The Downland Local Section is made up of around 2,350 members from all walks of life.  We have a large pool of experienced members that are engaged in supporting our colleagues and engaging the general public in chemical sciences through local events and activities.The area covered by Downland includes five universities: Kingston University, the University of Surrey, the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex and Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Kitchen Cupboard Chemistry

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Top of the Bench

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Soapbox Science

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Chemistry Challenge Competition

Chemistry Challenge Competition

Science Festival

Science Festival

Retired Members Lunch

Retired Members Lunch

Career Evening and Networking

Career Evening and Networking

Downland Section Postgraduate Prize

The section is currently offering a £50 prize and certificate for the most promising PhD student within each university in the Downland Section area. Universities are invited to contact the Secretary of the Section, Mr Chris Williamson, for further details.

Latest News and Events

Report on RSC Downland Local Section awards evening Monday 13 May 2019 at the University of Brighton 

The Downland Local Section was pleased to present a number of awards to chemists who have been members of the RSC for 40 years.

The evening began with a buffet and networking session for the participants who included the awardees, members of the Local Section and of the Downland Committee, and students.

This was followed by a most entertaining lecture by Gordon Woods FRSC which was particularly appropriate in this International Year of the Periodic Table. For many years Gordon has been interested in the history of the Periodic table, in ways it has been recognised in various countries around the world, and in the many and varied representations used to exemplify periodicity, the groups, periods and electronic shells. His lecture encompassed all of these in a most entertaining way.

The lecture was followed by presentation of the awards by Gordon.

Gordon Woods has indicated he would be happy to repeat his lecture for other groups within the RSC subject to availability and ease of transport. Please contact our secretary if you are interested.

IYPT Downland

The latest Kitchen Cupboard Chemistry event was held on 12 June at Chertsey for Cubs 

The activity is 1.5 hours all hands on practical, Cubs tested a special solid to measure water it absorbs, they didn't know it is a nappy. Get fizz from lemonade with sugar, carbon dioxide from house hold carbonates oxygen from detergent and make hydrogen, learning about Chemistry and what Chemists do as they go along. Great fun was had by them and RSC helpers!

Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming events organised by the Downland Section

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Risk Assessment for RSC events

A risk assessment form must be filled out for every event organised by the RSC. All forms are available for download along with examples of Red Risk Assessment Forms .

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Annual Report 2018
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Contact and Further Information

Mr Chris Williamson CChem FRSC

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