Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 5 (September)
..Chemistry in Chile
..IUPAC Prize
..Air Quality in Denmark
..Highlights from the Web

..Reports from Symposia

..New Projects
..News and Notices
..Awards and Prizes
..New Books
..Provisional Recommendations
..Reports from Commissions
..Conference Announcements
..Conference Calendar

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New (The Royal Society)

On 26 January 2000, the Royal Society relaunched its web site (, unveiling a new look with added features. This effort is part of the current drive to help the Society raise its profile and respond better to the needs of its increasingly diverse audiences. Harnessing the help of the designers Synergy Communications, the aim of the redesign was to make the site more dynamic and user-friendly while taking advantage of developing web technologies and increased functionality.

The new site is now ordered with the end-user/audience in mind and offers full navigation between the various sections of the site via a navigation bar and link menus. Additional features of the new site include a dynamic home page with a changing "face of science" graphic, press release notices, and a daily update of science issues in the media; a registration system enabling users to receive e-mail updates of the Society’s activities; easy access to downloadable reports, media releases, and grant forms; and a secure, private area, solely for the use of Fellows – The Fellows' Room. This area of the site is intended to provide information of specific interest to Fellows of the Royal Society and includes a Discussion Forum. Future developments being planned include a searchable media directory of specialists, the transfer onto the site of some of the Society’s vast library and archive resources, and an education "subsite" aimed specifically at school children and teachers.

The web site will play an increasingly important part in the promotion of the Society and science in the future, and it is hoped that users will find the new site both informative and easy to use. We welcome any comments that you may have on the new look and structure of the web site. Please direct them to the Web Manager ([email protected]).

This article originally appeared in the March 2000 issue of The Royal Society News, published by the Press and Public Relations Unit of the Royal Society (6 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG, England, UK), to whom we extend thanks for their permission to reproduce it in full.


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