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Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the October 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.
 
This months newsletter contains information about:

Our new events database
The outreach fund
Careers team update
Chemical Analysis Metadata Platform (ChAMP) project
Our prizes and awards: nominate now
Read top journals and ebooks for free



Our new events database: All our events at your fingertips
 
You only need to take one look at our Diary in RSC News every month to see just how many conferences, symposia, networking meetings, outreach activities and many more events we and our members organise every month. To make it easier for you to find out what is happening where and when, we have been making changes to our online events database.
 
We have implemented a new browse and search function that will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. We have also changed the technology behind the database, so that an individual web page is automatically created for each event that is uploaded to the database.
 
To access the database and take a look at how you can search events by region and location or event type and date, visit www.rsc.org/events
 
Once you have tried out the new events website and database, we’d love to hear your feedback. It will help us improve the system to make sure it meets our community’s needs. So please let us know what you think by emailing events@rsc.org
 

Outreach fund

All tiers are now open for funding. Find out more information about each of the tiers and how you can apply here.


Careers Team update

Lancaster
The Careers team are running a Careers Hub in Lancaster, 13th – 15th October. Members in the Lancaster area can book confidential one-to-one careers consultations on any of those days, and come along to a Profiles in Chemistry talk and Networking evening on Tuesday 14th. Find out more and book for any of the events here.

University of St Andrews
We’re also visiting the University of St Andrews to talk to students about getting their careers off the ground on 23rd and 24th October.

London
We’ll be in Burlington House on Tuesday 21st October and Monday 27th October. Members are welcome to book a careers consultation with us on ether of those dates. Just email us at career@rsc.org and we’ll let you know what times we have available.

ChemCareers Webinars
Our annual online careers fair, ChemCareers is happening 10th – 14th  November. Get expert advice and explore your career options from the comfort and convenience of your own home. Discover the huge range of career opportunities available to you, and learn how to market yourself to employers in job applications and interviews.

As a prelude to the main event we’re running two webinars:
8th October – To postdoc or not to postdoc?
5th November – High potential, high growth industry: a look at small/medium size enterprises (SMEs)

Find out more and book here.

Chemistry World Jobs live
Come and meet top employers and recruiters at Chemistry World Jobs Live  at Burlington House in London. Register online to be sure of your place at this free event.


Chemical Analysis Metadata Platform (ChAMP) Project – Get involved!
 
A collaborative project between the University of North Florida and the Royal Society of Chemistry, the ChAMP project aims to develop standardized metadata, controlled vocabularies, and an ontology for the characterization of chemical analysis methodologies. The intent of ChAMP is to help organizations, business sectors, societies, and journal publishers in the area of chemical analysis formulate standards for reporting, annotating and semantically linking research on analytical methods and applications. Visit the project website at http://champ-project.org.


Rewarding Excellence, Gaining Recognition

Achievements by individuals and teams in advancing the chemical sciences should be celebrated. That’s why we have over 80 prizes and awards covering all areas of the chemical sciences. And our Industry & Technology Awards, refocused for 2015, recognise outstanding innovation, community engagement, industry–academia collaborations, entrepreneurship and science in the chemical sciences industry. If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them today. Or, if you have made a significant contribution to advancing the chemical sciences or chemical sciences industry, ask a Royal Society of Chemistry member to nominate you. Nominations close on 15 January 2015.
 

Read top journals and ebooks for free
Are you looking to maintain your professional development by keeping up with advances in your field?  Read the latest developments via the Virtual Library.  Catalysis Letters from Springer, Tetrahedron from ScienceDirect and many more are free for members to browse and read the full text. 
 
Thank you for reading ,and we hope you have a lovely week.

Kind regards,

Marie, on behalf of the RSC Networks team
 
Posted by Marie Chapman on Oct 1, 2014 3:43 PM GMT
Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the September 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.

This month's newsletter contains information about:

Citizen Science
ScienceDirect
The Chemists’ War
Chemistry World Jobs Live
Russia Chemistry Week
ChemCareers 2014
Public Attitudes to Chemistry
RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
Visiting Researchers’ Programme To Visit China In 2015

RSC Events and Conferences deadlines



Citizen Science: an open call for project ideas

Have you ever thought of a great chemistry activity that would really connect with people?
Are you currently undertaking research but are overwhelmed by data interpretation?

We are seeking ideas for a chemistry-themed Citizen Science project, to be supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Find out more about what we’re looking for and how to submit your proposal here.



Keep up-to-date with five current journals from ScienceDirect

For analytical science research and reviews, there’s Analytica Chimica Acta.  Journal of Chromatography A covers separation science, as does Journal of Chromatography B which is specific to biomedical research.  You can also follow the latest organic chemistry developments as full papers in Tetrahedron, and preliminary communications in Tetrahedron Letters. 

