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Policy Reports and Responses


The RSC has a well established and widespread policy programme which is constantly growing and moving forward to keep you informed and up to date on current scientific and education issues.

See the complete list of RSC policy documents and reports by date, use the links if you're interested in a specific area, or check out our brand new 'Science Writing for Policy and Political Engagement' course.


Science Writing for Policy and Political Engagement

Science Writing for Policy and Political Engagement

The RSC has put together a short document for anyone interested in science policy explaining when scientists can get involved in the policymaking process, and how to communicate wh...


Complete List

Human Health Policy

A list of RSC policy documents and reports relevant to the Human Health roadmap area

Resource Efficiency Policy

A list of RSC policy documents and reports relevant to the Resource Efficiency roadmap area

Sustainable Energy Policy

A list of RSC policy documents and reports relevant to the Sustainable Energy roadmap area

Environment Health & Safety Committee

RSC focus for professional and policy aspects of the environment, health and safety

Industry and Innovation

Policy, reports and consultations on innovation, technology and small companies

Education Policy

Find out how the RSC seeks to influence education policy within the UK as the professional body for chemistry and as part of SCORE.

Diversity Policy

Projects looking at the representation of women and ethnic groups in chemistry


2013

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A Healthier Scotland - Consultation on Creating a New Food Body

03 September 2013

The RSC responded to the Scottish Government's consultation into the creation of a New Food Body (NFB) for Scotland.



The Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU

The Balance of Competences between the UK and the EU in Research and Development

06 August 2013

RSC response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills consultation into the balance of competences between the UK and the EU in research and development



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House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into scientific infrastructure

16 July 2013

RSC response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into scientific infrastructure.



ESPRC

EPSRC Strategic Advisory Routes Consultation

12 July 2013

The RSC has responded to the EPSRC's review of the methods it uses to consult the chemistry community and how such consultations become EPSRC strategic policy



Medicinal Chemistry

Chemistry skills for drug discovery

11 April 2013

An RSC position paper describing the changes that have taken place in the drug discovery sector and the challenges this presents



Future of Farming

Future of Farming

05 April 2013

RSC Response to the Department for Food and Rural Environment call for views on the Future of Farming review



Water Quality

Water Quality

08 February 2013

RSC Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Water Quality


2012

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PACN Roundtable Discussion on Increasing Africa's Agricultural Productivity

28 November 2012

A summary of a discussion meeting held in Addis Ababa on how best to implement the recommendations of the report Increasing Africa's Agricultural Productivity



RSC response to the BIS Consultation on Shaping a UK Agri-Tech Strategy

Shaping a UK Agri-Tech Strategy

22 November 2012

RSC Response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Consultation on Shaping a UK Agri-Tech Strategy



Securing Soils for Sustainable Agriculture

Securing Soils for Sustainable Agriculture

02 October 2012

This report examines the current state of UK soil science and makes recommendations on how to ensure science supports future soil management.



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Increasing Africa's Agricultural Productivity

18 September 2012

This report summarises the conclusions and recommendations emerging from the '1st PACN Congress on Agricultural Productivity' in 2011



Nuclear Energy

Chemistry in Nuclear Research and Development

12 September 2012

The RSC's position statement upon the importance of chemistry in research and development for nuclear energy and waste management



ESPRC

EPSRC Centres of Doctoral Training

30 August 2012

RSC position upon the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's Centres of Doctoral Training



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Options for developing a 'roadmap' of energy research, skills and training needs

01 July 2012

RSC submission to the consultation by Research Councils UK Energy Programme Fellowship team



RSC response to the EC Consultation on policy options to safeguard Europe

Policy Options for the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's waters

06 June 2012

RSC Response to the EC Consultation on policy options for the Blueprint to Safeguard Europe's waters



House of Lords - HE in STEM

Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects

10 May 2012

The RSC response to the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee's Inquiry into Higher Education in STEM subjects



RCUK

RSC Response to the RCUK Capital Investment Roadmap Consultation

04 May 2012

The Royal Society of Chemistry responds to the RCUK consultation on their Capital Investment Roadmap.



RSC response to the Northern Ireland Programme for Government 2011-2015

Northern Ireland Programme for Government 2011-2015

24 February 2012

RSC Response to the Northern Ireland Executive's Consultation on their Programme for Government 2011-2015



Earth from Space

Solar Fuels

The RSC releases its first report on solar fuels and their potential environmental and economic benefits.


2011

Science and International Development

Science and International Development

16 December 2011

RSC response to the Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Science and International Development



Role and function of departmental CSAs

Role and Function of departmental Chief Scientific Advisors

20 November 2011

RSC Response to House of Lord's Inquiry into Role and Function of departmental Chief Scientific Advisors



EPSRC Shaping Capability

EPSRC Shaping Capability

17 October 2011

RSC Response to EPSRC Shaping Capability Programme stressing the importance of working closely with the chemistry community to maintain excellence



STFC Advisory Panels

RSC submission to STFC Consultation on Advisory Panels

14 October 2011

RSC Submission to STFC consultation on Advisory Panels



Lifting Barriers to Women in STEM-A stratedgy for Scotland

Consultation on Lifting Barriers to Women in STEM: A Strategy for Scotland

20 September 2011

A response to the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Consultation on lifting barriers to women working in STEM careers.



