INQUIRE is reinvigorating inquiry-based science education

INQUIRE is helping to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education throughout Europe. Run by botanic gardens in 11 countries, INQUIRE teacher training courses are demonstrating how IBSE can inspire students in science and help address biodiversity and climate change.

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Coimbra Team published on 5th World Conference on Educational Sciences

21/04/14 | Coimbra

Coimbra Team published on 5th World Conference on Educational Sciences

Coimbra team is glad to announce that their participation on the “5th World Conference on Educational Sciences - 2013” with the title "Inquire at Coimbra botanic garden: Products and process of an IBSE educative project " has been published online as Volume 116 of Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences on ScienceDirect.

INQUIRE Conference Proceedings now available online

19/03/14 | London

INQUIRE Conference Proceedings now available online

The proceedings from the INQUIRE Conference held at RBG Kew in July 2013 are now available to download.

New lesson about plants and their pollinators from the University of Lisbon.

05/02/14 | London

New lesson about plants and their pollinators from the University of Lisbon.

This game aims to actively engage whole families with plant science, through inquiry, during their visit the botanic garden.

New lesson to teach young people about fruits and their origins from the University of Oslo.

30/01/14 | London

New lesson to teach young people about fruits and their origins from the University of Oslo.

During this lesson, children will get to grips with fruits and vegetables and where they come from, through a range of activities from discussions to planting their own mini glasshouse.

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16/10/13 | London

Climate change is happening- The IPCC’s fifth report

IPCC report published in September reveals that, due to human activity, average global temperatures are at their highest for 1400 years. It is already affecting the planet and it's only going to get worse. With the report suffering backlash from still unconvinced critics, how are the public to know what to believe?

14/10/13 | London

Stop Global Food Waste

Up to 2bn tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted every year, resulting in the loss of land, water and energy. In Europe, better farming practices and transport, storage and processing facilities means that a larger proportion of food produced reaches our market. Why then do we waste it through retail and customer behaviour?

27/09/13 | Moscow

From drawing of plants to plant systematics

We would like to present our experience, which may be interesting to teachers not only in secondary education, but also in primary schools. During three months we conducted a natural science study group for schoolchildren 10-11 years in Moscow school No 57. The students in the group compiled plant determinants...

19/09/13 | Bremen, Germany

Project "Wild plant-protection Germany"

15 wild plant species are endangered in Germany. This species include arnica (Arnica montana), dune gentian (Gentianella uliginosa) and marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). Aim of the project is to build up a national network for protecting endangered wild plants in Germany to provide a long-term survivable population of these species.

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I am looking forward to learning to use IBSE in the classroom. Juliet Smith, teacher of KS2, London

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The INQUIRE Conference was held at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in July of last year. The Conference Proceedings contain papers, posters and workshops which summarise, explain and discuss many aspects of the project.

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