Chemistry Changemakers Award

Using chemistry to change our world for the better and create a positive impact within our communities

The Salters’ Institute believes that chemistry can change our world for the better. Chemistry can be involved in solutions to reduce air pollution, provide sustainable energy, increase food security, and combat many health challenges.

We are looking to you to come up with innovative solutions using chemistry to create a positive impact within our communities.

The selection process for 2024 has closed for applications.

We would like to encourage students aged 16 – 17 to individually create a poster that identifies and tackles a societal issue within your community from one of the following themes:

  • Travel and Transport
  • Homes and Habitats
  • Health and Lifestyle

Your poster should include the following information:

  • A brief description of the societal issue
  • Why is it an issue and who it affects
  • Your chemistry-related solution/invention and how it will help




Students can download our new application pack to support their submission.

Educators can download our new award poster to advertise in your school.



We are awarding up to three students with £300 for their ground-breaking idea and £300 to their science department.

We are awarding up to three students with £300 for their ground-breaking idea and £300 to their science department.

ROUND 1 – Poster Competition

Chemistry Changemakers launches with our poster competition encouraging students to identify societal issues and propose chemistry-related solutions in tackling these issues. Students will also need to complete a brief supporting application form. Both the application form and the poster will need to be uploaded using a school email address.

Our judging panel will review the poster for creativity, originality and relevance.


ROUND 2 – Interview

Our judging panel will shortlist up to 12 students who will be invited with a parent/carer to Salters’ Hall in London for interview and standard class transport costs will be funded.

At Salters’ Hall each candidate will present their poster in person to our Panellists to explain their idea in more detail.


ROUND 3 – Awards Ceremony

Our judges will then select up to 3 winners, who will be awarded £300 each, celebrated at our Annual Awards Ceremony in December 2024, as well as be invited to join our prestigious Alumni community where they will have the ability to network and build their knowledge of the chemical related industries.


The deadline for applications is Friday, 5 January 2024 and shortlisted candidates will be invited to Salters’ Hall on Tuesday, 27 February 2024.

If you have any other questions please do email

Download the Chemistry Changemakers Poster

Teachers can use this poster to promote the Chemistry Changemakers Awards at their schools.