We believe that chemistry should be for everyone. Through the Inclusion & Diversity strategy to 2025, our goal is to increase the diversity of people choosing the chemical sciences and fulfilling their potential for a truly inclusive community.
The Royal Society of Chemistry's Is Chemistry for All project highlighted social and economic inequalities that were limiting the aspirations, career choices and progression within the chemical sciences for Individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
To ensure accessibility remains a priority, alongside competing priorities, the socioeconomic inclusion special call aims to further understand and support the needs and challenges of chemists from low socioeconomic backgrounds, taking an intersectional approach with protected characteristics.
Improving our understanding will require better data, focusing on the current barriers and challenges faced by individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds to chemistry education and/or their progression in the chemical sciences, including the long-term impact of COVID-19.
Ultimately this work will help us to identify ways that the Chemists' Community Fund and the Royal Society of Chemistry can support those individuals directly, including through Chemists' Community Fund grant schemes where applicable and respond to the needs of the chemical sciences at pace and scale.