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This month sees the second blog article from Hassun El-Zafar, our Public Engagement Officer, about the benefits of co-creating public engagement activities. You can read part 1 of the series, know your audience, here. If you’d like to get in touch or share your thoughts with Hassun you can find him on Twitter @HassunElZafar or email at zafarh@rsc.org.


It’s Monday morning and I’m dancing into the Royal Society of Chemistry listening to my favourite Bollywood musical (Main Hoon Na, for those who want to know…). Today’s first meeting is about ideas for public engagement across the country and I’m excited, very excited.

I’m the first one there (because I’m a keen bean high on my morning mocha’s caffeine), and I’m listening, waiting to be inspired by the amazing ideas that are going to help change perception, challenge behaviours and make our world a better place. We have brilliant ideas, phenomenal ideas. People have taken on board feedback about audiences and they’ve got real solid plans and activities designed for them.

Let me give you an example: one idea (not a real idea) is about educating fishermen in a third-world country about plastic pollution in rivers.

The project has a clear target audience and clear aim. The individual is really passionate about the topic and has a strong academic background in alternative plastics and waste management techniques that these fisherman could really benefit from. The method is simple enough: organise five workshops for the fishermen to attend and learn about the alternatives they can use and measure the impact by asking them to fill out a questionnaire. If budget allows, we can get some really good footage of fishermen talking about their experience, doing activities in the workshop and good pictures (worth a thousand words) as they always help in those pesky evaluation documents.

Now let me be clear, this activity will certainly have an impact, and it’s not a bad activity. But there may be ways in which we could make it better from drawing on the lesson of similar activities.

Here are a few questions we could pose to the activity in its current form:
  • How will you get the fishermen to come to your workshop?
  • How do they even know about it?
  • What time will it happen to ensure they can come? 
  • Why should they even bother to attend?
  • How will you make it accessible for them?
  • How will you ensure that the fishermen have ownership of their learning?
  • What incentive do they have to change their perception?
  • How will your workshop change the way they do things?
  • Why would they change the way they do things? Do you know why they do what they do?
  • Does your workshop provide a solution that the fishermen could adopt? If so, why will they take it on-board? How will you know?
I’ll stop there, because I know that the questions could take us down a rabbit hole. But hopefully you see the point I’m trying to make: there is more to planning a workshop that is going to have long lasting social impact than we think

That’s when co-creation comes in. For a long a time we’ve put our resources and efforts behind designing for audiences, and our feedback has shown us that they haven’t responded in ways we wanted. Perhaps if we designed with the audience, giving them ownership of empowering engagement that resonates with them, they’d respond differently?

And in terms of lasting impact, that famous proverb which every philosopher claims comes to mind: you give a hungry man a fish, you feed him for a day, but if you teach him how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.

Let’s go back to our example with fishermen (pure coincidence that it matches the proverb, by the way).

In a co-creation model you’d make an effort to understand and get to know the fishing communities that you’d like to engage with. You’d build trust and have an honest and equal dialogue with audiences about your research, and by doing so you’d be able to frame your public engagement as an accessible social development activity rather than simply “education”.

This relationship will inform your curation, output and outcome. You might find that workshops are not the best way forward, or that they are, but at certain times and with specific smaller objectives. You might find that more resources are required by the community, or that alternative resources are already there. You’ll find new methods of evaluation, which are more honest and detailed than simple generic questionnaires. You’ll capture stories, which demonstrate impact better than an album of pictures. And interestingly, when done properly and well, co-creating allows audiences to continue spreading messages and solutions even when we’re not there

A fantastic example of this model of co-creating public engagement can be found in the Sheffield based Grantham Centre’s work with refugee communities in the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on co-creation!

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Apr 1, 2020 11:00 AM BST
Dear colleague,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Public engagement - know your audience!
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
10 March
12 March
24 March

26 March
01 April
07 April
09 April
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 March
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 April
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 April
Upcoming Events
 
3-4 March
05 March
19 March
02 April 2020
16 April 2020

7-9 July
29-30 September
#RSCPoster Twitter Conference
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

2019 Member Networks Conference
2nd Chemical Science symposium: How can machine learning and autonomy accelerate chemistry?
Spotlight: Public engagement - know your audience!

What is "public engagement"? What works? What doesn't?

This month Hassun Zafar, our Public Engagement Officer, talks to us about the importance of knowing your audience when planning public engagement activities. This is the first in a series of articles to help you create, plan, and evaluate new ideas to interact with members of the public.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog, and if you have any questions or suggestions for public engagement activities please let Hassun know!


Read Hassun's article about knowing your audienceRead Hassun's first
 
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.

New expense form for member expenses
We've recently updated the form members and non-members use to claim expenses. You can download the form by clicking on the link below or from the Useful Forms and Documents page: www.rsc.org/FormsDocuments

Download the new expense form here



#RSCPoster Twitter Conference – starts 3 March, 12:00 UTC
The conference that anyone can attend!

The #RSCPoster Twitter Conference is an annual event that has become a staple on many scientific community calendars.

Held entirely online over 24 hours, the unique format removes the environmental and financial costs of attending a traditional conference, and helps scientific researchers share their work and network across disciplines, wherever they are in the world.

Last year, more than 3,000 researchers took part, and posters and conversations were seen by over 2 million people around the world. This year you can submit a poster in one of 12 subject areas, from analytical chemistry to engineering. Posters win prizes if chosen by the subject chairs.


