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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
The March 2019 Networks Newsletter sees an update about the Royal Society of Chemistry brand refresh. Contact the Networks team at networks@rsc.org with any comments or questions.
 

We’re very excited to announce that you will soon be seeing the results of our recent work to update our brand and logo.

About a year ago, we began the process of refreshing our brand to better support the delivery of our aims and mission, and to ensure our logo is fit for purpose in an increasingly digital world.

Our brand is our external personality and represents how we present ourselves. It encompasses who we are as an organisation and how we want to be perceived and positioned in the minds of our community.

Our member networks are one of the central ways we connect with chemical scientists across different disciplines, careers and countries. Because all of our activities work to support each other, we want our community around the world to easily recognise our activities,  services and products whenever and wherever you interact with us.

This doesn’t just apply to our logo. It’s our whole visual identity, including the colours and imagery we use, and importantly, how we tell our story. All of this together demonstrates our mission and purpose, and shows our community how we can support you.


Evolution not revolution
We conducted research with all of the different sections of our community and membership around the world to understand your perceptions of the Royal Society of Chemistry and inform our brand refresh.

Through this, we learnt that there is a lot of recognition in our current logo but it feels a bit dated and can be complicated to use. We won’t be changing it too much, but will be updating it so that it works better digitally and looks more modern.

We’ve also updated our positioning to more accurately reflect our role in the chemical sciences community and to better represent the breadth of our activities, the diverse nature of our organisation and the people we’re here to support.

Our refreshed brand will help us to communicate the impact of all of our activities more consistently and will ensure we remain modern and relevant to the needs of our community.


What do I need to do?
We’ll be rolling out the new logo and visual identity gradually, from the beginning of April, and will be in touch with updated logos for all of our divisions, interest groups and local sections to use on your materials and social media channels.

Because this is an update of our current brand, we’re not attempting to refresh everything at once. The rollout will be a gradual process, so there is no need to reprint any materials until they run out. This is more sustainable and cost effective, so you don’t need to worry about wastage.

Keep an eye out for further information on how to use our new logo and visuals in the next few weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Networks team at networks@rsc.org.

 

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 28, 2019 5:48 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 a special update from our Corporate Communications team about the about the Royal Society of Chemistry brand refresh.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight:
  • 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

7 March            Registration deadline for ‘LCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses in Kenya
12 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 March to additional networks
14 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 March
26 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 April to additional networks
28 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 April

 
 

Upcoming Events

5 March             2019 RSC Twitter Poster Conference
18–22 March     ChemCareers 2019: CChem Attributes
25–27 March     Artificial photosynthesis Faraday Discussion
14 May              Investment Catalyst
3–5 July            Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
8–11 July          14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)


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

 

Spotlight: Introducing our updated brand and logo

We’re very excited to announce that you will soon be seeing the results of our recent work to update our brand and logo.

Through recent research, we learnt that there is a lot of recognition in our current logo but it feels a bit dated and can be complicated to use. We won’t be changing it too much, but will be updating it so that it works better digitally and looks more modern.

We’ll be rolling out the new logo and visual identity gradually, from the beginning of April, and will be in touch with updated logos for all of our Divisions, Interest Groups and Local Sections to use on your materials and social media channels.

The rollout will be a gradual process, so there is no need to reprint any materials until they run out.

Read the full blog post to find out more about our brand refresh and what you can look forward to seeing in April. 

 
 

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.


EU Nationals in the UK Webinar Recording
The Chemists’ Community Fund recently hosted a webinar alongside Alex Russell of Mills and Reeve, regarding information for EU Nationals in the UK in terms of Brexit.

Watch the webinar here.

Please note this recording will only be available until 31 March 2019.

For further information on how the Chemists’ Community Fund can assist those affected by Brexit, please email the team or visit their webpage.


The Royal Society of Chemistry – Royal Society International Exchanges Award
Application deadline: 13 March 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.

For more information go to the website. The main applicant must be the UK researcher.


LCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ workshop, JKUAT, Kenya
Application deadline: 7 March 2019
Course dates are 1–5 July and 19–23 August.

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

To find out more and apply, visit http://www.rsc.org/events/africa – only 15 spaces available per course.

 
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, Nottingham, Belfast, Bath, Dundee, Aberdeen and Brighton and meeting with members. You can book online now or email the team to arrange a remote appointment or find out how we can support you.


Curious about becoming Chartered? Do you want to find out what evidence you can use?
Between 18 and 22 March we are running 5 free lunchtime webinars to discuss each Chartered Chemist (CChem) attribute in detail, what evidence is required and how we can support your journey to becoming Chartered. You can also ask any questions experts are on hand.

