June 29- July 9, 2023
Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyz Republic

What is IRS?
For School Students
Get inspired to do science and work in an international team
For Delegation Leaders
Make new professional contacts and exchange experience with colleagues from all parts of the world
For Tutors
Master research oriented teaching methods and get experience in working with a multicultural group of students

The International Research School (IRS) is an international scientific and educational project for everyone who is interested to discover the world around and the people who live in it.
The IRS aims to promote global understanding between representatives of different countries and cultures through joint research and creative activities.
Senior school students from around the world gather together for several days to participate in express projects in natural sciences and humanities under the guidance and supervision of young scientists from Russia and abroad.

For only 10 days, the projects pass all their stages: a hypothesis, setting the goals and objectives of the experiment, data collection and processing, presentation of the results to colleagues and experts. In addition IRS offers lots of interactive trainings, games, workshops, concerts, tours and sports events.

Delegation leaders exchange their experience in doing science with children at the workshop organized as part of the IRS.
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IRS Projects
An IRS project Is a scientific work in a certain field, which can be implemented by a group of students within the framework of the IRS. Express projects can be of the "research" or "project" types.

The subject of the express project and its preliminary plan are developed by tutors - young scientists from all over the world.

The IRS participants, who choose the area of science they want to specialize in beforehand, are introduced into the subject of the project at the beginning of the event. Joined together into international teams they conduct a real joint research project from setting the goals to obtaining the results, which are presented to a committee of experts at the end of the IRS.
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IRS Tutors
Tutor is a supervisor of a research project group that implements an express research project at the IRS.

Traditionally, each IRS project has two tutors. At least one of them is the author of the idea and the plan for its implementation. We also have assistant tutors, who, being experts in the same or a close scientific field, accompany the work of the students during the IRS. Sometimes, both tutors can be the leaders of the group's work, if they have planned and scheduled the work together.

What we appreciate in tutors is communicative skills, ability to unite people into a team, attentiveness and respect for children and good English.

We are interested to have an international or, at least, interregional tandems of tutors in every project group.

The work of tutors is accompanied by an experienced team of methodologists and expert tutors of the IRS. Any methodological and pedagogical questions or difficulties that the tutors have in the course of the projects are discussed and resolved in the format of individual and general consultations.
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The International Research School has been held since 2008.
For the years of its history the IRS has had participants from Russia, Columbia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, Slovenia, Turkey, Thailand and other countries.

Our tutors work in universities and research laboratories in Russia, Belarus, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Canada,Croatia, Denmark, Great Britain, Belgium, Greece, France, Mexico, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine and USA.

Popular scientific lectures and workshops for the participants are given by researchers from the leading Russian universities and scientific centers.

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projects in 50 fields of science have been successfully completed
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Concept and History of the IRS
The International Research School (IRS) is a project initiated by the All-Russian Movement of Creative Teachers "Researcher" for high school students who are interested in science and technology. The IRS was founded by the chairman of the movement - Alexander Leontovich, who was also with Ksenia Salnikova and Alexey Obukhov one of the authors of its idea and program.

The main goal of the IRS is to create an exciting and stimulating multicultural environment that motivates youth for research and scientific creativity. The team had the idea of creating the International Research School after participating in several international exhibitions of youth's scientific and technical creativity - MILSET Expo-Sciences. The main feature of MILSET exhibitions is that, as distinct from many other international events for youth, they are not competitive but rather based on the principles of cooperation and mutual interest. The atmosphere at the Expo-Sciences exhibitions attracted us so much that we wanted to transfer it to Russia by creating our own international educational event for children.

Alexander Leontovich, IRS founder
When we were developing the IRS concept, it was important for us not only to create an environment that would motivate schoolchildren for cooperation and mutual interest, but also to involve them in real joint research activity.
This determined the main form of work - a group research project: while working on it, the participants get to know each other, learn to understand each other and work together. In addition, we developed the IRS program in such a way that it took up the entire active time of the participants throughout the 10 days of the project and provided the maximum number of intersections and mutual contacts between the participants working on different projects. Time at the IRS is not divided into "work" and "rest": scientific research, educational and leisure activities constitute a single meaningful complex, all parts of which carry their own meaning and are closely related to each other.
The present-day IRS program was not formed immediately, though. We analyzed and summarized the experience of each IRS, starting from the first one, which passed successfully in 2008. Totally, 11 International Research Schools have been held so far - eight in the Moscow Region (2008-2014, 2016), one in the Kaliningrad Region (2015), two in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) (2017, 2018, 2022) and one in Kaluga region (2019), Online (2021)
Next year, the IRS will be held in Kyrgyz Republic.
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