These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information of relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks Team. If you require further information about any of the items in the newsletter, or have any comments or ideas for content please contact the Networks Team (networks@rsc.org). Network Representatives are encouraged to disseminate this information, as appropriate, to colleagues and other members. Up to date lists of members can be obtained by emailing the Networks Team (networks@rsc.org).

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Dear all,

 

Welcome to the September edition of the networks newsletter. Apologies for the lack of an August newsletter - due to long term staff absence and other leave we have been trying our best to keep up. We're looking forward to both the Local Section Day and the Interest Group Forum.

 

For those of you worried about Stéphanie as she has been off for a number of weeks - we're delighted to say that we've seen her today and she'll hopefully be back with us soon.

 

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

11 September

Deadline for Local Section Christmas Card orders

11 September

Deadline for Interest Group Top Up fund

12 September

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 September to additional networks

14 September

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 September

26 September

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 October to additional networks

28 September

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 October

 

Upcoming Events

4 September

North East Regional Steering Group, Sheffield

4 September

Midlands Regional Steering Group, Derby

5 September

South East Regional Steering Group, London

5 - 6 September

Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, University of Bath, Bath

7 September

Scotland Regional Steering Group, Edinburgh

8 September

Wales Regional Steering Group, Wrexham

8 September

North West Regional Steering Group, Preston

11 September

Ireland Regional Steering Group, Dublin

14 September

Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London

16 September

South West Regional Steering Group, online

26 September

Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London

10 October

Member Networks Committee, Burlington House, London

 

Communications from across the RSC

 

Rules for Member Networks

We would like to remind each committee that all feedback on the proposed rules for member networks must be submitted electronically by 8am on 4th September 2017 at the latest. If your committee is not meeting before the deadline we request that you share the information by email - due to the timelines for approval any feedback received after the deadline may not be taken into account. Any general themes raised will then be discussed by the Regional Steering Groups at their autumn meetings.

 

Christmas Cards

Any Local Sections wishing to order RSC Christmas cards to send out to selected members of your section the deadline for orders is 11 September 2017 and we will arrange to dispatch the cards and address labels to you at the end of October.

 

You may want to consider ordering the labels in postcode order (rather than surname order). This should help the larger Local Sections whose Volunteers are divided up and look after specific postcode areas.

 

As in 2016 the Chemists’ Community Fund would like to offer each Local Section the opportunity to reclaim their postage costs if they include information in their mailing promoting the Fund. The attached letter has been prepared by the Fund staff for inclusion although you can, of course, prepare your own letter should you wish. If you would like to reclaim the cost of postage from the Fund an expense claim with receipts should be sent to BenFund@rsc.org.

 

Please send an email request (msadmin@rsc.org ) by 11 September 2017 including:

 

  • The selection criteria of the members (e.g. over 70 or retired)
  • If you wish to receive the printed and pre-folded Chemists’ Community Fund letters

 

Please be aware that electronic Christmas cards are not available this year.

 

Local Section Day 2017

We are looking forward to meeting representatives from many of our Local Sections in the UK and Ireland this month. The day will start at 10am and finish at 3:30pm.  We hope to have a constructive day celebrating the wonderful activities of our Local Sections, recognising the winners of our Awards and having interesting discussions.

 

Interest Group Forum 2017

We are also looking forward to meeting representatives from many of our Interest Groups. The forum is the new governance meeting for Interest Groups and it is important that as many groups are represented as possible. We have a packed agenda and anticipate some constructive discussions.

 

Chemistry Week (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/)

20 – 26 November 2017

We want to support you with activities and events in Chemistry Week, from inspiring the next generation, with personal stories about where chemistry has taken you, to celebrating the diversity of discovery within our community. Grants of up to £750 are now available and all applications will be considered whether you need £50 to purchase consumables or £500 for venue hire and catering, simply apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/).

 

The final deadline to apply for funding to support your planned activities is 27 September 2017.

  

Outreach Fund – Small Grants

2 October 2017

Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for small grants up to £2,000 to support schools and public engagement projects. If you have a new idea or have been developing a project that centres around enriching students’ chemistry education,  increasing public confidence to communicate chemistry or supporting members to get involved in outreach then please do get in touch or make an application for funding. For more information and to make an applications please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/)

 

 

Recognising our members

We were delighted to present all of our Inspirational Member Award winners and four of our Award for Service winners with their awards at the Summer Party in London. Futher information about the event is on our website: http://www.rsc.org/news-events/features/2017/jul/summer-party/

 

Upcoming Local to You Career Consultations

Are you looking to speak to a Career Specialist about anything related to your career? During September, October and November the Career Management team will be travelling across the UK to hold one-to-one career consultations for members. There are still appointments available for Lincoln, Belfast, Birmingham and many more. You can find out more and book here. We also hold regular appointments at our offices in London and Cambridge so if you’d like to speak to someone or find out more about the Career Management team then please email us careers@rsc.org.

 

GDPR

This is a change in law and we are asking for the following information so that we can support you as volunteers.