Sign up for these webinars to find out more.  


14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
8–11 July 2019, Birmingham, UK

The 'MC' conference series has been shining a spotlight on materials chemistry for two decades now, and is the flagship event of our Materials Chemistry Division. We regularly reach an audience of more than 500 delegates. So if your work aligns with any of our key themes, don’t miss this chance to showcase your research in front of a large and engaged audience. 

Poster abstract submission is open until 29 April. See rsc.li/mc14 for more information.

 
 

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.

This month the Policy team would like to thank all members who participated in their recent Brexit survey. In the meantime, check out our Brexit preparedness page for information about how Brexit might affect you and how we can help.

 
 

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 Feb 28, 2019 5:38 PM GMT
The February 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.

The International Year of the Periodic Table is now underway! The official IUPAC international launch, sponsored by the RSC, took place on 29th January in Paris. RSC CEO, Robert Parker took the stage to give one of the opening addresses, take a look at the RSC news pages to learn more about this prestigious event.

Resources
The first collection of IYPT resources have now been launched:
 
  • The RSC Education Coordinators have released the first of their IYPT education resources which include the history of the periodic table, an atom simulator and periodic table bingo! Our popular Elements Top Trumps game, as well as supporting education documents, are also available as a fun addition to periodic table learning!
  • IYPT branded goodies are now on the Brand Centre! These include lanyards, cotton bags and T-shirts.
  • The Chemistry World website has now added a special IYPT page that shows articles and news stories related to the periodic table and the elements.

Get Involved
There will be lots of ways to get involved throughout 2019, keep an eye of the Network Newsletters, Voice, Update and the RSC IYPT webpage (rsc.li/IYPT), just a couple of reminders of the ongoing ways to get involved:
 
  • Making a nomination for the IUPAC periodic table of younger chemists. This initiative will highlight the diversity of careers, creativity and dedication of the young chemists leading us into the next century by honouring one younger chemist per element. More information can be found here: https://iupac.org/100/pt-of-chemist
  • Applying for an IYPT grant to support groups and members to celebrate IYPT. Committees of locals sections, interest groups and international sections are invited to apply for a member networks grant (of up to £1,000) to run activities celebrating IYPT. These grants can be used to support a range of activity including schools and public engagement events or periodic table themed events for members in a particular area. Additionally, RSC members in the UK and Ireland can apply for grants (of up to £500) to run IYPT events and activities. These grants are also open to applications from Learn Chemistry Partnership schools and Chem Socs. The first application deadline has now passed (14th January), the next one is Monday 15th April at 12:00. Funding is limited, so we advise you get your applications in as early as possible. More information can be found online here: www.rsc.org/iypt
  • If you have projects in mind that require larger amounts of funding, you can apply to the Outreach Fund. Through the Outreach Fund, you can apply for small grants (up to £2000) and large grants (£2001-£10000), please note that the next deadline for both of these is 12:00 on Monday 13th May 2019.

Stay In Touch
We know that many of you will be taking part in IYPT related activity this year and we would love to hear about what you’re getting up to:
 
  • If you’re a keen social media user, tag the IYPT hashtag so we can see what you are up to: #IYPT2019
  • To keep up to date with the RSC, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Our Periodic Table of Stories: We are in our Element. By the end of 2019 we want to compile accounts of what our members and member networks have been up to during 2019 to honour IYPT. We are looking for submissions of stories or video or even artwork that can be incorporated into an exciting digital resource that will demonstrate the legacy of the RSC IYPT activity. For more information, email Anna Aldred (Public Engagement Officer) on outreach@rsc.org.

Events
As was outlined in the January Networks Newsletter, the RSC will be running a variety of events to honour IYPT. Details will be published as the year progresses on the IYPT webpage (www.rsc.org/IYPT), in Update, Voice and in these newsletters. The RSC teams will be looking to work in collaboration with the Member Networks to ensure the best success and reach of all events.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email Anna Aldred on outreach@rsc.org.
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 31, 2019 2:24 PM GMT

The February 2019 Networks Newsletter sees a special update from the Regions team about the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinators and how they can support member networks. You can find your find your local Education Coordinator here.


From improving teacher confidence and recruiting the next generation of chemistry teachers to supporting outreach activities and forming connections, find out what our Regions Team is up to and how you can get involved.

The Regions Team works on the ground, connecting teachers, students, members, other partners and the general public with each other and the Royal Society of Chemistry to inspire and engage the next generation of chemical scientists.

Our Education Coordinators (ECs) play a key role in engaging teachers, education partners, and you, our members, with the Royal Society of Chemistry. Education Coordinators organise and contribute to a variety of activities to engage secondary school teachers of chemistry, from teacher conferences to industry site visits and smaller network meetings all advertised through regional newsletters. In addition, ECs introduce the RSC support available to trainee teachers and primary teachers at workshops and teacher sessions.

