Baylab in the UK
Bayer opened its first Baylab in the UK back in March 2017. Based in the beautiful waterside setting of Green Park, Reading, this free laboratory for schools offers state of the art equipment, intriguing experiments, and the chance to use innovative ideas to solve tasks and develop solutions. Covering key stages 2-5, it complements what the students learn at school and enables them to make their own unique discoveries.
The lab itself is one of 15 Baylab’s around the world, more information on our other labs can be found here www.baylab.bayer.com
Why do we need Baylabs?
Sound scientific expertise is essential for meeting the challenges of the future. That is why Bayer is passionate about wakening an interest in science among young people at an early age and encouraging their development. Having spoken to hundreds of teachers in the UK, they all say that they would like more time and facilities available to spend on practical science to allow them to take science away from the ‘too difficult’ category and boost the confidence of pupils through real hands on experience.
The Baylab Manager: Emma Schierbaum
Emma set up and launched the Baylab back in March 2017. She previously worked as the head of science at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar Junior School in Wakefield and in the wider secondary sector teaching science and chemistry to A level students. A biochemistry graduate from the University of York, she has also worked for multinational chemical company, Croda Chemicals, in Doncaster.
Baylab and the Royal Institution
As well as offering tried and tested workshops from wider Bayer labs, the UK experiments are tailored to the National Curriculum and teamed up with the Royal Institution (RI) to add the RI’s most popular workshops to the Baylab experience. An independent charity which encourages people to think more deeply about science, since 2009 the RI has run an extremely successful L’Oreal Young Scientist Center (YSC) laboratory in London and more recently a second YSC has opened in Preston. For further information on their lab please go to
Baylab experiments have been developed to support teachers with delivering the national curriculum and fill the ‘hands-on’ science gap that many teachers experience due to time and cost constraints. Baylab’s professional scientists guide young minds through state-of-the-art experiments which will see them get hands-on to extract their own DNA for a truly one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery, characterise the proteins of an enzyme and even try their hand as a formulation scientist. There are also plans to help teachers with their continuing professional development through workshops and resources.
Why not take a look at some of our feedback from teachers and pupils who have attended so far
Quotes from students
“A practical day helping to put into practice what I've learnt as part of my a-level course”
Student, Holyport college
“A great insight into science that’s hard to understand/visualise without seeing it in person”
Student, Aylsebury College
“THE BEST DAY OF SCIENCE EVER”
Student, Great Bedwyn
“I had a great day at Baylab and learnt a lot and I would definitely like to come back again”
Student, Pangbourne college
“My best school trip yet”
Student, St Nicholas primary school