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Dear Member,
 

Welcome to the April edition of the Networks Newsletter. 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.

Westminster Fellowship
April Careers Hubs
CSaP Annual Conference 2014
Researcher Mobility Fellowships
Teacher Training Scholarships
Survey: Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you?
Free support for teachers and students in London
Chemistry in water article collection – free access until 21 April 2014
Meet the Universities – registrations open!
Staff Members of the Month
RSC Events Deadlines



Westminster Fellowship

Take chemistry to Parliament through the Westminster Fellowship. Royal Society of Chemistry members with or studying for their PhD can apply to work at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) for three months, funded by a £5,000 RSC bursary. Brief MPs on science and technology issues, aid scientific research into public policy areas, and help raise public awareness. Find out more and apply by 15 May.



April Careers Hubs

Dublin Careers Hub: 7th–9th April, Radisson Blu Royal
Hull Careers Hub: 28th–30th April, Mecure Hull Royal

Considering your next career move or thinking about a change of direction? An appointment with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Careers Consultant at your forthcoming local careers hubs in Dublin and Hull offers the opportunity to discuss:
  • Planning and managing your career
  • Job search strategies
  • CVs and Applications
  • Interviews
All consultations are free and are completely confidential and are 45 minutes long.
If you are interested in attending please send us an email with your name and membership number, as well as details of what you would like to cover in the consultation, to careers@rsc.org. One of our specialist careers advisers will be in touch to determine which option will be most beneficial to you.

I don’t need careers advice, is there anything else happening?

We would like to invite you to a Profiles in Chemistry talk by local members.
In Dublin:  Dr Yvonne Traynor, Head of Global Quality for Henkel, Ireland.
In Hull: Ian Rippin, General Manager, National Laboratory Service of the Environment Agency entitled: 'Achieving Leadership in Chemistry - An Unconventional Route'
The talks will start at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 8th and 29th April respectively and are scheduled for 30 – 45 minutes. Profiles in Chemistry sessions showcase the variety of jobs there are in chemistry and introduce local employers. The session is free of charge and open to members and non-members. To register for the talk please select the 'Industry Hour talk' box when you register for the Networking Evening online (see below).

‘Networking Evenings’ are fun, informal events where you can meet new people, make new contacts and learn more about local Royal Society of Chemistry activities in a sociable and relaxed environment. Attendance is free and a buffet and drinks are provided.

Held immediately after the Profiles in Chemistry talks from 7.30 pm – 9.00pm. Members are encouraged to invite non-members who are interested in finding out more about us. You can register for the Profiles in Chemistry talk and the Networking Evening  here.

The places on these events are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.



CSaP Annual Conference 2014: Evidence, networks and policy - translating new ideas into better outcomes
10th April 2014, The Royal Society, London

Download the latest agenda here
Click here to register

The Centre for Science and Policy’s third annual conference will bring together politicians, civil servants, experts and thought leaders to discuss how networks of expertise and evidence contribute to policy making and produce better outcomes. 

If you haven’t yet signed up, it’s not too late.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear keynote speaker, Richard Heaton (Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office) talk about ‘innovation in the civil service’, and to see science spokespersons from the three main Westminster parties share the stage to debate the role of evidence in policy making.

Topics covered include: big data; open innovation; infrastructure for healthy ageing; and behavioural insights into emergency planning and response.  This year’s conference has been sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  For more information, email jackie.ouchikh@csap.cam.ac.uk.





Develop faster, travel further, collaborate more with Researcher Mobility Fellowships for young researchers

Online applications are now open. Don’t miss this opportunity to obtain funding for scientific visits to UK or international organisations to strengthen research collaborations and networking.

Open to PhD and Masters students and early career researchers, the Fellowships provide funding of £3,000-£15,000 for scientific visits of up to 2 years.

Find out more.



Teacher Training Scholarships - next deadlines for applications 6th & 20th April

Do you have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher?

In partnership with the Department for Education, we are offering 180 scholarships for the training year 2014/2015, worth £25,000 (tax free). Each scholarship also provides a support package including:
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) membership for 2 years;
  • access to national and regional RSC support networks through local meetings, online communities, mentors, annual conferences etc;
  • a selection of RSC materials including resources, lab coats and other consumables.
Don’t miss out.



Survey: Calling all scientists – what’s it like being you?

