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

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Pip Matthews gives an update on the latest developments from our Diversity team, plus tips and tricks to help you embed inclusion and diversity in your activities. To find out more about our diversity activities, contact the Diversity team.
 
Since we launched our Breaking the barriers report in November, we have been working hard to develop our next steps and work to tackle some of the barriers we identified to progression and retention of women in the chemical sciences.

The difficulty in balancing work life against expectations that women take on the majority of caring responsibilities come out of the research as a major factor in women’s career decisions. So, to make things easier we have launched our Grants for Carers. These grants will award anyone with caring responsibilities up to £1000 a year to enable them to attend a chemistry related meeting conference or workshop, or a professional development opportunity.

There’s no one type of care that fits all, which is why our grants are flexible, to be used however works for you to enable you to develop your career. It’s not just for childcare – we cover any types of dependents.

We have opened our grants up to all chemists in the UK, and RSC members worldwide. You can make multiple applications (adding to the total of £1000) so the fund can be used for committee meetings and regional events. There are no gender restrictions either - these grants are for men too! We want everyone to be able to balance a home life and their career.

Find more details, and the application form on our website.


Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists

Despite progress, many LGBT+ physical scientists have experienced or observed exclusionary behaviour in the workplace. Feelings of discomfort are not necessarily the result of overt negativity, some of the actions that cause them might be almost imperceptible, or easily ignored.

There’s a wealth of evidence that science benefits from a diversity of thought, experience and background. Yet our workplaces are not always the inclusive environments we need to foster a diverse workforce. Tackling the barriers that LGBT+ physical scientists face can create broader benefits.

No one is definable by a single characteristic – we are all complex individuals subject to a whole host of different influences. But, to create an environment where the best scientists can flourish and the best science can be done, we need to make sure everyone feels comfortable.

If we can do that, it won’t just benefit our LGBT+ colleagues, but everyone in our workplaces.

Find more details, and the full report on our website, or download some of our inclusion and diversity resources to use when running events, managing committees and communicating information.


Tips and tricks for an inclusive committee

Finding a diverse pool of speakers and committee members can be a challenge. It’s hard to break away from using the same group of people. We’ve got some suggestions to help you to widen your search.
 
  • Professor isn’t always best – inviting postdocs to give higher level talks can increase the diversity of experiences in the room, and helps to develop the careers of people who are at a key transition point
  • Sponsor women – suggest women in your own networks them for roles and encourage them to apply for opportunities
  • If someone turns down an invitation, ask them to provide suggestions of alternative speakers
  • Don't hold events during half-term or school holidays
  • Mention our Grants for Carers in the invitation!
  • Ensure language is free from words that might imply discriminatory views, e.g. ‘the committee member’ rather than ‘he’ and ‘chair’ instead of ‘chairman’.
  • Refer to our guides to inclusive events and committees as a periodic check to make sure you are
For more information check out our diversity resources. For help with specific questions please contact diversity@rsc.org and we’d be delighted to talk to you!
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Aug 1, 2019 1:00 PM BST
 Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the Spotlight, we have information about the latest developments from our Diversity team. As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Beyond breaking the barriers
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
 

Upcoming Deadlines

06 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15 August to additional networks
08 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15 August
12 August         Deadline for Outreach Grant
27 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 September to additional networks
29 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 September
02 September   Researcher Mobility Grants open
08 September   Deadline for responding to survey on 2021-27 Horizon Europe framework programme
12 September   Deadline for ordering 2019 Christmas cards (UK and ROI Local Sections only)
12 September   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 September to additional networks
14 September   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 September
01 October        Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
01 October        Nominations for RSC Prizes and Awards are open

 
 

Upcoming Events

01 August                    Member e-alerts
15 August                    Member e-alerts
22 August                    Using GoToWebinar - RSC webinar for member networks
03 September              Using GoToMeeting - RSC webinar for member networks
05 September              Member e-alerts
11–12 September        2019 Joliot Curie Conference
19 September              Member e-alerts
03 October                   Member e-alerts
17 October                   Member e-alerts

 
 

Spotlight: Beyond breaking the barriers

Pip Matthews gives an update on the latest developments with our breaking the barriers programme looking at women’s progression and retention, the results of our new report on the experiences of LGBT+ scientists in the workplace, plus tip and tricks to help you embed inclusion and diversity in your activities.

To find out more about our diversity activities, read the full blog post, or contact the Diversity team.
 

 

Communications from across the RSC
Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.


New Chemists’ Community Fund video
The Chemists’ Community Fund have recently produced a promotional video to explain a little bit about what they can offer to members and their dependents. The aim of this video is to be played at local events, please do share the video with your networks and contact the Fund team with any feedback and ideas.


2019 Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas cards for UK and ROI Local Sections
All UK and ROI Local Section Secretaries should have received an email last week asking them to confirm their 2019 Christmas card order details. Once again, those committees who chose to include either the letter from the Chemists’ Community Fund or include some text from the Fund outlining new services and contacts will be able to reclaim the costs of postage from the Fund.

If you have not already done so, please can you confirm your order by Thursday 12 September? Please note that if we do not hear from you, no cards will be ordered for your committee.


