Inclusion and diversity in our prizes
The Royal Society of Chemistry is committed to supporting and improving inclusion and diversity in the chemical sciences, and this extends to our prize programme.
We are taking steps to make our prize portfolio more reflective of the modern world and the diversity of our community.
- As part of our ongoing response to key findings of the independent Review of Recognition, which we commissioned in 2018, we are undergoing the biggest overhaul of our prize portfolio in its 150 year history.
- Our five-point action plan provides a roadmap to broadening what we recognise, and the ways in which we do so.
- We will be placing a greater emphasis on teams and collaborations, technicians, teachers, and those who are in earlier stages of their career.
- Excellence will remain the first criterion for winning a prize. However, we will expand what we and others mean by excellence, shining a light on the many types of excellence and the different facets of diversity that are crucial for modern science.
- We are continuing our efforts to expand the pool of people nominated for our prizes.
- We are reviewing our approach to eponymous prizes.
- Since 2015 we have published annual statistics relating to diversity in our prize programme. Download our 2021 diversity data.
Inclusion & diversity
As a professional and membership body, and a leading voice for the chemistry community, we have a responsibility to promote inclusivity and accessibility in order to improve diversity.
Our wider inclusion and diversity strategy to 2025 addresses the core issues at the heart of diversity and inclusion in the chemical sciences, which will in turn – in time – be reflected in the diversity of our prize programme.