To access ScienceDirect in the first instance, please request login details from the Library.  If you already have a login for Reaxys, you can also use it for ScienceDirect.



The Chemists’ War


Appealing to the general reader, Michael Freemantle tells the stories of chemists in the First World War and explains how their work underpinned and shaped what became known as The Chemists’ War.

Order your copy today



Find your perfect job at Chemistry World Jobs Live

Where: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
When: 26 November 2014

Come to this free event where you can:
  • discover a huge range of career opportunities;
  • take part in our communications workshop; and
  • attend a ‘Meet the professionals’ session.
Secure your place - register online now.

http://rsc.li/cwjl





Russia Chemistry Week

One of the key activities in accomplishing our international vision is Russia Chemistry Week, supporting UK-Russia innovation, understanding and collaboration in chemistry.

From 21-26 October, in Moscow, we are showcasing four strands of innovative activity in which we are world-leading: supporting innovation in industry; publishing; cheminformatics; and education.

Find out more



ChemCareers 2014

Our free online careers fair returns on 10-14 November 2014.

Get expert advice and explore your career options from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
  • Discover the huge range of career opportunities available to chemical scientists
  • Learn how to market yourself to employers in job applications and interviews
Find out more



Public Attitudes to Chemistry

While the long term ambition for our public campaign is to influence public attitudes of chemistry, it is critically important that we really understand these attitudes and find out more about people's knowledge, interest and engagement with chemistry. We are currently working on in-depth qualitative and quantitative research to explore public opinion and the way people imagine chemistry. Look out for more info about this project and find out how to get involved in the October issue of RSC News.



Final year Organic PhD students – only 1 month left to submit!

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche – Win up to £500

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Organic Division Poster Symposium is on 01 December 2014, at The Royal Society of Chemistry, London. This is a fantastic opportunity for final year organic chemistry PhD students to showcase their work and to network with academics and industrial scientists.

The symposium has a tradition of being the most competitive and highly regarded organic chemistry symposium for PhD students in the UK and ROI, and this year we will be offering a first prize of £500, two runner-up prizes of £250, and a selected-by-industry prize, also receiving £500.
To be in with a chance of winning submit your abstract before 01 October 2014 at http://rsc.li/organic-poster.



Call for Applications: Visiting Researchers’ Programme To Visit China In 2015

The State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) is a division of the Chinese Government with which RSC has a cooperation agreement. Under this agreement the RSC and SAFEA will jointly fund researchers from the UK to visit Chinese Universities. The purpose of the visits is to stimulate collaboration between UK and Chinese institutions. They will allow the visitor to contribute their experience towards the development of excellent emerging science and build links with the Chinese Chemistry community.
 
In addition, the visitor will advise Chinese research groups on all aspects of presenting their research to an international audience. The programme will strengthen links between the UK and Chinese Science and between the RSC and our partners in China.
 
We would be very grateful if you could please send us the following information as part of your application:
•             Detailed CV containing your career progress
•             A letter detailing your objectives and what you hope to achieve in China
•             Current research interests, especially areas where you wish to collaborate
•             List of current collaborators in China (If any)
•             List of your current and past publications
•             Preferred dates to travel to China

Call for applications are open until the 31st October 2014 for RSC members based in the UK and Ireland. Visit usually lasts up to a week. The Royal Society of Chemistry covers up to £1500 for international flights and visa and local costs are usually covered by the local Chinese host universities. Prior collaboration in China is not necessary because SAFEA and the RSC will work together to find appropriate Chinese University hosts. Please email: international@rsc.org to register your interest in participating in the programme.



RSC Events and Conferences deadlines

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




Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry (FD176)

27-29 October 2014
Xiamen, China

 
 
Early bird deadline:
1 September 2014
 
Registration deadline:
29 September 2014
 



Medicinal Chemistry Residential School 2014

20-23 November 2014
Shanghai, China

 
 
Early bird deadline:
20 September 2014
 
 
 


Establishing an independent career in chemistry: Joliot-Curie Conference

16-17 September 2014, Edinburgh, UK
 

 
 
Registration deadline:
5 September 2014
 
 

Posted by Stephen McCarthy on Sep 1, 2014 9:15 AM GMT
Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the August 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.

This month's newsletter contains information about:

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
Glasgow Careers Hub
Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
Giving students industrial experience
The Chemists’ War
CPD for Teachers
Chemical Science moves to Gold Open Access
RSC Books on the Virtual Library
Christmas Cards
RSC Journal Impact Factors
Diversity and Inclusion Tip of the Month
RSC Events and Conferences deadlines




Calling all final year PhD students!

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium sponsored by F. Hoffmann-La Roche – Now open for applications

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Organic Division are holding the RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium on 01 December 2014, at The Royal Society of Chemistry, London. This is a fantastic opportunity for final year organic chemistry PhD students to showcase their work and to network with academics and industrial scientists.
 
