The RSC is the UK Professional Body for chemical scientists and an international Learned Society for advancing the chemical sciences.
Supported by a network of over 44,000 members worldwide and an internationally acclaimed publishing business, the RSC's activities span education and training, conferences and science policy, and the promotion of the chemical sciences to the public.
The RSC is also the driving force behind the Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PANC), which was launched in London on 21 November 2007 and in Nairobi on 27 May 2008. Currently in the early stages of development the PANC aims to help African countries to integrate into regional, national and international scientific networks by:
- Supporting the teaching of chemistry in schools via courses for teachers, provision of materials and resources available to schools.
- Supporting chemistry in Higher Education by running courses and providing training to allow scientists to make better use of resources such as the RSC archive; and provide some extra digitisation of other materials to African scientists.
- Promoting intra Africa scientific networking and conferencing on the key science issues facing the continent with a view to supporting the development of sustainable science programmes and expertise.
- Establish centres of excellence for the chemical sciences to support economic & human development.
From 2008 to 2010, the RSC and the Pan Africa Chemistry Network teamed up with the Naked Scientists to produce a weekly half hour science radio programme, "The Naked Scientists in Africa", to carry world science relevant to Africa. The programme is broadcast by Channel Africa, the international radio station of the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).