Women in chemistry

Learn more about women working as chemists and the issues that affect them in science education

Women scientists

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‘Structure and bonding really gets to the heart of chemistry’


Meet Niki Kaiser, a chemistry teacher inspiring others to embrace evidence-based teaching practices

Marta Melchiorre at her desk in front of a computer at The National Gallery

‘To work with paintings is my dream job’


Meet Marta Melchiorre, a scientist who supports the conservation of paintings at the National Gallery in London

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‘A material that could heal itself was the coolest thing I’d ever heard’


Meet Annela Seddon, a research scientist who designs materials able to self-fold on demand for biomedical applications

Mir Space Station viewed from Endeavour during STS 89

'Astronauts wanted, no experience required'


Helen Sharman talks science, space travel and advice for budding astronauts

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Elizabeth Fulhame: the scientist the world forgot


Ida Emilie Steinmark investigates a forgotten figure who made fundamentally important discoveries in chemistry

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Ada Lovelace Day


In the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day (a celebration of women in science, technology engineering and maths), here are few of the fascinating chemists we’ve featured this year:

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Pioneering British women chemists, Rayner-Canham


The women and events who have contributed to the evolution of the sciences

Women and STEM education


The Big Science fair

A culture of success

Sarah McLusky profiles a sixth form student on the hunt for protein biomarkers

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Tara McKernan: Wastewater treatment scientific officer

Tara tells Katrina Krämer how her curiosity about chemistry helps her keep rivers clean

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Abigail Storey: Scientific glassblower

Katrina Krämer talks to an art school graduate with the skills that make chemistry research possible

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Neelum Munir: Chromatography sales specialist

Hayley Simon meets a chemist who built a successful career after some early setbacks

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Amy Styring: Chemist and archaeologist

Archaeology is more than just digging. Emma Stoye meets Amy Styring to excavate the facts

Nicola looking at a test tube with a florescent liquid in

Nicola Dinsdale: Flying the chemical flag

Daniel Johnson finds out about the chemistry behind aerospace engineering and life as a ‘test tube pilot’

Francesca Burgoyne

Francesca Burgoyne: Education executive

Philip Robinson introduces you to RSC ChemNet’s new team member 

Jess Ham

Jess Ham: Winner of the Bill Bryson Prize 2012

Philip Robinson talks to the creator of comic chemistry cartoons

Judith Gegory

Judith Gregory: Procter & Gamble

Judith Gregory is a senior perfume chemist at Procter & Gamble. Josh Howgego finds out about her work, career and finely tuned nose

Nicola Gray

Nicola Gray: Assistant analyst

Nicola is a PhD student from the Drug Control Centre at King’s College London. She will play an important role during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games this year

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Emma Shiells: Picture editor at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

Emma works on magazines and books, sourcing scientific illustrations and photographs

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Claire Wagman: Formulation scientist at Unilever

Clare works on improving the formulation of hair care products. She tells Josh Howgego what it’s like to work on products that are seen on supermarket shelves

Josie Harries

A day in the life of an ink development manager: Josie Harries

Josie Harries has been working for Domino Printing Sciences for five years and has been an ink development manager there for the last year. She talks to Laura Howes about her typical day

Clare Herd

A day in the life of STEM ambassadors coordinator: Clare Herd

Clare Herd has spent the last 3 months working as the local STEM ambassadors coordinator at Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum. She talks to Laura Howes about her typical day

Jessica Kershaw

A day in the life of a trainee patent attorney: Jessica Kershaw

Jessica Kershaw has spent the past four months as a trainee patent attorney for Carpmaels & Ransford, London. She talks to Tom Westgate about her typical day

Farrah Bhatti

A day in the life of a committee specialist: Farrah Bhatti

Farrah Bhatti is a committee specialist on the House of Commons’ Energy and Climate Change select committee. She talks to Tom Westgate about her typical day

Celia Gitterman

A day in the life of technical editor: Celia Gitterman

Celia Gitterman has spent the past four years working for the Royal Society of Chemistry as a technical editor. She talks to Tom Bond about her typical day

Donna Palmer

A day in the life of project manager: Donna Palmer

Donna has spent the past three years working as a project manager at Pera. She talks to Rachel Bolton-King about her typical day