About the L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre

The L'Oréal Young Scientist Centre (LYSC) is an imaginative laboratory space for young people and their teachers to experiment and explore science and technology outside the classroom.

  • Credit: Royal Institution

In the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre workshops, students become a scientist for the day, testing their own ideas by designing creative experiments. The whole experience ignites a passion for scientific discovery and encourages curiosity-driven learning.

A creative experimental space

Students can enjoy an environment in the LYSC that will not constrain them to producing the ‘right' results in a fixed period of time, as they often must do within the boundaries of the school curriculum. Instead they'll be able to be creative and to experiment in response to their observations, just as professional research scientists do.

And just as in the best research laboratories, students have access to advanced technology and experiments outside the remit of the normal school curriculum.

Bespoke programmes

The LYSC offers half and full day workshops for students aged seven to 18, covering all biology, chemistry, physics and engineering. The LYSC team is available to tailor the programmes to suit the level and ability of your students. 

Sessions are offered primarily to school groups of up to 30 students (from Key Stage Two onwards), and to home education groups. There are also various workshops available in the school holidays.

We're pleased to cater for special needs children and those with physical disabilities.

The whole LYSC experience will be able to be fed back into lesson plans, shared with other teachers and of course will make explicit all relevant curriculum links.


  • It was extremely fun and it made me respect science even more

    Che, 11 - LYSC programme feedback

  • The visit was invaluable...they learned much about the scientific method and were fully engaged throughout the day

    Andrew Hart – Secondary school teacher

  • The best part was working in a team and the practical side of trying out ideas

    Jennifer, 18 - LYSC programme feedback

Our ethos

William Lawrence Bragg, the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner and former Director of the Ri's Laboratory, on setting up the schools lecture programme at the Ri in 1956 said 'don't just tell them about science, show them'.

Dave Porter explains more:

"As the first Manager of the LYSC my unofficial mantra is 'don't just show them demonstrations, let them experiment themselves.'

"It is really important that when students leave the centre they feel as if they have been trusted to make their own decisions, look after their own equipment and been heavily involved in guiding the course of their work. This is as true for younger visitors, who investigate acids and alkalis and solids and liquids whilst making bath bombs and lip balms, as it is for the post 16 students who analyse their own genotype with advanced molecular biological techniques."


For more details and to discuss your bespoke programme contact David Porter on 020 7670 2954 or ysc@ri.ac.uk

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