Search #RSCPoster on Twitter tomorrow and join in!

Find your hashtag and get involved on 3 March



Member Networks Conference 2020
All committee Secretaries have received details of this year’s conference along with a request for the following information by 1 April 2020:
  • The name of the delegate who has agreed to represent your committee at the conference.
  • Any subjects you would like to discuss with relevant staff – events, legal, communications, etc.
  • Any issues you would like to be raised during the Interest Group Forum, the Local Sections meeting or the Analytical Division Regions meeting.
We would like to highlight that the Grants for Carers and the Assistance Grants are available to support attendance at this event so please do bear this in mind when discussing availability to represent your committee.



Chemists’ Community Fund Workshops
The Chemists’ Community Fund organise ‘Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience’ and ‘Retirement in Sight’ workshops around the UK for RSC members.

To find out more, or to book a place on one of these free workshops, please go to: rsc.li/ccfevents

Please do promote these workshops to anyone that you think would be interested in attending.

If you would like to host one of these workshops in your local section then please do get in touch with the Fund team on ccfund@rsc.org.




International Conference on Chemistry Education
Cape Town, South Africa, 13-17 July 2020

The 26th IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education (ICCE 2020) is jointly organised by chemistry educators from the 4 local universities, with support from universities in South Africa.

The conference will be organised around the theme of a 2020 vision of chemistry education and for the first time ever, there will be a Physical Sciences Teachers’ Day, on the 17th of July, as part of the conference. To support teachers without funding to attend this, we have provided sponsorship for bursaries through the ‘Sponsor a Teacher’ initiative to enable teachers to attend.

The themes of the Congress can be found here and abstract submission is open until 16 March.

Learn more on the Events Database



Introducing Materials Advances
A new gold open access journal from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Free to read and free to publish in for the first 2 years, the research in this journal will build on and complement the materials content already published across the Royal Society of Chemistry journal portfolio.

Jointly led by JMC A, B & C editors-in-chief Anders Hagfeldt, (EPFL, Switzerland), Jeroen Cornelissen, (University of Twente, the Netherlands) and Natalie Stingelin, (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA), our experienced JMC associate editors will also handle submissions to Materials Advances. This ensures a consistent approach and streamlining the assessment process for authors and reviewers.

Read more about Materials Advances


 
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.

New Global Talent visa open
The new Global Talent visa is now open, replacing the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. The new visa route allows successful applicants to work in the UK and is granted for a period of up to five years at a time without a sponsor or entry requirements such as language tests and minimum salary thresholds.

Learn more about the visa programme here



Updated RSC position statement on Open Access and Plan S
In 2018 a coalition of research funders, including UKRI and Wellcome Trust, expressed their commitment to Plan S, an approach to achieving Open Access. Informed by our roles as a learned society publisher and as a voice for the chemical sciences community, and drawing on evidence from our activities to amplify the voice of researchers, we developed a position statement on Plan S. The statement will inform our response to the UKRI Open Access Review Consultation that was launched recently.

Read our position statement here



A Chemicals Strategy for a Sustainable Chemicals Revolution
The RSC has published a new document ahead of Defra launching its consultation in the spring on a new Chemicals Strategy for the UK as part of the 25 year plan for the environment. We are advocating that the evolution of the strategy develops around four core pillars: education, innovation, circular economy and regulation.

Read our sustainable chemicals strategy here


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!


Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie


 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 2, 2020 3:00 PM GMT
This month sees the first in a series of articles from Hassun El-Zafar, our Public Engagement Officer, telling us about the importance of knowing your audience when planning public engagement activities. If you’d like to get in touch or share your thoughts with Hassun you can find him on Twitter @HassunElZafar or email at zafarh@rsc.org. Unfortunately, since leaving the North, he is unable to take messages via Owls or Ravens.  


We all love public engagement. Or, at least, we all should love public engagement. After all, what’s not to love about the idea that contemporary, boundary-pushing and pioneering research is made accessible for the public, rather than being known only to an exclusive pocket of research, academic or industry experts?

Over the past seven months, I’ve had the privilege to lead on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s public engagement activities. It’s been a phenomenal ride in which I’ve been able to meet, connect and work with many fantastic individuals and organisations across the UK and world. And by doing so I’ve being able to have some honest reflections on the impact of mainstream public engagement in science, particularly in the chemical sciences.

Before I delve into these reflections, it’s worth mentioning that prior to my post here at the Royal Society of Chemistry, I worked as a secondary science teacher and ran several outreach programmes in numerous inner-city areas across south Yorkshire. I was the type of teacher who’d voluntarily run STEAM clubs, science weeks, and organise informal extra-curricular events for students and parents to meet with STEAM industry and research experts. And yes, I was unapologetically that science teacher who’d find any excuse to do the biggest, most colourful and impressive science demonstrations. 

I believed then, as I do now, in Maya Angelou’s beautiful quote in which she states that ‘people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel’. I think this quote helps build a metaphorical scaffold for my reflection, and a link to the grander overview of science engagement. After all, there is, and probably never will be, one singular viewpoint of how science engagement is best done. But I’d like to think that we could all at least agree that if an audience feels bored, condescended to or intimidated by our approaches, then something needs to change.

On that note, here’s the beginning of my five-part blog (I promised to not overdo them like the Fast and Furious movies!) where I’ll share my thoughts on public engagement. I’d love to hear from you too! You can get in touch via Twitter @HassunElZafar and email zafar@rsc.org.