PACN Congress 2019: ‘Riches of the Natural World: Sustainable Use of Africa’s Natural Products and Materials’
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5–7 November

This annual flagship event will take place in Addis Ababa from 5th – 7th November 2019. The theme of the congress is natural resources and their sustainable management in Africa, and will include scientific sessions on natural products, raw materials and biomaterials, and climate change and water resources.

Abstract submissions are now open and full funding is available if you are selected for a presentation and you are an African scientist working in Africa. Don’t miss out – deadline is 12 August 2019.

Find out more and apply at: rsc.li/pacncongress2019


The Royal Society of Chemistry – Royal Society International Exchanges Award.
Applications open Wednesday 14 August

Grants are available for new collaborations between researchers in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) for chemistry projects. These are for two-year projects and up to £12,000 is available for travel, including a maximum of £3,000 for research costs.

For more information go to https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/. The main applicant must be the UK researcher.


Registration is now open for the Joliot Curie Conference 2019
11 – 12 September at the University of Nottingham

The Joliot-Curie Conference is dedicated to supporting the aspirations of early career postdocs aspiring to a career in academic research, particularly those who are under-represented in academia.

In 2017, 100% of delegates said they would recommend it. Come and hear from our expert speakers in an informal setting including Saiful Islam, Tom Welton, Cecilia Fenech-Brincat, Hazel Phillips, Jeremy Sanders, Peter Licence, Robert Parker, Carol Robinson and many more. Also included is 1-2-1 mentoring sessions, poster sessions, dinner and our highly-rated funding workshops. Registration costs £25.
Find out more and register here: rsc.li/joliot-curie-2019

 
 

Latest updates on our policy work
With a programme of activities spanning research funding, mobility of scientists, open access, chemicals regulation, teacher supply, curriculum and much more, our goal is to shape the development of policy relevant to the chemical sciences.


EU survey on the €100bn 2021-27 Horizon Europe framework programme
The European Commission are seeking views from organisations and individuals on the priorities and impact measures for Horizon Europe. We have been making the case for the programme to maintain its focus on excellence and to enable broad third country participation for the benefit of both the EU and its citizens and third countries. These recommendations will form the basis of our response to the European Commission’s survey.

We would like to encourage you to respond to the survey by September 8 2019 to ensure our community’s views are well-represented: the Commission have made it clear that all submissions will be given equal weight. You are welcome to use our recommendations, but insights from your own area of chemistry will be particularly valuable for the last question on impacts.
 

 

Thank you for reading!

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, Aurora & Becky

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Aug 1, 2019 1:00 PM BST

Updated member group logos
We’re pleased to be rolling out the updated logos to our member groups, and you should have received these by email from the Networks team last week, along with some guidance on how to use them.

You’ll notice that the format of the logos is slightly different from the previous versions. This is because through our extensive research with members, they told us that our logo is recognisable and that many people refer to the Royal Society of Chemistry as ‘the RSC’.

In response to this feedback and to avoid making the new logos large and unwieldy, we’ve introduced a descriptor plus the group name. This is a neater way of presenting the logo and avoids them being too large, especially when used digitally.

Each logo includes the new marque shape, which is designed to be much more like a ‘C’ in response to feedback from our community, and is recognisable as the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The type of group is on the top line, e.g. RSC LOCAL SECTION:
2a0d1d2952242df3970cb9e4e8283e44-huge-rs

The name of the group is on the bottom line, e.g. ENERGY SECTOR:
9978fabbf91b50691c76cd611674d67c-huge-rs


Logo formats
Your new logo is available in .jpg, .png, and .ai file formats for different uses. Please use the .ai file if working with a supplier for printed materials as this is a print file type. You can use either the png or jpg logos for digital use.

In response to your feedback, the logos have been supplied with the correct exclusion zone already included, to make it easier for you to use (this is the white space around the logo). Please don’t trim this exclusion zone any further.


RSC logo and brand guidelines
You can download the brand guidelines and main RSC logo in various sizes and formats from our brand microsite: brand.rsc.org. The brand guidelines are also available here: rsc.org/FormsDocuments


Brand fonts
If you’re producing materials and want to use the brand fonts, you can download Bree Serif for free form Google fonts (see details in the brand guidelines). Bree Serif should only be used for headlines and large formats.

You can use Arial for all other copy and text uses, which is a standard font available on all computers.


New PowerPoint template
We have also created a new PowerPoint template in the new brand, which is available for you to download from rsc.org/FormsDocuments here in both widescreen (16:9) and standard (4:3) format.


Brand centre
Materials available to order on the brand centre are being updated into the new brand. Everything should be updated by the end of September 2019.


About our brand refresh
You can read more about the brand refresh in this news article from April 2019 or in the brand refresh Spotlight article in the March 2019 Networks Newsletter.

Any questions, please contact networks@rsc.org.

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jul 1, 2019 10:00 AM BST
 Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the Spotlight we have information about your new logos and how to use them. As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: New logos for member networks
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
 

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

01 July       Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
09 July       Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 July to additional networks
11 July       Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 July
15 July       Deadline for IYPT Member Grants
23 July       Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1 August to additional networks
25 July       Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1 August
31 July       Deadline for Chemistry World inserts (UK Local Sections only)

06 August  Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15 August to additional networks
08 August  Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15 August
12 August  Deadline for Outreach Grant

 
 

Upcoming Events

04 July                  Member e-alerts
10 July                  Local Section Day
10 July                  Annual General Meeting of the Royal Society of Chemistry
10 July                  Close of the 2019 Pay and Reward survey
18 July                  Member e-alerts
24 July                  Interest Group Forum
01 August             Member e-alerts
15 August             Member e-alerts
11–12 September 2019 Joliot Curie Conference

 
 

Spotlight: New logos for member networks
As many of you know, we refreshed our brand and logo in April. New logos for all member groups were sent out to Chairs and Secretaries last week along with supporting information on how to use them. Please email networks@rsc.org if you have not yet received your logo.

