IST for Kids

Science Education at IST Austria

IST for Kids & Science Education

We want to grow the fascination for science in society and inspire children to become the researchers of tomorrow. To this end, IST Austria hosts a range of outreach events and summer camps, and continually develops Science Education activities and resources for children of all ages and educators.

On this site:

Virus Alert in Stayhompton

„Virus alert in Stayhompton“ is an educational board game for players from 12 years of age developed in collaboration with IST Austria scientists. It is freely available as a download in English and German and via mail (German only) here.

Pop-up Science

Discover our online DIY science program for kids aged 7-12 years! Find ideas for DIY experiments, interviews with researchers, and more on the Pop-up Science page (mostly German).

Don’t miss out on the three episodes of Supergscheit!, the crazy experiments show (English subtitles available).

Open Campus

Every year in spring, IST Austria celebrates ist birthday with Open Campus, a big family science party. During the 2020 pandemic, Open Campus moved online. We hope to be back on site for Open Campus 2021 on September 19, with guided tours through our labs and a diverse program. Fun with science in a relaxed atmosphere guaranteed! Check out the Open Campus Webpage.

Science Camps for Kids and Teens

Sommercampus Kids

Discover the world of science and arts! In Sommercampus for primary school children (16-20 August) you are taking the first steps into research. You can choose between five different one-week classes: biology, physics, Informatics, Arts and Culture.

At the end of the week you will present your research results in a science exhibition and you will get your diploma.

Registration and more information (German)

NEW: Sommercampus Juniors

You are in a middle school (Mittelschule) or in the first cycle of a general higher school (AHS) and you are fascinated by science?  In the three days Sommercampus Juniors (17-19 August) you will be experimenting on exciting topics. You will be getting to know the researchers and their work and understand how an modern resarch institute works.

Registration and more information (German)

NEW: Fakebusters Bootcamp

“Flatearthers”, “Anti-Vaxxers”, “climate change deniers” – conspiracy theories and their fans have different names. You only have to quickly search the internet to get information that appears to be scientific, but they are actually nothing but myths.

In the Fakebusters Bootcamp for the upper high school cycle, you are learning from scientists how to tell the difference between scientific information and fake news. You will work in teams and develop experiments to bust more or less famous misbelieves.  Register now for the three days camp taking place 23.-25. August 2021!

Registration and more information (German)

For Schools and Educators

Science Education Day

The Institute’s Science Education Day is an annual event for teachers, scientists and all those interested in communicating science. The 2021 edition of the Science Education Day took place on March 24 online (in German).

IST Austria School competition

Creating the future“ („Zukunft gestalten”) is the motto of this year’s IST Austria school competition. Please find more information here (German only).

Zoom a Scientist

Meet IST Austria scientists online.

Check out this program for school classes on the “Zoom a Scientist” page.

School visits

We can’t wait to welcome school classes back on our campus. If you are interested in doing a science project with your school class with us, don’t hesitate to get in touch already now. We work with school classes of all ages and school types, also during the pandemic! Looking forward to hearing from you at

Educational Resources

Distance-Learning Course: Selected topics in Evolutionary Biology (STEB) (English)

Teaching material: Evolutionary activities (English)


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