About the Royal Society of Chemistry

We are a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world

Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste.

Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives.

Collaboration is essential. We connect scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.

We publish new research. We develop, recognise and celebrate professional capabilities. We bring people together to spark new ideas and new partnerships. We support teachers to inspire future generations of scientists. And we speak up to influence the people making decisions that affect us all.

We are a catalyst for the chemistry that enriches our world.


Our Royal Charter, originally granted in 1848 and updated to match our growth, is at the core of how we advance excellence in the chemical sciences. It states our fundamental aims and objectives, and codifies how we are governed.


We are proud of our heritage, upon which we build our ambitious future. Read about our 175 years of history and see how we became the world’s leading chemistry community.


Find out about our strategic priorities as an organisation and how we can best use our talents and resources to achieve our mission: by connecting people with the chemical sciences through knowledge, skills and community.

Structure & governance

Find out more about our structure and governance, including our Council, Boards, Committees and Divisions.

Work for us

Find out more about becoming an employee of the Royal Society of Chemistry.


We form strategic partnerships with organisations who share our goals to deliver educational activities, scientific policy and international development.

Corporate documents

We report on our successes to various bodies, including our members and the Charity Commission, by producing summary reports of our strategies, activities and impacts.

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