We have also created headed Word and branded PowerPoint templates, which are available for you to download from rsc.org/FormsDocuments. Further information about the brand refresh and downloadable RSC logos can be found at brand.rsc.org.

To find out more about the new logos, read 
the full blog post, or contact the Networks team.


 

 

Communications from across the RSC
Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.


RSC Breaking the Barriers report celebrated on 20 June
The report won Best Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Campaign at the 2019 memcom excellence awards in June

Breaking the Barriers highlighted the systemic barriers that women in the UK’s chemical sciences academia face. The report was based on a major survey, interviews, focus groups and data gathered across the community. This bold and groundbreaking research gave us insights into the reasons why women interested in academic careers are not progressing to senior grades or reaching their potential as their male counterparts do.

Our campaign to achieve
#ChemEquality resulted in significant media coverage and a huge volume of supportive social media posts from members of our community, which impressed the judges.

Find out more about how Breaking the Barriers is continuing to implement recommendations, including our new
Grants for Carers, on our Inclusion & Diversity pages.


Get involved: Pay and Reward survey 2019
This year’s Pay and Reward survey is now open for members to contribute until Wednesday 10 July. The published report (available from early Autumn) provides valuable information about the pay and benefits in different areas of the chemical sciences allowing members to make evidence-based about their careers.

In its 100th year, we want this report to be the most accurate, comprehensive and helpful yet, so we encourage all members to take part in this significant project. You should have received your personal link by email on 12 June. If you haven’t received your email then contact the Careers team.


Exploring the workplace for LGBT+ physical scientists
The Institute of Physics, Royal Astronomical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry carried out the first ever survey of LGBT+ physical scientists in the UK, collecting evidence on workplace climate and experiences.

We present the results of this research, along with recommendations for how we can create a climate that enables everyone to be fully themselves in their workplace or place of study in our new report, launched on Wednesday 26 June.

Read it here: rsc.li/LGBT_report


Providing frontline and vital support for student mental health and wellbeing
A collaborative team from the Technician Commitment, Science Council, Institute of Physics, Royal Society of Biology, Royal Society of Chemistry, University of Liverpool and University of Nottingham undertook a national survey to highlight the important roles technicians play in student mental health and wellbeing.

The report offers a number of recommendations to the higher education and research sector, individual employers and to technicians themselves in order to ensure that all involved and fully supported and appropriately trained.


Member to Member Mentor Scheme – looking for mentees and mentors
The award winning Member to Member Mentor Scheme is continuing to grow. We have a number of mentors, with backgrounds in industry, who are ready to be matched with a mentee. If you’d like to be mentored by one of them please email careers@rsc.org for more details.

Additionally, the scheme is keen to recruit more mentors with academic backgrounds. Please do get in touch at careers@rsc.org if you’d like to learn more about being a mentor.

Volunteer opportunity with the Chemists’ Community Fund
The Chemists’ Community Fund are currently looking to recruit Ambassador volunteers.

The Ambassador role plays a key part in amplifying the reach of the Fund, helping to raise awareness of their services with local networks through events and communications. You can find more about the Ambassador role in the May Spotlight article. Please do share with your networks and friends and colleagues who may also be interested. For further details contact ccfund@rsc.org.


PACN Congress 2019: ‘Riches of the Natural World: Sustainable Use of Africa’s Natural Products and Materials’
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5–7 November

This annual flagship event will take place in Addis Ababa from 5th – 7th November 2019. The theme of the congress is natural resources and their sustainable management in Africa, and will include scientific sessions on natural products, raw materials and biomaterials, and climate change and water resources.

Abstract submissions are now open and full funding is available if you are selected for a presentation and you are an African scientist working in Africa. Don’t miss out – deadline is 12 August 2019.

Find out more at:
rsc.li/pacncongress2019

 
 

Latest updates on our policy work
With a programme of activities spanning research funding, mobility of scientists, open access, chemicals regulation, teacher supply, curriculum and much more, our goal is to shape the development of policy relevant to the chemical sciences.


Plan S: the future of Open Access publishing
We held a livestreamed panel discussion on Plan S at Burlington House. Reacting to changes to Plan S published just that morning, our panel of researchers explored its potential impacts and consequences, including cost implications and the need for a global rollout. The discussion was broadcast on our YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts and generated good online conversation, which fed into the panel discussion. The video recording is now available on our YouTube channel. Research Fortnight published a news piece covering the event and Nature News quoted Emma Wilson, Director of RSC Publishing, in their first reaction piece.
 

Breaking the Barriers outcomes: Grants for Carers
We launched the second phase of our Breaking the barriers report project, with the introduction of our Grants for Carers, through which members of our community can now apply for up to £1,000 per year to help them attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event. These grants have been introduced as part of the Breaking the Barriers action plan, after our research found that 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities had an impact on women’s retention and progression.