What motivates scientists and what pressures are they under? What effects are funding, publishing and governance systems having on the production of high quality, ethical scientific research and on the retention of good minds? Are current systems of assessment looking for the right things and using the best methods in order to encourage ethical conduct in science and the production of high quality, valuable and accessible research? Is competition in science a good thing?

These are some of the questions being explored in a survey to find out how the different features of the UK research environment are affecting, both positively and negatively, the work and behaviour of scientists at all stages of their career.

The survey is part of a project involving the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society, Society of Biology and Institute of Physics which will gather views and promote debate about the culture of scientific research in the UK. In addition to the survey, a series of events will also take place across the UK this summer to discuss with scientists and others their views on these issues. The findings of the survey and events will be published and presented to policy makers towards the end of 2014.
 
We would like to hear from people involved in all kinds of scientific research in the UK (including bioscience, medicine, physics, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computing, veterinary science and psychology), in the public, charitable and private sectors. As well as researchers themselves, we would like to hear from others with an interest in scientific research, such as university managers and support staff, professional bodies, funders of research, editors and publishers of journals, science communicators, social scientists, policy makers, NGOs and campaigning bodies.

If this applies to you, we very much hope you can find the time to complete the survey.  It will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Find the survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/sci-research-culture



Free support for teachers and students in London

We’ve been awarded significant funding from the Mayor of London, via the London Schools Excellence Fund, to expand our education activities in the capital.

If you’re a chemistry teacher or school student in London, find out how you can benefit.




Chemistry in water article collection – free access until 21 April 2014

We’ve collected together some of the best research that demonstrates the importance and versatility of water as a medium in chemistry. And until 21 April you can read all these articles for free.



Meet the Universities – registrations open!

Meet the Universities is a unique event which offers school students the opportunity to speak with multiple institutions offering courses in chemical science – all in one place.

If you or someone you know is interested in studying chemistry or a related subject at university, visit the website today to find out more.  





Staff members of the month

This month features our Careers Specialists Charlie Ashley-Roberts and Julie Franklin.

 
Charlie Ashley-Roberts


 
 
Charlie moved to the RSC in 2009 after working in the pharmaceutical industry. Whilst at the RSC Charlie completed her careers qualification and feels that she has found her perfect job.

Charlie has just returned from maternity leave and has a daughter who she loves spending time with.

In her spare time Charlie has set up a sewing business and teaches jujitsu - a traditional Japanese martial art.
 
 
Julie Franklin



 
 
Julie first worked for the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1997 until 2004 in the role of Professional Services Manager looking after members’ career development and professional issues, and the Benevolent Fund.

She returned to the role of Careers Specialist in March 2013, after working in a freelance consultancy and training role for a couple of major professional bodies in the Engineering sector. Julie is a chemist and a long-term Royal Society of Chemistry member (35 years at the last count!). She still retains a great interest in the subject and enjoys supporting fellow members in advancing their professional lives.

Outside of work, Julie sings in a choir and is a member of an all-female close harmony vocal group. She also enjoys handicrafts and amateur astronomy.
 



RSC Events Deadlines

Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.

EVENT DEADLINE


Molecular Simulations and Visualization (FD169)

7-9 May 2014
Nottingham, UK
 
 
 
Registration deadline:
7 April 2014
 
 

Mechanochemistry: from Functional Solids to Single Molecules (FD170)

21-13 May 2014
Montreal, Canada

 
 
Registration deadline:
21 April 2014
 
 

Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS13)
1-4 July 2014
Dublin, Ireland

 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
21 April 2014
 


Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics (FD171)

9-11 July 2014
Sheffield, UK

 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
28 April 2014
 


Challenges in Organic Chemistry (ISACS14)
7-10 August 2014
Shanghai, China

 
 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
7 April 2014
 


Challenges in Nanoscience (ISACS15)

17-20 August 2014
San Diego, USA
 

 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
14 April 2014
 


Temporally and Spatially Resolved Molecular Science (FD177)

12-14 January 2015
Bangalore, India

 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
21 April 2014
 
 
 
Posted by Stephen McCarthy on Mar 31, 2014 10:49 AM GMT


Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the March edition of the Networks Newsletter. 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.

