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,

The first week of June every year is Volunteers Week run by NCVO, which is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. We want to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to you, some of our most engaged members, who give up your time and without which we would not be able to provide these networks to our members.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
11 June            Deadline registrations for New Officers’ Briefing Day
12 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st June to additional networks
14 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st June
26 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th July to additional networks
28 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th July
10 July             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th July to additional networks
12 July             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th July


Upcoming Events
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
11 July               Royal Society of Chemistry AGM, Burlington House, London
18 July               RSC Summer Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool

Communications from across the RSC
 
GDPR
As most people are now aware the General Data Protection Regulation was introduced on 25 May 2018.
Links to the updated handbook, rules and GDPR guidelines and resources were sent to all Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers of all of our member networks along with our International Representatives, Early Career Representative and Academic Representatives on Friday 18 May 2018. If you have any queries about GDPR relating to the work of our member networks please refer to the guidelines and if necessary email Networks@rsc.org.


Recognising our volunteers
We have been highlighting the 2018 winners of our Awards for Service and Inspirational Member and Committee Awards both on our website and through our normal social media channels. This year saw an increase in the number of excellent nominations received for these awards which is a testament to the wonderful work of our members.
Full information about the award winners is available in the news section of our website.


Volunteers Week 1-7 June
We would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to thank those around you and acknowledge the time that they give. This could be other members of your committee or you know someone that is involved with outreach events for example. If you use Twitter then please do thank them using #Time4Chem and link to us @RoySocChem, or just say thank you personally to those individuals.
Do you know anyone that is interested in volunteering with us? If you do please direct them to our new volunteering pages.


New members campaign
As part of the new 1st year membership pathway, introduced in March, all new members are sent a communication at 4 weeks of membership that highlights the Interest Groups and encourages new members to subscribe.  This communication is tailored by membership category so is clear as to the number of groups each recipient is able to subscribe.  This has been sent out twice so far and we have seen a good response from new members wanting to taking up groups.
In addition to the new members campaign, we are due to run a campaign to existing members in July.  This will be targeted by category and encourage those who have not subscribed to the number of groups they are able to.  We will expect this to create a good uptake in subscribers to the Interest Groups and raise the awareness of the groups among our members.

ARE YOU HOPING TO COMMERCIALISE YOUR IDEAS?
UK & European small companies & universities, developing chemistry-driven technology working in health, energy, environment, food & drink and materials & enabling technologies

The RSC Emerging Technologies Competition is open for applications.

Since 2013, the Competition has turned 36 promising ideas into…
  • Collaborations with multinationals
  • License deals
  • £31 million in follow-on equity investment and grant funding
Apply from 2 May until 2 July

rsc.li/EmTech18
#RSCEmergingTech



Outreach Fund – Small Grants
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/)


ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium 30–31 August 2018 Liverpool, UK
Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018

Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences. There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia. Abstracts for poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration and there are travel grants available. Join us in Liverpool, in August 2018. Secure your place by registering online now: rsc.li/ecs2018 

Looking to speak to a Career Specialist?
Appointments are available via Skype, phone or in person around the UK (selected dates), in London and Cambridge. They can help you with updating your CV, job search strategies or if you are at a crossroads and need some guidance from a qualified specialist. Appointments are available to our Associates, Members and Fellows. Search for appointments (http://www.rsc.org/events) or email us at careers@rsc.org to help with your career management.

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


 
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Jun 1, 2018 10:38 AM BST
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 March     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March to additional networks
8 March     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March
19 March   Deadline Nominations for Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards
27 March   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April to additional networks
29 March   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April
03 April      Interest Group Top up fund application deadline
10 April      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April to additional networks
12 April      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April

Upcoming Events
08 March    North East Regional Meeting, Leeds
14 March    Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich
15 March    South West Regional Meeting, Exeter
19 March    Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham
20 March    South East Regional Meeting, Oxford
28 March    Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh
 01 May      Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June      New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
26-30 August    7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August    RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool


Communications from across the RSC
We have mentors available
Being mentored has helped our members to:
  • achieve greater clarity around their career goals and how to achieve them
  • learn more about themselves
  • gain greater self-confidence and self-belief
  • pursue personal and professional development and practical learning
  • improve relationships with their colleagues and their performance in their current role.
One member described how having a mentor has given him the opportunity to think about his career: It’s always useful to think about my goals and setting myself objectives. 'Everyday life' often prevents me from doing this and so this has given me an opportunity to do so.’

