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.

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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.


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.


  • 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'.


For more details and to discuss your programme contact the LYSC team on ysc@ri.ac.uk.

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