie Scott explains the complexity and social importance of laughter.

Planetary energy budgets

Understanding Earth’s climate system can teach us about other planets.

A safari in your mouth’s microbial jungle

A citizen science project travelled over 7000 km to explore the microbial population in students’ mouths.

How neuroscience is helping us to understand attention and memory

How electrodes placed directly in the brain are teaching us about learning.

e-only   Infecting climate change

Viruses help carbon sink deep down in the oceans.

e-only   Unexpected climate change

Reporting from the COP21 conference in Paris, we ask why ‘global warming’ can actually make the weather colder.


Space for all the sciences: the ESA teachers workshop

In July 2015, 120 teachers from around Europe converged at ESA to learn how to use space as a context for broader teaching.

The mathematician who became a biologist

Theodore Alexandrov is taking what he learned from working on the economy and applying it to the chemicals on our skin.

Teacher on the high seas

Educator, student and Arctic explorer combined – Giulia Realdon can’t think of a better job than being a science teacher.


Microplastics: small but deadly

Try these hands-on activities to introduce your students to microplastics – a hazard for fish and other marine animals – and to our responsibilities to our environment.

High flyers: thinking like an engineer

Designing a glider wing helps students understand forces and what it means to be an engineer.

Experimenting with storytelling

Folktales can be a great way to introduce hands-on science into the primary-school classroom.

Doing is understanding: science fun in India

School children in India built their own digital microscope, bent light and investigated gas laws. Find out how.


Published and funded by EIROforum