If you are in one of our professional categories of membership (AMRSC, MRSC or FRSC) or you hold a professional registration (RSci or RSciTech) then you are eligible to become a Mentee.  All our mentors are Members or Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

If you’d like more information about accessing a mentor please email careers@rsc.org 
 
New Guidance Launched For CCF Applications
Previous feedback has revealed that Members can be apprehensive in speaking with the Chemists’ Community Fund. In order to move some way in overcoming this hurdle the Fund team have spoken with a previous beneficiary to discuss what others can expect when liaising and applying to the Fund. The case study, which is available under the heading ‘What can you expect if you apply to the CCF?’ on this page - http://www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/chemists-community-fund/#undefined, could be used as a signpost for Members who may be interested in the CCF. 
Chartered Manager
Interested in finding out more about becoming a Chartered Manager through the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Management Institute? We recently hosted a webinar with the CMI to provide an overview of the route to becoming Chartered Manager, how to apply, the benefits, process and the costs. This webinar is available to watch again on our YouTube channel. If you are interested in finding out more please contact careers@rsc.org. 
 
ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium 
30–31 August 2018
Liverpool, UK

Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Oral abstract deadline – 9 April 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018.

Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences.

There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia.

Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration.

rsc.li/ecs2018 (http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/30662/ecs2018-5th-rsc-early-career-symposium-liverpool)                                                                                                                                                       
@RSC_ECS


This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). 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 25, 2018 2:41 PM BST
Please note that the March and April 2018 editions of the Networks Newsletter are now available on MyRSC.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
8 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May to additional networks
10 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May
21 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 31st May to additional networks
24 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 31st May
 
Upcoming Events
1 May                 Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
11 July               Royal Society of Chemistry AGM, Burlington House, London
18 July               RSC Summer Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool
 
Communications from across the RSC
GDPR – Toolkit for Member Networks - UPDATE
I just wanted to update you all on the progress of the anticipated resources to support our networks in complying with the new General Data Protection Regulation.

I would like to reassure you that the resources are being produced and will be made available soon. As you may know the ICO can make amendments to the regulation at any time until 25 May 2018. An email will be sent to the Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers in the next month with a link to the completed resources.

As noted by the Information Commissioner the data storage requirements of the new regulation are not a drastic change to the requirements of the current Data Protection Act and as such we advise that you continue to maintain your data as you always have done in compliance with our rules.

If you have any questions please email networks@rsc.org.
 
Please remember that you can contact the Networks Team at any time for support or guidance at any time.
 
Chemistry Week
19 - 25 November 2018
The theme for 2018 is ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’ (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/) and we want to support you with activities and events that inspire the next generation, reach under-represented audiences and celebrate the diversity within our own 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. Apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/) or contact outreach@rsc.org for further information.
 
The deadlines to apply for funding to support your planned activities are 14 May 2018 and 10 September 2018.
 
Outreach Fund – Small and Large Grants
14 May 2018
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for small grants (up to £2,000) and large grants (£2,000 to £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 applications please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/)

ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium 30–31 August 2018 Liverpool, UK
Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018
Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences. There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia. Abstracts for poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration and there are travel grants available. Join us in Liverpool, in August 2018. Secure your place by registering online now: rsc.li/ecs2018 

Looking to speak to a Career Specialist?
Appointments are available via Skype, phone or in person around the UK (selected dates), in London and Cambridge. They can help you with updating your CV, job search strategies or if you are at a crossroads and need some guidance from a qualified specialist. Appointments are available to our Associates, Members and Fellows. Search for appointments (http://www.rsc.org/events) or email us at careers@rsc.org to help with your career management.

