Hosted by the The Royal Society of Chemistry–World's leading science community

Originating from the chemistry Challenge which has been held in the UK for over 20 years

Exams happening simultaneously in over 40 different regions in China

Team-based competition with a preliminary written test and a final practical test in either Chinese or English

Participants of the national final have the chance to attend some of the world's top scientific activities

Date:15th December, 2018 (Saturday) 14:00-15:00 (60min)


Organizer Introduction

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC): The Royal Society of Chemistry is the oldest and largest chemical society in Europe. It is a leading international organization dedicated to promoting the development of the chemical sciences. RSC currently has more than 50,000 members and more than 500 full-time staff worldwide. RSC's publishing business, educational resources, international conferences and communication networks cover all aspects of the chemical sciences. As a non-profit professional academic organization, any surplus from RSC publishing or other activities is used to advance the chemical sciences. The Royal Society of Chemistry currently has two offices in China (in Beijing and Shanghai). The activities of the Royal Society of Beijing Local Section include chemical demonstration lectures, fun chemistry experiments in schools, and science salons in cafes.
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Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) is a high-level university that aims to develop chemical talent at the cutting-edge of science and technology. The university was established in 1958 and formerly known as the Beijing Institute of Chemical Technology. As a national key university directly affiliated to the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and as one of the Project 211 universities and 985 Project Innovation Platforms, BUCT has responsibilities for basic and applied scientific research; original, high-tech development; and the training of high-level, innovative talent.
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Challenge Introduction

The chemistry competition 'Top of the bench' hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry is the oldest and most well-known competition of its kind in the UK. In order to adapt the contest to the needs of Chinese students, the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) along with ASDAN China and the Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) are introducing 'Rising Star Chemistry Competition China (RSC3), which is based on the 'Top of the Bench' competition structure and rules. This competition is academically organized and judged by RSC members and the results are fully recognized by the RSC and BUCT. From 2015, more than 11000 students from 300 schools have participated. Participants of the final have the chance to attend some of the world's top scientific activities.



Academic and Judging Team

Professor David G. Evans Ph.D from Oxford University in Inorganic Chemistry

David Evans received a bachelor's degree and a doctorate from the University of Oxford. After a postdoctoral fellowship in the University of Bristol, he carried out teaching and research in the University of Exeter from 1985 to 1996. He moved to Beijing University of Chemical Technology in September 1996 where he is currently a Distinguished Professor and Member of the Academic Committee of the State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering. In 2001, he was awarded the "Friendship Award" by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA). In 2004, he was elected as a Fellow (FRSC) by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). In 2005, he was awarded an "International Science and Technology Cooperation Award" by the State Council. In 2008, he was elected as the chairman of the Beijing Local Section of the RSC. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of the British Empire ("OBE"). In 2014, he was one of ten recipients of the “Distinguished Foreign Teacher” award issued to mark SAFEA’s 60th anniversary. In 2016, he was selected as “Special Contributor to Popular Science in China” by the China Association for Science and Technology. He was also selected as one of the “Top Ten Influential Newsmakers in the Petroleum and Chemical Industry” in 2016”.

Doctor Susan J. Schamp Ph.D from Oxford University in Inorganic Chemistry.

Dr Susan J. Schamp studied as an undergraduate and postgraduate at The Queen's College, Oxford University. After taking a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry, she received a DPhil degree in Inorganic Chemistry in 1993. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education at the University of Newcastle in 2006, and has taught A-level and IB Chemistry at St John's International School Brussels, Harrow International School Beijing and Dulwich College Beijing. She took a team of her students to compete in the Royal Society of Chemistry's Top of The Bench Chemistry Competition in the UK in 2010. Building on this experience, she co-led the first RSC inter-school chemistry competition in Beijing in 2013. This event has now developed into the nation wide RSC "Rising Star Chemistry China Challenge".

Competition Rules


Either English or Chinese

Team Rules

The competition requires a team of 4 students to work collaboratively. Each team must have 2-4 lower grade students, and 0-2 higher grade students.
Lower grade students:
Grade 10 students, GCSE G1/G2 students, or pre-IB.
Higher grade students:
Grade 11 students, A Level A1 students, or IB level 11 students.
Grade 12 students, A Level A2 students, or IB level 12 students.

Competition Time and Places


15th December, 2018 (Saturday) 14:00-15:00 (60min)
Competition is located at exam centers across China(check and choose exam center after registration)


March 23rd-24th, 2019 (Saturday to Sunday)
Beijing Royal School (No. 11, Wangfu Street, Changping District, Beijing)


A. Preliminary: Written test

This examination lasts for 60 minutes and consists of 100 multiple choice questions. The examination includes 3 different levels of questions - easy, medium and difficult. Each level of questions has different scores. Answering all questions in 60 minutes is unlikely, therefore students are encouraged to work efficiently as a team to get the most answers correct. For wrong answers, points will be deducted from the result.

B. Final: Practical Examination

  • The top 60 teams from the preliminary round are invited to attend the final competition
  • 30 of the teams are the top 6 teams from each competition region and the other 30 teams are selected according to the national ranking list.
  • The final examination includes 3 rounds of experiment based challenges with each round lasting for 90 minutes. The rounds test a range of skills including experimental design, scientific analysis and interpretation, the evaluation of errors etc. Judges will grade teams on all aspects.

Awards Setting


  • Gold: Top 60 teams from across regions
  • Silver: Top 15%
  • Bronze: Top 35%
  • Regional honorable award: Regional Top 10 (Ranking without finalists)


  • National awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd
  • National top 10 teams awards
  • National competition participation awards


Registration Dates
  • From 1st October, 2018 to 2nd December, 2018

Exam Centers

Sample Problems


1、Can the students bring a calculator to RSC3?
Calculators can not be used on any round for RSC.
2、Can the students bring a dictionary to RSC3?

Students are not allowed to bring any dictionaries for RSC3.

3、Are there any past exam papers or other studying materials?
Past exam paper will be emialed to respective teachers after registering for RSC3.
4、Refund policy

If, for some reason, a student is unable to attend after paying the fee, please notify us in writing one month before the deadline of registration. If the student notifies us after that, we will not be able to offer a refund.