Water Science Forum

RSC Water Science Forum

The Water Science Forum (WSF) is one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.


The WSF focuses on the application of chemical sciences in the management of the water cycle and the impact of these activities on the natural environment. WSF attracts members, and thus expertise, from many sectors within the water community.


To promote the professional and scientific interests of members and to advise on and influence, in the public interest, the application of chemistry in water-related industries.


  • To keep members up-to-date with current developments within the water sector and to promote Continuous Professional Development.
  • To provide a forum for the debate of professional and scientific matters on water-related issues within the RSC and other relevant organisations.
  • To provide specialist technical advice on water-related issues to the RSC and to assist the RSC in presenting a corporate view to national and local government on matter of interest to WSF members.
  • To promote research, education and specialised training in all aspects of water-related chemistry, including relevant chartered status for members.  


  • Organising topical meetings and conferences.
  • Providing financial assistance to encourage professional development.
  • Contributing to consultation documents from the UK and EU.  


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

Group News

Water purity

Water Purity - Myths and Challenges

14 May 2013

An article by Kevin Prior, Chair of the Water Science Forum taken from the Summer 2013 issue of Science in Parliament

Water Quality

Water Quality

08 February 2013

RSC Response to the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Water Quality

Water For Life

The Water Science Forum has adopted WaterAid as its preferred charity. This article describes WaterAid and its work

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    

Join the Committee

We are always keen to recruit new personnel to the Committee. All Water Science Forum members are eligible. Vacancies usually arise at the end of each year and elections are held if necessary. The Water Science Forum fully support the Royal Society of Chemistry's policies regarding equality and diversity.

If you wish to be considered for election to membership of the WSF Committee please contact the Hon. Secretary who will advise you accordingly.

Downloadable Files

Chairman's Report 2017 - Water Science Forum
Download the full report here
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5 Year Plan and Budget 2017
Download the full report here
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Annual Report 2018 - Water Science Forum
Download the full report here
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Communications Strategy v2
Download the Communications Strategy here
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Water Science Forum Membership Application Form
Membership is open to professional, associate and affiliate members of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The cost is £10 per year although can be taken at no additional cost as one of the three free interest group memberships included in the annual RSC subscription fee.
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Committee member nomination form
Download the nomination form and return to the Honorary Secretary
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Related Links

Link icon Water Quality Evidence
A complete list of evidence submitted to the February 2013 House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry into Water Quality

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

Link icon European Commission Newsletter on Water Frame Work directive issues
The WISE Newsletter is the bulletin of information of the Water & Marine unit of the Environment General-Directorate of the European Commission and it is published twice a year. Here you will find the latest edition

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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

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Dr Ian Barnabas CSci CChem FRSC