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.
Fundamental and industrial research represents an investment in future development and value creation. The Bayer Science & Education Foundation therefore honors outstanding research achievements with scientific awards. The funding programs cover the entire scientific training and career path of young people. In 2012 the foundation approved sponsorship money totaling some €1.6 million for school students and school projects, trainees, university students, young scientists and leading researchers. Through our scholarship programs, we pledged some €240,000 to 56 recipients for the implementation of projects abroad.
We teach scientific education and knowledge through hands-on experiments in our Bayer laboratories for school students (BayLabs). In addition, the Making Science Make Sense (MSMS) educational initiative, which was founded in the United States, was once again implemented in 14 countries on four continents around the world in 2012.