This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). 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 Fiona McMillan on May 1, 2018 10:10 AM BST
Dear all,
Welcome to the April edition of the networks newsletter. It was great to meet so many of you at the Regional Meetings and hope you enjoyed them as much as we did.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
3 April               Interest Group Top up fund application deadline
10 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April to additional networks
12 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April
24 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd May to additional networks
26 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd May
8 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May to additional networks
10 May             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th May
 
Upcoming Events
1 May                 Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
11 July               Royal Society of Chemistry AGM, Burlington House, London
18 July               RSC Summer Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool
 
 
Communications from across the RSC
GDPR – Toolkit for Member Networks
As you are all probably aware the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into force on 25 May 2018. The rules, in general, are very similar to the current Data Protection Act but there will be a much higher penalty, both for the organisation and individuals, involved in a breach of data protection.
We will be providing all of our member networks with a toolkit to support your compliance with the new regulation – we hope to have this sent to all committee members in April. We would like to emphasise that the reason this is coming to you so close to the compliance deadline is that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has still not finalised some details of the regulation so we are waiting for some vital pieces of information to ensure that you are sent the correct details.
Please delete any old data lists, delegate lists, contact details from your computers which you may have saved from past RSC business.
We will, of course, do our best to offer you all of the support you need to remain compliant but we do need your cooperation in adhering to the new law.
If you have any questions please email networks@rsc.org.
 
Rules for Member Networks – Update
Please note that in February the Membership and Qualifications Board approved an update to the rules for member networks to include the following:
3.5: All members must comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).
The rules are updated online here.
 
Expenses Forms
Please be aware that our Finance Team can no longer process expenses submitted on hard copy forms or the old electronic forms. Please use the form available online here (http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/FormsDocuments.asp) for all expenses in the future.
 
Communicating with Member Networks Committee
As you know the Member Networks Committee (MNC) is responsible for overseeing the activities and support of all of our member networks. We hope that you receive the support you need from the Networks Team to fulfil your roles as volunteers but we would like to remind you that you should also feel able to submit any discussion points or issues to your relevant Regional Steering Group (RSG) through the appropriate representative. Often issues or questions can be answered by other volunteers or staff as part of the RSG meeting but if this is not possible then it will be escalated to MNC by the RSG Chair.
  • Local Sections – this is your main route to raise concerns regarding the governance of your network
  • Interest Groups – if your issue is not appropriate to raise through an RSG then you can raise it with one of our two Interest Group Representatives on MNC (Helen Ryder (Formulation Science and Technology Group) and Rachel Evans – Photochemistry Group) who can be reached by emailing networks@rsc.org.
  • AD and ED Regions – although you have direct reporting lines to your Divisions please feel free to also use this route for communication, we will always share any concerns with the relevant Division Council.
 
Please remember that you can contact the Networks Team at any time for support or guidance at any time.
 
 
Chemistry Week
19 - 25 November 2018
The theme for 2018 is ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’ (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/outreach/everyone/) and we want to support you with activities and events that inspire the next generation, reach under-represented audiences and celebrate the diversity within our own 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. Apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants (http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Y465T/) or contact outreach@rsc.org for further information.
 
The deadlines to apply for funding to support your planned activities are 14 May 2018 and 10 September 2018.
 
Outreach Fund – Small and Large Grants
14 May 2018
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for small grants (up to £2,000) and large grants (£2,000 to £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 applications please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (http://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/outreach-fund/)
 
Most recent publication on Brexit
Read an opinion piece by our Director for Science & Communities, Dr Jo Reynolds (link to come on Thursday)  to mark one year since article 50 was triggered –summarising the RSC’s policy asks on Brexit and also giving details on what we are doing.
Find out more (http://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/campaigning/science-and-the-uks-exit-from-the-eu/) on how we are working to understand the possible effects on our community and to inform and influence the science and innovation element of the exit negotiations.
 
 
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). 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 Fiona McMillan on Apr 30, 2018 10:57 AM BST
Posted in April 2018 

Dear all,
Welcome to the March edition of the networks newsletter. It was great to see so many of you at the Regional Meetings in London, Belfast & Cardiff and we are looking forward to the meetings in Liverpool and Leeds this week.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March to additional networks
8 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March
19 March          Deadline Nominations for Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards
27 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April to additional networks
29 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th April
3 April               Interest Group Top up fund application deadline
10 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April to additional networks
12 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th April
 
Upcoming Events
8 March              North East Regional Meeting, Leeds
14 March            Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich
15 March            South West Regional Meeting, Exeter
19 March            Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham
20 March            South East Regional Meeting, Oxford
28 March            Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh
1 May                 Member Networks Committee meeting, Burlington House, London
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool
 