Blog One: Know Your Audience
Let me set the scene.
I’m at my desk in the RSC offices with a fair trade banana and Yorkshire Tea cuppa by my side.
The phone rings.
I answer enthusiastically, and it’s our keen member Tim (not a real person). He’s got a fantastic idea to engage the general public with climate science (#ClimateActionNow) and would like us to support his idea with £10,000, a room in Burlington House on a weekday evening, and some complimentary wine and canapés (yummy!).
I listen attentively to the plans that feature invited high-profile university professors, PhD students, and international industry experts delivering seminars and lectures throughout the evening. When he’s finished I ask one simple question… “Who’s the target audience, Tim?”
“Oh, it’s a free event, anyone can attend! So the general public!”
“But you’re inviting 56 people in a venue which has a capacity of 60…”
“Oh…”

I must reiterate in the strongest way possible that this is not a real incident, but it is based on bucket loads of interactions I’ve had.

Knowing your audience is important. Being honest about who your audience is is even more important. As the head of one of the largest science festivals once told us, “the majority of people at Comic Con are most likely comic fans, and the majority of people at a mainstream science festival are most likely science fans. We should embrace that and use it to inform practise, rather than shying away and pretending to do something which we’re not”. These words hit a chord. Perhaps public engagement doesn’t have a right or wrong audience (because all humans, including scientists, are part of the public after all), but good public engagement does have a specific audience, which it aims to have an impact towards.

Here’s a little activity: next time we’re about to do a public engagement activity/event/campaign, write down who the target audience is, and try to be as specific as possible. Common terms such as “high science cultural capital” and “young people” are popular, but are actually pretty vague. For example, the term "young people" can encompass anyone aged 0-35 (and that’s being harsh on anyone over 35…) and in that group you have toddlers, primary children, KS3 students, GCSE students, A-level students, undergraduates, post-graduates, postdocs, PhD students, “young working professionals”, young backpackers, young tourists, “the science museum's lates date audience” or more broadly speaking, the total of approximately 32 million people in the UK alone.

The more specific the target audience, the more tailored the activity will be to meet their needs, which means the activity will probably be more impactful in shaping perceptions, advancing understanding and changing behaviours (trust me, I was rated outstanding by OFSTED for a reason).

Now, there may be some people reading this with the thought that I’m wrong, and that something like a “one size fits all” approach can work. It probably does to some extent. I mean, there’s a reason why millions of people still watch TEDx videos, right? But even then, the best TEDx speakers know their audience (Donovan, 2012).

Subsequently, knowing your audience is great, but in the next blog I’m going to argue that it may not be enough. Should we be moving away from a model where we create for an audience to a model we create with an audience?

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 2, 2020 2:05 PM GMT

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:

 

  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Get the most out of the Brand Centre
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
06 February
07 February
11 February
13 February

24 February
25 February
27 February
29 February
Close of applications for Global Women's Breakfast grants
Deadline for 2019 Financial Reports
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 February
Deadline for
2019 Annual Reports

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 March
Close of call for nominations for the
Analyst Emerging Investigator Lectureship

 
Upcoming Events
 
06 February
20 February
3-4 March
05 March
19 March
7-9 July
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
#RSCPoster Twitter Conference
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

2019 Member Networks Conference

 
Spotlight: Get the most out of the Brand Centre

All Interest Groups, Local Sections and Division Regions have access to the RSC Brand Centre to order promotional items such as pens, flyers, and even pop-up stands.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog to learn more about what's available, and if you have feedback about the Brand Centre or suggestions for materials to include please let us know!

Read about the resources available for member networks



 
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.

Correct link: New online event registration system
Unfortunately, the link for the new event registration form in the January Newsletter was broken. The correct link is: rsc.li/member-networks-event-support

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Try out the online system here



Apply for funding for Global Women’s Breakfast events by 6 Feb
We are proudly supporting the 2020 Global Women's Breakfast, taking place worldwide on Wednesday 12 February. The theme for this year is “Building bonds to create future leaders”. We are offering up to £500 for those hosting events.

Find out more and apply here by Thursday 6 February



Thank you for making IYPT a success!
It’s been our great privilege to lead the UK’s contributions to the International Year of the Periodic Table (IYPT). IYPT has allowed us to acknowledge our profession, our members and our communities through the celebration of our most recognisable tool. From public lectures and outreach events, to teacher resources and grants for member networks, themed journals and books, the RSC worked to inspire people of all ages, backgrounds and experience to engage with the periodic table of elements.

We would like to say a huge thank you to all members that assisted and engaged with IYPT over the year. Your help was invaluable and we couldn't have done it without you.

An IYPT round-up with key statistics and activity highlights will be included in April’s edition of Voice.


Thank you once again for your support and enthusiasm, and for making IYPT such a memorable year!



Member Networks Conference 2020
All committee Secretaries have received details of this year’s conference along with a request for the following information by 1 April 2020:
  • The name of the delegate who has agreed to represent your committee at the conference.
  • Any subjects you would like to discuss with relevant staff – events, legal, communications, etc.
  • Any issues you would like to be raised during the Interest Group Forum, the Local Sections meeting or the Analytical Division Regions meeting.

We would like to highlight that the Grants for Carers and the Assistance Grants are available to support attendance at this event so please do bear this in mind when discussing availability to represent your committee.


Have you heard of our new Assistance Grants?
We are providing financial assistance to help chemists who require additional support to attend professional events, resulting from disability, health conditions or impairments.

