Welcome to 175 Faces of Chemistry

Celebrating diversity in the chemical sciences

175 Faces of Chemistry showcases the wonderful diversity of our community in the form of 175 individual and inspirational stories.

Each story features someone involved in the chemical sciences who represents diversity in the broadest sense; someone who is a role model, champion and ambassador for an inclusive culture and diverse future generation of chemists.

175 Faces of Chemistry was compiled during the 175 weeks leading up to our 175th anniversary in February 2016.

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Message from Lesley Yellowlees

photo of Lesley Yellowlees

175 Faces of Chemistry was launched in October 2012, by Professor Lesley Yellowlees, our first female president and a passionate campaigner for inclusion and diversity.

"I am delighted to see the launch of the 175 Faces of Chemistry initiative. During my presidency at the Royal Society of Chemistry I was keen to promote equality and diversity issues and this project makes an important contribution towards achieving this goal."

Lesley Yellowlees

Supporting diversity

At the Royal Society of Chemistry, we recognise, respect and value people’s differences; and we are dedicated to growing and supporting an inclusive culture that builds upon the skills, knowledge and experience of the entire chemistry community.

We define diversity in the broadest sense, encompassing differences of culture, background and experience. These differences include the protected characteristics:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion and belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

We've also included differences in political and religious affiliation, socioeconomic status, geography, job sector, career path and career stage.

More information about how we promote and support inclusion and diversity can be found on our corporate website.

Supporting diversity

Supporting careers in chemistry

Are you inspired by these stories? Whether you are interested in chemistry at school, searching for jobs which inspire you, managing your professional development or planning for your future career, our dedicated Career Management Team can help you take ownership of your career path.

More information about how we can support you at every stage of your career can be found on our corporate website.

Careers in chemistry