As a research-based company, we depend heavily on recruiting well trained scientists and on society’s acceptance of technology. As education is a vital factor in achieving sustainable prosperity, furthermore, Bayer places tremendous emphasis on supporting education and research within its social environment. Here we focus mainly on the fields of science, technology and medicine, as well as environmental protection.
“Jugend forscht” (the website is in German) is Germany’s best-known youth competition in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering. The aim of the joint project sponsored by the German Federal Government, stern magazine, businesses and schools is to pique interest in these fields, foster particularly talented youths and support them in their academic and career choices. Bayer has been a corporate sponsor of “Jugend forscht” since 1966. As an inventor company, Bayer aims to support talented youths in the natural sciences and engineering, and each year hosts the state competition for participants from North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW). In 2013, the national competition will also be held at Bayer at the BayKomm Communication Center in Leverkusen. The company’s involvement in the competition is now something of a tradition and also an important investment in the future – including for Bayer.
Bayer has awarded a special prize in either biology or chemistry at the NRW competition since 2010. The winners of the Bayer prize will receive the opportunity to serve a two-week internship on the topic “From synthesis to biological effect: Initial insights into the world of medicinal chemistry” at the research labs of Bayer HealthCare in Wuppertal.