Catalyst Magazine

Catalyst Magazine is a science journal for young people aged 14-19 and their educators. It brings STEM subjects to life with insights into cutting-edge scientific research and industry R&D exploring the practical applications of complex science in the world around us. Catalyst magazine is a digital only magazine, each edition is accompanied by Learning Notes that expand upon some of the content, providing opportunities to continue exploring the science, the careers and real world context.  Recent editions can be found on its own website:




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When crops die

This Catalyst article looks at agricultural plants, that are prone to many diseases, and scientists who develop new techniques to fight these diseases.


Postgraduate life

This Catalyst article is about Emily Beardon, a postgraduate student. Here, she explains how she became a research student and describes a typical day in the lab.


Oklo: nature's nuclear reactor

This catalyst article looks at how scientists have analysed the isotopes of uranium in rocks in Gabon (W Africa) and shown that, for thousands of years in the distant past, a nuclear fission reaction occurred. 


Kidneys and genetic disease

This Catalyst article looks at kidneys and how they are vital organs so it is important to understand how genetic disorders may affect kidneys and develop treatments to overcome them.