About the Chemistry Map of Scotland

Logo of the International Year of Chemistry 2011.

For the International Year of Chemistry in 2011, the Scottish Local Sections of the Royal Society of Chemistry are organising a special activity in Scotland. We want to produce an interactive Chemistry Map of Scotland. We hope that schools will produce single page articles that describe Chemistry history or events that have taken place in their local area. These will then be linked into the map

The sort of things include:

  • Famous Chemists that may have attended your school or lived in your local area
  • Local industry that uses Chemistry
  • Historical Chemistry (events, discoveries or old Chemistry related industries)

We hope that this activity will be an excellent fit with Curriculum for Excellence, encompassing as it does, Chemistry, Geography, History, Art and design etc.

Members of the Scottish Local Section Committees will all be happy to help schools if they have trouble finding suitable subjects. Multiple entries will be allowed but no more than three per school. The activity will be suitable for a range of age groups from P6 up to S6 levels.

How to get involved

The contacts for further information in each of the RSC Local Sections are listed below, click on your region to make contact:

Contribution templates

You can download a zip file containing the current templates for contributions to the site below. There are three templates in this file - to report events, famous people and local industries. Each has suggestions about the sorts of information you might like to include in your contribution. The templates can be used in MS Word, or Open Office:

MS Word templates in a Zip file (91kB)

Photograph of Nigel Peter Botting.

† The Chemistry Map of Scotland is dedicated to the memory of Dr Nigel Peter Botting (1962-2011). Nigel was a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of St Andrews until his untimely death from kidney cancer at the age of 48. He had a big presence in Chemistry Education in Scotland and was well known to many teachers and pupils. Every year, he organised the National Scottish Meeting for Teachers of Chemistry and the Scottish Council of Independent Schools Chemistry Masterclass, and hosted the St Andrews Salters' Chemistry Camp, as well as giving various demonstration lectures and helping school pupils with their Advanced Higher projects. He also served on the Scottish RSC Education Committee. As a long term member and, latterly, Chairman of the Tayside Local Section of the RSC he organised the annual ChemBus, bringing exciting Chemistry to S2 pupils in schools across the region, the Top of the Bench Chemistry quiz competition, Chemistry at Work - where school pupils meet people from the Chemical industry - and the RSC Christmas lectures. He was a key figure in the establishment of the Chemistry Map of Scotland project.