‘Future Waste’ and the role of chemistry
Our Policy & Evidence team, together with the Environment, Sustainability & Energy Division, co-organised a ‘Future Waste’ summit in Swansea. The event brought government, academia and industry together to help us shape our policy recommendations in the areas of critical raw materials (CRMs) in waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), plastics and biopolymer alternatives (including a presentation on the findings of a discussion meeting on sustainable plastics hosted by our Materials Chemistry Division earlier this year), and food and farming waste. These are the critical areas of the government’s resources and waste strategy within the 25 year plan for the environment, where chemical scientists play key roles.


The importance of practical and technical skills in education
T-levels – new, 2-year, post-GCSE technical qualifications – are coming soon in England. Full updates on the Science T-level and our recent consultation responses are now on our website: https://www.rsc.org/campaigning-outreach/policy/importance-of-practical-technical-skills/


HCUK update: growing the talent pool in higher education and research funding post-Brexit
The Heads of Chemistry UK (HCUK) met in Warwick to discuss the future of chemical sciences in higher education and ways to grow the talent pool. Invited speakers included industry R&D managers, education experts and funders to explore the factors impacting graduate recruitment, future skills needs and the research funding environment.

The HCUK also held a dedicated policy workshop organised by the RSC and BEIS on the Sir Adrian Smith Independent Review on International Collaboration on Research and Innovation. The RSC submitted evidence to Sir Adrian Smith’s review, stressing that the UK should continue to participate in EU programmes as an associated country and other international collaboration opportunities should be developed in addition. We also highlighted the importance of curiosity-led, discovery research and used results from our Brexit Policy Survey earlier this year.
 


 

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

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the Networks Newsletter blog.

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jul 1, 2019 10:00 AM BST
Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the spotlight we have information about the new process for awarding long-standing members their 40-year Gold Badges.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: New Process for Awarding 40-year Gold Badges
  • Communications from across the RSC

As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

 
 

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

10 June     Close of applications for the Research Fund
11 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 June to additional networks
13 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 June
16 June     Close of applications for the Inclusion & Diversity Fund
25 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 July to additional networks
27 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 July
01 July      Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications

 
 

Upcoming Events

06 June     Member e-alerts
20 June     Member e-alerts
3–5 July    Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
04 July      Member e-alerts
8–11 July  14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
18 July      Member e-alerts
11–12 September          2019 Joliot Curie Conference

You can find all of our member network events here: www.rsc.org/events/member-network
 

 

Spotlight: New Process for Awarding 40-year Gold Badges
As many of you know, any member who has been a part of the RSC for forty years is entitled to a Gold Badge. Until recently, there was no clear process in how the gold badges were sent to members, making it difficult to keep track of who had received their badge and who hadn’t, and resulting in many members not receiving their badge.

Going forward, our Membership team will write to members who are in their fortieth year of membership to offer them a formal letter of recognition and Gold Badge.

Our Membership team will work with UK and ROI Local Sections and ask UK and ROI members if they would like to receive these at a Local Section event.

To find out more about the new process, read the full blog post, or please contact our Membership team at membership@rsc.org if you have any queries concerning Gold Badges.
 

 

Communications from across the RSC
Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.


Brand refresh update
We will be sending out the new Interest Group, Local Section and division region logos later this month, along with guidance on how to use them. 

If you need just the Royal Society of Chemistry logo, you can now download it from brand.rsc.org, which also tells you more about the brand refresh, and includes our new brand video.


Regional Celebrations 2019
Our 2019 Regional Celebration events are an opportunity to recognise the efforts and professional successes of local members and celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Check out rsc.li/regionalcelebrations2019 for the Regional Celebration nearest you and register for a chance to network with RSC staff and other members in your local area. Refreshments and food will be provided. For more information contact Geri at volunteer@rsc.org.


Get involved: Pay and Reward survey
On 12 June, we will be asking you to contribute to the centenary edition of the Pay and Reward survey, a report that provides valuable information about the pay and benefits in different areas of the chemical sciences allowing you to make evidence-based about your career.

In its 100th year, we want this report to be the most accurate, comprehensive and helpful yet, so we hope you will take part in this significant project. We will send you a personal link to the survey by email so keep an eye on your inbox.


Inclusion & Diversity Fund is open for applications
The 2019 Inclusion & Diversity Fund closes on Sunday 16 June

What do raising the profile of female scientists, adapting resources for students with disabilities,
and research into inequality in the chemistry community have in common?

They are all supported by our Inclusion & Diversity Fund. Your project could be, too. Grants are available up to £5000.

For details, visit www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/inclusion-diversity-fund/


Chemists’ Community Fund Volunteer training
On Wednesday 26 June there will be training for Chemists’ Community Fund Local Section Coordinators and Ambassadors in the form of an online webinar. Any questions can be sent to the Fund office ahead of this date and we will endeavour to include this in the training session, and there will be options to ask questions and get involved throughout the webinar.

If you are a Local Section Coordinator or Ambassador, please do register for the webinar here.


‘GCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ workshop
Lagos, Nigeria, 18–22 November

This Pan Africa Chemistry Network training course, supported by GSK, will cover the practical aspects of Gas Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation of GC-MS.