RSC initiatives improve access to professional careers in the chemial sciences

RSC Initiatives Improve access to Professional Careers in the Chemical Sciences

21 July 2011

RSC respond to letter from Alan Milburn on RSC initiatives that improve access to professional careers in the chemical sciences



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Healthcare Innovation in the UK

21 June 2011

An RSC position statement on the current state of the pharmaceutical industry and recommendations for the future of the sector



EU Green Paper

European Commission Green Paper

20 May 2011

RSC response to the EC Green Paper on a Common Strategic Framework for Future EU Research and Innovation Funding



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Wealth Not Waste: Green Science and Engineering for Sustainable growth in Africa

05 May 2011 - This unique report summarises the conclusions and recommendations emerging from the PACN Green Chemistry Conference in 2010



Nuclear Energy

Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities

28 April 2011

RSC Response to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities



Mapping the Future - RSC IoP

Mapping the Future: Physics and Chemistry Postdoctoral Researchers' Experiences and Career Intentions

12 April 2011

A joint report from the IOP and the RSC surveying the different experiences and career intentions of postdoctoral researchers in physics and chemistry



Peer Review

Peer Review

10 March 2011

RSC response to the Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Peer Review



Forensic Science Service

RSC response to the House of Commons inquiry into the closure of the Forensic Science Service

14 February 2011

RSC response to the House of Commons inquiry into the closure of the Forensic Science Service



RSC comment on the preliminary proposals for the review of the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1990

RSC comments on the preliminary proposals for the review of the Food Safety (Sampling and Qualifications) Regulations 1990


2010

Landfill

RSC response to the Select Committees Enquiry on strategically important metals

22 December 2010

The importance of recycling and reducing dependence on important metals



EU Framework Programme

EU Framework Programme

24 December 2010

RSC response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills Consultation into the EU Framework Programme



COPSAC

Code of Practise for Scientific Advisory Committees

10 December 2010

RSC response to the Government Chief Scientific Adviser's consultation on the Code of Practice for Scientific Advisory Committees (COPSAC)



TICs

Technology Innovation Centres

02 December 2010

RSC response to the Science and Technology Select Committee Inquiry into Technology Innovation Centres



Richard Pike, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Comprehensive Spending Review

05 October 2010

RSC submission to the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review, calling for the government to make investing in the science base a high priority



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The Economic Benefits of Chemistry Research to the UK

28 September 2010

One in every five pounds in the UK economy is dependent on developments in chemistry research. Industries reliant on chemistry contributed an astonishing 258 billion to the UK ec...



ScotCHEM

Evaluation of the ScotCHEM research pooling exercise

24 September 2010

RSC response to the Scottish Funding Council's (SFC) evaluation of the ScotCHEM research pooling exercise



Emergencies

Scientific Advice and Evidence in Emergencies

14 September 2010

RSC response to the Science and Technology Select Committee's inquiry into Scientific Advice and Evidence in Emergencies



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Consultation on the 1 billion Regional Growth Fund

06 September 2010

A response to the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills' consultation on the Regional Growth Fund.



Fundamental Research

The Importance of Long Term Investment in Fundamental Research

10 July 2010

An RSC position statement on the importance of long term investment in fundamental research



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The Finances of Chemistry and Physics Departments in UK Universities

24 June 2010

A follow-up study commissioned by the RSC and IOP to assess the impact of funding changes



low carbon skills

Meeting the Low Carbon Skills Challenge

23 June 2010

RSC response to the Department of Energy and Climate Changes (DECC) consultation equipping people with the skills to take advantage of opportunities in the low carbon economy.



Pills

Supporting the future discovery of new medicines in the UK

21 May 2010

An RSC position statement on the current state of the pharmaceutical industry and recommendations for the future of the sector



Nuclear Waste

Scotland's Higher activity Radioactive Waste Policy

09 April 2010

Response to consultation on the detailed statement of policy for Scotland's Higer Activity Radioactive Waste



Water Report

Africa's Water Quality - A Chemical Science Perspective

22 March 2010

Report from the PACN's 'Sustainable Water Conference'



Biofuel

New approaches to biofuels

15 March 2010

Response to Nuffield Council on Bioethics consultation



Comprehensive Spending Review

The Impact of Spending Cuts on Science and Scientific Research

23 February 2010

The RSC welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Science and Technology Committee inquiry into the impact of spending cuts on science and technology research.



Climate Change

Disclosure of Climate Data from the Climatic Research Unit

10 February 2010

Response to Science and Technology Committee enquiry on "The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia"



Scientific Advice

Guidelines on Scientific Analysis in Policy Making

09 February 2010

Response to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) consultation by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser



Synthetic Biology

Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry into Bioengineering

25 January 2010

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) welcomed the opportunity to present its views in response to the Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into Bioengineering.


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