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).

December Networks Newsletter

Dear Member,
 
Welcome to the December edition of the Networks Newsletter. These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information on relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks Team.
 
SET for Britain 2014 Poster Competition
‘Access to Science’ college collaboration
Meeting industry’s needs – report from seminar now available
2014 Regional Meetings
Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
Materials Horizons issue 1 now online and free to access!
RSC Advances news
New Award launched
What did Polly say?
Deadline - March inserts for Chemistry World
Cyclodextrin conference Travel Grant awarded
New Inclusion and Diversity Committee
Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month
SET for Britain 2014 Poster Competition
 
Are you an early-stage researcher in maths, science or engineering, or do you know someone who is? The SET for Britain 2014 poster competition is a chance for UK-based early-career researchers to communicate science to policymakers and a lay audience. Prizes of up to £3,000 will be awarded to winning submissions at the final in Parliament on 17 March 2014, hosted by Andrew Miller MP, Chair of the Science and Technology Select Committee. Find out more at www.setforbritain.org.uk and submit entries by 20th December 2013.


‘Access to Science’ college collaboration

We are currently collaborating with 5 colleges in the south west to support their ‘Access to Science’ courses:
·         Bournemouth and Poole College
·         City of Bristol College
·         City of Plymouth College
·         South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
·         Truro and Penwith College
 
As part of our collaboration individuals successfully completing this course will be eligible for Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) status.
 
We are looking for local employers to support the work project module by offering work experience. This could be simply submitting a piece of work or a project which is then carried out in the college’s modern laboratory facilities 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.)
 
Employers are not expected to pay any wages for this work and they may have the opportunity to interview students to select the person to carry out the project.
 
If this is a project you feel you are able to actively support do please get in touch with Steve Ward (registers@rsc.org).




Meeting industry’s needs – report from seminar now available
 
We have been collaborating with the Salters’ Institute, Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Society of Chemical Industry to address the technical skills needs of the chemical industry. In June 2013 a seminar brought together over 50 chemical industry employers, trainers and stakeholders to discuss these needs. The six topic areas were:
 
·         Pathways to technician roles
·         Recruiting technicians
·         Developing technicians in the workplace
·         Quality of work based training and vocational courses
·         Sustainability of training
·         Awareness and promoting apprenticeships

A report from the seminar, and the accompanying recommendations, can be found at www.rsc.org/rsci-rscitech.
 
For any queries relating to the report please contact Steve Ward (registers@rsc.org)



2014 Regional Meetings
 
These meetings are an excellent opportunity to network with other members in your areas. The evening will start with a brief presentation outlining our strategy, current initiatives and celebrating our members’ successes. This will be followed by a discussion session through which you are encouraged to contribute your thoughts on our activities and campaigns. Upcoming meetings in January are as follows:
 
South East          9th January 2014         Reading
Eastern             16th January 2014          Norwich
North East        30th January 2014          York




Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry
 
We are delighted to announce the addition of Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry to the Virtual Library.  This well-renowned resource comprehensively details the science and technology of every facet of industrial chemistry in over 1000 browsable articles.  To access this fantastic member benefit, you will need your RSC membership number and password.


 
Materials Horizons issue 1 now online and free to access!
 
We are delighted to announce the inaugural issue of Materials Horizons is now published online. 
 
Materials Horizons features research at the cutting-edge interface of materials science with chemistry, physics, biology and engineering.
 
All articles published in Materials Horizons benefit from wide exposure, with free access upon registration to all content published during 2014 and 2015.
 
Find out more by signing up to the Materials Horizons Newsletter or visit the journal blog!


RSC Advances

RSC Advances is breaking new ground again for us, by:
·         moving to article-based publishing
·         introducing the next level of automated subject categorisation, so the original 12 subject categories now have over 100 sub-categories
·         releasing subject-based Table of Content alert sign-up options
·         providing readers with a viewing choice for the issues
 
You can read the full story, and visit related webpages, on the blog.



The Royal Society of Chemistry launches…

…a new award to recognise and celebrate the great contribution of analytical science in industry.

Find out more here: Industrial Analytical Science Award.

To view our full list of Prizes and Awards and to make a nomination, visit www.rsc.org/awards. Nominations close 15th January 2014.



What did Polly say?
 
Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards

Rewarding Excellence, Gaining Recognition

Up to £5,000 prize money

Watch the video and find out what Polly Arnold said about winning a Royal Society of Chemistry award.

Please nominate someone or be nominated by a Royal Society of Chemistry member to gain the recognition deserved.

To view our full list of Prizes and Awards and to make a nomination, visit: www.rsc.org/awards.  Nominations close 15th January 2014.



Deadline - March inserts for Chemistry World

If you wish to add an insert to the March edition of Chemistry World, please note that the deadline to send print-ready Word documents is 30th January. Up to 3 inserts can be included; they are single or double sided, black and white and printed on A4 paper. Please send your inserts to msadmin@rsc.org by 30th January at the latest.



Cyclodextrin conference Travel Grant awarded
 
Shashi Ravi Suman Rudrangi, MRSC,  a second year PhD student (Pharmaceutical Science) at the Medway Centre for Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Greenwich, was awarded a ‘PhD Research Travel Grant' from the Organic Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry to attend and present a poster entitled 'Solid state Econazole-Cyclodextrin complexes prepared by Supercritical carbon dioxide processing’, at the '3rd European Conference on Cyclodextrins', which was held at Antalya, Turkey between 2-4 October, 2013. Read more in the blog here.



New Inclusion and Diversity Committee launched
 
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Council has given the go ahead to the creation of a new Inclusion and Diversity Committee. The Committee’s main aims will be to develop, maintain and monitor a diversity strategy and to provide practical guidance on how inclusion and diversity relate to our aim of advancing the chemical sciences.
 
To capture the breadth of our community, we hope the Committee will reflect the diversity of our members and provide skills and experience across all sectors.

If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch at diversity@rsc.org.



Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month: Consider the timings of your meetings – who might you be more likely to exclude if you hold it during the day, and who will be excluded in the evenings?

 

Staff members of the month

Helping you to put a face to the name, this month we are featuring Jane Clark and Dawn McGahan, both of whom enable the Benevolent Fund to run smoothly. The fund supports members and their families during times of difficulty, providing a confidential service to offer advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, as well as providing financial assistance in some circumstances. To find out more, click here.
 
Jane Clark
Photograph of Jane
 
 
 

 
 
Jane joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in August 2012 as Administrative Coordinator for the Communications, Campaigns and Policy Department, providing admin support for the Schools & Colleges, Science, Communications and Industry teams.
 
In August 2013, Jane was appointed Benevolent Fund Assistant and now works closely with the Benevolent Fund Specialist within the Member Services’ team.  Jane supports all administration activities relating to the Benevolent Fund, including collating papers for the Grants Committee meetings, taking minutes and arranging payments of grants awarded to our beneficiaries, as well as ensuring the smooth running of the Volunteer Network, from processing new applications to arranging volunteer reviews and volunteer training.
 
Jane has a 16 year old daughter (whose passion is Disco Freestyle, Street and Rock ‘n’ Roll Dancing) and a 13 year old son (who has inherited his Grandad’s love of fishing)!  Outside of work Jane plays badminton and has just started attending a dance class, having competed in one of her daughter’s dance competitions earlier this year (Jane confirms this was definitely a one-off as it was one of the most nerve-racking moments she has experienced in a very long time!).
 


Dawn McGahan
Photograph of Dawn
 
 
 
 
Dawn joined the Royal Society of Chemistry in October 2013 as Benevolent Fund Specialist. This is a temporary post covering for Sarah – Lou’s maternity leave.
 
Before joining the Royal Society of Chemistry Dawn has spent 25 years within Healthcare. More recently as a Branch Manager of a Domiciliary Care Agency managing a team of nurses, carers, support staff in delivering a quality care service in the community.
 
In her spare time Dawn is a keen Ballet and Zumba Dancer and attends classes whenever possible. She is also has an interest in Beauty Therapy and is a Qualified Beauty Therapist.
 
RSC Events Deadlines
 
Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.
 
RSC Events Deadlines
 
Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.
 
EVENT DEADLINE

2nd International Clean Energy Conference on Clean Energy Science (ICCES2)
13-16 April 2014
Qingdao, China
 
Oral deadline:
5 January 2014
 
Poster deadline:
24 January 2014


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

 
 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
9 December 2013
 
 
 
 
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Dec 3, 2013 12:08 PM Europe/London

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