 

The Networks Team is here to offer support, guidance and help to all Interest Groups and as part of this would like to highlight the changes in the data protection law, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into place next year. In order to help you deliver events, communications, and services to your members  we wanted to address the changes with you to help ensure that we are all in line with the new regulations. The new regulations are coming into place in May 2018, with much of the focus around consent:

 

  • Consent under the GDPR requires some form of clear affirmative action. For non-RSC members pre-ticked boxes or inactivity does not constitute on going consent.
  • For non-RSC members, consent must be verifiable. This means that some form of record must be kept of how and when consent was given.
  • Individuals (non-RSC members) have a right to withdraw consent at any time.
  • Remember that you can rely on alternative legal bases to consent – for example, where processing is necessary for the purposes of your group’s legitimate interests.
  • If you should use a third party to deliver some of your groups work, then you will need to have a data processing agreement in place. This is currently being updated and will be in place in good time for May.
  • Where you already rely on consent that was sought under the existing DPA, you will not be required to obtain fresh consent from individuals if the standard of that consent meets the new requirements under the GDPR (see Recital 171). Implementation of the GDPR will require a review of consent mechanisms to ensure they meet the standards required under the legislation.
  • If you cannot reach the GDPR standard of consent then you must find an alternative legal basis or cease or not start the processing in question. Please do get in touch with the Networks Team at networks@rsc.org if you have any questions or concerns in the first instance.

As part of the preparation for these new regulations we feel it would be timely to audit the information on members that our Interest Groups hold and request your assistance by answering the questions in the attached form so we can identify where we need to offer support to you, so we can be in accordance with the changes.

 

It is important that you send the appropriate information Friday, 6th October.

 

Should you wish to discuss this further on the phone or in person, or should you have any questions or concerns, please do contact us (networks@rsc.org).

 

This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online(http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81).

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.

We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.

 

Kind regards,

The Networks Team

Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

 

 

Additional information from other departments

 

Royal Society – Royal Society of Chemistry Funding available

The Newton Mobility Grants (Brazil, Mexico and South Africa) programme is intended to stimulate collaborations between scientists in the UK and overseas partner countries. This must result in the training and transferring knowledge as well as skills to help strengthen research capabilities of the overseas partner. The applicant can apply up to £3,000 for 3 months, up to £6,000 for 1 year or up to £12,000 for 2 years duration project. The application deadline is 10 October 2017 15:00 UK time. Further details can be found on their webpage https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/newton-mobility-grants/

 

Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress 2017: Sustainable Agriculture

This year's Congress will take place in Accra, Ghana and is expected to attract 200-300 delegates from Africa, UK and globally, including many leading researchers and policy-makers, to discuss current research, challenges, new developments and crucial issues on the topic of Sustainable Agriculture. The PACN Congress is our flagship annual event for the African chemical sciences community and consists of 3 days of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, posters and networking.  Abstract deadline 24th September.

http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/28432/pan-africa-chemistry-network-congress-2017-sustainable-agriculture-how-the-chemical-sciences-can-contribute-to-food-security-for-a-growing-population

 

Posted by Fiona McMillan on Sep 1, 2017 8:00 AM BST
Dear all,

Welcome to the July edition of the networks newsletter.  If you haven’t yet registered for the New Officer’s Briefing Day, now is the time to get in touch. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow officers and the networks team.
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 July               Deadline for registration for the New Officers’ Briefing day
27 July              Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
27 July              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd August
30 July              Deadline for Local Section inserts in Chemistry Week (September issue)
10 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th August
31 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7th September
11 September   Deadline for Interest Group Top Up fund
 
Upcoming Events
12 July                          The Royal Society of Chemistry Annual General Meeting, Burlington House, London
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
20 July                          The Royal Society of Chemistry Summer party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
5 - 6 September            Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, University of Bath, Bath
14 September               Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September               Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
The 2017 Pay and Reward survey needs you
We use the Pay and Reward survey to gather evidence to help you effectively plan and manage your career. Would working in a different area of the chemical sciences affect your pay? How might taking break alter your career prospects? Do you need information to help you benchmark against data such as gender pay-gap and provide more meaningful interpretation and evidence for diversity initiatives?
The more responses we get to the survey, the more accurately you’ll be able to assess the answers to these questions and more. The survey is open until 9 July and your response is vital.
Last week, you should have received an email from ORC International, the market research agency we’re working with, containing your personal link to the survey. If you haven’t received your email invitation to the survey then please careers@rsc.org know. Once the results are analysed, you will be sent your own digital copy of the full report. Thank you for your help!
 
Christmas Cards
We will soon be contacting our Local Sections in the UK and Ireland to confirm the demographic to which they wish to send Christmas cards this year. Unfortunately we are not able to offer any electronic Christmas cards this year – please be aware that this was a decision outwith the control of the Networks Team.
 
Local Section Day 2017
We would like each Local Section to nominate a representative of their committee to attend our celebration of Local Section activities. The invitation is for discussion at your next committee meeting and is not a direct invitation to any specific individual or Officer. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
 
Interest Group Forum 2017
We would like each Interest Group to nominate a representative of their committee to attend the 2017 Interest Group Forum. The forum is the new governance meeting for Interest Groups and it is important that as many groups are represented as possible. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.

RSC AGM 2017
The Royal Society of Chemistry Annual General Meeting will take place on 12 July 2017 at 17:00 in Burlington House, London. All members are invited to attend, no registration is necessary. Our AGM is an opportunity to hear about recent developments in our work and to meet the new President Elect and Honorary Treasurer. The meeting will be followed by a reception, to which all participants are invited.
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81).
Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.