With our Assistance Grants, you can now apply for up to £1,000 per year to help with the cost of specific assistance or support needed for you to attend a chemistry-related meeting, conference, workshop or professional development event. Each application will be considered on its own merits. Please see rsc.li/assistance-grants/ for more information.

These grants are supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

Find out more here



Please respond to the Member Survey by 14 February
The biennial member survey is now live until Friday 14 February.

As most of you will be aware, the member survey is a crucial tool that helps us make decisions on how we improve our services and benefits for members. As such we would greatly appreciate it if you could encourage your communities to participate in the research as you interact with them in the coming month.

All affiliate, Associate Members, Members and Fellows will have received a personalised link that will allow them to stop and start, returning to where they left off each time. As such, it is important that you look out for the email containing your unique link, if you or your members have not received a link please contact membership@rsc.org.

Please note our student members will not be participating in this search and will receive a separate survey in late February.



#RSCPoster: The conference that anyone can attend!
Starts 3 March 2020, 12:00 (UTC)

The #RSCPoster Twitter Conference is an annual event that has become a staple on many scientific community calendars.

Held entirely online over 24 hours, the unique format removes the environmental and financial costs of attending a traditional conference, and helps scientific researchers share their work and network across disciplines, wherever they are in the world.

Last year, more than 3,000 researchers took part, and posters and conversations were seen by over 2 million people around the world. This year you can submit a poster in one of 12 subject areas, from analytical chemistry to engineering. Posters win prizes if chosen by the subject chairs.


Register now to take part on 3 March, and help us to spread the word: rsc.li/rsc-poster-2020

Find your hashtag and get involved on 3 March



Our new careers campaign – Chemistry: Making The Difference
This week we launched our exciting campaign aiming to inspire school age children to study chemistry and pursue careers in the chemical sciences. The bold campaign – based around a series of short videos – has been developed to engage teenagers, a generation who are highly motivated by the issues facing the world, and more determined than ever to impact on them.

This video series showcases the work that chemical scientists are doing to tackle these issues at the moment, as well as providing a glimpse into how chemistry could tackle future challenges. It also includes the relaunch of our careers website, A Future in Chemistry. The campaign will run across YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat – please feel free to share our posts with the young people you know, as well as with their parents.

Explore the campaign



Celebrating 100 years of the Chemists’ Community Fund
This year marks 100 years since the formation of the Benevolent Fund for members of the Institute of Chemistry of Great Britain and Ireland in memory of their members who fell during WWI.

The Chemists’ Community Fund will be commemorating this milestone anniversary during 2020 and utilising it to raise awareness to RSC members of the range of support available to them.

The Fund is very grateful for the support that our member volunteers have provided and continue to provide to the Fund and our beneficiaries, much of this work being through the local sections.

Find out how the Fund can help members



Looking to talk to a career adviser?
Our career and professional development team will be out and about across the UK meeting with professional members to provide careers advice, guidance and support. Across Spring, the team will be visiting Stevenage, Derby, Cardiff, Glasgow, Dublin, Cork and Wolverhampton. We also offer twice-monthly London appointments that can be booked online.

Sessions are also held via Skype or phone – email the team to book today.

Book your appointment today



Analytical Division Council Vacancies
There are vacancies for an Honorary Secretary and two elected members of Analytical Division Council to take office from the AGM in July 2020, for a three-year term, until the AGM in July 2023.

Visit the webpage for more information on the roles and how to nominate.

Complete your nomination by 17:00 UTC Friday 7 February 2020



2020 Undergraduate Research Bursaries open in January
Our Undergraduate Research Bursaries will be open for applications on Monday 20 January with a deadline of 24 February.

If you need that extra pair of hands over the summer or want to explore a new project, apply with a student by 2pm on 24 February 2020.

Learn more here



2020 Analytical Research Forum – abstract submissions open
12 June 2020, Burlington House, London

Early career researchers from analytical communities are invited to present their work alongside high profile analytical scientists.

Oral abstract submission deadline - 24 February 2020
Poster abstract submission deadline - 13 April 2020


Learn more here



 
Thank you for reading!


This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie


 

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 5, 2020 2:02 PM GMT

All Interest Groups, Local Sections and Division Regions have access to the RSC Brand Centre to order promotional items such as pens, flyers, and even pop-up stands. Here are some things you and your committee should know to help you get started:

What is the Brand Centre?

The Brand Centre is a web-based system designed to make it easier for you to create and order materials to promote the work you do to support the Royal Society of Chemistry members in your community.


Why should I use it?

The materials on the Brand Centre have been designed to maximise the impact of your promotional activities and increase awareness of your group and the Royal Society of Chemistry within the chemical sciences community.

It is also cheaper than ordering from other external suppliers; we receive bulk order discounts from Just Digital (the company behind the Brand Centre) and pass these on to you.


What can I order?

On the Brand Centre you can:

  • Create event flyers and pop-up banners;
  • Order pre-printed materials (e.g. membership and publishing information);
  • Order promotional items like branded pens
If you want to order more expensive items (such as RSC branded tablecloths), please contact the Networks team.

If you want to order bespoke fliers or postcards for your events – something beyond the available templates – then Just Digital can provide design services and coordinate with our mailing house to send these to your members, and at the same corporate rate that they would charge the RSC.


Is it free?

Each Interest Group, Local Section and AD Region committee is allocated credit for each calendar year. The Brand Centre credit is allocated to each committee in addition to the annual grant but we do ask that you use the credit only for those items that you would be happy to use your grant to pay for.