The symposium has a tradition of being the most competitive and highly regarded organic chemistry symposium for PhD students in the UK and ROI. The Organic Division took on organisation of the event from Pfizer in 2011 and we are delighted to receive support from a wide range of companies, including our headline sponsor F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. This year we will be offering a first prize of £500, two runner-up prizes of £250, and an Industry prize, also receiving £500.

For more information and to submit your abstract go to http://rsc.li/organic-poster


Glasgow Careers Hub

We will be running a careers hub in Glasgow from the 25-27th August at the Holiday Inn Theatreland. Members will be able to attend a consultation or pop along to our Profiles in Chemistry and networking evening on the 26th August. They will need to register through the email which has been sent out to all members in the local area.


Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
16-17 September 2014, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Registrations are now open for this free event dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences. 
Open to early career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students, the Conference seeks to: 

  • Raise the aspirations of young chemists 
  • Address barriers to career progression 
  • Increase the confidence of delegates when presenting, networking and raising their public profile
  • Promote diversity and an inclusive working culture     
Please visit the conference website for the latest on the exciting programme of workshops, one-to-one consultations and keynote speeches from world-renowned experts.




Giving students industrial experience

In 2013/2014 we ran a pilot programme in the south west collaborating with 5 colleges to support their ‘Access to Science’ course. As part of our collaboration individuals successfully completing this course gained industrial experience and became eligible for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status.

We are now rolling this programme out on a wider scale, with 30 colleges across the country already volunteering to take part in 2014-2015. We are asking employers to get involved and support the work project module by offering work experience. This could be simply submitting a project to the college or allowing a student to come into your workplace to carry out the work. (NB: students on this course are all over 19 years old.)

Some examples of projects may include (but not limited to):
• Method/process validation
• Method/process development
• Cleaning validation
• Instrument operation qualification
• Instrument performance qualification
• Sample preparation investigation/development
• Batch/bulk analysis

Employers are not expected to pay any wages for this work and there may be an opportunity to interview students to select the person who is assigned the project, further adding to the professional experience.
If you are an employer and would like to enhance a student’s learning experience and nurture the talents of a budding scientist do please get in touch with us at registers@rsc.org.


The Chemists’ War

Michael Freemantle tells the stories of chemists in the First World War and explains how their work underpinned and shaped what became known as The Chemists’ War. Pre-order your book today.



CPD for Teachers

Advancing excellence in chemistry teaching

Learn when and where it’s convenient for you with our new online CPD courses for teachers.

We’re launching five modules throughout 2014. Each module covers a key chemical concept and provides ideas and resources you can try in the classroom to enhance your lessons.

Our quantitative chemistry module is free to access until 31 August 2014.

Find out more..


Chemical Science moves to Gold Open Access
 
Chemical Science, launched in 2010, will become the world’s first high-quality Open Access chemistry journal. From Issue 1, 2015 this flagship journal is moving to Gold Open Access, and all content published from that issue will be free to every reader.
 
Plus, unlike other Gold Open Access journals, we will waive all Article Processing Charges (APCs) for at least two years. So it will be free for authors too.
 
We believe that Gold Open Access is a sustainable model for the future of publishing. Chemical Science will enhance our wider Open Access offering, which also includes Gold for Gold vouchers.
 
Find out more


RSC Books on the Virtual Library

Through the Virtual Library, members have access to a whole host of online chemistry books, journals and databases.  Login to Knovel using your membership number and password to access 173  chemistry eBooks, including 28 of our own titles.  Click browse, then select RSC members to see the full list of available books.


Christmas Cards

If you wish to order RSC Christmas cards to send out to selected members of your section, please send an email request to msadmin@rsc.org by 30 September. Please include the selection criteria of the members (e.g. over 70 or retired) and we will arrange to dispatch the cards and address labels to you at the end of October.


RSC Journal Impact Factors

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s reputation as a high-quality, high-impact publisher was further reinforced on Tuesday 29th July as the 2013 Impact Factors were announced. See all the figures and individual journals’ highlights on our blog


Diversity and Inclusion Tip of the Month

Consider your audience: are you appealing to the entire demographic of your network? If this is difficult over the course of one event, it might be possible over the course of multiple events.



RSC Events and Conferences deadlines

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

 
5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
31 August-4 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

 
 
Event happening this month - register now!
 



