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The Royal Australian Chemical Institute promotes the science and practice of chemistry

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The Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) was founded in 1917 as the qualifying body in Australia for professional chemists, describing itself as "the voice of chemistry in Australia."

Another motivation for the formation of the RACI was as a learned society that advocates the importance of chemistry to the public and all levels of education, industry and government.

RACI currently has more than 6,000 members and an extensive nationwide network that includes a presence in every State and Territory.

Institute members work across all Australian industrial sectors, in:
  • food and hygiene
  • climate and environment
  • energy and resources
  • analytical and forensic
  • health and biotechnology; and
  • education and the public service.
RACI re-examined its organisational goals and strategic direction in 2009, adopting a number of specific goals for particular focus.

These strategic goals are:
  • professional development
  • membership
  • communicating chemistry to the public
  • meeting and defining industry needs and its alignment with academia
  • quality of and engagement with chemical education
  • career development; and
  • networked chemistry community.
The RACI holds a National Convention every five years, in addition to national symposia hosted by regional divisions of the organisation in their own fields of interest between conventions.

RACI also publishes Chemistry in Australia, a monthly magazine containing a range of articles, information and news items about chemists, industry, policy, appointments and similar matters of interest.

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