RSC Materials Chemistry Division Strategy for the period 2009-2014


Materials Chemistry Division Strategy aims to promote Materials Chemistry as a key area that underpins many fundamental aspects of science and technology (e.g. nanotechnology, energy generation and storage, etc.). 

It also seeks to be the key body within the RSC relating to all aspects of Materials Chemistry. To this end, it aims to support and develop overall RSC strategy as follows:

The purpose of the Materials Chemistry Division is to:

  • Be supportive of and responsive to the needs of the membership
  • Set, drive and deliver the strategy for materials chemistry within the RSC
  • Increase our influence in key decision making bodies, relating to materials chemistry issues
  • Help the RSC to broaden its science base e.g. publishing products, policy work
  • Foster the study and teaching of interdisciplinary sciences and emphasise the importance of the chemical sciences in inter- and multi-disciplinary research
  • Improve our channels of communication by liaising with specialist interest groups in related materials chemistry areas
  • Pursue activities in partnership with other organisations e.g., funding bodies, medical charities, government, Members of Parliament, the media, other biological learned societies, and universities

This will be carried out by working with Materials Chemistry Division members, RSC Interest Groups, other parts of the RSC and external bodies as appropriate.

The RSC strategic priorities are:

  • Enhancing international influence and impact with industry, academia and policy makers
  • Pursuing opportunity for growth through collaboration, partnership and acquisition
  • Achieving high impact publishing through sustainability and growth
  • Ensuring people are equipped to practise chemistry competently
  • Raising awareness and understanding of the role and value of the chemical sciences
  • Setting the scientific agenda and directions for business, academia and policy makers