We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
 
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

 
Mythbusting
Did you know?
We currently have over 1’240 individual members on the committees of our member networks worldwide?
They are all part of one of our 35 Local Sections in the UK and Ireland, 23 int. Local Sections, 71 Interest Groups, 8 Analytical Division Regions and 2 Education Division Regions.
In addition we have many more active members in our Early Career Network and our governance boards and committees too.
 
 
Additional information from other departments

Analytical Science Training Opportunity – in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and GSK.
Apply now to attend a free training course in Ethiopia or Nigeria.  All expenses covered. 
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, 2-6th October 2017 (Deadline 3rd August)
Nigeria, University of Lagos, 20-24th November 2017 (Deadline 7th September)
http://www.rsc.org/events/africa
 
Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) Meeting,
with the Tanzanian Chemical Society Conference, Arusha, Tanzania, 11-15th September 2017.  Supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Register now and submit your abstract.
http://www.tcs-tz.org/tcs-fasc2017/

UK-Africa Collaboration Opportunities
We are collaborating with the Royal Society to fund International Exchanges between the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.  Up to £12,000 is available to fund travel and research costs. 
https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/

Research Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to purchase chemicals and/or equipment for your research.
http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Funding/research-fund/index.asp
 
For more information about our work in Africa, please see www.rsc.org/pacn, join our LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1900756 or contact driver@rsc.org
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Jul 10, 2017 12:35 PM BST
Dear all,

Thank you to all of those who attended this year’s Regional Meetings; it was lovely to get to see so many of you. We hope you enjoyed the meetings and found them useful. We will shortly be sending out a survey and it would be greatly appreciated if you could spare a few minutes to feedback to us.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
8 June              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 14th June
27 June             Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
29 June             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th July
13 July              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th July
27 July              Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
27 July              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd August
30 July              Deadline for Local Section inserts in Chemistry Week (September issue)
10 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th August
31 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7th September
11 September   Deadline for Interest Group Top Up fund
 
Upcoming Events
5 - 7 June                      Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
13-14 June                    Chemistry Means Business, Manchester
19 - 21 June                  Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
12 July                          The Royal Society of Chemistry Annual General Meeting, Burlington House, London
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
 20 July                          The Royal Society of Chemistry Summer party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
5 - 6 September            Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, University of Bath, Bath
14 September               Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September               Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
Inspirational Committee Award 2017
This year’s Inspirational Committee Award goes to:
The New Zealand Local Section committee
  • past Chair – Professor John Spencer MRSC
  • Secretary – Dr Vladimir Golovko MRSC
  • Treasurer – Dr Jóhannes Reynisson FRSC
For revitalising the New Zealand Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry and improving the engagement and activity of members throughout the country.
 
Inspirational Member Award 2017
This year’s Inspirational Member Awards go to:
  • Dr Kathryn Bell MRSC
    Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector
    Teacher – Forest Lane Community School
For her leadership of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector Education Support Group including the establishment of a coherent publicity strategy and streamlined application and review process leading to a significant increase in the number and diversity of projects supported.
  • Dr Sarah Myers MRSC
    East Midlands Local Section committee
    STEMNET Regional Networks Manager
For her dedication and enthusiasm as Secretary of the East Midlands Local Section committee and being the driving force behind additional activities established to ensure that a broad diversity of members can get involved.
  • Dr Hooshang Zavareh CChem FRSC
    Consultancy Group committee
    Consultant
For his dedication to the Consultancy Group committee including supporting staff in the creation of the Directory of Consultants which is of benefit to the wider chemical science community.
 
Chemistry at Work
We are now coming to the end of the existing Chemistry at Work programme following the last call for applications earlier in the year. After July, schools engagement events such as Chemistry at Work will be funded through our Outreach Fund which we have enhanced to provide more flexible funding opportunities for school engagement activities. The Outreach Fund is now open and the fund will cover a broad variety of formats for events engaging school students with chemistry. More details about applying and the criteria can now be found at http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/.
 
Chemistry Week ‘Global Science’
20 – 26 November 2017
We want to support you with activities and events in Chemistry Week (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/), from inspiring the next generation, with personal stories about where chemistry has taken you, to celebrating the diversity of discovery within our community. Grants of up to £750 are now available and all applications will be considered whether you need £50 to purchase consumables or £500 for venue hire and catering, simply apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/). We are running a rolling application process with deadlines on the 27th of every month until September or once all funds have been fully allocated. The next deadline is 27 June 2017.
 
Outreach Fund – large grants
3 July 2017
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for large grants between £2,000 and £10,000 to support schools and public engagement projects. If you have a new idea or have been developing a project that centres around enriching students’ chemistry education,  increasing public confidence to communicate chemistry or supporting members to get involved in outreach then please do get in touch or make an application for funding. For more information and to make an application please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/)
 
Take part in our 2017 Pay and Reward survey – opens 14 June
Every response counts so your input is vital.
Did you know that as a Royal Society of Chemistry member, you have access to an authoritative employment and job satisfaction report based on the experience of thousands of professionals working in the chemical sciences?
Your participation in the Pay and Reward survey provides the vital data required to produce this biennial report.
In 2015, we had our best response rate since moving the survey online. This gave more weight to our findings and supplied our members with the evidence needed to make informed career decisions.
On 14 June, you will receive an email from ORC International, the market research agency we’re working with, containing your personal link to the survey.
Your contribution really is vital, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey when it arrives.
 
