The Salters' Institute

Reg. No. 328463

The Company's flagship charity, The Salters' Institute, founded in 1918, is one of the country's leaders in the field of science curriculum development and its influence stretches across the world.

Its original purpose was to assist young chemists returning from the war who wished to continue with their chemistry studies (see Company History). The Institute aims to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young, and to encourage careers in the teaching of chemistry and in the UK chemical and allied industries.



Following 18 successful years of Chemistry Camps across the UK, in 2014, the Camps were taken to India in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry and funding supported by Dr Yusuf Hamied. The Camps take place across India and aim to inspire bright students from disadvantaged backgrounds to study chemistry at higher education.

Festivals of Chemistry

In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have had to make the difficult decision to CANCEL the Festivals of Chemistry 2020. Whilst the Salters’ Institute is lucky enough to work with a range of brilliant organisations on these events, after further consideration, we feel that with the uncertainty of the current pandemic, we are not in a position to run a Festival programme this year. We understand this will cause some disappointment, but we would like to assure you that we remain committed to running the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry in the future. Please email if you have any questions.


The Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry are a series of one-day events held at universities and colleges throughout the UK and Ireland. The Festivals provide an opportunity for enthusiastic, young chemists to spend a day in a university or college laboratory and take part in practical chemistry challenges.

Two Festival programmes take place annually:

Festivals of Chemistry (ages 11-13): These Festivals are designed to inspire budding young scientists! Run in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Festivals of Chemistry (ages 13-14): This Festival programme aims to motivate students into developing a long term interest in chemistry and its applications in modern life!

The Salters’ Institute and the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG) have worked in partnership for over thirty years, developing innovative teaching materials in order to improve teaching and learning in secondary school science. The Institute and UYSEG currently have four active projects:

-       Three A Level courses (Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology, Salters Advanced Chemistry & Salters Horners Advanced Physics)

-       GCSE course: Twenty First Century Science

-       BEST – Best Evidence Science Teaching: free resources for secondary science teaching.


Awards programme

The Salters’ Institute has a programme of awards to recognise excellence in science. The awards are presented annually at the Institute Awards Ceremony to recognise the achievements of teachers, technicians, school students and undergraduate students in chemistry and chemical engineering.

The key awards include:

Salters’ National Awards for Science Technicians: Awards to highlight the importance of technicians in schools and colleges throughout the UK.

Centenary Awards: An award scheme for chemists and chemical engineers starting their careers in industry.

Graduate Awards: Awards are made to final-year undergraduates studying at UK universities.