Environmental Chemistry Group

Environmental Chemistry

The Environmental Chemistry Group (ECG) is one of the RSC’s many Interest Groups. Interest Groups are member-led groups, which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, and to meet the requirements of the RSC’s strategy and charter.


The Environmental Chemistry Group (ECG) considers all aspects of the complex relationships between chemistry and the environment. The ECG aims to understand the behaviour of chemical species in the water, soil and atmospheric environments; exploring their sources, reactions, transport and in particular their effects on each of these environments. Chemicals may be of natural, anthropogenic, biogenic or geochemical origin.


  • To promote the interests and expertise of members. 
  • To facilitate scientific discussion relating to environmental chemistry.
  • To provide expert advice both within the RSC and externally.     


  • Publication of the biannual ECG Bulletin, which is available online. 
  • The Distinguished Guest Lecture (DGL) & Symposium, at which a number of invited speakers address a specific topic for a general audience, in support of the DGL award to an eminent figure in the field.   
  • The group also organises meetings and events of more specialist interest. Recent events have included:  
    • NERC - Into the Blue, interactive education event
    • Inside the Engine - From Chemistry to Human Health
    • Environmental Chemistry of Water, Sediment and Soil: Early Career Research meeting
    • Advances in the analysis of complex environmental matrices
    • Masters of Disaster Public Lecture in collaboration with Science Oxford   


We also have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to become involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary of the Environmental Chemistry Group.

ECG Bulletin

The ECG produces two issues per year of its newsletter, the ECG Bulletin.

Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division

ESED is open to all members of the RSC as a society wide grouping to represent environmental and related activities.


The Environmental Chemistry Committee is made up of members from both academia and industry.

Join this Interest Group

If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

Related Links

Link icon ECG Website
The latest news from the Environmental Chemistry Group and a searchable record of all articles from the ECG Bulletin from 2007

Link icon MyRSC Environmental Chemistry Group
You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141

Dr Tom Sizmur MRSC