Lab in a Lorry was co-founded by the Institute of Physics and the Schlumberger Foundation in 2004. The programme was developed to help address concerns about the long-term supply of scientists and engineers in the UK & Ireland, and to increase the public’s support for, and engagement with, science.  The Lab in a Lorry programme has benefitted from a variety of partnerships and operates regionally based on the available funding.

To find out more about the partnership opportunities available with Lab in a Lorry and how the programme could benefit your company and fit with your corporate social responsibility strategy look at  Become a Partner.

Lab in a Lorry in Wales is a partnership between the Institute of Physics and the Welsh Government (National Science Academy).

Lab in a Lorry in Yorkshire, Herefordshire & Worcestershire is a partnership between the Institute of Physics and Kingspan Insulation.

Lab in a Lorry in East Anglia is a partnership between the Institute of Physics, The Vinten Trust and the Schlumberger Foundation.

The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. We are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application. We engage with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, we are world leaders in professional scientific communications.

In September 2013, we launched our first fundraising campaign. Our campaign, Opportunity Physics, offers you the chance to support the work that we do.

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The National Science Academy (NSA) was established in 2010 by Welsh Ministers to promote and deliver the take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at all levels to ensure Wales has a continuous pipeline of people graduating from colleges and universities with STEM-related qualifications and skills.



STEMNET aims to ensure that more young people in the UK make a choice to enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related careers at all levels, and future generations are properly informed about the science and technology that surrounds them.



Kingspan Insulation Ltd. is a market leading manufacturer of optimum performance vacuum insulated panels and premium and high performance rigid insulation products and insulated systems for building fabric and building services applications. The firm has been based in Pembridge, Herefordshire since 1986 and takes an active role in supporting the local community through a range of measures including its charitable trust, the Kingspan Insulation Community Trust.

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The William and Ellen Vinten Trust pursues initiatives which increase school and college students’ interest in science and technology subjects in the Bury St Edmunds area. The goal is to increase the numbers of students who might consider careers in the engineering disciplines and to improve their levels of attainment.