Submission deadline is 11 July. To find out more and apply, visit www.rsc.org/events/africa – only 15 spaces available.


Registration is now open for the Joliot Curie Conference 2019
11 – 12 September at the University of Nottingham

The Joliot-Curie Conference is the annual must-attend event dedicated to supporting the aspirations of early career post-doctoral researchers who are aspiring to an independent career in academic research, particularly those who are under-represented in academia.

Come and hear from our panels of eminent academics, take part in one-to-one sessions and workshops and explore career topics that are relevant to everyone.

Find out more, see the latest programme and register online here: rsc.li/joliot-curie-2019

 
 

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

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the Networks Newsletter blog.

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jun 3, 2019 10:29 AM BST
The June 2019 Networks Newsletter sees an update about the revised process for recognising long-standing members with commemorative Gold Badges. Contact our Membership team at membership@rsc.org with any comments or questions.


The Royal Society of Chemistry has 50,000 members spread across the globe, and we could not deliver our purpose without you.

We’ve recently considering how we recognise our members and their contributions to the chemical sciences community. Part of this is recognising and celebrating our long-serving members.

As many of you know, any member who has been a part of the RSC for forty years is entitled to a Gold Badge. Until recently, there was no clear process in how the gold badges were sent to members – some Local Sections requested badges throughout the year to present them to members, whereas some didn’t – making it difficult to keep track of who had received their badge and who hadn’t, and resulting in many members not receiving their badge.

In 2018, after feedback from members, our Membership team developed a process for sending the 40-year Gold Badges to members.


The process going forward

Each year, in about June, our Membership team will write to members who are in their fortieth year of membership to offer them a formal letter of recognition and Gold Badge.

For members based in the UK and ROI, our Membership team will contact the Local Sections to ask if they would like members to contact the Secretaries about receiving their badge at a member network event.

If the Local Section are happy to do this then the communication sent to the members in that Local Section will provide the contact details for the Secretary. The Secretary can contact our Membership team to request the badges and we will send them out along with formal letters to accompany the badges.

If the Local Section does not wish to be contacted – or if we receive no response – members will receive a letter informing them to contact Membership to receive their badge. Our Membership team will send the badge and letter formal to the member.

All members outside the UK and ROI will be receive a letter offering them a badge.

This is an annual process and will be done each year in June. As such, we ask that if you wish to organise events to recognise long-serving members you arrange these around when we will be sending communications out so that we can keep track of members who have received their Gold Badges.

Please contact the Membership team at membership@rsc.org if you have any queries concerning Gold Badges.
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jun 3, 2019 8:30 AM BST
 Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the spotlight we have an update from the Chemists’ Community Fund team about recent changes to the Volunteer Framework and their ongoing activities.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Chemists’ Community Fund Volunteer Network
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work

As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

 
 

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

07 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 May to additional networks
09 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 May
13 May      Close of applications for the Outreach Grant
28 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6 June to additional networks
30 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6 June
10 June     Close of applications for the Research Fund
11 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 June to additional networks
13 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 June
16 June     Close of applications for the Inclusion & Diversity Fund

 
 

Upcoming Events

02 May          Member e-alerts
14 May          Investment Catalyst
14 May          Building Personal Resilience webinar
16 May          Member e-alerts
3–5 July        Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
8–11 July      14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
11–12 Sept   2019 Joliot Curie Conference

You can find all of our member network events here: http://www.rsc.org/events/member-network
 

 

Spotlight: Chemists’ Community Fund Volunteer Network

Over the past year the Chemists’ Community Fund has been consulting with our volunteers to revise the volunteering roles that support the work of the Fund. The revised Volunteer Network Framework is now in place with distinct role descriptor and training resources for each role.

The work that all of our volunteers undertake is vitally important to enable us to provide the support that we do. To find out more about the new Framework and training, read the full blog post.

For more information about Chemists’ Community Fund activities, go to rsc.li/chemists-community-fund or email the team.

 
 

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.


Mental Health Awareness Week 2019
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019.

On Tuesday 14 May, the Chemists’ Community Fund are hosting an interactive webinar on ‘Building Personal Resilience’ with Jo Twiselton, a change and engagement specialist and leadership coach. Please register for the webinar here and share this with members in your network.


Regional Celebrations 2019
Our 2019 Regional Celebration events are an opportunity to recognise the efforts and professional successes of local members and celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Check out http://rsc.li/regionalcelebrations2019 for the Regional Celebration nearest you and register for a chance to network with RSC staff and other members in your local area. Refreshments and food will be provided.


The Royal Society of Chemistry – Royal Society International Exchanges Award
Application deadline: 30 May 2019 (3pm UK time)

Grants are available for new collaborations between researchers in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) for chemistry projects. These are for two-year projects and up to £12,000 is available for travel, including a maximum of £3,000 for research costs. The main applicant must be the UK researcher.

For more information go to: https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/


First round of the Research Fund opens on Monday 6 May
The Research Fund will open for applications on 6 May and close on 10 June

This year, we are running two rounds of the Research Fund so that we can support even more excellent projects. The scheme enables members to conduct their own project of either high scientific or societal impact that may not otherwise receive funding. Applications are welcome from early career researchers, those at well less funded institutes and those in developing countries.

The second round of applications will run from 2 September to 7 October. Please note that members can only apply once this year.