 
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
We have mentors available
Being mentored has helped our members to:
  • achieve greater clarity around their career goals and how to achieve them
  • learn more about themselves
  • gain greater self-confidence and self-belief
  • pursue personal and professional development and practical learning
  • improve relationships with their colleagues and their performance in their current role.
One member described how having a mentor has given him the opportunity to think about his career: It’s always useful to think about my goals and setting myself objectives. 'Everyday life' often prevents me from doing this and so this has given me an opportunity to do so.’
If you are in one of our professional categories of membership (AMRSC, MRSC or FRSC) or you hold a professional registration (RSci or RSciTech) then you are eligible to become a Mentee.  All our mentors are Members or Fellows of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
If you’d like more information about accessing a mentor please email careers@rsc.org
 
New Guidance Launched For CCF Applications
Previous feedback has revealed that Members can be apprehensive in speaking with the Chemists’ Community Fund. In order to move some way in overcoming this hurdle the Fund team have spoken with a previous beneficiary to discuss what others can expect when liaising and applying to the Fund. The case study, which is available under the heading ‘What can you expect if you apply to the CCF?’ on this page - http://www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/chemists-community-fund/#undefined , could be used as a signpost for Members who may be interested in the CCF.
 
Chartered Manager
 
Interested in finding out more about becoming a Chartered Manager through the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Management Institute? We recently hosted a webinar with the CMI to provide an overview of the route to becoming Chartered Manager, how to apply, the benefits, process and the costs. This webinar is available to watch again on our YouTube channel. If you are interested in finding out more please contact careers@rsc.org.
 
 
ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium
30–31 August 2018
Liverpool, UK
 
Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Oral abstract deadline – 9 April 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018.
 
Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences.
 
There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia.
 
Abstracts for both oral and poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration.
 
rsc.li/ecs2018 (http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/30662/ecs2018-5th-rsc-early-career-symposium-liverpool)                                                                                                                                                       
@RSC_ECS
 
 
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (http://my.rsc.org/blogs/81/1839). 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 Fiona McMillan on Apr 30, 2018 10:56 AM BST
Dear all,

Welcome to the February edition of the networks newsletter. We are looking forward to meeting some of you during the upcoming Regional Meetings. If you haven’t yet registered for your nearest Regional Meeting, now is the time to get in touch. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow members and staff.

 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 February        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th February to additional networks
8 January          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th February
9 February        Deadline for financial reports
14 February      Deadline for annual reports
20 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st March to additional networks
22 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st March
6 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March to additional networks
8 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March
19 March          Deadline Nominations for Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards
 

Upcoming Events
5-7 February       Local to you career consultations, Lancaster
7 February          Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, London 
21 February        Regional Meeting – London
21 February        South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London
22 February        Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, Newcastle
27-1 March         Local to you career consultations, Edinburgh
28 February        Regional Meeting – Belfast
28 February        Ireland Regional Steering Group meeting, Belfast
5 March              Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff         
7 March              North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool
8 March              North East Regional Meeting, Leeds
14 March            Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich
15 March            South West Regional Meeting, Exeter
19 March            Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham
20 March            South East Regional Meeting, Oxford
28 March            Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh
 

Communications from across the RSC

New Deputy Chief Executive (Head of House)
We are delighted to announce that Paul Lewis has been appointed as our new Deputy Chief Executive (Head of House) and will join the organisation on Friday 23 March.
An experienced senior leader in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Paul joins us from City & Guilds where he has been Executive Director, International and Strategy. He has substantial leadership experience in the Education, Skills and Knowledge sectors with specialist Government-to-Government and international operating expertise.
He has been selected through a rigorous process. Our President, John Holman, commented: “Having been closely involved in the selection of Paul Lewis as one of our two Deputy Chief Executives, I am very pleased that he has accepted the job. Paul's wide experience is exactly what we need, particularly because he will be responsible for our portfolio of publications, which is such an important part of what the Royal Society of Chemistry does to support the worldwide chemistry community.”
He will work with Robert Parker (CEO) and Helen Pain (DCEO (Head of Profession)) to deliver our mission.  Paul’s focus will be on developing and maintaining our position as a leading, high-quality publisher and knowledge provider, which is core to our Royal Charter and strategic ambitions and will work closely with Helen and the wider Leadership Team to deliver our strategy collaboratively.
 
