Networking opportunities open to our members
When you become an RSC member, whether you are based in industry, education, or academia, you can join our subject communities and interest groups to connect with others who have a similar career or shared interests.
Our eight subject communities and seventy-one interest groups are open to all members and bring together members with similar scientific and professional interests spanning the breadth of the chemical sciences. Find out more about our communities below.
Find out how to start connecting
What are subject communities?
Our subject communities bring together members with similar scientific and professional interests, including from across our interest groups, to advance their subject areas. Members may be from different sectors, career stages, disciplines, and locations and the communities enable them to:
- gain overview of activities in the subject area including relevant activities run by our interest groups
- network and collaborate with other experts from across the subject area
- contribute their expertise to RSC programmes and policy work
Our subject communities collaborate with our interest groups and other disciplines to develop and deliver activities such as early career researcher symposia, showcases of the subject area, and to facilitate chemistry-based solutions to challenges in health, energy, and climate change.
Each subject community also awards prizes to individuals and teams to recognise excellence in the chemical sciences.
Analytical Science Community
Brings together members from across industry and academia with scientific and professional interests in analytical science.
Chemistry Biology Interface Community
Represents the areas where the two core disciplines of chemistry and biology meet.
Supports the study and dissemination of inorganic chemistry in all its forms. It aims to build and nurture effective scientific networks, which support inorganic chemists (with a focus on early career researchers), and to raise the profile of inorganic chemistry to the wider community.
Brings together people working in chemistry and science education across primary, secondary, further education, and higher education to provide advice and expertise and facilitate sharing of best practices.
Environment, Sustainability and Energy Community
An inter-connected community advancing knowledge and application of chemistry relating to the environment, sustainability, and energy.
Faraday Community for Physical Chemistry
Represents members across the breadth of physical chemistry; encouraging and promoting advances in physical chemistry and supporting physical chemists.
Materials Chemistry Community
Supports the study and dissemination of materials chemistry in all its forms.
Organic Chemistry Community
Represents members across all sectors and career stages in the field of organic chemistry in its broadest interpretation to promote diversity, excellence, sustainability, and the exchange of knowledge in the field and the wider scientific community.
Subject community councils
Each subject community is led and represented by a community council, which provides expertise and advice and identifies opportunities related to their field. Our community councils act as advocates for their areas of science, input to our thought leadership and policy work and develop activities for their community.
Our subject community councils are formed of elected and appointed members representing the breadth and diversity of the subject community. There are opportunities for RSC members to get involved through elections each year.
What are interest groups?
These are our scientific networks focused on a specific area or application of the chemical sciences. They are run by a committee of volunteer RSC members (elected from members of the group) who work to support, promote and connect their network.
The committees organise activities such as multi-day conferences, workshops, and training events to cater for both RSC members and the wider scientific community.
Some interest groups run prizes to recognise significant contributions to the field as well as offering financial support to help their members attend events. These groups provide excellent opportunities to network with peers in your chosen field.
To find out about the awards, events, and any funding, please visit any of the interest group pages that are relevant to you from the links below.
Interest groups are listed below by subject communities as well as the subject area of the chemical sciences they relate to. Some groups may feature under multiple subject areas to reflect their multi-disciplinary nature. We also have a number of interest groups that cover other specialisms:
Our interest groups that are relevant to Analytical Science:
Our interest groups that are relevant to the chemistry-biology interface:
Our interest groups that are relevant to inorganic chemistry:
Our interest groups that are associated with the Education Community:
Our interest groups that are relevant to physical chemistry:
- Neutron Scattering Group
- Particle Characterisation Group
- Photophysics and Photochemistry Group
- Polymer Physics Group
- Porous Materials Group
- Solid Surfaces Group
- Spectroscopy & Dynamics Group
- Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics Group
- Surface Reactivity & Catalysis Group
- Theoretical Chemistry Group
Our interest groups that are relevant to materials chemistry:
- Applied Materials Chemistry Group
- Biomaterials Chemistry Group
- Chemical Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Group
- Colloid & Interface Science Group
- Electroanalytical Sensing Systems Group
- Electrochemistry Group
- Energy Sector
- Formulation Science & Technology Group
- Macro Group UK
- Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Group
Our interest groups that are relevant to organic chemistry:
How to join subject communities and interest groups
As an RSC member you can join as many subject communities as you wish and, depending on your membership category, up to three interest groups for no additional cost. Joining additional interest groups will cost £10 per group.
As a member of a subject community or interest group, you may receive communications so you can stay informed about major developments in your field such as funding, training, events, and activities alongside calls to contribute to RSC programmes and policy work.
You can select or remove subject communities and interest groups within your RSC membership account.
Please note that our divisions transitioned to subject communities as of our Annual General Meeting in July 2022. We are currently in the process of updating our webpages and during this time you may see the terms "division" and "subject community" being used.
Supporting our members in industry
Business Elements is a new information hub for members with industry leadership responsibilities or business management interests, covering the key cross-sector topics for chemistry-enabled businesses.
Here we highlight where the chemical sciences are at the heart of the big industry issues and tell you more about the ways we are informing debate. Business Elements is accessed through your membership login.
Members in industry are actively encouraged to join the subject community or interest groups corresponding to their discipline or area of interest.