Local Section Day 2017
We would like each Local Section to nominate a representative of their committee to attend our celebration of Local Section activities. The invitation is for discussion at your next committee meeting and is not a direct invitation to any specific individual or Officer. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
 
Interest Group Forum 2017
We would like each Interest Group to nominate a representative of their committee to attend the 2017 Interest Group Forum. The forum is the new governance meeting for Interest Groups and it is important that as many groups are represented as possible. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
 
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81).
Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.

We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
 
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

 
Mythbusting
Did you know?
The Royal Society of Chemistry covers expenses for committee members attending events that are organised centrally (e.g. New Officers Briefing Day, Regional Meeting…). The expense form is available on the RSC website (http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/FormsDocuments.asp) and should be sent to networks@rsc.org.
Expenses for events run by a member network should be claimed via the group treasurer.
 
Additional information from other departments
 
Last chance to join Chemistry Means Business, 13-14 June 2017, Manchester
CMB is the RSC’s annual event for the chemical science industry and comprises keynote sessions, fireside chats, panel discussions, technology pitches, as well as 1-2-1 partnering opportunities and informal networking.
Few tickets are still available. For more information about the event and tickets see http://www.rsc.org/campaigns/chemistry-means-business/
 
Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, 5th – 6th September at the University of Bath
Registration is now open for the Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, 5th – 6th September at the University of Bath. The conference is the must-attend event for post-doc researchers in their first or second job, who are aiming for an independent career in academic research. Delegates can:
  • Find out more about academic research careers and the different ways to access them 
  • Get information and support on issues affecting career progression in academic research 
  • Develop communication skills and gain confidence when talking about and presenting research 
  • Access support during the event through targeted group discussions and one-to-one sessions.
Registration costs £20 for RSC members and £25 for non-members. Find out more and register here: http://rsc.li/joliot-curie-2017
 
Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN)
Supporting African Science – join our LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1900756 or follow us on Twitter #PanAfricaChem
 
Analytical Science Training Opportunity – in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and GSK. Apply now.
Apply now to attend a free training course in Ghana or Kenya.  All expenses covered. 
 
UK-Africa Collaboration Opportunities
We are collaborating with the Royal Society to fund International Exchanges between the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.  Up to £12,000 is available to fund travel and research costs.  Closing date 13th June 2017.
https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/
 
Newton- Utafiti Fund launched by Kenya and UK Governments to enable UK-Kenya collaboration.  For more information: http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/about/about-partnering-countries/Kenya/

Research Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to purchse chemicals and/or equipment for your research.
http://www.rsc.org/ScienceAndTechnology/Funding/research-fund/index.asp
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Jul 10, 2017 12:31 PM BST
Dear all,
Over the next 3 weeks we will be out of the office meeting as many members as possible at our regional meetings – do come and say hello!
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
13 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th April
21 April             Deadline for Awards for Service and Inspirational Member & Inspirational Committee
                           Awards

27 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4th May
27 April             Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
11 May              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th May

25 May              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st June
8 June              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th June
29 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th July
13 July              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th July
11 Sept             Deadline for Interest Group Top Up fund
 
Upcoming Events
2 May                           Scotland Regional Meeting, Glasgow
3 May                           North East Regional Meeting, Newcastle
4 May                           North West Regional Meeting, Manchester
8 - 10 May                   Local to you Career Consultations, Glasgow
9 May                           South East Regional Meeting, Brighton
10 May                         Eastern Regional Meeting, Cambridge
11 May                         Midlands Regional Meeting, Nottingham
16 May                         South West Regional Meeting, Bristol
17 May                         Wales Regional Meeting, Swansea
18 May                         Ireland Regional Meeting, Dublin
5 June                         Chemists’ Community Fund biennial Volunteer Network Conference Burlington House, London
5 - 7 June                    Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
19 - 21 June               Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
14 September             Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September             Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
Local Section Day 2017
We would like each Local Section to nominate a representative of their committee to attend our celebration of Local Section activities. The invitation is for discussion at your next committee meeting and is not a direct invitation to any specific individual or Officer. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
 
Interest Group Forum 2017
We would like each Interest Group to nominate a representative of their committee to attend the 2017 Interest Group Forum. The forum is the new governance meeting for Interest Groups and it is important that as many groups are represented as possible. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
 
Chemists’ Community Fund biennial Volunteer Network Conference
On Monday 5th June, the Chemists’ Community Fund will hold its biennial Volunteer Network Conference at Burlington House, bringing together representatives of the Fund. This year’s event will include presentations from guest speakers covering topics around bereavement and dementia care, as well as our overview of recent achievements and activities across the Fund. Local Section Benevolent Fund representatives will have received an invitation to the event, and are reminded to register online by no later than Monday 8th May. If you have not received an invitation to the conference, but are interested in attending, please contact benfund@rsc.org to express interest (please note limited spaces are available).
 