Education Coordinators also work closely with our local sections and members to support activities with schools including Top of the Bench and Schools’ Analyst Competition. They work with you to support local education funds and organise public outreach activities. If you are looking to find out more about a region, make contacts with schools, teachers or to find opportunities to get involved and volunteer at our outreach activities then your local Education Coordinator may be able to help.

In addition to the Education Coordinators, we have six Regional Programme Managers. The RPM’s role is to develop opportunities, foster partnerships and coordinate activities to help support regional priorities and deliver the RSC’s strategy across the UK and Ireland. RPMs also support RSC regional governance structures such as the RSC’s Regional Steering Groups and Regional Education Division Committees. RPMs share intelligence gathered from the Regions Team with colleagues and partners, and coordinate our work across the regions to ensure that key promotional messages are timely and consistent

In line with the RSC Education Strategy the main focus of the Regions Team is working with teachers, and the key areas that we support are:

 

  • Secondary teachers
    We aim to support retention and development of teachers of chemistry. We achieve this by engaging teachers with their local chemistry community such as universities, businesses and industry and by promoting our resources and CPD offering. A particular focus for 2019 and beyond is to develop our support for schools in our free Learn Chemistry Partnership programme and to provide targeted support to priority audiences such as early career teachers through a regional Secondary Teacher Engagement and Professional Support plan.
     

  • Potential teachers and trainee teachers
    We aim to increase the numbers of specialist chemistry teachers and support their professional development by introducing trainee chemistry teachers to the support available from the RSC by running bespoke sessions during their teacher training. We also promote teaching as a career and support the Department for Education Teacher Scholarship scheme in England and support probationer teachers in Scotland.
     

  • Primary teachers
    We aim to improve confidence of primary teachers to teach science (with a focus on chemistry). We achieve this by running workshops for primary science leaders to help them disseminate resources and ideas for teaching science in their schools, clusters of schools and RSC supported Primary Science Quality Mark hubs.

  • Members
    In addition to our work with teachers, the Regions Team works closely with members. We support regional member groups and structures such as local sections and Regional Steering groups.

As part of the RSC strategy to engage members as advocates, we offer opportunities to engage with schools and the public. The Regions team organises Outreach activities from attendance at Science and Technology Showcases for school-aged students to busking at train stations and stands at language, music and food festivals. Throughout 2018, 288 members participated at 37 events, engaging 14,734 members of the public with hands-on chemistry. These events are a fantastic opportunity for you to support our aims to increase the science capital within the population and provide a chance for you to develop skills and experience in delivering outreach.

If you would like to express an interest in volunteering at our Outreach events across the regions, you can contact the Education Coordinator in your region.

You can also meet members of the Regions Team and hear more about our work at our Regional Meetings; look out for further details about these events in upcoming newsletters.

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 31, 2019 2:07 PM GMT
Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter!

This Newsletter is to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives; you are receiving the Newsletter as the role of network.

This month in the spotlight we have a special update from our Regions team about the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinators and how they can support you and your members, and from Anna Aldred, our Public Engagement Officer, about International Year of the Periodic Table events and activities.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Expanding our network across the regions
  • Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
As always, full-length articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.
 
 

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

8 February        Deadline for member network financial reports
12 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st February to additional networks
14 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st February
25 February      Deadline for member network Annual Reports
25 February      Deadline for application for Undergraduate Research Bursaries (students in UK or ROI only)
7 March            Registration deadline for ‘LCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses in Kenya
 
 

Upcoming Events

18–20 February  Hot-electron science and microscopic processes in plasmonics and catalysis Faraday Discussion
26 February        EU Nationals Living in the UK Webinar
5 March              2019 RSC Twitter Poster Conference
25–27 March      Artificial photosynthesis Faraday Discussion
14 May               Investment Catalyst
3–5 July             Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
8–11 July           14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
 
 

Spotlight: Expanding our network across the regions

From improving teacher confidence and recruiting the next generation of chemistry teachers to supporting outreach activities and forming connections, find out what our Regions Team is up to and how you can get involved.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog or find your local Education Coordinator here.


Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table

The International Year of the Periodic Table is now underway! The official IUPAC international launch, sponsored by the RSC, took place on 29th January in Paris. RSC CEO, Robert Parker took the stage to give one of the opening addresses, take a look at the RSC news pages to learn more about this prestigious event.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog or contact Anna at outreach@rsc.org with any comments or questions.
 
 

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.


