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.

2018 is the Institute’s Centenary year, and we are focusing on the critical ages of 11 – 14, when young people form ideas about the kind of career they want. Find out how you can inspire more young people to be scientists and technicians here.

The Institute's core activities are: Salters' Festivals of Chemistry, Curriculum Development and Salters’ Chemistry Camps. 

The Salters' Chemistry Camps, which had been run for 18 years, were put into abeyance after the 2015 season. The Camps continue in India however as part of the “Inspirational Chemistry programme” sponsored by Dr Yusuf Hamied, leading Indian philanthropist and pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, and in collaboration with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The Salters' Festivals of Chemistry for 11-13 year olds are held at local universities. Activities include two practical challenges and a fun lecture with fun prizes and certificates. Approximately 55 events are held annually, at over 45 different universities across the UK and Ireland.

Salters' Curriculum Development is undertaken by the University of York Science Education Group and includes Salters Advanced Chemistry, Salters Horners Advanced Physics, Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology and the GCSE course Twenty First Century Science – a course funded by The Nuffield Foundation, The Salters' Institute and The Wellcome Trust.