Cambridge Chemistry Race
Chemistry competition for teams of sixth-form students

Competition details

Coronavirus Updates:

The competition is expected to be held in-person. If we need to make any changes due to the epidemiological situation, all participants will be notified.

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What is Cambridge Chemistry Race?
Cambridge Chemistry Race is a new chemistry competition for teams of 3-5 sixth-form students organised by the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. The teams race against each other in solving chemistry problems; who gets the most points within the time limit, wins.
Where and when?

The third Cambridge Chemistry Race will be held on Saturday 19th February 2022 at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

How to sign up

Chemistry Race 2022 is now filled to capacity and newly registered teams will be put on a short waiting list. Teams on the waiting list will be notified if a place becomes available for them.

The registration for Chemistry Race 2023 will open in the next academic year.

If you would like to stay informed about the competition, please sign up to our mailing list here.


What do we need to bring?

Apart from writing utensils, you should definitely not forget your favourite calculator (ideally one for each member of your team). Some questions may require you to read data of graphs. Therefore, we also recommend bringing rulers. In addition, you are allowed to bring any paper literature, notes or handouts that you think could be useful. No electronic devices, apart from dedicated calculators (not calculators on mobile phones, tablets or computers) are allowed.

How to get here

Cambridge is easily accessible by both trains and coaches. The Department of Chemistry is within a walking distance of the Cambridge City Centre bus station and the Cambridge railway station (CBG). If the team arrives by its own vehicle, parking at the Department is available.


Participation in the competition is free. Travel costs are not reimbursed.

Rules and example questions

You can find the rules of the competition here, and past questions can be found in the Documents section.


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