Resources to engage young people with a future in chemistry

As chemical scientists, Royal Society of Chemistry members have a crucial role to play in encouraging young people to consider a career in chemistry. Just talking positively about your professional life and what you do when you meet young people could be enough to inspire them to explore a career in chemical science. 

If you are interested in doing more the Royal Society of Chemistry offers advice, support and resources to help you promote chemistry careers and qualifications.

Promote chemistry in your local school

We’re hosting training for members who want to engage effectively with schools in the UK and Ireland. These sessions will be delivered online and will cover what to expect in the classroom, and how to promote careers in chemistry to young people.

There are three sessions to choose from in May and June, so make a note of your preferred date and save the link. Join on:


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We recommend volunteering as a  STEM Learning Ambassador if you are interested in engaging and enthusing young people with chemistry. The registration process includes a free enhanced disclosure check and induction. After that you can find out about upcoming activities relevant to you through a dashboard and simply express your interest.

The Republic of Ireland offers similar opportunities through SmartFutures.

If you would prefer to volunteer at your old school (state schools only) we recommend FutureFirst

Alternatively, or in addition, contact your local Education Coordinator about outreach activities in your area.  RSC education coordinators oversee many activities relating to education support, networks and outreach activities within their designated region of the UK. 

RSC Local Sections may also be involved in events aimed at inspiring young people to take up a future in chemistry. Get in touch with the Local Section chair for your area to find out more. 

Print materials including career booklets, posters and postcards are available on request by emailing

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Explaining the benefits of a chemistry career

Presentations and resources to help you advise young people about careers in chemistry