I have been persuaded to stand for president of the RSC organic division in the elections in the New Year. My candidate statement is given below. For my name to be included on the ballot I require 10 organic division members to nominate me. If you believe in the fight to #saveUKscience and to get the RSC supporting all of its members then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating the my name and that you nominate me for the position of president of the organic division and giving your own full name and RSC membership number.
Chemistry is the science of making things and then analysing them, and nowhere is this truer than in the discipline of organic chemistry. New pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, paints, plastics, fibres, optical displays, etc., all have their genesis in organic chemistry: yet this is unappreciated by the public, government, the funding agencies; and now seems to have been forgotten by industry. If elected president of the organic division I shall work tirelessly to raise the profile of organic chemistry with these groups and to explain to them the socio-economic benefits of organic chemistry. I shall continue to strenuously campaign and lobby government and the funding agencies in order to reverse policies that damage organic chemistry, including the savage reduction in PhD funding, and the ‘downgrading’ of organic synthesis by EPSRC. I shall engage with industry to remind them that investment in organic chemistry research will provide them with their products of the future. I shall promote and encourage outreach activities locally, nationally and in the broadcast media. This way we can give the public a greater appreciation of the benefits organic chemistry brings. Targeting outreach activities at schools so that we might enthuse new generations of young minds to take up the excitement and challenge of a career in organic chemistry will be a high priority. The RSC is a membership driven professional body and it must hold the interests of all of its members at heart, not just those working in areas which are in favour with EPSRC. It is therefore important that organic chemists provide a strong steer on RSC policy and public pronouncements. The only way we can do this is by electing representatives that are passionate about organic chemistry and willing to serve the community. I believe that I can bring these qualities to the position of president of the organic division and that is why I am standing for that position and asking for your support.