Teacher Training Scholarships
Researcher Mobility Fellowships
Bill Bryson Prize 2014
National Chemical Database Service News
Colourful chemistry at the National Big Bang Fair
Chemistry of water article collection – free access until 23rd March
Recognising teachers’ expertise and commitment with CSciTeach
Westminster Policy Fellowship
Newcastle Careers Hub: 17th – 19th March, Gateshead
Interface between experimental and theoretical approaches to energy-related enzyme catalysis
Chemistry Technician of the Year and Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year Awards
Staff members of the month
RSC Events Deadlines


Teacher Training Scholarships - next deadline for applications 16th March 2014

Do you have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher? In partnership with the Department for Education, we are offering 180 scholarships for the training year 2014/2015, worth £25,000 (tax free). Each scholarship also provides a support package including:

  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) membership for 2 years;
  • access to national and regional RSC support networks through local meetings, online communities, mentors, annual conferences etc;
  • a selection of RSC materials including resources, lab coats and other consumables.
Don’t miss out


Develop faster, travel further and collaborate more with Researcher Mobility Fellowships for young researchers

We are offering Researcher Mobility Fellowships to fund scientific visits to UK or international organisations to strengthen research collaborations and networking. These are aimed at top young chemical scientists who wish to build relationships in the early stages of their career.

Open to PhD students, Masters students and early career researchers, the Fellowships provide funding of £3,000-£15,000 for national or international scientific visits of up to 2 years.
Apply by 1st June 2014.

Want to know more? Click here.
 


Bill Bryson Prize 2014 – closing date 31st March

Are your students good communicators?

Encourage them to enter for the Bill Bryson Prize, our competition for students aged 5 – 18 that recognises and encourages excellent science communication. This year the theme is art and science.

We are welcoming creative entries in any format, from posters to puzzles to podcasts, as long as the content accurately communicates science and answers one or both of these questions:

Where is the science in art? Where is the art in science?

We’ll be judging in three categories: primary school, secondary school and international. We accept both individual and group entries.

If your students' entry is judged best in its category, they’ll win £100 to share and £500 for your school. Bill Bryson will present UK winners with their prizes in the Houses of Parliament.

Find out more and enter
 


National Chemical Database Service News

The National Chemical Database Service (NCDS) is currently trialling ARChem, a retrosynthetic analysis tool. We would like to know what you think of it - if you are affiliated with a UK academic institution please try it out here and send us any feedback.

We have recently compiled a list of external online resources that we think may be of use to scientists, have you any suggestions of resources that we should link to?

Let us know of any ARChem feedback or external resource suggestions at cds@rsc.org, and sign-up for the NCDS newsletter.
 


Colourful chemistry at the National Big Bang Fair

Life isn’t black and white, and neither is chemistry.

If you are attending the National Big Bang Fair at the NEC Birmingham from 13-16th March, bring your class to our stand and discover why things are coloured, why they change colour and how we harness this to create useful products.

We will be in the ALIVE zone at stand AL7 with hands-on activities, colourful demonstrations and high-tech kit.

Find out more about the Big Bang Fair and register for free.
 


Chemistry of water article collection – free access until 23rd March

We’ve collected together some of the best research on the fundamental chemistry of water – including its interfacial behaviour and thermodynamics – from across our journals. And until 23rd March 2014 you can read all these articles for free.

Find out more.
 


Recognising teachers’ expertise and commitment with CSciTeach

We are pleased to announce that we have gained a licence to award Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) status. If you are a Royal Society of Chemistry member at MRSC or FRSC level with a minimum of four years’ teaching experience, you can apply for CSciTeach from April 2014.

Contact our membership team for more information.
 


Westminster Policy Fellowship

Want to take on the challenge of getting science onto the political agenda?

Any Royal Society of Chemistry member with, or currently working towards, their PhD can apply to get directly involved in communicating science to parliamentarians through the Westminster Fellowship scheme. Brief MPs on science and technology issues, aid scientific research into public policy areas and experience the inner workings of Parliament during this three month secondment, funded by a £5,000 bursary from the RSC.

Find out more and apply.
 