New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials (FD173)

1-3 September 2014
London, UK

 
 
Registration deadline:
4 August 2014
 



Organic Photonics and Electronics (FD174)

8-10 September 2014
Glasgow, UK

 
 
Registration deadline:
11 August 2014
 


Metal ions in Medical Imaging: optical, radiopharmaceutical and MRI contrast (DD15)
8-10 September 2014
York, UK

 
 
Registration deadline:
8 August 2014
 



Establishing an independent career  in chemistry: Joliot-Curie Conference
16-17 September 2014
Edinburgh, UK

 
 
Registration deadline:
17 August 2014
 


Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles (FD175)
17-19 September 2014
Bristol, UK


 
 
Registration deadline:
18 August 2014
 


2nd International Symposium on Natural Products

23-25 September 2014
Cape Town, South Africa

 
 
 
Registration deadline:
25 August 2014
 



Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry (FD176)

27-29 October 2014
Xiamen, China

 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
18 August 2014
 
Early bird deadline:
1 September 2014
 


 

Posted by Stephen McCarthy on Aug 4, 2014 9:15 AM GMT


Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the July 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.

New Officers' Briefing Day
September Inserts for Chemistry World
Christmas Cards
Teacher Training Scholarships
Special Lecture and Annual General Meeting
Contacting the RSC Careers team
2014 Birthday Honours

Around the World in 18 Elements
New events database to launch in July
Continuing Profession Development in Action
Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme
Art in Chemistry and Chemistry in Art Exhibition

Global Experiment 2014
New chemical database added to Virtual Library
Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
CPD for Teachers
ACS Reception
Inclusion and diversity tip of the month
RSC Events Deadlines



New Officers' Briefing Day, 30th July 2014

We would like to invite all new Officers of RSC committees to attend this year’s New Officers' Briefing Day. This is the annual induction day for all new Local Section, Interest Group and Analytical Division Region Officers (Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers) which will again be a physical event this year. Please could you pass this on to any of your committee that you think would be interested in attending. The purpose of this event is to provide new or recently appointed officers with information about their role, what is expected of them and the support and resources available to them from RSC staff and other sources. Unfortunately we are only able to invite those members based in the UK and Ireland to attend this event, any members based in other countries can contact us for additional support at any time.

The New Officers' Briefing Day will take place on Wednesday 30th July at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Please register no later than Friday 18th July, you can register your interest by contacting networks@rsc.org indicating any dietary requirements. 



September Inserts for Chemistry World

If you wish to add an insert or programme card to the September edition of Chemistry World, please note that the deadline to send print-ready Word documents is 30 July. Templates for the programme cards are available on the website.

One programme card and up to 3 inserts can be included; inserts are single or double sided, black and white and printed on A4 paper. Please send your inserts and/or programme cards to msadmin@rsc.org by 30 July at the latest.



Christmas Cards

If you wish to order RSC Christmas cards to send out to selected members of your section, please send an email request to msadmin@rsc.org by 30 September. Please include the selection criteria of the members (e.g. over 70 or retired) and we will arrange to dispatch the cards and address labels to you at the end of October.



Teacher Training Scholarships - next deadline for applications extended to Sunday 27th July.

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.



Special Lecture and Annual General Meeting, Burlington House, London, 9 July 2014

Have you ever wished you could hear first-hand about our work and ask questions of the people involved at the highest level? There’s a great opportunity for you to join us on 9 July and do just that at the Annual General Meeting. There’s also a special lecture and reception either side of the business meeting.

Here’s the timetable:

15.00 – 16.30 Special Lecture: 'Atomic-Scale Insights into Energy Materials - Batteries included' with Professor Saiful Islam CChem FRSC, Professor of Computational Materials Chemistry at the University of Bath.
To guarantee your place, register by 2 July.

17.00 – 18.00 The Annual General Meeting: Hear a review of the work we’ve done for the chemical sciences and our financial statements for 2013. Council members and the Leadership Team will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your views. Then you can be one of the first to welcome our new President, Dominic Tildesley.

18.00 onwards Reception: This is your chance to network with Council, employees and other members.

Full details of this free event are on our website.

Be an active part of the world’s leading chemistry community, and join us at Burlington House.



Contacting the Royal Society of Chemistry Careers team online

You can get involved in our groups and receive careers advice, guidance and information as well as join in with lively discussions through LinkedIn (Royal Society of Chemistry Group) and MyRSC (Careers Advice)? Whether you have a burning question or experiences to share we would love to hear from you.



2014 Birthday Honours
 
A total of seven members of the Royal Society of Chemistry were awarded honours in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Friday 13th June 2014. The following three members are actively engaged in the committees of our member networks:
 
CBE: Prof Dominic John Tildesley CBE BSc PhD FRSC (President-elect)
For services to Science, Technology and Business.

MBE: Dr Dianna Mary Leitch MBE BSc FRSC (Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group - Treasurer)
For services to Chemistry.

BEM: Mr Noel Charles Grabham BEM CChem FRSC (Benevolent Fund South East Region Volunteer Coordinator)
For services to Chemists.