Please note:
  • The credit will reset on 1 January of each year, any unspent credit will not be carried over.
  • We will let you know when your credit drops below £100; if you exceed your annual credit, we will deduct the additional expenditure from your next annual grant.

What about international Local Sections?

We pay the postage for the first order of the year for international Local Sections. We therefore ask our members to order only promotional items as needed and to consider combining their orders into a single shipment, if possible.

We also ask you to consider the financial and environmental impact of ordering bulky items to be shipped from the UK that could, more cost effectively, be sourced locally – for example, mugs are expensive to ship but we can provide members with the correct logo files to be printed onto mugs by a local supplier. As this is not something we could easily deduct from your credit, you can include this in your annual budget request.


How do I log in?

Go to http://rsc.li/brand-centre and enter your committee’s unique username and password.

Please note:
  • Only use the login details for your committee; please do not use personal email addresses as we might not be able to invoice the correct account. If you don’t know your login details, email the Networks team and we’ll send them to you.
  • If no one has logged in recently your login details may not work, email the Networks team to get your account reactivated.
 


Still have questions?

Visit the Promotional items and our brand section on the Useful Forms & Documents page: www.rsc.org/FormsDocuments. There you’ll find FAQs for member networks, as well as the Brand Centre User Guide.

If you have feedback or suggestions for materials to include in the Brand Centre, please let us know!
 

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 3, 2020 12:51 PM GMT
Welcome to the first Networks Newsletter of 2020!

The Newsletter is our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Member network developments during 2019
  • Communications from across the RSC

Upcoming Deadlines
 
01 January
07 January
09 January
13 January

15 January
20 January
20 January
28 January
30 January
31 January

07 February
24 February
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 January to additional networks

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 January
Close of the Outreach Fund large grant applications
Nominations for 2020 RSC Prizes and Awards close
Undergraduate Research Bursaries open
Close of nominations for the Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6 February
Close of call for nominations for the
JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Deadline for 2019 Financial Reports
Deadline for
2019 Annual Reports


Upcoming Events
 
02 January
16 January
06 February
20 February

3-4 March
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
#RSCPoster Twitter Conference


Spotlight: Member network developments during 2019

2019 saw many changes and developments for our member networks, from the creation of new support mechanisms and training for committee members to the development of new event policies.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog to see some of the projects we're most proud of, and if you have any ideas for 2020 please let us know!

Read about recent developments here


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.

Celebrating member network activities
What was your favourite moment of 2019? Share it as a Community News story!

We are incredibly proud of the work of our member network volunteers and international representatives. From empowering women in Hyderabad to bringing Mission Starlight to primary schools in Wirral, we've loved seeing the variety of events and activities you've held during 2019 and the International Year of the Periodic Table!

You can find templates and tips for news stories on the Communication section on the Useful Forms and Documents page: www.rsc.org/FormsDocuments

Download the template and share your Community News story


A new way to submit your RSC event registration requests
As part of our commitment to provide online registration support to RSC member networks for both free and paying events, we are replacing our registration request form with a more accessible online version

The aim of the update is to make sure that we continue to provide you with a smooth, efficient experience while managing the increasing volume of requests coming through to us.

Important features
The system is GDPR compliant and any Interest Group, Local Section or Division Region committee member can use the system to take registrations for both free-to-attend and paying events, either as an organiser or co-organiser with another organisation.


This service is free to use, but for paying events 2.5% of the final income will go to cover the credit card processing fee charged to us by Worldpay. The final income will be transferred to the group account within two weeks of the completion on the event. If you need this earlier, you can highlight it when submitting your request.

Start using the system now
The new online system is now live –
use this link to submit your requests.

To help you switch over to the new system, we will continue to accept forms via email until the end of the year. From 31 January 2020, all requests will need to be through the online form.

Please note that we will still require the 2-week notice period.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact us.


Try the new event services request form here


2020 Undergraduate Research Bursaries open in January
Our Undergraduate Research Bursaries will be open for applications on Monday 20 January with a deadline of 24 February.

If you need that extra pair of hands over the summer or want to explore a new project, apply with a student by 2pm on 24 February 2020.

Learn more here


#RSCPoster Twitter Conference – coming soon!
The #RSCPoster Twitter Conference is an online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members from across the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.

The unique format removes traditional barriers associated with normal conferences such as the costs of travelling and attendance, to connect all researchers across the globe, from students to Nobel prize winners for free.


This year’s event will be held for 24 hours from 12:00 UTC 3 March to 12:00 UTC 4 March 2020.

Find out how you can get involved


RSC Environmental Science journals offer double-blind peer review
In response to growing interest from our community, we are proud to share that our Environmental Science journals now offer authors the choice of single- or double-blind peer review for submitted manuscripts. Find out more at rsc.li/enviro-doubleblind

The choice of which peer review model should be used for each manuscript will be completely up to the authors, but authors who choose this option will be responsible for ensuring their submission is anonymised; we have prepared a checklist to help.

Why is this important?
Advocates of double-blind review suggest that it can reduce the impact of biases, both obvious and subtle, conscious or unconscious, on peer review. These biases could be based on gender, ethnicity, author affiliation, and so on, and unfairly disadvantage members of our community.


Read our report about gender bias in publishing in the chemical sciences


Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards
You have two weeks left to make your nominations for the Royal Society of Chemistry prizes and awards programme. Don’t miss out on this chance to recognise individuals and teams making a positive impact for the chemical sciences.