Want to know more about the Research Fund and how it might benefit you? Take a look at Professor John Spencer's Story.

Go to rsc.li/research-fund for full terms and conditions and to submit your application.


Inclusion & Diversity Fund is open for applications
The 2019 I Inclusion & Diversity Fund closes on Sunday 16 June

What do raising the profile of female scientists, adapting resources for students with disabilities,
and research into inequality in the chemistry community have in common?

They are all supported by our Inclusion & Diversity Fund. Your project could be, too. Grants are available up to £5000.

For details, visit https://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/inclusion-diversity-fund/


Chemists’ Community Fund Volunteer training
On Wednesday 26th June there will be training for Chemists’ Community Fund Local Section Coordinators and Ambassadors in the form of an online webinar. Any questions can be sent to the Fund office ahead of this date and we will endeavour to include this in the training session, and there will be options to ask questions and get involved throughout the webinar.

If you are a Local Section Coordinator or Ambassador, please do register for the webinar here.


‘GCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ workshop, various locations in Africa
This Pan Africa Chemistry Network training course, supported by GSK, will cover the practical aspects of Gas Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation of GC-MS.

Courses will take place in Ethiopia (30 Sep – 4 Oct) and Nigeria (18 – 22 Nov). To find out more and apply, visit http://www.rsc.org/events/africa – only 15 spaces available per course.


Chemcareers webinars
We have a series of different chemcareers webinar topics coming up including how to develop your teaching career, what to expect if you are looking to transition from an academic career, careers in science policy and becoming a professional member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Our leading webinars are with leading members of the community and our in-house career experts to help you explore your options or develop your career.

Our full 2019 programme: https://www.rsc.org/careers/chemcareers


What are your career goals for 2019?
It’s always a good time to think about developing your skills or planning your career. Our career management team are here to support you and your career, wherever it may take you. Our qualified Career Specialists will be visiting Bath, Dundee, Aberdeen, Brighton and York to speak with members. Book online or email the team to arrange a remote appointment or find out how we can support you.


Registration is now open for the Joliot Curie Conference 2019
11 – 12 September at the University of Nottingham

The Joliot-Curie Conference is the annual must-attend event dedicated to supporting the aspirations of early career post-doctoral researchers who are aspiring to an independent career in academic research, particularly those who are under-represented in academia.

Come and hear from our panels of eminent academics, take part in one-to-one sessions and workshops and explore career topics that are relevant to everyone.

Find out more, see the latest programme and register online here: https://rsc.li/joliot-curie-2019


 
 

Latest updates on our policy work

With a programme of activities spanning research funding, mobility of scientists, open access, chemicals regulation, teacher supply, curriculum and much more, our goal is to shape the development of policy relevant to the chemical sciences.


Improving recognition of Higher Education teaching
Working with the Institute of Physics, the Physiological Society and the Royal Society of Biology, we’re conducting a survey to help us inform the HE STEM sector about developments in teaching and recognition of teaching staff.

Are you actively involved in teaching in a Higher Education setting in the UK? We’d love to hear from you. Please share your experiences: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/HESTEM/


Response on Scottish STEM education
As part of the Learned Societies’ Group, we responded to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee on Scottish STEM education and expressed concerns about narrowing of subject choices at secondary level in Scotland.


International chemistry survey reveals scale of Brexit concern
Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent policy survey, which looked at attitudes to aspects of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. We had nearly 5,800 responses, which gives us a good understanding of what our community think:

On EU funding programmes:
75% of respondents felt that impact on UK science and innovation of UK involvement in EU framework programmes like Horizon 2020 had been positive, and only 3% felt it had been negative. 

We will: Continue to campaign for the UK’s full participation in the next framework programme – Horizon Europe.

On mobility and immigration:
84% of respondents felt freedom of movement had a positive impact on UK science and innovation, 71% felt it had a positive impact on their own career. 71% said the proposed new visa system would have a negative impact on UK science, in particular the proposed salary threshold.


We will: Use this as evidence when talking to Government about changes to the UK immigration processes and further explore your concerns about the proposed new visa system. Please get in touch if you can help us understand the impacts (positive and negative) of changes to visa and immigration policy on chemistry

On chemicals and product regulation after Brexit:
88% of respondents felt UK chemicals regulation should be harmonised with the EU (42%) or globally (46%), with only 4% preferring new and different UK chemicals legislation.


We will: Use this as further evidence to campaign for harmonised chemicals regulation, whether at the EU or global level and to campaign for a continued close partnership between the UK and EU agencies.

On the potential impact of No Brexit Deal:
84% of respondents said No Deal would be negative for UK science, compared with only 4% who thought it would be positive.


We will: Continue to highlight the risks of No Deal to policy makers (for example, this briefing to parliamentarians) as long as No Deal remains a possibility.

 

 

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

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the Networks Newsletter blog.

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on May 2, 2019 5:16 PM BST
The May 2019 Networks Newsletter sees an update about the revised Chemists' Community Fund Volunteer Network Framework from Anna Dearden, the Chemists' Community Fund Manager. Contact Anna and the CCF team at ccfund@rsc.org with any comments or questions.

