The chemical sciences are vital for the wellbeing of our world.
Chemical scientists change lives – and have been doing so in many ways, for many centuries.
They will underpin enormous social and technological change in the future.
And the chemical sciences will change too.
Current trends indicate that by 2030:
- Chemistry will need to become more global, more interdisciplinary, and more collaborative
- New technologies will mean less work is done physically in a laboratory, and more is simulated on a screen
- There will be an enormous growth in scientific data, as well as the tools to manage, interrogate and analyse it
- The drive for openness will enable greater collaboration, and disrupt existing business models and regulatory frameworks for knowledge dissemination
- Funding structures and institutions will adjust to changes in how science is done, as well as addressing the implications of the UK leaving the EU
Chemistry is changing with the world
By 2025 we want to see that, because of our impact:
- Chemical scientists have made faster progress in tackling global and societal challenges
- New business models mean chemical sciences research is more openly available
- Teachers have the resources and services they need to give their students a rich and inspiring chemistry education
- The UK and Ireland chemistry community’s ethical framework is influencing global standards
- The UK and Ireland chemistry profession has made a step change in diversity and inclusion, with a strong future pipeline, more routes into the profession and enhanced cross-over between academia and industry
- Accreditation is a recognised and valued measure of chemistry expertise
- The UK and Ireland are still a thriving environment for education, research and innovation in the chemical sciences
We can enable all of these changes.
Shaping the future we want for the chemical sciences
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s purpose is to advance excellence in the chemical sciences – to improve the lives of people around the world now and in the future.
As a not-for-profit organisation, we invest our surplus income to achieve our charitable objectives in support of the chemical science community and advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.