You can nominate or be nominated until 5pm (UK time) 15 January 2020.


Who do you know that’s deserving of some recognition?

Nominate them today


Engage school students with the chemistry of energy
The Energy Zone of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an online STEM engagement competition that gets chemists from industry, academia, research and technical roles talking with curious school students. It’s running 9–20 March for British Science Week and RSC members are invited to apply now!

Taking part is an enjoyable and easy way to get involved in STEM engagement. You'll develop your communication skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work, through showing students what it’s really like to be a chemist, and be in with a chance of winning £500 for engagement activities.


Apply for Energy Zone by Monday 27 January


Introducing RSC Chemical Biology
We are delighted to announce RSC Chemical Biology, a new gold open access journal for agenda-setting research of interest to the broad chemical biology community.

Led by Editorial Board Chair Hiroaki Suga (University of Tokyo), the journal welcomes contributions from across the breadth of chemical biology – from the development of new techniques and tools, to studies furthering the understanding and/or manipulation of biological processes at the molecular level. We also encourage translational research that bridges chemistry and chemical biology to medicine.

In the interest of transparency and open science, RSC Chemical Biology will be the first RSC journal to offer our authors the option of transparent peer review, and with article processing charges waived until mid-2022, your work will receive the global visibility that comes with publishing your work gold open access, at no cost to you.

Learn more about RSC Chem Bio and our transparent peer review process


Thank you for reading!

A tailored version of this Newsletter is sent to all members of RSC Interest Group, Local Section, and Division Region committees, and International Representatives.

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 6, 2020 10:00 AM GMT
2019 saw many changes and developments for our member networks, from the creation of new support mechanisms and training for committee members to the development of new event policies.

Here are some of our highlights from 2019:
 
What would you like us to do for you in 2020? Let us know!

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 6, 2020 10:00 AM GMT
This month in the Spotlight we take a look back at the UNESCO International Year of the Periodic Table with Georgia Thomas, our Special Projects Officer for IYPT.


The International Year of the Periodic Table will end at the Closing Ceremony in Tokyo later this week.


We have been delighted to see all the activity that has been going on in 2019, and as IYPT draws to a close, we want to take a look at some of the highlights:
  • The RSC welcomed over 1200 visitors at 20 free to attend public lectures across the UK and Ireland in association with Science Centres, Universities and other scientific societies.   
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  • We awarded £83,400 in individual and member network grants in support of 97 global projects designed to engage diverse audiences and promote IYPT to the wider public. Grants were made available to individual RSC members and to our member networks via three rounds of funding applications throughout IYPT.
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  • The Story of the Periodic Table Exhibition engaged broad and diverse audiences with 1600 visitors coming to Burlington House throughout August 2019.
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  • If you are working with schools for IYPT, there are some excellent education resources designed by the RSC Education Coordinators especially for IYPT.
     
  • 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 also celebrated IYPT by putting together special IYPT themed collections relating to specific elements and areas of the periodic table, take a look here.
If you want to see more of what the RSC community has been getting up to, take a look at our Community News pages.
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 2, 2019 11:46 AM GMT
Dear ​Colleague,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:

 
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Highlights of the International Year of the Periodic Table
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work

Upcoming Deadlines
 
10 December
10 December
12 December
12 December

01 January
07 January
09 January

13 January
15 January
07 February
24 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 December to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 December
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 January
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 January

Close of the Outreach Fund large grant applications
Nominations for 2020 RSC Prizes and Awards close
Deadline for 2019 Financial Reports
Deadline for
2019 Annual Reports

Upcoming Events
 
05 December
05 December
05 December
19 December
02 January
16 January
IYPT Closing Ceremony
Member e-alerts
4th Materials Chemistry Frontiers International Symposium
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

Spotlight: Highlights of the International Year of the Periodic Table
This month we're looking back at the International Year of the Periodic Table with Georgia Thomas, our IYPT Special Project Officer.

The International Year of the Periodic Table Closing Ceremony will be in Tokyo on Thursday 5 December. As the year draws to a close, we want to celebrate some of the highlights!

To find out more, read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog or contact Georgia, our IYPT Special Project Officer.

Read the full article here


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.

Changes to the RSC Networks team
We are delighted to welcome Debbie Dekker to the RSC Networks team!

Debbie spent most of her early career doing marketing at law firms and then had a career break to raise her twin girls. After her career break she worked at a technology company where one of her roles was supporting groups of external partners.

Debbie joined the Networks team on 11 November and is looking forward to working with you all!


Changes to the Rules for Member Networks
We have recently updated our rules for our member networks, you would have received an email outlining these changes in November.

The changes are important but are likely to be in line with your current working practices:
 
  • Inclusion of new rules on:
      - Gifts and hospitality (rule 3.3)
      - Conflict of interest (rule 3.4)
      - Safeguarding (rule 8.3)
  • Update of an existing rule (rule 7.5) outlining the requirements for approval prior to making any commitment of funds or resource. This includes bidding for peripatetic conferences.
As one of our volunteers please can we ask that you to take the time to read the updated rules and guidance notes that are available online. These rules apply to all of the member networks of the Royal Society of Chemistry and supersede any earlier documents.

Look at the new rules here


Have you nominated for our 2020 volunteer recognition awards yet?
The volunteer recognition awards are a celebration, and a reflection, of the diversity of our volunteers. Nominate an individual or an entire committee by 15 January.

