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Centers and Large Facilities - Education and Outreach

Project Name: Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)

Location: 1200 New York Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005

Contact information: John Taber,, 202-682-2220


Main Project description/purpose

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology is a university research consortium dedicated to exploring the Earth's interior through the collection and distribution of seismographic data.  IRIS programs contribute to scholarly research, education, earthquake hazard mitigation, and the verification of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.  Support for IRIS comes from the National Science Foundation, other federal agencies, universities, and private foundations.

Education and Outreach Mission and Goals

The IRIS Education and Outreach program is committed to using seismology and the unique resources of the IRIS Consortium to make significant and lasting contributions to science education, science literacy and the general public’s understanding of the Earth.
1. Serve the IRIS community and recognize the research and education achievements of IRIS seismologists
2. Increase society's understanding and appreciation of seismology
3. Increase the quality of seismology education
4. Encourage and support the development and global participation of a diverse Earth science workforce.

Primary Audience(s) served (i.e., high school teachers, college students, etc.)

General public, grade 5-12 students and educators, undergraduate students and instructors.