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).

May Networks Newsletter

  • Nominate a Chemistry Technician of the Year
  • Internship for Chemists in Westminster
  • 175 Faces of Chemistry
  • The Belfast Careers Hub, Industry Hour and Mixer Meeting
  • Apply for I’m a Scientist - Like X Factor, but for scientists!
  • Get Funded to Visit Chinese Universities
  • New Officers Briefing Day 2013
  • ChemComm Emerging Investigators Issue 2013
  • Announcing Eric M. Furst as the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship recipient
 
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.
 
Nominate a Chemistry Technician of the Year
In 2012 the RSC secured a pilot licence from the Science Council to award two new designations: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci). These designations have been integrated within the RSC membership structure to support and promote vocational and technical career paths.
 
In line with this, the RSC will be awarding “Chemistry Technician of the Year” at the General Assembly in November. Three categories will be awarded:
·         Technical support in education and further education (with special reference to chemistry)
·         Technical support in higher education and research
·         Technical support in industry
The RSC are calling for nominations that fall within one of the above categories.
 
For more information and to nominate, please go to http://rsc.li/technician-award
 
Internship for Chemists in Westminster
The Westminster Fellowship Scheme is an annual internship at the offices of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology [POST]. The RSC funds two candidates to work at POST for three-months, engaging in work that is intended to aid scientific research into public policy areas, as well as raising public awareness.  The candidate(s) will assist POST in its function of providing objective briefing material for MPs and Peers. The Scheme is open to RSC members only.
 
Applications for the Fellowship Scheme are open now until the deadline on 31 May.
Find out more and submit an application
 
175 Faces of Chemistry
Over the 175 weeks leading to the RSC’s 175th anniversary on
 the 23rd February 2016, the achievements of 175 diverse individuals will be celebrated.
 
175 Faces of Chemistry highlights and celebrates the diversity of individuals who have helped to shape chemistry, and science as a whole, both past and present. It identifies ambassadors for chemistry and role models for the future generation of scientists.

The RSC is asking its members, and the wider community, to nominate people who they feel represent diversity. Nominees can have any background or discipline, as long as they have contributed to shaping the chemical sciences in some way.
For more information and to nominate, please follow this link: http://www.rsc.org/Membership/175-faces-of-chemistry/make-nomination.asp
 
The Belfast Careers Hub, Industry Hour and Mixer Meeting
The Belfast Careers Hub is running from 3rd – 5th June at Jurys Inn, Central Belfast. Members can book one-to-one careers consultations by emailing careers@rsc.org
 
The Industry Hour on Tuesday 4th June, 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm features a talk by Professor A P de Silva FRSC of Queen’s University, entitled: ‘2013: a Small Space Odyssey with Luminescent Molecules’.
 
The talk will be immediately followed by a Mixer Meeting, 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm, an informal opportunity to network and make new contacts. A buffet and drinks will be provided.
 
Booking is essential for both the Industry Hour and the Mixer Meeting. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served-basis. To reserve your place email careers@rsc.org
 
All the Hub activities are free of charge to RSC members.
For more information on Careers Hubs, see www.rsc.org/ConferencesAndEvents/RSCConferences/CareersHubs/
 
Apply for I’m a Scientist - Like X Factor, but for scientists!
Are you passionate about your research? Do you want to share what you do with school students? If so, apply to take part in I’m a Scientist – Get me out of Here.
 
I’m a Scientist – Get me out of Here is an X Factor-style competition for scientists, where students are the judges.  Scientists put up a profile on the I’m a Scientist website, answer questions and have live online (text) chats with school science students. Students vote and the winning scientist will receive £500 to spend on science communication.
 
The Royal Society of Chemistry is delighted to be sponsoring the Energy Zone in the next online event from 17th – 28th June 2013. The Energy Zone will cover the science of and issues relating to maintaining a supply of affordable, secure energy. 
 
To find out more and to apply, visit: imascientist.org.uk/scientist-apply or email Rosie in the I’m a Scientist team at rosie@gallomanor.com 
 
Get Funded to Visit Chinese Universities
The State Administration for Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) is a division of the Chinese Government with which the Royal Society of Chemistry has a cooperation agreement. Under this agreement the RSC and SAFEA will jointly fund researchers from the UK or Ireland to visit Chinese Universities.
 
The purpose of the visits is to stimulate collaboration between UK/Ireland 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 visiting researcher will advise Chinese research groups on all aspects of presenting their research to an international audience. The programme will strengthen links between the UK/Ireland and Chinese Science and between the RSC and our partners in China.
 
Call for applications are open until the 20th May 2013.
 
Find out more about the Visiting Researchers to China Programme.
 
New Officers Briefing Day 2013
Monday 22 July 2013
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.
 
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 and Interest Group Officers (Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers) which will again be a physical event this year. Based on previous feedback this event is being held earlier this year to coincide with many group AGMs so that new officers can attend the training day as early as possible in their new role.
 
If you are a new officer and would like to attend the briefing day please register no later than Monday 15th July – you can register your attendance emailing networks@rsc.org indicating any dietary requirements.  It is anticipated that the day will start around 10.30 and will draw to a close by 15.30.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
 
ChemComm Emerging Investigators Issue 2013

ChemComm is delighted to announce the publication of the Emerging Investigators issue, which is dedicated to internationally recognised, up-and-coming scientists from around the world.

With over 90 Communications and 4 Feature reviews articles, we are overwhelmed by the community’s positive response. View the issue on the ChemComm website
 


Announcing Eric M. Furst as the 2013 Soft Matter Lectureship recipient

The Soft Matter Editorial Board have chosen Professor Eric M. Furst as the recipient of this year's Soft Matter Lectureship. This annual Lectureship was established by the journal in 2009 to honour a younger scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field.

For more information, see the Soft Matter Blog Post.


Networks Blog
Keep up to date with the Networks blog to find out what our members are doing (my.rsc.org/blogs/80).
  
If you have any events that you would like to see on the blog, send information and pictures to networks@rsc.org.



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


EVENT DEADLINE

ChemComm-RSC Prizes and Awards Symposium: Supramolecular Chemistry
24 May 2013
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Register now - event approaching!

Medicinal Chemistry Residential School
17-21 June 2013
Loughbourgh University, UK
Event full -
join the waiting list!

Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry (ISACS10)
18-21 June 2013
Kyoto, Japan
 
Early bird deadline: 17 May 2013
Final reg deadline: 3 June 2013

Electroanalysis at the Nanoscale: Faraday Discussion 164
1-3 July 2013
Durham University, UK
Registration deadline:
31 May 2013

Analytical Research Forum 2013
8-10 July 2013
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Early bird and posters deadline: 13 May 2013

11th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC11)
8-11 July 2013
University of Warwick, UK
Early bird and posters deadline: 10 May 2013


Tropospheric Aerosol – Formation, Transformation, Fate and Impacts
22-24 July 2013
University of Leeds, UK
 
Early bird and posters deadline: 24 May 2013

23rd International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry
22-25 July 2013
University of Oxford, UK
 
Registration deadline:
15 May 2013

Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11)
23-26 July 2013
MIT, Boston, USA
Poster deadline: 10 May 2013
Early bird deadline: 31 May 2013
Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12)
3-6 September 2013
Cambridge, UK
Oral deadline: 
3 May 2013

Posted by Emily James on May 3, 2013 9:46 AM Europe/London

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