Benevolent Fund Manager Dawn McGraham writes:

'It is with great pleasure that we deliver this wonderful news! Mr Noel Grabham FRSC, Benevolent Fund South East Regional Volunteer Coordinator, was given a BEM for services to chemists. Noel has organised the structure of Volunteer Visitors that provide individual support to members and their families in the Kent areas. In the pursuance of his voluntary duties, he has written comprehensive guidelines for new Volunteer Visitors and taken a leading role in many training events.'






Around the World in 18 Elements


This book presents a tour of the elements and offers a wider background in chemistry to educators, students and the general interest reader. Covering all sorts of A-level chemistry, the author examines various aspects of the 18 chosen elements.

Find out more.





New Events Database to launch in July

The existing events database hosted from the Royal Society of Chemistry’s website is currently undergoing some improvements to enhance the platform for your events, allowing a comprehensive search function and enabling browsing of forthcoming events. In addition, each event will have its own automatically created web page.

We will be inviting some members to help us by providing feedback on the user experience once the updated database has been launched. Feedback sessions will be held later this summer at Thomas Graham House in Cambridge and at Burlington House in London. If you would like to be involved, please email events@rsc.org to indicate your interest.

All existing events will be moved onto the updated system and event owners will have the opportunity to edit their listings when the site is live. In order to move the current event listings to the updated database we will have to halt the submission of new events for a short period before the system is launched. This downtime will be kept to a minimum to avoid inconvenience, and is expected to take place during the week of 21 July; we will advertise any updates or changes on http://www.rsc.org/ConferencesAndEvents/ nearer the time.



Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme

The Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme, which offers up to £2,000 to support chemistry-based events and activities for public audiences, is now open for application. The next application deadline is 31 July, but we will be reviewing applications at three-month intervals , four times a year. 

The Outreach Fund aims to encourage and support the development of projects that raise awareness of chemistry in people’s everyday lives or that develop the science communication skills of people who are already highly trained in chemistry. Members and anyone else organising such activities are invited to apply for the financial support.

Our Medium (£2,000 – 10,000) and Large (£10,000-50,000) Grant Schemes will be opened for application early in the autumn.

Find out more and apply now



Change your perception of chemistry forever

Come to our exhibition that brings together artists’ and chemists’ interpretations of chemistry and art.

Art in Chemistry and Chemistry in Art

Where? The Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
When?  10.00 am to 4.00 pm weekdays only, from 14th to 25th July 2014

Entry is free, and it’s a must-see for anyone interested in either subject. So why not bring your friends and family along with you?



Global Experiment

Take part in our Global Experiment!

To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography, our Global Experiment 2014 is all about crystallisation. What are the best conditions for growing crystals? Does temperature affect a crystal’s growth? Discover the art of crystallisation at home or in the classroom and compare your results with students around the world.





New chemical database added to Virtual Library

We’re pleased to announce that Elsevier’s Reaxys, the well-regarded database of chemical information, is joining Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and others in the Virtual Library.  Following a successful trial earlier this year, we have purchased this service for a trial period finishing at the end of 2015. You can access Reaxys through your ScienceDirect login details. Or contact the library at library@rsc.org to request login details.



Continuing Profession Development in Action

The Liverpool Local Section committee recently organised a networking event at The Heath in Runcorn, where the focus for the evening was continuing professional development (CPD). Andrea McGhee, Accreditation Development Specialist, gave a brief presentation highlighting how the Royal Society of Chemistry provides recognition for members’ professional development in the form of professional designations – Registered Science Technician (RSciTech), Registered Scientist (RSci), Chartered Chemist (CChem), Chartered Scientist (CSci) and Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach).

The Accreditation and Qualifications team have recently organised several Chartered Chemist (CChem) mentor training sessions. This is a 2 hour training course that equips the CChem mentor with everything that they need to support their mentee through their CChem application. So far we’ve run sessions at the Manchester Local Section, Domino Printing, UCB Pharma, Lilly and Wessex Water.

If you would like to run a similar event within your Local Section as part of your programme of events, please contact Debbie Houghton (houghtond@rsc.org).



Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
16-17 September 2014, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Registrations are now open for this free event dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences. 
Open to early career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students, the Conference seeks to: 
  • Raise the aspirations of young chemists 
  • Address barriers to career progression 
  • Increase the confidence of delegates when presenting, networking and raising their public profile
  • Promote diversity and an inclusive working culture     
Please visit the conference website for the latest on the exciting programme of workshops, one-to-one consultations and keynote speeches from world-renowned experts.





CPD for Teachers

Advancing excellence in chemistry teaching

Learn when and where it’s convenient for you with our new online CPD courses for teachers.

We’re launching five modules throughout 2014. Each module covers a key chemical concept and provides ideas and resources you can try in the classroom to enhance your lessons.

Our quantitative chemistry module is free to access until 31 August 2014.

Find out more.



