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 ( 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 (

July Networks Newsletter

Dear Member,
Welcome to the July edition of the Networks Newsletter. These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information of relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks Team.

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

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

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

New Officers' Briefing Day, 30th July 2014

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

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

September Inserts for Chemistry World

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

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

Christmas Cards

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

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

Do you have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher?

In partnership with the Department for Education, we are offering 180 scholarships for the training year 2014/2015, worth £25,000 (tax free). Each scholarship also provides a support package including:
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) membership for 2 years;
  • access to national and regional RSC support networks through local meetings, online communities, mentors, annual conferences etc;
  • a selection of RSC materials including resources, lab coats and other consumables.
Don’t miss out.

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

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

Here’s the timetable:

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

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

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

Full details of this free event are on our website.

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

Contacting the Royal Society of Chemistry Careers team online

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

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

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

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

Benevolent Fund Manager Dawn McGraham writes:

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

Around the World in 18 Elements

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

Find out more.

New Events Database to launch in July

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

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

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

Outreach Fund Small Grants Scheme

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

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

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

Find out more and apply now

Change your perception of chemistry forever

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

Art in Chemistry and Chemistry in Art

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

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

Global Experiment

Take part in our Global Experiment!

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

New chemical database added to Virtual Library

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

Continuing Profession Development in Action

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

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

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

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

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

CPD for Teachers

Advancing excellence in chemistry teaching

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

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

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

Find out more.

ACS Reception

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

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

Inclusion and diversity tip of the month

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

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

RSC Events Deadlines

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


Challenges in Organic Chemistry (ISACS14)

7-10 August 2014
Shanghai, China

Registration deadline:
14 July 2014

Challenges in Nanoscience (ISACS15)

17-20 August 2014
San Diego, USA

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

Late registration deadline:
1 August 2014

New Advances in Carbon Nanomaterials (FD173)

1-3 September 2014
London, UK

Early bird deadline:
14 July 2014

Organic Photonics and Electronics (FD174)

8-10 September 2014
Glasgow, UK

Early bird deadline:
7 July 2014

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

Early bird deadline:
18 July 2014

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

Early bird deadline:
21 July 2014

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

Oral abstract deadline:
30 June 2014

Corrosion Chemistry (Faraday Discussion)

13-15 April 2015
London, U K

Oral abstract deadline:
14 July 2014

Nanoparticle Synthesis and Assembly (Faraday Discussion)

20-22 April 2015
Chicago, USA

Oral abstract deadline:
21 July 2014


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