Education and Research

The Right Chemistry

Some children start learning other languages as early as pre-school – because the earlier their talents are encouraged, the better. Bayer too has embraced this basic principle, and promotes science in schools. Some of our numerous projects around the world have since won awards and taken on model character.

At Bayer, the sponsorship of school education in Germany is based on three pillars. The Bayer Foundation's school support program specifically assists schools near the company’s German sites in their efforts to make instruction in science and technology more attractive through innovative projects. The BayLabs student laboratories enable school students to independently conduct exciting experiments in the areas of health, plants and the environment under professional supervision and thus gain hands-on experience of practical science. As well as organizing its own technology competition for schools, Bayer has also been a partner for many years to the student research competitions “Jugend forscht”, the International Biology Olympiad and the International Chemistry Olympiad in North-Rhine Westphalia.

An international initiative for the sponsorship of school education is the “Making Science Make Sense” program, which was introduced in the United States in 1995. 1,200 Bayer employees now visit schools regularly on a volunteer basis to demonstrate to the children just how exciting natural sciences can be. Because of its tremendous success in the United States, similar projects have been introduced in Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Japan, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey and the United Kingdom.



Bayer has established four so-called “Baylabs” at various locations in Germany. These are laboratories in which school students have the opportunity to learn about chemistry and biology with practical and professionally prepared experiments and learning programs. Since the establishment of the first Baylab, the Baylab health in Wuppertal, Germany, in 1998, more than 51,100 schoolchildren have made use of these facilities.
In Baylab health, the young children can get to the bottom of natural science phenomena themselves. They carry out experiments with materials they know from everyday life: The youngest work with red cabbage juice and felt pens, while the junior high pupils perform tests with coffee and spices, for example. In the last two grades at school, the children carry out such experiments as isolating the genetic matter from an onion.  

The training facilities at Baylab plants in Monheim, Germany are targeted at schoolchildren between the age of 14 and 18, and are oriented to the curricula for biology and chemistry. In various experiments with agricultural crops such as rice and canola, the children get to see the natural sciences from a new and exciting angle.

Another Baylab has been set up at Bayer’s Communication Center (BayKomm) in Leverkusen. Here, the curriculum focuses on the subjects of Vitamin C, nanotechnology and biotechnology – elementary school children, for example, experiment with fruit and vegetables and determine the Vitamin C content. 5th and 6th graders gain insight into the latest research technologies – they consider the make-up of nanoparticles and the lotus effect and produce their own artificial nano-layers.
For high school students, the focus is on the subjects of genetic makeup and health – they look into the origin and diagnosis of hereditary diseases and practice doing precision work (pipetting using micropipettes, measurement, weighing, recording) and evaluating test results scientifically.
A detailed overview of all the projects carried out at the different Baylabs can be found here

Bayer Science
and Education

The Bayer Science & Education Foundation founded in 2007 promotes science and education. The spectrum of sponsored activities ranges from support for school projects through scholarships for schoolchildren and students to honors for talented young scientists in the early stage of their academic career and renowned scientists. The foundation focuses on natural science, technology and medicine.

As part of its school support program the foundation provides annual project-related funding of up to EUR 500,000 to schools in the communities surrounding Bayer sites. The focus is particularly on supporting projects which make scientific and technical instruction better and more innovative and attractive through additional course offerings.

The Bayer Fellowship Program provides scholarships that enable scientifically ambitious young students and schoolchildren to realize special study plans abroad.


The International Chemistry Olympiad

At the International Chemistry Olympiad school students can measure their skills in solving theoretical and experimental problems the field of chemistry. This student competition is financed every year at a national level by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and organized by the Institute for Science and Mathematics Education at the University of Kiel. The Bayer Science & Education Foundation supports talented young students and offers them the chance to take part in a preparatory seminar before the event.

The International Biology Olympiad

The International Biology Olympiad supports talented school students who are interested in biological and ecological problems and issues. This international competition is funded in Germany by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). As a longstanding partner, Bayer has supported this international competition for many years.

The well-known “Jugend forscht” (in German) research competition for school students aims to reward special accomplishments and talents in the fields of natural sciences, math and technology. Since it was founded in 1965, Bayer has supported the competition as a partner company and also organizes the competition for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The winners of the state competition then qualify for the large Germany-wide final that is held every year in May.

Making Science
Make Sense

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The Making Science Make Sense program provides school students with an insight into everyday natural science phenomena with the help of all kinds of fascinating experiments. Since 1995 volunteer Bayer employees to visit the schools, armed with hands-on science. These are experiments that the schoolchildren can carry out themselves.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Making Science Make Sense, Bayer is launching a campaign and everyone can participate. more

Last updated: September 29, 2015 Copyright © Bayer AG