Over the past year the Chemists’ Community Fund has been consulting with our volunteers to revise the volunteering roles that support the work of the Fund. The key areas that we considered were:
 
  • the needs of our beneficiaries,
  • the priorities for the Fund (including the main need to raise awareness on the breadth of support and services available),
  • the practices of other benevolent funds, and
  • general good practice in recruiting, supporting and training volunteers (including managing risks and meeting our legal requirements).
The revised Volunteer Network Framework is now in place:
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The Local Coordinators will enable us to retain the important links that we have with each local section.

The Ambassadors will link with the Local Coordinator to support us to raise awareness of the Fund locally; this role can include raising awareness of the Fund at events, helping with sending Christmas cards, and supporting wellbeing workshops or retirement planning workshops. 

The Visitor role is solely intended for undertaking visits to beneficiaries.

We currently have 50 volunteer Visitors, 17 Ambassadors and 32 Local Coordinators and we are actively seeking more members to volunteer with us in the new Ambassador role to raise awareness of the Fund to RSC members. It’s important to note that these roles are not mutually exclusive and a member can be in multiple roles.

To help our volunteers, we have developed distinct role descriptors and training resources for each role. In particular, each Visitor requires in-depth training and greater levels of support, due to the nature of the role and associated legal requirements. We are therefore limited in our capacity to provide this level of training for any volunteer who is not visiting beneficiaries.

Three bespoke training and guidance sessions for 35 Visitors have been delivered so far in 2019, working with a specialist charity, the Befriending Networks, to provide these training sessions. This training supported the new structure covering issues of confidentiality, regulation, and behaviours, and feedback from those who attended has been very positive.

Training for Ambassadors and Local Section Coordinators will now follow and this has been arranged for June 2019.

The work that all of our volunteers undertake is vitally important to enable us to provide the support that we do. We are very appreciative of their continued involvement with the Fund, enabling us all to support our beneficiaries.

If you have any questions or feedback on the volunteering roles, or are interested in joining us as a volunteer, please do let us know by emailing ccfund@rsc.org or call 01223 432 539.

Anna Dearden, Chemists’ Community Fund Manager
May 2019
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What else is the Chemists’ Community Fund up to?

The Fund has recently partnered with the National Autistic Society, who have provided training for RSC Careers and CCF staff, and have recommended some books for us to purchase.

In addition to the autism books, shown below, we have also purchased some titles on wellbeing. These are all available for any RSC member to request at any time from the library at Burlington House.

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We continue to have a busy schedule of wellbeing and resilience workshops, with 16 being held to date, welcoming a total of 226 Attendees, and five further dates have been organised for later this year. We have also finished our three pilot retirement workshops, with the 83 attendees all reporting excellent feedback. We have more events planned for 2019.

If you would like to read more about our Retirement Workshops, please check out this article on the RSC website.

If you would like to help organise a workshop local to you, or to receive further information on this initiative, then please do contact Lara Pocock in the Fund Office ccfund@rsc.org. If you would like to attend one of these workshops, they can be booked on the RSC website.

We are also hosting a Building Personal Resilience webinar for all RSC members on Tuesday 14th May, which is part of our campaign for Mental Health Awareness Week.

For more information about Chemists’ Community Fund activities, go to rsc.li/chemists-community-fund or email the team.
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on May 2, 2019 5:16 PM BST
The April 2019 Networks Newsletter sees an update about Royal Society of Chemistry activities for the International Year of the Periodic Table from Anna Aldred, RSC Public Engagement Officer. Contact Anna and the IYPT team at outreach@rsc.org with any comments or questions.


IYPT is well underway, and we have been delighted to see all the activity that has been going on so far in 2019! If you want to see what the RSC community has been getting up to, take a look at the Community News page.

Here are just a few updates, reminders and things to note:

 
  • The deadline for the next round of applications for IYPT Member and Member Networks grants is fast approaching! Applications close at noon GMT on Monday 15 April 2019.
  • Have you seen the IYPT branded material on the Brand Centre? There are pencils, pens, material bags, lanyards and more! Released in March is a book entitled “Elements of Popular Science: A Selection of Chapters”, this is a special IYPT resource that is available to order free of charge.
  • If you are working with schools for IYPT, there are some excellent education resources designed by the RSC Education Coordinators especially for IYPT. There are also a wealth of other education resources for all ages available through Learn Chemistry.
  • We’ve partnered with the brilliant Compound Interest to make fantastic new element infographics from H to Og. We’ve been releasing these on Twitter, but you can see and download all of the element infographics we’ve published so far here.
  • Chemistry World has been publishing a variety of special IYPT-themed articles, including opinion pieces and a series of graphic novels depicting key moments in periodic table history. Read them here.
  • The RSC journals have been busy putting together some special IYPT themed collections relating to specific elements and areas of the periodic table, take a look here.

What are you getting up to for IYPT? We want to know!

Share your stories with us by tagging @RoySocChem and #IYPT2019 on Twitter, or by writing a piece for Community News: email the Networks team with pictures and information about your event and we’ll work with you to get your story published online.

If you have any IYPT questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Anna Aldred by email on outreach@rsc.org.

