We are the world’s leading chemistry community and our mission is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences.
This has been the case since 1841 when 77 scientists – including doctors, academics, manufacturers and entrepreneurs – formed the Chemical Society of London, with dialysis inventor Thomas Graham as their first president.
Seven years later Queen Victoria granted a Royal Charter to the Society, confirming its purpose of 'the general advancement of Chemical Science'.
After 175 years our mission is just as relevant and valid, but we pursue it on a scale those initial seventy-seven members would find inconceivable. We now have over 50,000 members across the world, an internationally-renowned and award-winning not-for-profit knowledge business, and a reputation as an influential champion for the chemical sciences.
Our global community now spans hundreds of thousands of scientists, librarians, teachers, students, pupils and people who love chemistry.
Our core strengths
To most effectively and efficiently achieve our mission of advancing excellence in the chemical sciences, we will bring together chemical scientists and help them to share their knowledge and ideas – we will connect the world with the chemical sciences.
From the first Chemical Society meeting in 1841 to the present day, we have used our three core strengths to advance excellence in the chemical sciences:
- our reputation as a globally-trusted provider and interpreter of top-quality, accessible chemical science knowledge
- our deep understanding of the needs and solutions for developing skills in the chemical sciences at all levels; and
- our ability to create, facilitate and grow the chemical sciences community
These core strengths reflect our strategic priorities as an organisation – 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.