 
Regional Meetings 2018
As you should all now be aware, the 2018 regional meetings are coming up in February and March. As mentioned in previous newsletters, these meetings are now primarily networking events for all RSC members in the area.
The meetings are now filling up – London is now full – if you would like to attend any of the other meetings please register as soon as possible.
  • London Regional Meeting, Burlington House, 21 February 2018 - Full
  • Ireland Regional Meeting, Belfast, 28 February 2018
  • Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff, 5 March 2018
  • North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool, 7 March 2018
  • North East Regional Meeting, Leeds, 8 March 2018
  • Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich, 14 March 2018
  • South West Regional Meeting, Exeter, 15 March 2018
  • Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham, 19 March 2018
  • South East Regional Meeting, Oxford, 20 March 2018
  • Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh, 28 March 2018

 
Deadline extension for EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
 26–30 August 2018, ACC Liverpool, UK
 
To give more of you the chance to present your work at this high profile congress, we will be accepting oral abstracts until 19 February.
 
Those of you presenting research will contribute to the big questions under discussion at this year’s congress, on the theme of molecular frontiers and global challenges.
 
Registration is now open. Attending will bring opportunities to network and strengthen connections, hear experts talk about cutting-edge research in seven key scientific areas, and take part in a series of workshops, lectures, symposia and panel discussions organised by the EuCheMS community. Other highlights include a programme dedicated to the European Young Chemists' Network.
 
[Submit your oral abstract]
 
 
New Guidance Launched For CCF Applications
Previous feedback has revealed that Members can be apprehensive in speaking with the Chemists’ Community Fund. In order to move some way in overcoming this hurdle the Fund team have spoken with a previous beneficiary to discuss what others can expect when liaising and applying to the Fund. The case study, which is available under the heading ‘What can you expect if you apply to the CCF?’ on this page - http://www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/chemists-community-fund/#undefined , could be used as a signpost for Members who may be interested in the CCF.
 
 
Have your say on Royal Society of Chemistry activities and shape our future by taking part in our 2018 survey
On 22 January you received an invitation to take part in the 2018 Membership survey. Your input is vital, and we’d like to know your thoughts on:
  • how valuable you find each of the services and benefits we offer you;
  • ways you would like to get involved with our future strategy and activities; and
  • the extent to which you feel part of a worldwide scientific community.
 You make a genuine difference and your feedback from previous surveys has directly influenced our plans and your membership. Use the unique link we have emailed to you to share your views before the survey closes on 11 February.


Chartered Manager
Interested in finding out more about becoming a Chartered Manager through the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Management Institute? We recently hosted a webinar with the CMI to provide an overview of the route to becoming Chartered Manager, how to apply, the benefits, process and the costs. This webinar is available to watch again on our YouTube channel. If you are interested in finding out more please contact careers@rsc.org.
 
A Future in Chemistry printed booklets no longer available on the Brand Centre
The RSC’s Future In Chemistry www.rsc.org/careers/future website is a rich, illustrated online guide to the varied careers in chemistry for 14 to 18 year olds. It contains options at 14, options at 16, job profiles and information about further study. Please let others know about the site but please do not use the A Future in Chemistry printed booklets which are now out of date. We recommend recycling them.


Submit your story to Community News
Are you organising or taking part in an event? Or do you have a story about something else you’ve done, or something that happened to you, relating to chemistry? If so we want to hear from you! Drop us a message at rsc.li/your-story, with an outline of your story, and we’ll be in touch. Writing talent is not required! If selected, your story will appear on our news site at rsc.li/community-news, and may be selected for our quarterly print magazine, Voice.
 
  
Pan Africa Chemistry Network
  1. Analytical Science Training 2018: GCMS and LCMS courses now available. Applications welcomed from researchers across Africa. http://www.rsc.org/events/africa
  2. Funding Available: International Exchange Awards with the Royal Society. Up to £12,000 available to fund travel and research costs for collabroations between UK and sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).  Deadline: 13th March 2018.  http://www.rsc.org/news-events/articles/2018/jan/international-exchange/
 Please join our newsletter to stay up to date with our activities in Africa: rsc.li/africanews
 
 
 
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?
Attendance at Regional Meetings is not limited to one member per committee. We would love to see as many of you as possible at the meetings.