Newcastle Careers Hub 17th – 19th March, Hilton Hotel Gateshead

Considering your next career move or thinking about a change of direction? An appointment with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Careers Consultant at your forthcoming local careers hub in Newcastle offers the opportunity to discuss:

  • Planning and managing your career
  • Job search strategies
  • CVs and Applications
  • Interviews

All consultations are free and are completely confidential. We are offering a selection of sessions including:

  • 20 minute appointments (e.g. for CV advice or job searching information)
  • 45 minute appointments (for a more in-depth careers consultation)

If you are interested in attending please send us an email with your name and membership number, as well as details of what you would like to cover in the consultation, to careers@rsc.org. One of our specialist careers advisers will be in touch to determine which option will be most beneficial to you.

I don’t need careers advice, is there anything else happening?

We would like to invite you to a Profiles in Chemistry talk by local member Remya Norris, Senior Development Technologist, Worldwide Marine Foul Release, International Paint, Felling, (part of AkzoNobel), entitled ‘Watching Paint Dry’. The talk will start at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 18th March and is scheduled for 30 – 45 minutes. Profiles in Chemistry sessions showcase the variety of jobs there are in chemistry and introduce local employers. The session is free of charge and open to members and non-members. To register for the talk please select the 'Industry Hour talk' box when you register for the Mixer Meeting online (see below).

‘Mixer Meetings’ are fun, informal events where you can meet new people, make new contacts and learn more about local Royal Society of Chemistry activities in a sociable and relaxed environment. Attendance is free and a buffet and drinks are provided.

 The Newcastle Mixer Meeting is on Tuesday 18th March, 7.30 pm – 9.00pm. Members are encouraged to invite non-members who are interested in finding out more about us. You can register for the Profiles in Chemistry talk and the Mixer Meeting  here.
The places on these events are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
 


Member Event: Interface between experimental and theoretical approaches to energy-related enzyme catalysis

Date: 4-6th June 2014

Venue: G06 "Sir Ambrose Fleming" LT, Roberts Building, University College London, Gower Street, London

Early bird (£200 regular/£100 student) deadline: 10th March
Final deadline (£250 regular/£150 student) deadline: 18th May

Find out more.
 


Chemistry Technician of the Year Award and *NEW for 2014* Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year Award

Do you work with an outstanding technician or an exceptional apprentice?  Nominate them now for one of our prestigious awards.

Our Chemistry Technician of the Year award recognises technical support in three categories: education and further education (with special reference to chemistry), higher education and research, and industry.  The winner of each category will receive £2000, a certificate and a medal.  Find out more.

Our Chemical Sciences Apprentice of the Year award acknowledges and celebrates the contribution of an advanced or higher apprentice to their workplace.  The winner will receive £1000 cash, a £1000 grant to support their career development, a certificate and medal, 1 year’s free RSC membership and professional registration fees, if eligible.  Find out more.

Nominations for both awards are open from 3rd March to 31st May 2014.
 


Staff members of the month

This month features our Member Networks Specialist Marie Chapman and Graduate Stephen McCarthy.


Marie Chapman

 

 
After completing a Chemistry degree at Nottingham University, Marie joined us as a Publishing Editor in the Bio team. After learning the ins and outs of proofreading, editing and peer review, Marie was accepted on to the RSC Graduate Scheme, and learned new skills as part of the Communications and Business Development teams. She started as part of the Member Networks team in January, and is really enjoying getting out there and meeting our members!

Outside of work, Marie enjoys reading, socialising and volunteering at TEDx events.
Stephen McCarthy

Stephen is part of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s graduate scheme and will spend his second rotation with Member Services after six months in the Higher Education, Business and Industry team. He is also the newest addition to the team, having started only a couple of days ago! More information about the RSC’s graduate scheme can be found here.
 
Picking up where Jenifer left off, Stephen is looking forward to managing the 175 Faces of Chemistry project and hearing about the many and varied people and careers that the project covers.
 
Stephen studied Chemistry as an undergraduate, and worked briefly as a publisher and writer before joining the RSC.
 

RSC Events Deadlines

Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.

EVENT DEADLINE

Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas (FD168)

7-9 April 2014
Leiden, The Netherlands
 
Registration  deadline:
10 March 2014
 

2nd International Conference on Clean Energy Science (ICCES2)

13-16 April 2014
Qingdao, China
 
Registration deadline:
14 March 2014

Dalton 2014: Joint Interest Groups Meeting

15-17 April 2014
University of Warwick, UK
Oral abstract deadline:
16 March 2014
Poster and registration deadline:
30 March 2014

Molecular Simulations and Visualization (FD169)

7-9 May 2014
Nottingham, UK

Poster abstract deadline:
10 March 2014
 

Mechanochemistry: from Functional Solids to Single Molecules (FD170)

21-13 May 2014
Montreal, Canada


 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
10 March 2014
 
 

Analytical Research Forum 2014 (ARF14)
 
7 July 2014
London, UK


 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
24 March 2014
 
 
Posted by Stephen McCarthy on Mar 6, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the February edition of the Networks Newsletter. 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.
 