Legal Team – Contracts and Liabilities
Just a quick reminder that any paperwork which is signed by any of our committees or members on our behalf which involves a contract or signing up to any additional liabilities must be sent to our Legal Team for checking prior to signing. Please be aware that we only have a small Legal Team and they have a big workload so please do send these documents with as much notice as possible.
 
Webinar on managing unemployment.
Unemployment can hit anyone, at any time – and managing it shouldn’t be an uphill struggle.
The information in this webinar is designed to help maximise the chances of finding the right route back to work for chemists faced with unemployment.
Join us on 17 May at 12.30 (UK time):
  • We’ll share realistic ways of dealing with the challenges you might encounter along the way.
  • You’ll hear from a Royal Society of Chemistry member who’s navigated long-term unemployment and is ready to share useful advice and tips that led to him finding work again.
  • And we’ll tell you more about the support we offer to all of our members and their families.
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81).
Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.

We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
 
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie
Posted by Stephanie Comte on May 2, 2017 12:00 PM BST
Dear all,

We’re getting ready for the regional meetings and regional steering group meetings – hopefully with the move to May we’ll have better weather for everyone travelling this year. We’re looking forward to catching up with everyone and meeting our newest members in each region.
 
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
13 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th April
21 April             Deadline for Awards for Service and Inspirational Member & Inspirational Committee Awards
27 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4th May
27 April             Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
11 May              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th May
25 May              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st June
 8 June             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th June
 
Upcoming Events
24 - 25 April               Local to you Career Consultations, Bournemouth
26 April                       Member Network committee meeting, London
2 May                          Scotland Regional Steering Group meeting, Glasgow
4 May                           North West Regional Steering Group meeting, Manchester
8 - 10 May                    Local to you Career Consultations, Glasgow
10 May                         Eastern Regional Steering Group meeting, Cambridge
11 May                         Midlands Regional Steering Group meeting, Nottingham
16 May                         South West Regional Steering Group meeting, Bristol
17 May                         Wales Regional Steering Group meeting, Swansea
2 – 18 May                   Regional Meetings (see below for more details)
5 - 7 June                    Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
19 - 21 June                Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
14 September             Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September             Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
Regional meetings 2017
Invitations for the Regional Meetings are currently being sent out. The venues for this year’s Regional Meetings are:
 
  • Glasgow, Scotland – 2nd May
    ABode Hotel Glasgow

     
  • Newcastle, North East – 3rd May
    International Centre for Life

     
  • Manchester, North West – 4th May
    Midland Hotel

     
  • Brighton, South East – 9th May
    Hilton Brighton Metropole

     
  • Cambridge, Eastern – 10th May
    Hughes Hall

     
  • Nottingham, Midlands – 11th May
    East Midlands Conference Centre

     
  • Bristol, South West – 16th May
    Armada House

     
  • Swansea, Wales – 17th May
    Brangwyn Hall

     
  • Dublin, Ireland – 18th May
    Hilton Dublin City Centre

If you have any questions about the Regional Meetings, please contact networks@rsc.org.
 
Awards for Service and Inspirational Award
Please consider nominating your inspirational colleagues or your own committee.
The deadline for nominations for our Awards for Service and Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards is 21 April 2017.
Any member can submit a nomination for any of these awards. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online:
 
Annual Reports
Thank you to all the groups that have completed their annual report for 2016.
A reminder that all RSC Networks must complete their annual report form in addition to the annual financial report. The activity report will be considered by staff and whichever body our Council has nominated to oversee the activities of the network.  The reports will be put on the network’s own homepage at www.rsc.org for their members to read and shared with relevant staff members.
 
Regional Steering Groups – Roles and Responsibilities
Purpose
The Regional Steering Groups provide a regional governance structure for our geographical networks, allowing our members to discuss and escalate both regional and national issues.
 The purpose of the groups is to:
  • Encourage communication and collaboration between all of our member networks on a regional basis
  • Ensure that all geographical networks are encouraged to consider the needs of the full breadth of our community
  • To act as a conduit for communication between our member networks and the governance structure
  • To discuss and inform staff on matters of regional importance
It was agreed by the review panel that the purpose of these groups was not to organise any activities. 
Members
To ensure that these groups are representative of our community each contains the following:
  • Representatives of all member networks committees in the region.
  • Representatives of specific sectors of our membership (Early Career, Academic, Industry and Interest Group) – these members are not representing any network but are asked to present their own opinion as a member of their sector.
  • Chemists’ Community Fund Regional Volunteer Coordinator
 
Updated brand centre user guide
Please be aware that the guidelines for our brand centre have been updated. The new guidelines are available online.

 
2017 Grant
We have now processed the 2017 grants for our Local Sections in the UK and Ireland and our Interest Groups. Many thanks to those committees who submitted all of their paperwork in a timely fashion.
If your committee has not yet received your 2017 grant this is likely to be because the full set of mandatory paperwork has yet to be received. To clarify please feel free to email
networks@rsc.org.
 
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online
. Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.
We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to
networks@rsc.org.
 
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

 
Mythbusting
Did you know?
While our Education Coordinators cannot be part of any of our member networks committees they are experts who are happy to be invited to attend a committee meeting to offer advice on any education or outreach matters.
 