ACS Reception

The RSC will once again be holding a reception for members and special guests at the upcoming ACS meeting in San Francisco.  The reception will be on Monday 11 August from 7 to 9 pm so if you are travelling to San Francisco for the ACS meeting then please do join us. The reception is an excellent opportunity to network with other members, meet RSC staff in attendance and catch up with old friends.  Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. 

If you would like to attend please register at your earliest convenience, and by 1 August. If you have any questions at all please contact networks@rsc.org.



Inclusion and diversity tip of the month

When booking a venue, check for accessibility for those who might have problems with mobility (parking, lifts, distance between rooms used etc). Also consider travel to and from the venue. Will this make it difficult for any of your audience to attend?

Find more tips for creating inclusive events on our Diversity web page.



RSC Events Deadlines

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

EVENT DEADLINE



Challenges in Organic Chemistry (ISACS14)

7-10 August 2014
Shanghai, China

 
 
 
Registration deadline:
14 July 2014
 



Challenges in Nanoscience (ISACS15)

17-20 August 2014
San Diego, USA


 
 
Registration deadline:
21 July 2014
 
 
5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
31 August-4 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

 
 
Late registration deadline:
1 August 2014
 



New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials (FD173)

1-3 September 2014
London, UK

 
 
Early bird deadline:
14 July 2014
 



Organic Photonics and Electronics (FD174)

8-10 September 2014
Glasgow, UK

 
 
Early bird deadline:
7 July 2014
 


Metal ions in Medical Imaging: optical, radiopharmaceutical and MRI contrast (DD15)
8-10 September 2014
York, UK

 
 
Early bird deadline:
18 July 2014
 



Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles (FD175)
17-19 September 2014
Bristol, UK

 
 
Early bird deadline:
21 July 2014
 


Nucleation – a Transition State to the Directed Assembly of Materials (Faraday Discussion)
30 March- 1 April 2015
Leeds, UK

 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
30 June 2014
 
 

Corrosion Chemistry (Faraday Discussion)

13-15 April 2015
London, U K


 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
14 July 2014
 
 


Nanoparticle Synthesis and Assembly (Faraday Discussion)

20-22 April 2015
Chicago, USA

 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
21 July 2014
 
 

 

Posted by Stephen McCarthy on Jul 2, 2014 7:53 AM GMT
Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the June 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
Calling all brewing and beer enthusiasts
Royal Society of Chemistry Prize and Award Winners
Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
Apply now for CSciTeach
Meet the Universities
Take part in our Global Experiment!
Wondering how to manage your career?
Host an Education Coordinator in Scotland
New Officers' Briefing Day
A Future in Chemistry
Inclusion and diversity tip of the month

RSC Events Deadlines



Teacher Training Scholarships - next deadline for applications Sunday 22nd June.

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.



Calling all brewing and beer enthusiasts

Written by a recently retired brewer, the second edition of Brewing will appeal to all beer-lovers, but particularly those within the industry who wish to understand the processes, as well as being relevant to students of food or biological sciences.

Find out more.



Congratulations to all the Royal Society of Chemistry Prize and Award winners for 2014!

To celebrate, we are delighted to present this web-collection highlighting some of the best research by this year’s RSC winners. Free access until 6th June 2014 – don’t miss out!
 
And for further information, click here.



Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
16-17 September 2014, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Registrations are now open for this free event dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences. 
Open to early career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students, the Conference seeks to: 

  • Raise the aspirations of young chemists 
  • Address barriers to career progression 
  • Increase the confidence of delegates when presenting, networking and raising their public profile
  • Promote diversity and an inclusive working culture     
Please visit the conference website for the latest on the exciting programme of workshops, one-to-one consultations and keynote speeches from world-renowned experts.





Apply now for CSciTeach

We are now accepting applications for Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach), a professional designation which recognises excellence in science teaching and learning.

Suitably qualified and experienced teachers in primary, secondary and tertiary education - as well those working in other settings such as science centres and museums - may apply for CSciTeach if they are already members at MRSC or FRSC level. Advisers, inspectors, consultants and researchers in education may also be eligible.
Visit the website and start an application today. For more information email CSciTeach@rsc.org





There’s still time to register for Meet the Universities

28 June 2014, 10:00 - 16:00 - The Chemistry Centre, London
12 July 2014, 10:00-16:00 - University of Leeds

If you know a school student who is thinking of taking chemistry to degree level, tell them about Meet the Universities 2014.

This free event is a chance to gather valuable information from university representatives from across the country. Attendees can discover more about the chemical science courses on offer, and find out what undergraduate life is really like from current staff and students. The Student Loans Company will also be on hand to answer financial questions.

Find out more



Take part in our Global Experiment!

To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography, our Global Experiment 2014 is all about crystallisation. What are the best conditions for growing crystals? Does temperature affect a crystal’s growth? Discover the art of crystallisation at home or in the classroom and compare your results with students around the world.





