The Federation

We are the Federation of Commonwealth Chemical Sciences Societies – or simply, Commonwealth Chemistry.

Bound together in the spirit of the Commonwealth, we champion equal opportunity for all, drive innovation, and promote excellence in the chemical sciences for the benefit of the Commonwealth nations and their people.

Our vision

  • One community, one voice, catalysing equality for all.
  • Ensure equal and inclusive representation from all Commonwealth nations with the recognition that those with greater resources will contribute more in order to support those with fewer resources.

Our mission

To inspire, celebrate and elevate the role and practice of the chemical sciences for the benefit of Commonwealth nations and their people.

Chemistry is the universal language that unites us. We celebrate and elevate the role and practice of the chemical sciences, to society and policymakers across the Commonwealth. 

Our governance


The organisation was formally set up in 2020 and is led by an Executive Board of senior representatives from across the Commonwealth. It is headed by President Elect Dr Vicki Gardiner and supported by the Secretariat.

Commonwealth Chemistry and its member societies are governed by the Articles of Association and Rules of the organisation.

Is your national or regional chemical society a member of Commonwealth Chemistry? Find out more about who membership is for and the benefits of joining.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2021

The inaugural AGM of Commonwealth Chemistry took place virtually on 17th May 2021 with over 50 attendees. The agenda and minutes from the meeting are now available.

At the first AGM of Commonwealth Chemistry, we also welcomed 22 member societies who had successfully applied to become members ahead of the meeting. You can find out more about these society members in this video

The Commonwealth is a uniquely diverse group of nations with shared values and a powerful voice. It represents all corners of the globe with a population of 2.4 billion and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 

It is not surprising, therefore, that the Commonwealth is set to play an ever more important role in the world’s future – a future that will present many challenges where science can identify solutions.

Key facts about the Commonwealth:

It is home to 12% of the world’s researchers

It accounts for around 10% of global research and development expenditure

An estimated 60% of its population is under the age of 30 

Commonwealth Chemistry is a private company limited by guarantee.
Company number: 12353131
Place of registration: England and Wales
Registered address: Royal Society of Chemistry, 290-292 Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, CB4 0WF