Do you know someone who deserves recognition? Please remember to nominate them, don’t assume that someone else already has.

Award for Exceptional Service
This award is designed to recognise those volunteers who have made a personal impact through exceptional volunteering activities.

Inspirational Member Awards
These awards recognise the contribution of individual members who, through our member networks, have been instrumental in introducing and driving new ideas and approaches to support the full breadth of our community.


Inspirational Committee Awards
These awards recognise member networks committees that have initiated novel activities or approaches in order to engage or provide services for their communities. This should include initiatives to make the committee or events more inclusive to engage new members, an activity which has had a significant demonstrable impact in the community or other novel/significant activity which demonstrably supports our wider strategy.


Nominate an individual or an entire committee by 15 January


Annual Report training and support
The 2019 Annual Reports are due by Monday 24 February. You can complete the form here: rsc.li/annual-report-2019

If you have any questions about the Annual Report form or process, please take a look at the 2019 Annual Report form and support section on the Useful Forms and Documents page where you will find the following resources:
 
  • A link to the video of our Introduction to the 2019 Annual Report webinar
  • The slides from our Introduction to the 2019 Annual Report webinar
  • The complete list of questions from the 2019 Annual Report form
  • A form to share with 2019 event organisers to gather the necessary information about past events
  • A form to share with 2020 event organisers to gather the necessary information about planned events
Find Annual Report support on our Useful Forms and Documents page


Have you signed up to the RSC International Networks Forum?
We have created an online forum using LinkedIn for our international Local Section committee members and International Representatives to discuss the opportunities and challenges of running a Local Section outside the UK.

Join the group to receive updates from the RSC Networks team, ask questions and share experiences.

Join the RSC International Networks Forum 


Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards
The Royal Society of Chemistry prizes and awards programme is your chance to celebrate the outstanding work happening across the scientific community – don’t forget to make your nominations by 15 January 2020.

With over
60 prizes and awards reflecting a broad spectrum of achievement, this is your chance to recognise the extraordinary individuals and teams making a positive impact for the chemical sciences. Previous winners have come from a vast range of specialisms but all have demonstrated passion, excellence and dedication deserving of recognition.

You can nominate or be nominated until 5pm (UK time) 15 January 2020.

If you want to nominate someone but need some help with the process or working out which award to nominate them for, then please get in touch with us at
awards@rsc.org.

Need some advice on writing a nomination? Our refreshed
guidance for nominators article highlights the key things you should be thinking about.

Who do you know that’s deserving of some recognition?

Make your nomination


The facts behind your next career decision
Earlier this year many of you contributed to our 2019 Pay and Reward Survey – and the results are out!

Read the 43rd survey report to benchmark salaries and rewards, discover what motivates today’s chemical scientist and see the impact of career breaks and additional qualifications.
If you are interested in having better conversations and negotiations with employers, personal growth or encouraging your employer to use the data in this report, keep an eye out for our new ‘Develop your career’ webinars, created using insights from the report.

Read the 2019 report


Call for nominations to our Community Boards
The Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards were created to provide a channel for communication between the early career community and the journals, and to facilitate student and postdoctoral engagement with the journals. Since then we have received some extremely useful feedback from these board members, which has helped both journals move from strength to strength. Based on the success so far, we are currently reviewing membership of our Community Boards to ensure that they accurately represent the early career research community.

Nominations for the Community Board are open now until Monday 20 January and more information is provided in this blog post. I would like to encourage you or any interested colleagues of yours to nominate an engaged and interested early career chemists working in the area of materials and/or nanoscience.

Learn more about our Community Boards


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.

Results of the Policy Priorities Survey
Thank you very much to everyone who responded to the Policy Priorities Survey sent to members in July this year. We’ve analysed the results and published this note summarising the results and saying what we are doing as a result of the survey.

The survey showed that policy work to show the role of chemistry in tackling climate change and other environmental challenges, such as the circular economy, is particularly important to members, along with research funding, sustainable chemicals management and Brexit.

The note outlines our policy priorities for 2020 and beyond, which take account of the survey feedback.

Read our Policy Priorities now


Thank you for reading!
This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 2, 2019 11:00 AM GMT
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • News from the RSC Networks team
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work


Upcoming Deadlines
 
12 November
14 November
26 November

28 November
01 January
13 January
15 January
07 February
24 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 November to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 November
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 December to additional networks

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 December
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
Close of the Outreach Fund large grant applications
Nominations for 2020 RSC Prizes and Awards close
Deadline for 2019 financial reports
Deadline for 2019 Annual Reports


Upcoming Events
 
07 November
11 November
19 November
21 November
05 December
19 December
Member e-alerts
Introduction to the 2019 Annual Report training webinar
Social media for training for member networks: scheduling your content
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts


Spotlight: Becoming a Chartered or Registered member

This month we have an update from Nelly Harvey on our Accreditations team about our professional awards.

We have Chartered and Registered members across industry and academia, from apprentice and technician to senior chemist, professor and beyond.

To find out more, read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog or contact the Accreditations team

Read the full article here



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.


New Annual Report form and training

The Annual Report has moved to an online form: rsc.li/annual-report-2019
All member network Secretaries will receive a formal notification in the coming days, but we want to take this opportunity to thank the Secretaries who tested the form and helped us to improve the content and layout, your feedback was invaluable!

