The competition brings cutting edge science to the real world for the benefit of society. It aims to accelerate the commercialisation of innovative technologies in health and wellbeing, energy and environment, food and water, and materials.
INEOS financially support our selection process for the UK Chemistry Olympiad. The Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-part, national competition held over 8–10 months, involving post-16 school students.
INEOS's funding enabled us to select the most competitive team and promote the importance of chemistry across the UK.
Entries to the UK Chemistry Olympiad have quadrupled since our partnership with INEOS began and we continue to work together to expand the reach of the competition.
Professional bodies & funders
Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh)
We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the GDCh during a joint symposium to celebrate their 150th anniversary year in 2017. Through this agreement, we partner to promote and enable the chemical sciences in Europe and in particular through support of the European Chemical Society, EuChemS.
The journal focuses on understanding molecular properties, behaviour and interactions, and how this can be applied to the design of processes, to solve global technological problems. It brings together selected disciplines in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, computational and materials science.
The journal will help to shape and advance the field of molecular engineering for the future.
This programme was aimed at developing the subject knowledge, skills and confidence of teachers who deliver chemistry lessons in London’s schools. This support for teachers resulted in a positive effect on pupil’s enjoyment, interest and achievement in chemistry.
National Science Academy (NSA)
The National Science Academy Grant Scheme has supported the Welsh activities of our Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) outreach programme with a donation of £33,500. The SIAS programme provides students with demonstrations and access to spectrometers and analytical equipment.
The aim of our partnership is to increase the number of Welsh pupils studying chemistry at university and electing to follow a science-based career. We also aim to increase the participation of students from areas of low engagement with chemistry.
We are participating in two programmes within the UK Government’s Newton Fund programme.
Through our operational alliance with the British Council, we’re one of the organisations involved in co-funding Newton Fund researcher links grants, which create new bilateral partnerships between the UK and scientifically developing countries through co-organised workshops.
In partnership with the Royal Society we are co-funding Newton Fund international researcher exchanges between scientists in the UK and Africa.
Royal Society Open Science, which launched in September 2014, is an open access journal publishing research across the entire range of science, using objective peer review and without any restrictions on scope, length or impact. The journal comprises 12 subject sections, including chemistry.
As part of this collaboration we manage the editorial aspects up to acceptance, including editorial content development and peer-review, for articles published in the chemistry section of this journal.
We are delighted to be working with the RSC on our newest journal which we hope will benefit greatly from our joint brands. Royal Society Open Science is innovative in a number of ways and this collaboration with the RSC illustrates how closely aligned we are in our publishing philosophy.
Trusts & foundations
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
With the support of SFI, we are expanding our current Spectroscopy in a Suitcase programme (SIAS) across Ireland. The support provides enhanced training and equipment to help to meet the high demand for SIAS visits.
The SIAS programme provides students with demonstrations and access to spectrometers and analytical equipment.
Wilkinson Charitable Trust
Our 'Inspire To Teach' programme is supported by a grant of £60,000 over three years from the Wilkinson Charitable Trust.
This programme aims to:
reach and educate a wide audience of individuals about the merits of science teaching
support newly qualified teachers by broadening their professional network, enabling them to identify with each other and seek out mentoring opportunities
combine training, networking and celebration to maximise impact on the scholars
result in more of the best students choosing to study chemistry at university.
During four years of support and a financial donation of £1m the Wolfson Foundation has made a substantial difference to the aspirations of thousands of talented and gifted students.
Through our Reach & Teach programme, this generous donation has enabled us to enhance the knowledge and skills of hundreds of chemistry teachers, through:
development of continuous professional development courses
providing thousands of students with enrichment and enhancement activities