International Year of the Periodic Table digital resource pack now available
If you are planning activities for the International Year of the Periodic Table, you can find information about RSC IYPT grants and resources on rsc.li/iypt, and we’ve created an online digital resource pack to help you and your members celebrate #IYPT2019.


Undergraduate Research Bursaries applications open now – apply by 25 February
The Undergraduate Research Bursaries (http://rsc.li/undergraduate-bursaries) are now open for 2019 applications until noon 25 February, with a new increased value of £250 per week (£275 in London) for up to 8 weeks.

These research bursaries are to fund short (6-8 weeks) summer research projects for talented undergraduate chemical science students in the middle years of their course, based in the UK or ROI.

The purpose of the awards is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

For more information, please see the Undergraduate Research Bursaries webpage.


EU Nationals Living in the UK Webinar
Tuesday 26th February, 12.30-1.30pm

Hosted by Alex Russell, Principal Associate from Mills and Reeve LLP, this session will include a comprehensive overview of developments of the new settled status/pre-settled status applications, as well as common questions and difficult issues relating to this status. The session, which will include some time for questions, will also give members a brief overview of actions that members should consider now.

For more information, please visit the event website, or register for the webinar here.

Please share the details for this webinar with members in your network who may be affected.


Voice of the Future
Tuesday 12 March 2019, 8:00am, Houses of Parliament, London UK

Voice of the Future is an opportunity for scientists aged 18–35 to question the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, Ministers and other key figures in science in Parliament about science policy issues. Check out this video from last year to see how the event works.

We are inviting early career chemists to represent the Royal Society of Chemistry at the event or to submit questions. If you or a member of your network would like to take part, please email your question to policy@rsc.org by Friday 8th February and include their full name, date of birth, email address and occupation (e.g. PhD student at the University of Nottingham).

Please remember that the best questions are usually the most concise and should not be of a detailed scientific nature but relate to science and policy.

You’ll be able to follow and contribute to the Twitter feed using #VOF2019.


14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
8–11 July 2019, Birmingham, UK

The 'MC' conference series has been shining a spotlight on materials chemistry for two decades now, and is the flagship event of our Materials Chemistry Division.

We regularly reach an audience of more than 500 delegates. So if your work aligns with any of our key themes, don’t miss this chance to showcase your research in front of a large and engaged audience. 

Key themes:
 
  • Magnetic, Electronic & Optical Materials
  • Energy & Environment
  • Nanomaterials & Porous Materials
  • Soft Matter & Biomaterials
Abstract submission is now open. Secure your place by registering online now: rsc.li/mc14


Investment Catalyst
The Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is running an event for chemical SMEs to pitch to angel investors on 14th May in London. If your company is looking for some investment, this could be the opportunity you were looking for.

Click here to fill in the pitch application form.

To be eligible to pitch, you need to be a member of EnterprisePlus, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s dedicated service to support UK SMEs. We support over 300 SMEs by providing access to expertise, knowledge, funding and talent to facilitate growth. It’s free to join and is a very quick application process. For more info about the service (including the application form), click here.


Hands on training in analytical techniques held across Africa throughout 2019
Applications are open for two training courses to enhance the capabilities of African scientists in modern analytical techniques:
 
  • ‘GCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses will take place in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria throughout 2019.
  • ‘LCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses will take place in Kenya on 1-5 July 2019 and 19-23 August 2019. Apply online by 7 March 2019.
These training courses are Pan Africa Chemistry Network workshops supported by GSK and will cover the practical aspects of Gas or Liquid Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation.

To find out more and to apply, visit http://www.rsc.org/events/africa. There are only 15 spaces available per course, so don’t miss out!


Nanoscale Advances: the first issue is out now
We have published the first full issue of Nanoscale Advances, our new, gold open access journal for the nanoscience community published in collaboration with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing, China.

Nanoscale Advances joins our established nanoscience journals, Nanoscale and Nanoscale Horizons, to offer a venue for the publication of quality, reproducible new work that makes an important advance to the existing literature.

All papers published in the journal will always be free to access. We are waiving article processing charges for the first two years, so until mid-2021 the journal will be completely free to publish in for authors, as well as free to read.

Read issue 1 now


Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship
We are delighted to announce that Professor Guo-Liang Chai has been selected by the EES Editorial Board as the winner of the 2018 “Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship”. The Lectureship is awarded annually to one outstanding early career scientist (within 10 years of receiving their PhD) who has published in the journal. The winner is selected by the EES Editorial Board from a shortlist of authors of the most-read articles from each issue of EES in the previous year.

Find more updates from RSC Publishing on the journal blogs
 
 

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.

Read about some of this month’s activities here:
 

Thank you for reading the RSC Networks Newsletter blog; please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.

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

 
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