 
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Feb 2, 2018 6:30 AM GMT
Dear all,
 
Happy New Year to you all. We hope you had a good break over the festive period and we look forward to working with you in 2018.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • 9 January
    • Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January to additional networks
  • 11 January
    • Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January
  • 9 February
    • Deadline for financial reports
  • 14 February
    • Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January
Upcoming Events
  • 22-23 January
    • Local to you career consultations, Reading
  • 25 January
    • Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, London
  • 5-7 February
    • Local to you career consultations, Lancaster
  • 7 February Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, London – Extra date added as 25 January full with waiting list
  • 21 February
    • Regional Meeting – London (Burlington House)
    • South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London (Burlington House)
  • 22 February
    • Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, Newcastle
  • 27 Feb - 1 March
    • Local to you career consultations, Edinburgh
  • 28 February
    • Regional Meeting – Belfast
    •  Ireland Regional Steering Group meeting, Belfast
  • 5 March
    • Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff
    • Wales Regional Steering Group meeting, Cardiff
  • 7 March
    • North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool
    • North West Regional Steering Group meeting, Liverpool
  • 8 March
    • North East Regional Meeting, Leeds
    • North East Regional Steering Group meeting, Leeds
  • 14 March
    • Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich
    • Eastern Regional Steering Group Meeting, Norwich
  • 15 March
    • South West Regional Meeting, Exeter
    • South West Regional Steering Group meeting, Exeter
  • 19 March
    • Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham
    • Midlands Regional Steering Group meeting, Birmingham
  • 20 March
    • South East Regional Meeting, Oxford
  • 28 March
    • Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh
 
Communications from across the RSC
New Rules for Member Networks and Networks Handbook
An email notification has been sent to all members of our member networks committees highlighting the new rules for member networks and associated guidance notes and the new networks handbook. Both documents can be found here and all of the useful forms and documents for committee are available here.
 
The handbook is regularly updated and therefore is not designed to be printed out and kept in hard copy. Updates will be noted in the Networks Newsletter when available and we hope that these will include advice and guidance from our internal specialist teams. If you have any questions please email Fiona McMillan.
The new rules come into effect on 1 January 2018.
 
Local to You Career Consultations – Spring 2018
New year, new job? Start 2018 by speaking with one of our Career Specialists about your professional development, becoming a Chartered Chemist, for CV advice or anything career related. During Spring 2018, the team will be visiting Oxford, Reading, Lancaster, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Derby. Find out more and book here.
 
Analytical Science Training in Africa 2018
Our partnership with GSK to provide analytical science training will be ongoing throughout 2018, with lots of opportunities for African researchers to apply to attend our GCMS and LCMS courses. All the courses will be listed here.
 
 
Interest Groups top up funding
All Interest Groups can apply for top up funding to help them run events, provide travel for speakers and other adhoc activities. The top up fund is non-competitive and all applications will be sent to Member Networks Committee for discussion at the May committee meeting. The Networks team will inform the secretary of the Interest Group of the outcome. For funding in 2018 the deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3 April and for funding in 2019 the deadline is Tuesday, 18 September. For more information or an application form, please contact Nic Bygrave at networks@rsc.org.
 
Annual Reports 2017
The annual report form is available here. We have updated the form following feedback from members so please do not use last year’s form.
 
Regional Meetings 2018
As highlighted in the December newsletter we have changed the purpose of these meetings to be a networking opportunity for all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the vicinity who wish to attend. We will still be having a presentation from a member of the Leadership Team outlining our activities and strategy. Invitations will be sent to all members in the UK and Ireland and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
 
There will be an opportunity to meet with staff if you have any committee specific business to discuss but this will not be in a public forum. Please remember that you can contact us at any time for support simply by emailing networks@rsc.org. As committee members, unless you are attending a Regional Steering Group meeting on the same day, we will be inviting you to attend the meeting which is geographically closest to you. Registration for other meetings is welcomed if you happen to be in the area and would like to attend.
  • London Regional Meeting, Burlington House, 21 February 2018
  • Ireland Regional Meeting, Belfast, 28 February 2018
  • Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff, 5 March 2018
  • North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool, 7 March 2018
  • North East Regional Meeting, Leeds, 8 March 2018
  • Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich, 14 March 2018
  • South West Regional Meeting, Exeter, 15 March 2018
  • Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham, 19 March 2018
  • South East Regional Meeting, Oxford, 20 March 2018
  • Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh, 28 March 2018
Events Team Support for Online Registration
The Events Team offer support for our member networks in running the online registration process for large events where possible. Updated information about the process is available in the new handbook and the request form is available here.
 
