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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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     
  • Manchester, North West – 4th May
    Midland Hotel

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

     
  • Cambridge, Eastern – 10th May
    Hughes Hall

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

     
  • Bristol, South West – 16th May
    Armada House

     
  • Swansea, Wales – 17th May
    Brangwyn Hall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

 

 
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