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 29, 2019 4:54 PM GMT
 Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the spotlight we have an update about our activities for International Year of the Periodic Table from Anna Aldred, our Public Engagement Officer. As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table activities
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
 

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

09 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 April to additional networks
11 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 April
15 April     Deadline for next round of IYPT Grants
23 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 May to additional networks
25 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 May
29 April     Deadline for Researcher Mobility Grant applications
07 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 May to additional networks
09 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 May
16 June     Deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund applications

 
 

Upcoming Events

04 April         Member e-alerts
10 April         Applications open for Royal Society International Exchanges Award
18 April         Member e-alerts
02 May         Member e-alerts
14 May         Investment Catalyst
16 May         Member e-alerts
3–5 July       Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
8–11 July     14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
11–12 Sept  2019 Joliot Curie Conference

You can find all of our member network events here: http://www.rsc.org/events/member-network
 

 

Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table
The International Year of the Periodic Table is well underway and we have been delighted to see all the activity that has been going on so far in 2019! If you want to see what the RSC community has been getting up to, take a look at the Community News page.

Anna Aldred, our new Public Engagement Officer, has written a blog post to highlight all of the ongoing projects and resources available to member networks – such as the newly released “Elements of Popular Science: A Selection of Chapters” IYPT themed book that is available to order for free on the Brand Centre!

Read the full blog post to find out more or email outreach@rsc.org with any questions or ideas.

 
 

Communications from across the RSC
Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.


Chemists’ Community Fund Student Hardship Grants
All students, apprentices and those undertaking vocational training who are members of the RSC are now eligible for support from the Chemists’ Community Fund. The Fund’s services are open to those facing unexpected or exceptional circumstances, with support tailored to each applicant based on their unique circumstances.

More information is available here: http://www.rsc.org/membership-and-community/chemists-community-fund/financial-support--information/


The Royal Society of Chemistry – Royal Society International Exchanges Award
Applications will open on 10 April 2019

Grants are available for new collaborations between researchers in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) for chemistry projects. These are for two-year projects and up to £12,000 is available for travel, including a maximum of £3,000 for research costs. The main applicant must be the UK researcher.

For more information go to https://royalsociety.org/grants-schemes-awards/grants/international-exchanges/.


‘GCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’, various locations in Africa.
Next deadline is 11 April 2019 for the Ghana course

Applications are open for the above Pan Africa Chemistry Network workshop, supported by GSK, to enhance the capabilities of African scientists in modern analytical techniques. The training course will cover the practical aspects of Gas Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation of GC-MS.

The remaining 2019 courses will take place in Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria throughout the year. To find out more and apply, visit http://www.rsc.org/events/africa. There are only 15 spaces available per course, so don’t miss out.


IYPT Member and Member Network Grant applications are open
The next round of IYPT grants closes at noon on Monday 15 April

Are you planning events and activities to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table? Committees of locals sections, interest groups and international sections can apply for a member networks grant (of up to £1,000) to support a range of activity including schools and public engagement events or periodic table themed events for members in a particular area.

More information can be found online: https://www.rsc.org/iypt/iypt-member-grants/


Inclusion & Diversity Fund is open for applications
The 2019 I&D Fund closes on Sunday 16 June

What do raising the profile of female scientists, adapting resources for students with disabilities,
and research into inequality in the chemistry community have in common?

They are all supported by our Inclusion & Diversity Fund. Your project could be, too.

For details, visit https://www.rsc.org/awards-funding/funding/inclusion-diversity-fund/


Researcher Mobility Grants open for application
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Researcher Mobility Grant is open again for applications to members until noon on 29 April. PhD students, postdoctoral researchers and early career researchers may apply for up to £5000 for research visits to collaborators. For full details, and to apply, please see http://rsc.li/researcher-mobility.

The second round in 2019 of the Researcher Mobility Grants will open on 2 September, closing at noon on 21 October.


Do you want to find out what evidence you need to apply for Chartered Chemist?
Simplify the process of applying for CChem by watching our short webinar series with our Professional Standards Specialist who discusses in detail the evidence you need for each attribute in order to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem).

Watch the webinar series and speak to the team about becoming CChem (cchem@rsc.org).


Thinking about your career goals for 2019?
It’s always a good time to think about developing your skills or planning your career. Our career management team are here to support you and your career, wherever it may take you. Our qualified Career Specialists will be visiting Bath, Dundee, Aberdeen and Brighton to speak with members. Book online or email the team to arrange a remote appointment or find out how we can support you.


2019 Joliot Curie Conference
11–12 September, University of Nottingham, UK
 
The Joliot Curie Conference for post-docs who are aspiring to an independent career in academic research will be held 11th – 12th September at the University of Nottingham. The conference is full of useful advice and tips from our expert speakers, and is particularly suitable for post docs from groups who are under-represented in academia, or who may perceive barriers to progression. This year we are supplementing the conference with a free series of webinars too.

Find out more and register here: rsc.li/joliot-curie-2019

 
 

Policy update: International chemistry survey reveals scale of Brexit concern

We surveyed nearly 5,800 chemical scientists about their views on mobility, research funding and chemicals regulation in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Our thought leadership piece briefly outlines our position and our community’s views, and there’s more detail in the briefing paper we shared with MPs ahead of a series of votes on a no-deal Brexit in Parliament.

A big thank you to everyone who responded to the survey, helping us to inform our policy positions and discussions with policymakers. We are already using the evidence from the survey to advise MPs and Civil Servants and will do more of this.
 

 

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

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the Networks Newsletter blog.

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 29, 2019 4:54 PM GMT
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