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
 
Did you know?
The new rules come into effect on Monday 1st January 2018
Posted by Fiona McMillan on Jan 1, 2018 9:00 AM GMT
Dear all,

Welcome to the last Networks Newsletter of 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work this year. We look to working with you all again next year and we wish you a very merry festive season.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
 
12 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st December to additional networks
14 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st December
   9 January        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January to additional networks
11 January         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January
15 January         Deadline for Outreach Grant (small) applications
30 January         Deadline for March Chemistry World inserts
  9 February        Deadline for financial reports – all networks
14 February       Deadline for annual reports
  9 February       Deadline for RSC Groups Financial Reports
14 February       Deadline for RSC Groups annual reports
   3 April              Deadline for Interest Group top up funding application
 
Upcoming Events
   5 December     London - Local to You Career Consultations
22-23 January     Local to you career consultations, Reading
25 January           Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, London
5-7 February        Local to you career consultations, Lancaster
21 February         Regional Meeting – London
21 February         South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London
22 February         Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, Newcastle
27-1 March          Local to you career consultations, Edinburgh
28 February         Regional Meeting – Belfast
28 February         Ireland Regional Steering Group meeting, Belfast
 
 
Communications from across the RSC
Regional Meetings 2018
The Regional Meetings 2018 will be held in February and March. Venues are still subject to confirmation but once we have received confirmation the meetings will be on the events database and registration information will be circulated to all members in the UK and Ireland.

Please be aware that from this year we are refocussing the purpose of these meetings to be a networking opportunity for all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the vicinity who wish to attend. We will still be having a presentation from a member of the Leadership Team outlining our activities and strategy.

There will be an opportunity to meet with staff if you have any committee specific business to discuss but this will not be in a public forum. Please remember that you can contact us at any time for support simply by emailing networks@rsc.org. As committee members, unless you are attending a Regional Steering Group meeting on the same day, we will be inviting you to attend the meeting which is geographically closest to you. Registration for other meetings is welcomed if you happen to be in the area and would like to attend.
  • London Regional Meeting, Burlington House, 21 February 2018
  • Ireland Regional Meeting, Belfast, 28 February 2018
  • Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff, 5 March 2018
  • North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool, 7 March 2018
  • North East Regional Meeting, Leeds, 8 March 2018
  • Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich, 14 March 2018
  • South West Regional Meeting, Exeter, 15 March 2018
  • Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham, 19 March 2018
  • South East Regional Meeting, Oxford, 20 March 2018
  • Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh, 28 March 2018
 
Brand Centre
We are planning to further develop brand centre and will be reviewing the current templates in early 2018. If there are things which you routinely want which aren’t provided currently please do let us know by emailing caps@rsc.org.

Following a number of enquires we would like to clarify the following:
  • Brand centre credit can only be used for the editable items and promotional items available on the brand centre.
  • Any bespoke design requests for materials should be paid for from the funds held by the committee.
  • Justdigital are happy to support our networks by producing bespoke materials at the same discounted prices negotiated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Any enquires about your brand centre credit should be sent to networks@rsc.org.
  • Any technical or delivery enquiries should be sent directly to rscbrandcentre@justdigitaluk.com.


Interest Groups top up funding
All Interest Groups can apply for top up funding to help them run events, provide travel for speakers and other adhoc activities. The top up fund is non-competitive and all applications will be sent to Member Networks Committee for discussion at the May committee meeting. The Networks team will inform the secretary of the Interest Group of the outcome. For funding in 2018 the deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3 April and for funding in 2019 the deadline is Tuesday, 18 September. For more information or an application form, please contact Nic Bygrave networks@rsc.org.


