As a multi-national organisation we are continuing to provide support to our 50,000 members and to our global community, while ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees by working remotely.
Our preparedness as an organisation means that our hard-working teams have been able to keep the RSC operating during such uncertain times, providing valuable support to our international community, from educators at all stages to researchers in academia and industry.
More than ever, I value the support we have received from our members, our partners and our community in the work that we do.
Helen Pain, Acting Chief ExecutivePicture: Royal Society of Chemistry
One way you can support the community is to make people aware of the Chemists’ Community Fund and the help it can provide during these challenging and uncertain times.
On behalf of our Trustees and our Leadership Team, I would like to ask all of our community to stay safe and work with us to continue advancing the chemical sciences.
Helen Pain Royal Society of Chemistry Acting CEO
Ensuring business continuity
We have fully transitioned to remote working for all our teams in line with our business continuity plans. The teams are working hard to keep the Royal Society of Chemistry operating and supporting our global chemical sciences community during this uncertain time.
Prioritising the safety and wellbeing of staff, we have taken the decision to extend the closure of both our Cambridge and London offices until 31 August 2020 with the intention to re-open both offices for staff only from 1 September 2020.
We have also taken the decision to keep our Burlington House venue closed to the public and, as things stand, will not host any external events there until after 1 January 2021.
We will continue to review our plans in line with the latest advice regarding COVID-19 and will update you accordingly should our plans change.
Paul Lewis, Deputy Chief ExecutivePicture: Royal Society of Chemistry
News on our COVID-19 response
The chemical sciences’ contribution to the COVID-19 response
The chemical science community is playing an important role in the global response to COVID-19 - from the science of healthcare for those with the virus, to the many people whose work keeps us warm, clean and informed as we stay physically distanced.
We have started sharing #ChemVSCovid hero stories to celebrate these vital contributions. Read our first story about Ellie Laney-Bolton who is supporting the continued operation of the country’s nuclear power stations to keep our lights on, and look out for many other stories to follow here.
You can help us celebrate the chemists across the world who are making a difference by sharing your stories with us - either by e-mail, or using the hashtag #ChemVSCovid on social media. Find out more.
Keeping gender on the agenda during the COVID-19 pandemic
Our Breaking the barriers report highlighted barriers disproportionately affecting women’s retention and progression and made recommendations for action. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we joined WISE, the campaign for gender balance in STEM, and 20 other organisations in signing a joint statement to ensure that we pool our resources in order to continue to drive gender equality – now more than ever.
Safeguarding the success of SMEs during the COVID-19 pandemic
SMEs are well placed to help combat COVID-19 but also stand to be greatly affected by it. Through the RSC EnterprisePlus scheme, we have been talking to SMEs about how their specialist skills and knowledge can be put to good use but also about their concerns for the future. We outline here key issues and actions Government can take to safeguard the success of EnterprisePlus SMEs.
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As COVID-19 and isolation measures require different ways of working, we have made changes to our programmes and activities to continue to provide the support you need. Find support here.