Wondering how to manage your career?

Speak to one of our career specialists; we aim to be accessible at a time which is beneficial for you. In addition to emailing and calling in we can set up evening consultations over the phone on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 8pm. If you want to talk to us in person we have the following days available:
London: 13th June
Cambridge: 17th June

You will be invited to attend local careers hubs near you later in the year.



Host an Education Coordinator in Scotland

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s network of Education Coordinators work to support and promote RSC education activities, enhance regional education provision and bring together groups of people working to promote the chemical sciences.

This network is expanding and we are currently inviting tenders for an additional host in Scotland. Universities, FE colleges, science centres and other organisations involved in STEM education are welcome to apply although there are geographical restrictions. Each contract is for up to £50,000 pa for 3 years to cover salary, on-costs and overheads.

The deadline for submissions is Monday 14th July 2014. Visit Expanding our Network for more information.
If your institution, or a consortium of institutions, is interested in hosting an Education Coordinator, please contact  an initial expression of interest to beveridgew@rsc.org.



New Officers' Briefing Day, 30th July 2014

We would like to invite all new Officers of RSC committees to attend this year’s New Officer’s Briefing Day.

This is the annual induction day for all new Local Section, Interest Group and Analytical Division Region Officers (Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers) which will again be a physical event this year. Please could you pass this on to any of your committee that you think would be interested in attending.

The purpose of this event is to provide new or recently appointed officers with information about their role, what is expected of them and the support and resources available to them from RSC staff and other sources. Unfortunately we are only able to invite those members based in the UK and Ireland to attend this event, any members based in other countries can contact us for additional support at any time.

The New Officers Briefing Day will take place on Wednesday 30th July at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. Please register no later than Friday 18th July, you can register your interest by contacting networks@rsc.org indicating any dietary requirements.



A Future in Chemistry

Guide their future in chemistry with our new careers site.

When it comes to job prospects, we know that students aged between 11 and 19 have a lot of decisions to make. Subject choices. Work experience. The best university for their plans. There’s a good deal to think about – especially when a career in chemistry is the ultimate goal.

A look through our new careers site will give you what you need to help them make informed choices and feel confident about their future.



Inclusion and diversity tip of the month

Consider the diversity of the guest speakers you invite to your events. This can benefit both the speaker and the audience. Choosing a particular speaker may help to break down stereotypes that the audience might have. Consider who will be able to connect best with your audience, and who might surprise your audience.

Find more tips for creating inclusive events on our Diversity web page.



RSC Events Deadlines

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

EVENT DEADLINE
 

Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS13)

1-4 July 2014
Dublin, Ireland

 
 
Registration deadline:
2 June 2014
 


Analytical Research Forum 2014 (ARF14)  
7 July 2014
London, UK
 
Early bird registration:
2 June 2014

Final registration:
30 June 2014
 


Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics (FD171)


9-11 July 2014
Sheffield, UK

 
 
Registration deadline:
9 June 2014
 



Carbon in Electrochemistry (FD172)
28-30 July 2014
Sheffield, UK


 
 
 
Early bird registration:
9 June 2014

Final registration:
30 June 2014
 
 

Advancing the chemistry of the f-elements (DD14)
28-30 July 2014
Edinburgh, UK


 
 
Early bird registration:
9 June 2014

Final registration:
30 June 2014
 


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

 
 
 
Early bird registration:
23 June 2014
 



Challenges in Nanoscience (ISACS15)

17-20 August 2014
San Diego, USA
 

 
 
Early bird registration:
30 June 2014
 
 
5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
31 August-4 September 2014
Istanbul, Turkey

 
 
Registration deadline:
23 June 2014
 


New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials (FD173)
1-3 September 2014
London, UK


 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
23 June 2014
 


Organic Photonics and Electronics (FD174)
8-10 September 2014
Glasgow, UK


 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
16 June 2014
 
 

Metal ions in Medical Imaging: optical, radiopharmaceutical and MRI contrast (DD15)

8-10 September 2014
York, UK

 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
30 June 2014
 
 

Physical Chemistry of Functionalised Biomedical Nanoparticles (FD175)
17-19 September 2014
Bristol, UK


 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
30 June 2014
 
 

Nucleation – a Transition State to the Directed Assembly of Materials (Faraday Discussion)

30 March- 1 April 2015
Leeds, UK

 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
30 June 2014
 

Posted by Stephen McCarthy on Jun 3, 2014 1:26 PM GMT

Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the May 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.