ChemCareers webinars
Did you miss one of the Career Management team’s webinars in 2017? You can watch all our previous webinars on our YouTube channel on topics such as preparing for a successful interview, how to get the most out of LinkedIn, careers in academic research and many more.
 

Annual Reports 2017
The link to the annual report from (http://www.rsc.org/Membership/Networking/InterestGroups/FormsDocuments.asp) including additional information will be sent to all group secretaries shortly. We have updated the form following feedback from members so please do not use last year’s form.
 

7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2018
26–30 August 2018
ACC Liverpool, UK

The EuCheMS Chemistry Congress has a longstanding reputation for nurturing scientific discussion, and we are honoured to be hosting it next year.
2018’s theme is molecular frontiers and global challenges, and participants can look forward to an exciting five days full of opportunities to share ideas and strengthen connections.
Keep up to date with the latest on abstract submissions, registration details and sponsorship opportunities by registering your interest for the conference now.

Get more details and register for updates: www.euchems2018.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.
Season’s greetings and a happy New Year,

the networks elves
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie


 
Mythbusting
Did you know?
The Yule Log was originally an entire tree that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony and burned over the 12 days of Christmas. A Chocolate Yule Log or 'bûche de Noël' is now a popular Christmas desert, made of a chocolate sponge roll layered with cream.


Additional information from other departments
 
Pan Africa Chemistry Network  - Seminars in Kenya and Ethiopia
These events are led by our community to enable networking, share ideas and skills. http://www.rsc.org/events/africa
 
To stay up to date with our work in Africa, please join our Newsletter: rsc.li/africanews
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Dec 1, 2017 9:03 AM GMT
Dear all,
Welcome to the October edition of the networks newsletter. It’s been great to meet so many of you at the Local Section Day and Interest Group Forum which have been successfully held in September.
With the team being complete again we are looking forward to working with you on implementing the new rules and the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR in the next couple of months.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
10 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th October to additional networks
12 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th October
24 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2nd November to additional networks
26 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2nd November
7 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16th November to additional networks
9 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16th November
30 November    Deadline for Local Section inserts in Chemistry World (January 2018 issue)
9 February ‘18   Deadline for financial reports
 
Upcoming Events
10 October         Member Networks Committee, Burlington House, London
 
Communications from across the RSC
 
Financial Report Deadline Change
Due to changes made by our external auditors the deadline for all financial reports and associated paperwork will be 9th February 2018.
 
Local Section Day 2017
The first Local Section Day on 14 October was a great success. With over 30 Local Section committees from the UK and Ireland represented we celebrated the volume and diversity of activities run by our Local Section volunteers, discussed ways to enhance their support of our wider membership and had some vibrant discussions where the members shared their experiences. We also celebrated those Local Section members who had won awards this year for their activities over lunch.
 
Interest Group Forum 2017
The inaugural Interest Group Forum which is the annual governance meeting for all of our Interest Groups took place on 26 October. With over 40 committees represented they heard about our governance review, the changes to data protection regulation and the new member benefits packages. We spent time forging new collaborations between groups and sharing experiences regarding social media, organising events, webinars and engaging members in the early stages of their careers. We very much enjoyed the day and had excellent feedback from members attending.
 
Periodic table
We are pleased to announce that, as a direct result of feedback from committee members, periodic tables are now available on the brand centre.


Chemistry events research
Some recipients may have received a separate message last week promoting the Royal Society of Chemistry events survey; please accept our apologies if you are reading this for the second time.

To develop and improve what we offer, we would like to find out more about your experiences of the events and conferences we run for the global chemistry community. Please give us ten minutes of your time to tell us about the type of events you currently attend, and about the types of events you would like to see from the Royal Society of Chemistry in the future.

The survey is part of the market research and community engagement activity that supports the 2017 - 2021 Royal Society of Chemistry Events Strategy Project. The project aims to deliver an effective and sustainable programme of community-focused conferences and events based on the needs of our members and the wider chemical sciences community.

Take the survey
This survey is being run on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry by our research partner, Insightful Marketing & Research.
Thank you in advance for your feedback.
 
 
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?
Committees can request a list of their members and also include additional data if required.
To receive your membership breakdown, please send an email including the filled in data compliance checklist  to the networks team (networks@rsc.org). 
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Oct 9, 2017 11:01 AM BST

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

 

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