Additional information from other departments
Analytical Training for Africa
‘Analytical Science Sans Frontieres’ It started with an old GC instrument.  Ten years on, a thriving cross-border collaboration is giving Africa’s analytical community a boost. 
https://theanalyticalscientist.com/fileadmin/tas/pdf-versions/TAS_Issue_0217.pdf

UK-Africa Collaboration Opportunities
We are collaborating with the Royal Society to fund International Exchanges between the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.  Up to £12,000 is available to fund travel and research costs.  Closing date 13th June 2017.
https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/

Newton- Utafiti Fund launched by Kenya and UK Governments to enable UK-Kenya collaboration.  For more information:
http://www.newtonfund.ac.uk/about/about-partnering-countries/Kenya/

Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN)
Supporting African Science – join our LinkedIn Group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/1900756 or follow us on Twitter #PanAfricaChem
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Apr 3, 2017 10:06 AM BST
Dear All,

Here in Cambridge the snowdrops are abundant and the crocuses are beginning to appear. Spring is here and we are looking forward to our regional meetings in May.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  9 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16th March
27 March          Deadline for Interest Group Top-up funding
27 March           Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
30 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th April
13 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th April
21 April             Deadline for Awards for Service and Inspirational Member & Inspirational Committee
                           Awards
27 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4th May
27 April              Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications

11 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th May
 
Upcoming Events
6 - 7 March                  Local to you Career Consultations, Nottingham – waiting list
9 March                        Early Career Network committee meeting, London
13 March                      India Regional Meeting / ISub Regional Steering Group meeting, Bangalore
13 - 15 March              Local to you Career Consultations, Swansea
16 March                      South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London
20 March                      North East Regional Steering Group meeting, York
23 March                      South West Regional Steering Group meeting, Bristol & Southampton
27 - 29 March              Local to you Career Consultations, York– waiting list
30 March                      Ireland Regional Steering Group meeting, Belfast
24 - 25 April                 Local to you Career Consultations, Bournemouth
26 April                         Member Network committee meeting, London
8 - 10 May                    Local to you Career Consultations, Glasgow
5 - 7 June                     Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
19 - 21 June                Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
14 September             Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September             Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
Nominations for Awards Recognising our Members
The deadline for nominations for our Awards for Service and Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards is 21 April 2017.
Any member can submit a nomination for any of these awards. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online:
 
2017 Grant Payments
Thank you to all the groups that have completed the financial reports for 2017.
A reminder that we cannot pay your 2017 grant until we have received all of your financial reports for 2016. If there is any reason, which you have not already communicated to us, for your committee’s reports to be delayed please let us know as soon as possible by email - networks@rsc.org.
The grants can be released when the following information has been received and approved by our Finance Team:
  • Completed electronic financial report signed by the auditor, Chair and Treasurer
  • Bank statement
  • A hardcopy financial report signed by the auditor, Chair and Treasurer
As Interest Group as well as International Local Section grants are all linked it is for everyone’s benefit that we ask for these reports to be submitted as soon as possible.
Events for our committees
Further to our discussions at the 2016 General Assembly we are in the process of organising two new events for our member networks in 2017.
We aim to celebrate the work and activities of our Local Sections on 14 September in Burlington House in London.
The Interest Group Forum - our new governance forum - will also be in Burlington House on 26 September 2017.
Further information will be sent to Secretaries in due course.
 
New Officers Briefing day
This year’s New Officers’ Briefing Day will be held on 14 July 2017 at Burlington House, London. This is a great opportunity to find out about best practices and network with other committee members.
Please feel free to pass this invite on to any members of your committee that may be interested in taking up an Officer position in the future; we understand that knowledge of the role and responsibilities will be a key factor in deciding to take up such a position.
For the first time, this year we would also like to invite those members who represent the Chemists’ Community Fund on our Local Section committees.
 
Chemistry Week – 20 – 26 November 2017
We are pleased to announce that this year’s theme for Chemistry Week is ‘Global Science’ to celebrate the global nature of Chemistry and the success that comes from collaborations and our International community. We want to support you with activities and events in Chemistry Week, from inspiring the next generation, with personal stories about where chemistry has taken you, to celebrating the diversity of discovery within our community. Grants of up to £750 are now available and all applications will be considered whether you need £50 to purchase consumables or £500 for venue hire and catering, simply apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/). We are running a rolling application process with deadlines on the 27th of every month until September or once all funds have been fully allocated. The next deadline is 27 March 2017.
 

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.
We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
 
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

 
Mythbusting
Did you know?
Our Media Team are keen to have reports and photographs from your events to be featured as news items both on our website (http://www.rsc.org/news-events/) and in the quarterly RSC News. For more information see the website or contact the team via email (pressoffice@rsc.org)


Additional information from other departments
 
Take part in the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists
The 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC2), which is being run by the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN) and by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS).
The survey, which is completely anonymous, will be open  from 1 March until 31 March 2017, and its main objective is to create a clear snapshot of the chemistry labour market. This snapshot will allow an analysis of educational offer and labour market needs, gender balance, salary differences, etc. As the situation of chemistry greatly differs from country to country (as the previous iteration of this survey shows) please make sure you take part so that we gather enough information from the UK to allow a specific analysis of data. 
In the 2013 EuCheMS survey, the UK provided the second highest number of survey respondents and we’d like to be just as well represented in 2017. It only takes around 10 minutes to complete and is open until the end of March.
Complete the survey now.
 