Researcher Mobility Fellowships
Water and energy web collection
Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
New Royal Society of Chemistry Book Published
Ebooks from the Library
Expanding our Network of Education Coordinators
Teacher Training Scholarships
Awards for Chemical Sciences Technicians and Apprentices
Plymouth Careers Hub
Diversity Tip of the Month
RSC Events Deadlines

 


Researcher Mobility Fellowships of up to £15,000 – closing date 1 June

The Fellowships, aimed at young chemical scientists in industry or academia, fund scientific visits of up to two years to UK or international organisations in order to strengthen research collaborations and networking.
Don’t miss this opportunity!  Apply by 1 June.

Find out more


Water and energy web collection

We are delighted to share with you a series of collections of recent books, themed issues and articles on the topic of water and energy – focussing on the relevance of water in dealing with the challenge of energy production and sustainability – from across our journals.

You can read all of these articles for free until 11 May 2014.



Joliot-Curie Conference 2014
16-17 September 2014, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Registrations are now open for this free event dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences. 
Open to early career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students, the Conference seeks to: 

  • Raise the aspirations of young chemists 
  • Address barriers to career progression 
  • Increase the confidence of delegates when presenting, networking and raising their public profile
  • Promote diversity and an inclusive working culture     
Please visit the conference web site for the latest on the exciting programme of workshops, one-to-one consultations and keynote speeches from world-renowned experts.





New Royal Society of Chemistry Book Published
Around the World in 18 Elements by David Scott

Written with both students and educators in mind, this book presents a tour of the elements found in the British "A" level syllabus.

Each chapter presents a key concept of chemistry in the context of the element, instilling a wider background in chemistry to the reader, which can then be tested by questions in the text. Priced at £19.99, this would make an ideal prize for school events. Copies can be ordered from the online Bookshop and don’t forget Members receive a 35% discount.



Ebooks from the Library

All sorts of interesting chemistry e-Books can be accessed via the Virtual Library. We hold electronic copies from EBSCO, Knovel, Elsevier and Springer.  Aside from in-depth, research-led titles, there are also some popular chemistry reads such as ‘The Last Sorcerers’, which charts chemistry from its mystical alchemy origins into the science we know today.

Search for ‘E-Book’ under locations in the Library Catalogue for more.



Expanding our Network of Education Coordinators

Our network of Education Coordinators is set to expand and we hope to have 19 across the UK and Ireland by the end of 2014. Do you work at a university, FE college, science centre or other education organisation? Then you could bid to host an RSC Education Coordinator.

We are currently accepting tenders for additional host organisations in Wales, North West England, North East England, the Midlands and South West England. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 May 2014.  Visit Expanding our Network or email education@rsc.org to find out more.


Teacher Training Scholarships - next deadline for applications Sunday 11th May.

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.



Outstanding Achievement Awards for Chemical Sciences Technicians and Apprentices

Do you work with an outstanding technician or apprentice? Get them the recognition they deserve by nominating them for an award. Nominations close on 31 May 2014.

Last year’s winner, Declan Hardy, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research on collecting an award said: “I was pleased that I could highlight the excellent work that the research chemists at Novartis have done. As I am nearing the end of my apprenticeship this award has helped with applications for new research positions.”
Nominate now at www.rsc.li/technician-award



Plymouth Careers Hub
12th–14th May, Holiday Inn, Plymouth.

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 Plymouth offers the opportunity to discuss:
  • Planning and managing your career
  • Job search strategies
  • CVs and Applications
  • Interviews
All consultations are free, 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 a local member.
The talk will start at 6.30 pm on Tuesday 13th May 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 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.

The Plymouth networking evening will be held immediately after the Profiles in Chemistry talk from 7.30 pm – 9.00pm. You are welcome to attend and also 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.



Diversity tip of the month

Have you considered broadcasting your events online? If it is impossible for some people to attend, would this be a suitable way for them to be involved? A webinar might enable some to watch content after the event.

Find more tips for creating inclusive events on our Diversity web page.



RSC Events Deadlines

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

Event Deadline
 

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


 
 
Early bird registration deadline:
12 May 2014
 


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


 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
5 May 2014

Early bird registration:
2 June 2014
 


Emerging Photon Technologies for Chemical Dynamics (FD171)

9-11 July 2014
Sheffield, UK


 
 
Early bird registration deadline:
19 May 2014
 



Carbon in Electrochemistry (FD172)
28-30 July 2014
Sheffield, UK


 
 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
19 May 2014
 
 

Advancing the chemistry of the f-elements (DD14)
28-30 July 2014
Edinburgh, UK


 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
19 May 2014
 


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


 
 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
2 June 2014
 



Challenges in Nanoscience (ISACS15)

17-20 August 2014
San Diego, USA
 

 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
9 June 2014
 
 
 5th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
 31 August-4 September 2014
 Istanbul, Turkey

 
 
Abstract deadline:
15 May 2014
 



Nanoplasmonics (FD178)

16-18 February 2015
London, UK


 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
19 May 2014
 
 

 

Posted by Stephen McCarthy on May 6, 2014 10:47 AM GMT

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
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