Opportunities for professional development were of particular interest, with many senior managers commenting that the support for vocational career paths through our registers, RSciTech and RSci, would be very valuable for their employees.
Chair of the group, Jonathan Bourne said: “It was particularly enjoyable for me to hold the group’s launch back in Nottinghamshire, where I started my own career in the paint industry. It’s incredibly important for the surface coatings industry that we reach out to scientists in the early stages of their career and show them the hugely diverse opportunities available in the field. Through the Royal Society of Chemistry interest group, we’re able to connect with industry and provide a network of support that reaches chemists of all career stages.”
The group has grown rapidly since its creation in January this year and now has over 180 members spanning industry and academia. The committee includes representation from SMEs, large companies, recruitment, consultancy and academic institutions. They look forward to supporting the industry sector and building further collaborations at industry events and with our other interest groups and local sections.
“One of the main benefits of being involved in the group is to have your thinking challenged and stimulated by the diverse array of members,” says Jonathan. “It’s a great opportunity for Royal Society of Chemistry members to network and build collaborations across industry and academia. We are very grateful to the British Coatings Federation for the platform they have given us to launch this exciting new group.”
The Surface Coatings Interest Group provides a network for members at any stage in their career with an interest in chemistry and natural sciences applied to surface coatings. It aims to reach a broad community across academia and industry with interests in the many disciplines and applications of surface coatings.
Find out how to get involved in the Surface Coatings Interest Group at rsc.li/surfacecoatings and look out for updates on future events.