Analytical Science Training for Africa
There are opportunities for African scientists to attend our GC-MS Training courses, run in partnership with GSK.  In 2017 we will be running courses in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – full details and how to apply can be found here: http://www.rsc.org/campaigns/m/rp/pacn-gsk/partnership/
 
Archive for Africa
The entire Royal Society of Chemistry archive from 1841-2007 is available free of charge to many countries in Africa.  Our entire eBook catalogue is also available to those in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.  If your institution does not already have access, please ask your library to register here: http://www.rsc.org/Publishing/librarians/DigitalArchive/RegistrationarchiveforDevelopingCountries.asp
 
Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference 2017 – Oral Abstract deadline 14 March
This meeting is the first of its kind, and aims to bring the UK Physical Chemistry community together once every 2-3 years to highlight excellent research.
Please visit the event’s webpage for all information, to register and to submit your abstract:
http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/chemistry/news/events/faraday2017/
 
11-13 April 2017
University of Warwick

Website
 
 
McBain Medal: Assembly and pattern formation in complex soft materials
27 March 2017
SCI Belgrave Sq, London, UK
 
This one day meeting in London will focus on recent advances in colloid and interfacial science as a route to materials and processes with societal value, with distinguished speakers both from industry and academia. The meeting will close with the McBain Lecture, awarded annually by the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group to recognize a rising star in colloid and interface science. This year’s awardee is Dr João Cabral from Imperial College London, for his outstanding work on the thermodynamics and assembly of colloid and polymer mixtures, and the design of functional materials via interfacial instabilities. An enthusiast of scattering, his team and collaborators have pioneered the use of neutron and X-rays to study flow processing of complex fluids in complex microfluidic flows.

 

 
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Mar 3, 2017 9:50 AM GMT
Dear all,

We are happy to inform you that both Fiona and Nic are back from maternity leave and are getting back into the swing of things. Due to the changes in the team in the last year we can now clarify that while all team members are happy to help with all enquiries the main points of contact for each network are as follows:

Local Sections (Worldwide) and International Representatives – Stephanie Comte
Interest Groups and Early Career Network – Nic Bygrave
Regional structure and governance – Fiona McMillan
 
You can still contact all of us by emailing networks@rsc.org.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
 
9 February        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16th February
14 February       Deadline for financial Reports
23 February       Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2nd March
24 February       Deadline for Annual Reports
28 February       Deadline for financial Reports international Local Sections
 9 March             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16th March
27 March            Deadline for Interest Group Top-up funding
30 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th April
 
Upcoming Events
 
14 February                  Career consultations, London
20 - 21 February          Local to you Career Consultations, Oxford – waiting list
6 - 7 March                    Local to you Career Consultations, Nottingham – waiting list
9 March                          Early Career Network committee meeting, London
13 March                        India Regional Meeting / ISub Regional Steering Group meeting, Bangalore
13 - 15 March                Local to you Career Consultations, Swansea
16 March                        South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London
20 March                        North East Regional Steering Group meeting, York
23 March                        South West Regional Steering Group meeting, Bristol & Southampton
27 - 29 March                Local to you Career Consultations, York
24 - 25 April                   Local to you Career Consultations, Bournemouth
26 April                           Member Network committee meeting, London
 8 - 10 May                     Local to you Career Consultations, Glasgow
 5 - 7 June                     Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
19 - 21 June                  Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
Regional meetings 2017
This year’s Regional Meetings will be held over three weeks in May. Dates, cities and venues are still subject to confirmation but we are hoping not to deviate too much from the proposed schedule below. Once we have received confirmation the Regional Meetings will be on the events database and invitations will start to be sent.
 
  • Scotland Regional Meeting, Glasgow, 02 May 2017
  • North East Regional Meeting, Newcastle, 03 May 2017
  • North West Regional Meeting, Manchester, 04 May 2017
  • South East Regional Meeting, Brighton, 09 May 2017
  • Eastern Regional Meeting, Cambridge, 10 May 2017
  • Midlands Regional Meeting, Nottingham, 11 May 2017
  • South West Regional Meeting, Bristol, 16 May 2017
  • Wales Regional Meeting, Swansea, 17 May 2017
  • Ireland Regional Meeting, Dublin, 18 May 2017
 
Awards for Service and Inspirational Award
The awards for service and inspirational Award will be open for nominations soon. An email will be sent to all Chairs of member networks committees inviting them to submit nominations. However, everybody can nominate anybody.
 
Local to You Career Consultations
The Royal Society of Chemistry team of qualified careers specialists will be in various different regions offering free one-to-one, confidential consultations on any aspect of career management.
For those of you who have a careers visit booked in your section, Laura Woodward, will have been in touch to ask you permission to share the Local Section details on the email invite that goes to members.  By doing so, we can provide additional exposure to members in your section.  The careers team in turn will also be happy to share and highlight any events you are running.

Networks Newsletter online
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online.
We are aware that some of our members have had issues receiving emails sent through our maxemail system and this is being addressed. For the time being to ensure that all of our volunteers have access to the information in the networks newsletter it will now also be publicly available on MyRSC . Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.
 
We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.
 
