Food Group

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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.   

Hot Topics

Up and Coming Events: addressing key challenges

Check out these highly topical and relevant events, which you can find details of on the RSC events page:

  • Cultivation Healthy Food Systems, 21-23rd May 2019, Edinburgh
  • SCI-RSC Plastics from Cradle to Grave and Resurrection 19th June 2019, London   

RSC Food Group Junior Medal 2019

Our call for nominations is now open to all early career scientists from industry and academia. For more information and to download this year’s nomination form please find under our Awards section above.


RSC Food Group Junior Medal 2018 winner presentation on 13th February 2019 at Burlington House, London

RSC Food Group Chair, Dr Kathy Ridgway was pleased to present the Food Group Junior Medal to Dr Joanne Gould, at the recent meeting held at The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.

Joanne is an Assistant Professor at The University of Nottingham and is continuing her work in chemical sciences focused on renewable proteins.

The award was based on her contribution to food chemistry, particularly in relation to her research on sustainable and renewable ingredients and Joanne presented an overview of her research at the event to launch “Food-The Vital Ingredient”, which was very well received.

RSC Food Group Junior Medal 2018 presentation on 13th February 2019 at Burlington House, London


Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table in 1869

The RSC Food Group is highlighting the function of selected elements in food chemistry to celebrate this important milestone.


April's elements and their role in food are Hydrogen and Nitrogen:

Hydrogen and its role in food

Nitrogen and its role in food

March's elements and their role in food are Arsenic and Selenium:

Arsenic and its role in food

Selenium and its role in food


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

Food Group Annual Report 2017
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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Related Links

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

Dr Kathy Ridgway CChem MRSC