"This is a big motivator for me and I think, for chemistry, that's a really important focus for the coming years, as we bring these people through and support them to really develop into the leading chemists of the future.
“Chemistry is a unique discipline in that it both combines the theories and the ideas of the discipline, together with that ability to manipulate atoms and molecules on that very, very tiny scale. That provides huge opportunities to create better materials and bring solutions to some of these really serious global challenges – from energy, environment, sustainability, healthcare, food security.
“These are massive issues and none more evident than at the present time. And I think chemistry is at the centre of that. We read every day about developments coming through in terms of the vaccines, the diagnostics and so on for the current pandemic. But if we look more widely at the other societal challenges of environment, sustainability, energy sources and so on, chemistry is at the heart of that.
“I think one of the things that’s really important is that, to do really good science and to have the biggest impact, we have to work really effectively with scientists and engineers from other disciplines and that I think that multidisciplinary approach is crucial. That's certainly something that I think if we get right, we can really draw on the very best of the chemistry and chemists to get the best ideas coming together. It's really important to address these challenges that are out there and to really make progress.”
Congratulations from fellow candidates
The other candidates who stood in the election are Richard Catlow, David Parker, David Rees and Roy Sandbach.
David Parker said: “May I be the first to congratulate Gill Reid on her election and wish her every success in her period of service to the RSC."
Richard Catlow said: “Many congratulations to Gill on her election. Gill will make an excellent president and will, I am sure, rise to the challenge of leading the society during what may be difficult times.”
David Rees said: “Gill will bring many excellent qualities to this important role and will be a great figurehead for the RSC. Congratulations Gill.”