Associations and societies

The School of Chemistry is proud to be host to several foundations as well as The Chemistry Alumni and The Sydney University Chemical Society. Becoming a member of a society or foundation is a great way to meet people, attend seminars, network with guest speaker and academics.

We encourage all University of Sydney chemistry graduates join of the expanding alumni community. You can meet fellow graduates, reconnect with classmates, take part in business networks and attend a range of events.


Chemistry Alumni keeps you informed about the activities of the School and to build links to our Alumni in both the community and business. A Chemistry Newsletter is posted out twice a year to provide up-to-date information about the School today.

Cornforth Foundation

The Cornforth Fund for Chemistry was established to honour life achievements of former University of Sydney and School of Chemistry students Professor Sir John Cornforth and his constant collaborator and wife Lady Rita Cornforth. Sir John was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1975 for research on the stereochemistry of enzyme-catalysed reactions. The Fund works to continue the strong tradition of chemistry at the University of Sydney by supporting international collaboration, scholarships, research and teaching in the areas of chemistry pioneered and inspired by Sir John and Lady Rita Cornforth.

Inorganic Foundation

The Inorganic Foundation’s main activity is to sponsor visits to the School of Chemistry by eminent scientists, generally from overseas. As a member you will be invited to all lecture courses and seminars that are given under the Foundation’s auspices. The Foundation also arranges occasional meetings (and dinners and luncheons) designed to keep members of the Foundation, and particularly those members who are graduates in Inorganic Chemistry, informed about the activities of the University.

Sydney University Chemical Society

The Sydney University Chemical Society was founded in 1929 and originally the preserve of graduate and honours students, the original aims of the society were to foster and maintain an interest in pure chemistry and discuss chemical topics of general interest 'outside the highly specialised industrial or technical sphere'. Subscription to the society cost seven shillings and sixpence per annum.