We've set up a webinar to go through the form step by step and explain why we need the information we're asking for and what it will be used for. Sign up below if you have any questions about the Annual Report form or the annual reporting process!

Register for the Introduction to the Annual Report webinar


New Inclusion & Diversity Events Policy for RSC events

There is ample evidence that having a more diverse group of people gives better scientific outputs, therefore as a professional body it is in our best interests to encourage an inclusive environment and to support anyone who wants to study and work in the chemical sciences.

Our Breaking the Barriers and LGBT+ workplace reports outline various factors that affect women’s retention in science and reasons why LGBT+ scientists also leave the physical sciences. These reports have led us to develop resources to help combat these factors (such as Grants for Carers), and resources for member networks to support you when running events, managing committees and communicating information.

Furthermore, we are working to embed inclusion and diversity (I&D) in everything we do as we aspire to lead and provide good practice in inclusion and diversity. In line with this aspiration, the RSC Inclusion and Diversity Committee, on behalf of the RSC Board of Trustees, have introduced a requirement that all RSC supported events must consider inclusion and diversity, and in 2020 we will be adopting a new I&D Events Policy.

This new policy will also apply to member network events, and committees will be asked to include diversity information and details of the steps that you have taken to be inclusive in the 2020 Annual Report. To prepare for this, we will soon be sending the recommendations from the framework to all member network Secretaries and we will ask for diversity information from your 2019 events in the 2019 Annual Report.

If you would like to know more about the Framework or about resources available for member networks, please contact the Diversity team.


Check out the I&D resources available for member networks



Event planning best practice: Health and Safety

Hazards and risk must be considered, assessed and managed for all member network events. Member network Secretaries should ensure that appropriate risk assessments are completed for all events and activities - as outlined in the RSC Networks Handbook.

Not only is it a strict legal requirement to effectively manage the risks created by such events, we also have a duty of care towards everyone involved.

When planning your event:
  • Always complete the relevant risk assessment and send a copy to the Secretary.
  • Always request from all known guests any special dietary requirements or allergies and use venues and suppliers that can cater for people with specific requirements.
  • Our safeguarding policy contains procedures and processes for engaging with  children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Familiarise yourself with our accident/incident procedure. Should an accident or incident occur, send required information to RiskManagement@rsc.org as soon as possible.
  • On the day, familiarise yourself with fire procedures, any special medical arrangements required and locations of facilities.

Learn more about risk assessment for member network events



2019 Christmas Cards for Local Sections

We have had an update from our Creative and Production Services Team informing us that the winner of the Christmas card design competition has been selected and that we hope to have them delivered to our offices during the week of 11 November 2019. We hope to get the cards to your requested contact as soon as we can.



RSC International Networks Forum is now on LinkedIn

We have created an online forum using LinkedIn for our international Local Section committee members and International Representatives to discuss the opportunities and challenges of supporting RSC members outside the UK.

Join the group to receive updates from the RSC Networks team, ask questions and share experiences.

Join the RSC International Networks Forum 



Social media training for member networks

The third and final webinar will be about using online software to schedule your social media posts weeks or even months in advance. You can find information about the content and presenters on the Events Database or register by clicking on the button below.

Register for our Scheduling your Content webinar on 19 November

The first webinar, Social Media for beginners, focussed on the different types of social media and how to use them. You can download the slides and Q&A handouts from the event page or watch the video here.



Brand Centre Access for AD Regions

The Analytical Division Council has agreed to provide £300 to each of the AD Regions for 2020 for use on the Brand Centre.

You can find a Brand Centre user guide and FAQs on the Useful Forms & Documents page. Contact the Networks team for your login details or remaining 2019 balance.

Order promotional materials on the Brand Centre



First Commonwealth Chemistry Congress

The inaugural Commonwealth Chemistry Congress (CCC) is to be held at the University of the West Indies, in Trinidad and Tobago, from 18–21 May 2020.

A key aspect that differentiates the CCC from any other scientific meeting is the underlying principle of equal representation for all Commonwealth countries and a unique focus on creating an enabling environment for early career chemists: each Commonwealth country will be represented by three early career chemists who will be fully funded to attend.

Contact the External Relations team for more information, or click on the link below.

Learn more about the first Commonwealth Chemistry Congress



Chemists’ Community Fund Information Video

The Chemists’ Community Fund have produced a short two minute video to explain the Fund and the breadth of support available to RSC Members, their partners and dependents.

Thank you to the Local Sections and Interest Groups who have played the video at their meetings - we have had very positive feedback!

If you haven’t yet seen the video please do take a few minutes to watch it by clicking on the link below and please do share it with other members at your meetings.

Watch the Chemists’ Community Fund Video



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.


Principles for implementing waste strategies

Did you know that the natural sources of six elements that are used in your mobile phone are set to run out within the next 100 years?

Drawing on our Elements in danger research, and in collaboration with our Environment, Sustainability and Energy Division, we have developed a set of principles for management of e-waste.

Read how you can manage critical raw materials in e-waste

Did you know that plastic packaging is a more environmentally friendly choice than alternative materials in some cases?

Managing plastic waste and understanding overall environmental impact of materials is critical in ensuring that we make and use plastics in a sustainable way. Drawing on work by our Materials Chemistry Division on ‘Sustainable plastics – the role of chemistry’, we developed a set of principles for management of plastic waste and for selecting the most sustainable material.

Read how you can manage plastic waste

We are calling on the UK (devolved) Governments to follow these principles when implementing their waste and resources strategies.



Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Aurora

 
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