Western Australian Branch

Welcome to the WA Branch. Our committee meets on a bimonthly basis to collaborate and establish regular activities and events for our local members and the wider community.

Position Name
President - Ms Keelie Munroe
President Elect - Dr Matthew Peter Boon
Secretary - Mr Peter Anstis
Treasurer - Dr Vicky Barnett
Past President - Ms Tamsin Collins
Committee Member - Mr Nathan Curnow
Committee Member - Mr Al Day
Committee Member - Mr Ferdie Ferrante
Committee Member - Dr Terry Humphries
Committee Member - Ms Varshini Jayantha Kumar
Committee Member - Dr Paula McLay
Committee Member - Dr Elodie Rousset
Committee Member - Dr Alexandra Yeung

More information about the branch is coming soon. Learn more.


Our groups


Within our Branch we have established a range of specialist interest groups. They have been formed to encourage networking and other events between members who have a particular area of interest, and to encourage the wider chemistry community to participate. We'd love you to be involved.

These groups comprise:

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Events and Awards 


Our branch is very active in holding regular events. Highlights include:

  • Western Australia held many regular event such as Global Womens Breakfast, Science Week Branch Awards dinner, Student Careers Night, WA Analytical group "Hackers" Golf day, Instrument trade show.
  • W E Ewers Citation Award :- The citation recognises contributions made to furthering the profession of chemistry. It is expected these contributions will normally be made by virtue of the nominee’s activities within and for the RACI West Australian Branch. The Wilf Ewers citation is not meant to cover achievements in chemical science and technology since these are recognised by other RACI awards such as the H G Smith and Applied Research Medals.
  • A McA Batty Medal :- This award is to be made to a member of the WA Branch who has made an outstanding contribution to chemistry, in particular, in the field of chemistry applied to industry or commerce, to the environment or to the quality of human life. Awarded not more frequently than biennially.


The Bayliss Youth Lecture Series

The Bayliss Youth Lecture is organised by the Chemical Education Group of the Western Australian Branch of the RACI. This group was formally constituted in 1980 and aims to foster a close and continuing interaction among students, teachers and practicing chemists - both industrial and academic - with the objective of developing interest in and an understanding of the full ramifications of chemical science.


The Bayliss Youth Lecture is a free lecture but bookings are essential.


Details for the 2023 series is as follows:


'Seeing' chemistry at the molecular level

Prof Mauro Mocerino


AbstractIt is often said that chemistry is difficult to learn because it requires the learner to operate at three levels, the macroscopic (what is observable), the sub-microscopic (at the atomic/molecular level) and the symbolic (how we as chemists represent the chemistry).  Much of chemistry is described or explained at the symbolic level through formulae, equations and structures.  However, to have a good appreciation of chemistry, one must be able to visualise what is occurring at the molecular level and be able to link the molecular level with the symbolic and macroscopic levels. This presentation will give some examples of the tools we have to help visualise what is happening at the sub-microscopic level with a focus on our recent work using immersive virtual reality.


Date & Time: Friday 5th May, 7.30-8.30pm

Venue: ECU Joondalup Campus; 32.101 Lecture Theatre

Cost: Free (but registration essential)

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Date & Time: Wednesday 10th May, 7.00-8.00pm

Venue: UWA; Wilsmore Lecture Theatre

Cost: Free (but registration essential)

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Date & Time: Thursday 25th May, 7.00-8.00pm

Venue: Curtin University; 500.1101 The Hub, Resources and Chemistry Precinct, Building 500

Cost: Free (but registration essential)

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Any enquiries about the lecture or venue suggestions should be directed to Nathan Curnow 

([email protected]) or [email protected]. 

School visits may be able to be arranged in Term 2.


WA Branch Chemaraderie Key Note Speaker Series

Each month the WA Branch holds Chemaraderie, a Networking Event with a Keynote Speaker.

Please see below for a sample of this year's speakers

May - Colin Wheatley - The Thyroid System, Treatment History and the role of the Laws of Order of Chemical Reactions

April - A/Prof. Mark Paskevicius - Boron-based solid-state electrolytes for next-generation batteries

March - Dr Johan Janssen - How to Avoid a Pig's Heart Transplant



Become connected


If you would like get connected with WA branch please contact us

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