The history of Baylab begins in Wuppertal, Germany in 1998. The goal was clear at the start of the initiative: to let the young generation participate in the best possible way, what Bayer research is all about. The programs were soon extended to wider age groups and further topics. In Wuppertal, for example, a range of chemical and molecular biology topics are on the agenda, from basic chromatography to DNA analysis.
Since then, four more Baylabs have been opened in Germany. In Berlin, where the second Baylab opened ten years later, young researchers are working on basic natural science and chemistry topics. One year later, in 2009, the first "green" Baylab opened: since then, young researchers have been able to conduct plant research at Bayer Monheim, a research campus of the Bayer Crop Science Division. The fourth location in Germany is Leverkusen – the Baylab opened here in 2010. It offers young scientists a broad spectrum of topics – from plant research to the latest approaches in medicine. The Baylabs success story continues in Bergkamen, Bayer AG's largest site for the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients. The long-standing tradition of inviting schoolchildren to the production site is being expanded with the introduction of Baylab 2018, which adds interesting items to the program.