Research Meets School

Teacher Training on the Supervision of Scientific Propaedeutical Student Papers and on Particle Physics

Together with the universities in Potsdam, Bochum, and Cologne, we offer free training and exchange opportunities for teachers. The online events aim to enable teachers to guide students as they write research papers/seminar papers and to facilitate the communication between the university and the teacher on a technical and educational level. The events feature different formats, while emphasizing the inclusion of the teachers’ school expertise so that their students will be even more prepared for scientific work at the university in the future. As part of the Dr. Hans Riegel Awards, the project is geared towards teachers who themselves also supervise research or seminar papers on a STEM subject. 

The training measures focus on the following areas:

•   Application of the knowledge about school performance based on the evaluation through the Dr. Hans Riegel Awards

•   Discussion of the expectations of new university students and required skills

•   Optimization of the learning units required to teach the scientific propaedeutical content

•   Early communication on excellent school performance and the corresponding university support programs

•   Insights into current university research for teachers

Information on partners and events:

Together with the Professional School of Education, the Academy of the Ruhr University Bochum (RUB) offers three online seminars through the RUB Teachers Academy. These seminars provide teachers in mathematical and natural science subjects with training and optimal preparation to support school students in writing papers in mathematics and physics class. The seminars address general and subject-specific aspects regarding the identification of the subject, scientific work and quality criteria, assistance during the writing process, and the development of a scientific writing style. The events are held from December to February 2021 in the afternoons in 150-minute units each. We start all events together using a multidisciplinary format before beginning with the subject-specific part (mathematics and physics respectively) after about an hour.

Once the current edition has been evaluated, the program is continued in the following school year.

You will find more information about the program here.

First steps in scientific work at school are challenging, even without school closures due to the pandemic. Which subject is suitable? What problem are the students interested in? What basics should students know about scientific writing, research, and general scientific work to be able to write their research papers?

The new free training series Science@School provides answers to these questions. The series is sponsored by the Dr. Hans Riegel Foundation and takes place as part of the school network in the ZfL Center for Teacher Education. It targets (trainee) teachers and teacher candidates in the STEM subjects on the secondary school level.

The event teaches the basics of scientific work at school in three short workshops, while also creating networking opportunities to exchange experiences and learn with and from each other.

Once the current edition has been evaluated, the program is continued in the following school year.

You will find more information about the program here.

The physics educationalist Marisa Pflägin offers multistage training courses on natural science propaedeutics for teachers from across Germany. We sponsor her doctoral thesis, which these events are part of.

The training addresses aspects about the natural sciences using examples from scientific research, linking them with the characteristics of scientific working, thinking, and writing as well as the communication of the "knowledge" project in the form of written scientific papers. A key part of the training is the development of in-depth knowledge based on authentic scientific seminar papers written by school students.

Learn more about the program here.

The Teacher Education Center of the University of Regensburg was also providing training for STEM teachers. This is currently on hold though due to the pandemic. We will publish any new offers as soon as they become available.



Particle physics is one of the most exciting fields in basic research. This is where the big questions are asked: What is the world made up of? What happened during the Big Bang? And in the process, new technologies are discovered almost as a side effect. To show students why this aspect of physics class could hardly barely be more exciting and relevant today, we cooperate with the Netzwerk Teilchenwelt, which is German for “world of particles network”.

Physics teachers can register for the multi-day trainings, and with a bit of luck they can even get to spend a week at CERN. In addition, we offer multipliers the opportunity to take part in a nationwide seminar where educational concepts can be shared and discussed.

Learn more about this training series on the pages of Netzwerk Teilchenwelt.