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).

February Networks Newsletter

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

Westminster Calling

Interested in gaining an insight into science policy and politics from the heart of Westminster? Royal Society of Chemistry members who have or are currently studying for their PhD can apply for the RSC Westminster Fellowship, which funds two individuals to work at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) for three months. Brief MPs on science and technology issues, aid scientific research into public policy areas and experience the inner workings of Parliament. Applications open from early February 2014. Find out more.




Learn Chemistry Partnership
 
We are delighted to launch our new schools partnership programme, Learn Chemistry Partnership.
 
Learn Chemistry Partnership is a free programme that connects teachers and schools with the world's leading chemistry community – and all our tools and resources to help them bring chemistry to life in their classrooms.
 
For a limited time, teachers who register their school for the partnership receive a huge periodic table wall chart for their classroom.
 
Find out more


Teacher Training ScholarshipsYouTube link to teacher training scholarship video
 
Do you have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher? Apply now for a Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarship worth £25,000.
 
Run in partnership with the Department for Education, the scholarship includes a support package including:

• Royal Society of Chemistry membership for 2 years;
• access to our national and regional support networks including: local meetings, online communities, Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Fellow mentors, annual conferences;
We have a series of application deadlines until June 2014 – next deadline 24th February Find out more.

 


Bill Bryson Prize 2014
 
“Where’s the art in science? Where’s the science in art?”
The Bill Bryson Prize 2014 asks students aged 5–18 for creative answers to these questions to inspire innovative thinking about science. Entries can be submitted in any format, from posters to puzzles to podcasts. Submissions are welcome up until the 31st March 2014. Winners will receive their prizes, including £500 for their school, at a ceremony with Bill Bryson in the Houses of Parliament. You can find out more and watch Bill Bryson explain why it’s such an exciting competition to be part of here.


Advance Notice – RSC Members Reception at the Spring ACS
 
The RSC will once again be holding a reception for members and special guests at the Spring ACS meeting in Dallas. The reception will be on Monday 17th March at one of the convention hotels from 19.00-21.00 so if you are travelling to Dallas make a diary note now and watch the website for registration details.
 
Email any questions to networks@rsc.org with ACS Reception as the subject.


Materials for Member Networks
 
We are now taking orders for new Member Networks pop-up stands, if you would like a pop-up stand to help promote your group’s activity please contact the Networks Team (networks@rsc.org) for a copy of the available templates and colour schemes.
 
Also available are the new logo, guidelines for its use and other standard document templates.



Reports and Accounts Deadlines

The deadline for RSC Member Network reports is fast approaching. Don’t forget to submit your annual reports and financial accounts by the 14th February.


A new book from RSC publishing:

Chemical Information for Chemists: A Primer
 
While it is not difficult to find data in many cases, what advice can you get on the quality of the data retrieved? Chemical Information for Chemists could help with this problem and more. This book is a chemical information book aimed specifically at practicing chemists. Written and edited by experts in the field, it is ideal for chemists who lack a chemical information professional able to teach basic and intermediate techniques in retrieving and evaluating information using the unique entry points of the chemical literature, including structure, formula, substructure, and sequence. Aimed at students on undergraduate and graduate courses, it could also be a useful guide to new information specialists who are facing the challenging diversity of chemical literature. Find out more.

 



Careers Hub Nottingham

The Careers Team is running a Careers Hub for members at Jurys Inn, Nottingham on Monday 10th February. Careers Hubs are an opportunity for members to book a 45-minute confidential appointment with a careers specialist and to attend an evening Mixer Meeting. All members in the local area will have received a personal email invitation.



Staff members of the month

This month features Careers Specialists Laura Woodward and Julie Franklin.
 


Laura Woodward

Laura Woodward
    


                                      

 
Laura joined the RSC in December 2006 working in the HR Department as an HR Executive with responsibility for supporting managers in all areas of the business outside of publishing.  Prior to that she had worked in HR for Lancashire Constabulary and then a small drug and alcohol rehabilitation charity.  In January 2011 Laura moved into the Member Services team undertaking both careers support and running the Benevolent Fund.  Following a period of maternity leave Laura returned to work as a part-time Careers Specialist providing advice, guidance and support to members to support them in their careers.  This can range from advice about CV’s to more complex discussions around career management.   Laura is due to go on maternity leave again later this month but is looking forward to returning to her careers role in due course.
Away from work Laura is kept busy with her daughter, running a greetings card business and improving her baking skills!
Julie Franklin 

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

Overcoming the Bottlenecks in Drug Discovery and Development
20-21 March 2014
DSIN-Ranbaxy, Gurgaon, India
 
Poster abstract deadline:
15 February 2014
 

Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas (FD168)
7-9 April 2014
Leiden, The Netherlands


 
 
 
Early bird deadline:
17 February 2014
 

2nd International Clean Energy Conference on Clean Energy Science (ICCES2)

13-16 April 2014
Qingdao, China
 
 
Early bird deadline:
14 February 2014
 

Molecular Simulations and Visualization (FD169)

7-9 May 2014
Nottingham, UK
 

 
 
Poster abstract deadline:
24 February 2014
 

Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS13)
1-4 July 2014
Dublin, Ireland
 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
24 February 2014
 

Metal ions in medical imaging: optical, radiopharmaceutical and MRI contrast (DD15)
8-10 September 2014
York, UK
 
 
 
Oral abstract deadline:
10 February 2014
 

Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry (FD176)
27-29 October 2014
Xiamen, China
 
 
 
Last few days to submit your oral abstract - deadline approaching!
 
 
 
 

Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Feb 4, 2014 2:32 PM Europe/London

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