Food Group


The Food Group is one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit Royal Society of Chemistry members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the Royal Society of Chemistry's strategy and charter.


The aims of the group are to promote the role of chemistry in food and enable transfer and sharing of information and networking between academia and the food industry. This includes analytical, biochemical , chemical , physical , nutritional and toxicological aspects of food and food ingredients and the composition and relationships between structure and functionality throughout the entire food chain in a way to enhance sustainability and food and nutrition security.

  • To foster an awareness of the importance of chemistry in the food chain.
  • To encourage interactions between scientists and technologists engaged in food R&D.
  • To help transfer such scientific research from ideas to applications.    

Inspirational Committee Award Winners 2020

We are delighted to announce that the Food Group Committee have been selected for the RSC Inspirational Committee Award 2020.

The Food Group committee have received a 2020 Inspirational Committee Award

To celebrate IYPT the Committee developed and published a unique Food Chemistry Periodic Table and has been active in promoting it at external events such as the 2nd Food Chemistry Conference in Seville and at RSC outreach events e.g. IYPT Early careers event, also encouraging Chemists to consider opportunities in the Food Industry. This project continues to develop and it is hoped that RSC Education department will support alignment to the school curriculum for wider application in schools. Some teachers have already started to use this new tool in their lessons in the UK and internationally.

The group also organised unique events focusing on global challenges, including on Plastics (“from Cradle to Grave and Re-resurrection”) and Sustainability and is actively involved in the Total Food conference, which is now an established bi-annual event focused on tackling the challenges in a sustainable food chain.

Hot topics

Event postponements due to Covid-19 outbreak

Chemical and Physical Modelling of Food
24 - 25 November, Online

This new joint event with The Institute of Physics will now be online over two afternoon sessions. Please note that the deadline for oral abstracts is 31th July 2020. For more details please go to RSC events.

Save the date
6th International Conference on Food Oral Processing (FOP)
11-14 July 2021 - Valencia, Spain

The RSC Food Group has a long history of involvement with this bi-annual conference and will be supporting it again through abstract prizes.  It is aimed at deepening the understanding and interplay of food structure, oral breakdown, in-mouth food trajectory and human perception. It offers an excellent opportunity for industrial researchers and academics to meet and collaborate, and has been postponed until July 2021.

Save the date
Plastics, From Cradle to Grave and Resurrection
June 2021 - SCI, London
Following on from a successful conference held last year, a follow up conference has been organised to expand on the key themes. There will be a thematic link between the current use of plastics, toxicology and standardisation, sampling and analysis and the future of plastic usage. This event was planned for 9th June but has been postponed until June 2021.

RSC Food Group Junior Medal 2019

Dr Anwesha Sarkar of The University of Leeds was the winner of the Food Group Junior Medal 2019.  Her research has led to scientific breakthroughs in designing novel food structures with targeted oral lubrication and she was awarded an ERC Grant to fund Project LubSat and based on step change research, it’s believed that this work could lead to multiple health related food solutions.

The aim of this Food Group award is to encourage and recognise excellence in early career scientists in the application of chemical sciences to the study of all aspects of food, drawing attention to the challenges in the food industry and will next be awarded in 2021.


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Food Related Periodic Table

Activities of the Food Group to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table 2019


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 get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

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    

Downloadable Files

IYPT 2019 - Food Periodic Table
Downloadable file
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Food Group Annual Report 2018
Download the full report here
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Food group vision and mission
Download this PowerPoint presentation to find out more about the Food group vision and mission
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RSC Food Group History
This document covers 35 years from 1973 to 2008 and provides a historical record of the Chairmen, Hon. Secretaries and Hon. Treasurers of the Group, meetings organised, publications and winners of Food Group Medals.
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Naturals in Foods
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Part 2 New Food article June 2019
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Annual Report 2018
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Related Links

Link icon The Global Consortium of Chemosensory Researchers (GCCR) survey
Helping to understand the symptoms associated with COVID-19

Link icon Food - The Vital Ingredient
Order your copy of "Food - The Vital Ingredient" here

Link icon Food Oral Processing Conference 2018 - Abstract Book
Download the book of abstracts

Link icon BFR York 2017
More information about the International Symposium on Flame Retardants Conference

Link icon Food Oral Processing
More information about the Food Oral Processing conference

Link icon MyRSC Food Group
This group is open to anyone with an interest in food science. You will be required to register for MyRSC, then you can sign up to become a member of this group

Link icon European Technology Platform
Follow this link for the "Food for Life" Newsletter

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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