Westminster Calling
Learn Chemistry Partnership
Teacher Training Scholarships
Bill Bryson Prize 2014
Advance Notice – RSC Members Reception at the Spring ACS
Materials for Member Networks – pop-up stands
Reports and Accounts Deadlines
Chemical Information for Chemists: A Primer
Careers Hub Nottingham
Staff members of the month
RSC Events Deadlines more...
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Feb 4, 2014 2:32 PM GMT
Dear Member,
 
Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of the Networks Newsletter. These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information on relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks Team.
 
Trialling Reaxys
Teacher Training Scholarships
Nottingham Careers Hub

Member Survey
First articles published for three new journals
Prizes and Awards
The sea, fireworks and ChemCareers
Deadline - March inserts for Chemistry World
Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month
Update on Regional Education and Outreach Work
Events Deadlines

more...
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Jan 10, 2014 12:08 PM GMT
Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the December edition of the Networks Newsletter. These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information on relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks Team.
 
SET for Britain 2014 Poster Competition
‘Access to Science’ college collaboration
Meeting industry’s needs – report from seminar now available
2014 Regional Meetings
Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
Materials Horizons issue 1 now online and free to access!
RSC Advances news
New Award launched
What did Polly say?
Deadline - March inserts for Chemistry World
Cyclodextrin conference Travel Grant awarded
New Inclusion and Diversity Committee
Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month more...
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Dec 3, 2013 12:08 PM GMT
  • Chemistry Week 16-23 November 2013
  • SET for BRITAIN 2014 Poster Competition
  • Books Catalogue 2014
  • Peter Scott announced as Chair of the NCDS Advisory Board
  • Where is the art in science? Where is the science in art?
  • New Global Experiment video shows how to measure vitamin C in food!
  • Deadline - January inserts for Chemistry World
  • Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month
  • Staff members of the month
  • RSC Events Deadlines
more...
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Nov 6, 2013 10:34 AM GMT
  • ChemCareers 2013
  • Manchester Careers Hub
  • Accreditation for company training
  • Chinese website launched
  • Materials Horizons Advance Articles now online!
  • New app: Places of Chemistry
  • Chemistry Week 2013: A Picture of Health
  • Global Experiment
  • Bill Newton Award
  • Accessibility, diversity and inclusion
  • Refreshed Brand
  • Staff members of the month
more...
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Oct 8, 2013 2:01 PM GMT
  • Reaching out through new ambassador scheme
  • Staff members of the month
  • Deadline for RSC Christmas Cards
  • Chemistry Week 2013: A Picture of Health
  • The Global Experiment
  • Networks Blog
  • The Bristol Careers Hub
  • ChemCareers 2013
  • Chemistry World Jobs Live
  • Chemistry World Webinar
  • RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
  • Tools and Strategies to Find Chemical Probes for Your Protein - The Role of Computer-Aided Drug Discovery
  • Chemical and Biological Therapeutics Approaches to Neurological Disorders II
more...
Posted by Sarah Hobbs on Sep 3, 2013 12:57 PM GMT
  • RSC Bill Bryson Prize
  • Careers Hubs
  • RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
  • Announcing a NEW food science handbook – the only one of its kind!
  • Environmental Science: Nano now open for submissions!
  • Frontiers journals
  • Staff Members of the Month
  • RSC Events
more...
Posted by Emily James on Aug 2, 2013 1:16 PM GMT
  • Meet the Universities, London – coming soon!
  • Take Part in Your Trends Survey
  • Teacher Training Scholarships worth £20,000 available from the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • IUPAC Evening Reception for RSC Members
  • General Assembly 2013
  • RSC/BMOS Young Investigator Award: Closing date 15 July 2013
  • Everyone’s Favourite Tipple…Coming Soon!
  • Staff Members of the Month
  • Networks Blog
  • RSC Events
more...
Posted by Emily James on Jul 2, 2013 3:39 PM GMT
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