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

 
Mythbusting
Did you know?
Due to the Governance review the General Assembly is being paused for 2017. However, following the regional structure review, there will be two new member events in 2017; a celebration day of Local Section activities and the Interest Group Forum. Further information will be forthcoming.
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Feb 7, 2017 6:00 AM GMT
Networks Newsletter July 2015

Dear all,

We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
8 July – RSC AGM, Burlington House, London
16 July – RSC Summer Party, London
30 July – Deadline for September Chemistry World inserts and programme cards (for Local Sections only, and these must now be produced by using the brand centre)

Communications from across the RSC
Don’t forget to take part in our Pay and Reward survey
Please look out for a recent email from us, containing your personal link to the survey. We run this survey every two years to provide an authoritative report on salaries, employment benefits and career satisfaction in the chemical sciences. The results are an extremely useful tool for career management and we appreciate your contribution to help us provide members with high quality information. Find out more about the survey here: http://rsc.li/1JWGsFF

Brand Centre
Our new brand centre, which allows committees to order literature and create marketing materials through predesigned templates, has now been launched to our Interest Groups and Local Sections and it will shortly be launched to our Analytical Division Regions. We hope you like it and find it useful.

Wikipedia Editathons: Widnes and London
Two events to bring more chemistry content to Wikipedia will be held at Catalyst [Sat 8 August] and at Burlington House [Wed 29 July]. For more info contact our Wikipedian in Residence, Andy Mabbett mabbetta@rsc.org

Kind regards,
Marie
On behalf of the Networks Team

Posted by Marie Chapman on Jul 6, 2015 2:35 PM BST
Networks Newsletter June 2015
 
Dear all,

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
•    8 -10 June - Belfast Careers Hub
•    16 June – Mentor training session, Bristol
•    20 June – Meet the Universities (South, Burlington House, London)
•    22 - 23 June – Schools Analyst National Final, Aberdeen
•    23 - 25 June - Bath Careers Hub
•    27 June – Meet the Universities (North, Sheffield Hallam University

Don't forget that to be included in the Diary section of RSC News, your event has to be listed on our events website two months before the event is due to take place.

Communications from across the RSC

Early Career Network Committee nominations are open
We are looking for three members to join our Early Career Network Committee. The committee will meet at least once a year, and has the following remit; to have oversight on activities that support members in the early stages of their career, suggest and support potential activities, agree funding levels and identify areas of development for the Early Career Network.

For more information on the role and the network please go to rsc.li/early-career-network.

If you are interested in joining our committee please contact Marie Chapman by 1 July 2015, attaching a short personal statement outlining why you would like the role.

Faraday Discussions – New proposals welcome & view our upcoming meetings

We encourage you to consider attending one of our upcoming Faraday Discussions meetings - our current programme is more diverse than ever before. Discounts are available for RSC Members to attend. The Faraday Standing Committee on Conferences (FSCC) also welcomes proposals from interest groups for meetings that focus on rapidly developing areas of physical chemistry and its interfaces with other scientific disciplines. Please contact Events if you have an idea for a topic and would be willing to act as the Scientific Committee Chair, or if you would like a member of FSCC to come to your committee meeting and tell you more.

Public attitudes to chemistry in the UK

The research findings are in! Find out more about the first national, in-depth study on how the UK public thinks and feels about chemistry, chemists and chemicals at rsc.li/pac.

Free member access to our newly digitised Historical Collection archive

Members receive free access to our new digital archive, that when complete will contain nearly one million pages of content and over 3,000 unique items. This product is launching in two phases:

Society publications and minutes, 1841-2012 (currently live) – covering material published by the Chemical Society, Royal Institute of Chemistry, and Royal Society of Chemistry. This includes back copies of Chemistry in Britain (now Chemistry World), Education in Chemistry, Monographs for Teachers, Lectures, Monographs and Reports, and minutes of Council and Committees.

Historical books and papers, 1505-1991 (launching June) - over 2,000 books and letters from some of the most famous chemists in history. Extra content will be added throughout 2015.

Kind regards,

Marie
On behalf of the Networks Team

 
Posted by Marie Chapman on Jun 5, 2015 1:23 PM BST
Networks Newsletter March 2015
Dear all,

I hope you are well. We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

5 March - Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff (If you would like to attend please email networks@rsc.org for an invite.)

6 March - Deadline for nominations for Council, Boards and Divisions

12 March – Ireland Regional Meeting, Dublin (If you would like to attend please email networks@rsc.org for an invite.)

19 March – South West Regional Meeting, Bristol (If you would like to attend please email networks@rsc.org for an invite.)

Communications from across the RSC

Annual Report Reminder

Thank you to those Interest Groups and Local Sections who have already sent them in, however please do not forget to send us your annual reports, financial reports and data compliance forms (Local Sections only) as soon as possible. If you would like a copy of these templates, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at networks@rsc.org.

Take part in our public attitudes to chemistry member survey!

We are conducting a quantitative, face-to-face survey with 2,000 people and as we measure public perceptions of chemistry, we also want to measure our perceptions of the public. Please help us with this short online survey. The survey is only active between 1 and 8 March 2015.

To access the survey, please follow this link - rsc.li/pac-member-survey.

All the results from this research will be presented in RSC News on 1 June 2015.

Kind regards,
Marie
On behalf of the Networks Team
Posted by Marie Chapman on Mar 4, 2015 10:47 AM GMT
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