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Committee members and representatives are encouraged to disseminate this information, as appropriate, to colleagues and other members. E-alert request forms can be downloaded from the Useful Forms and Documents page. Up to date lists of members can be obtained by emailing the Networks Team.
 

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 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

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 31, 2019 2:06 PM GMT
Dear all,

Welcome to the first edition of the Networks Newsletter for 2019 and happy International Year of the Periodic Table!

This month we have a special update about Royal Society of Chemistry activities for the International Year of the Periodic Table from Gemma Wood and an update about the RSC Publishing Author Experience Project from Journals Operations Manager Steve Wilkes.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
 
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • International Year of the Periodic Table – RSC activities and events
  • Member Network Updates
  • Communications from across the RSC


Upcoming Administration Deadlines

8 January          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 January to additional networks
10 January        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 January
14 January        Deadline for IYPT Grant applications
15 January        Close of nominations for 2019 RSC Prizes and Awards
29 January        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 February to additional networks
31 January        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 February
31 January        Deadline for March Chemistry World inserts
9 February        Deadline for member network financial reports
12 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 February to additional networks
14 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 February
25 February      Deadline for member network Annual Reports

 

Upcoming Events

29 January        Launch of the International Year of the Periodic Table
31 January        Retirement in Sight Workshop
18-20 February  Hot-electron science and microscopic processes in plasmonics and catalysis Faraday Discussion
5 March             2019 RSC Twitter Poster Conference
25-27 March      Artificial photosynthesis Faraday Discussion

 

International Year of the Periodic Table – RSC activities and events

A longer version of this article is available as a separate Networks blog article. Please contact Gemma and Anna at outreach@rsc.org with any comments or questions.

We’re excited to be leading the UK chemistry community’s contribution to the international IYPT celebrations headed by IUPAC and have a range of activities and initiatives lined up to celebrate this year.

We’re sponsoring the official IUPAC IYPT opening ceremony in January 2019 where our CEO, Dr Robert Parker will be giving one of the opening addresses. Throughout the year we’ll be hosting several activities including:
 
  • A periodic table themed exhibition in Burlington House, curated by Dr Peter Wothers (Cambridge University)
  • A series of high profile periodic table themed public lectures to be held across the UK
  • Joint public outreach activities including lectures and demonstrations and hosted in collaboration with other professional bodies and relevant partners
  • An IUPAC global women’s breakfast event hosted by our President, Dame Carol Robinson to showcase the RSC’s commitment to supporting women in the chemical sciences
  • A strand of policy work focussing on research and communication to inform public engagement and member activities on resource efficiency and scarcity of elements
  • Dedicated periodic table themed content in Chemistry World including guest editorials and dedicated monthly content focussing on element discovery
These activities represent just some of the work that is happening centrally to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table. We’ll be updating you on specific events via the Networks Newsletter, Voice and Update and further information can be found online here: www.rsc.org/IYPT
Our new Public Engagement Officer, Anna Aldred, has recently joined the Member Communities team to support our IYPT activities and will be in touch in the near future with additional information. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email outreach@rsc.org if you have any questions.

 

Member Network Updates

Member Network Conference outputs
A summary of discussions and sessions from this year’s Member Networks Conference in Liverpool is available on the Useful Forms and Documents page.

The Diversity team have also published some Guides for networks to support member networks.


IYPT promotional materials in the Brand Centre
There are now promotional items branded with the ‘Celebrating International year of the periodic table’ logo available in the Brand Centre and we would encourage these to be used through 2019. If you have any questions or would like any further information please contact caps@rsc.org.
More information about the Brand Centre – including a user guide and FAQs – can be found on our Useful Forms and Documents page.


Chemists’ Community Fund now in the Brand Centre
Members can now order Chemists’ Community Fund leaflets and postcards from the Brand Centre to help promote the Fund and its services within your community. The newly launched postcards contain information on: Advice Services and Legal Information, Careers and Employment, Coping with Bereavement, Financial Support and Information, Health and Wellbeing and Support From Local Members, whereas the leaflet contains general information.
 
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Communications from across the RSC

Outreach community – call for expressions of interest
We want to support our members who are involved and interested in Outreach and are looking to get your views on what this could look like. If you would be interested in being a part of this community then get in touch with us by Thursday 31 January by going to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CFZCY6D.

Any RSC member who has an interest in science outreach is invited to register their interest using the above web link to be kept informed of updates and will be able to help support us to shape what an RSC outreach community could look like. Please also pass this on to members who you feel would be interested but may not have heard about it.


Volunteer recognition
Over 2000 members volunteer their time to support our initiatives, from sitting on committees to going out into the community and delivering outreach. We want to make sure that we are recognising our volunteers for what they do and are keen to hear from all of our community on how we could do this better. Whether you are an RSC volunteer or not we would love to hear your thoughts on recognition and would like to invite you to complete a short survey that can help us ensure that our volunteers are appreciated at all levels.

To share your opinion please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3YNQXJV by Thursday 31 January.


RSC Publishing Author Experience Project – call for user testing and focus groups
The Author Experience (AX) project is a multi-year strategic initiative, being run by the RSC to address challenges our authors face from new Open Access initiatives (e.g., cOAlition S), piracy sites and questions about the industry business model. In an Open Access world, our customers are not institutions subscribing to our journals, but instead it’s the author paying us money in the form of the Article Processing Charge (APC). And those individual authors are used to the customer service and online experience of the likes of Apple, Google and Amazon.

We have started a six month pilot, aiming to move the needle on some key metrics in our flagship journal, Chemical Science. Between November 2018 and April 2019, the pilot team have an ambitious roadmap to address the length of time submission takes (currently an average of 1h 49min) and the volume of status enquiries (by providing visibility of where the article is in the publishing process).

We’ll also be centralising other customer interactions for Chemical Science so that we can improve visibility and data collection on author pain-points. Then, through the bigger AX project, we will tackle frustrations through the whole publishing journey taking an Agile, iterative approach to development that directly relates to our AX project vision to deliver a “researcher-led publishing experience through services that simplify and enhance the communication of the chemical sciences”.

We’ve started taking prototypes of our ideas out to real academics for their feedback; any member interested in participating in the AX project through user testing or focus groups can contact Steve Wilkes at ax@rsc.org.


2019 RSC Twitter Poster Conference (#RSCPoster)

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#RSCPoster is back! An online event held entirely over Twitter, #RSCPoster brings members of the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate. The 2019 RSC Twitter Poster Conference will be live for 24 hours, beginning 09:00 GMT Tuesday 5 March 2019.

Find out more and get involved at rsc.li/rsc-poster-2019 or contact RSCPoster@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 Sheffield, Oxford, Swansea, Nottingham, Belfast, Bath, Dundee, Aberdeen and Brighton during spring 2019. Book online now or email the team to arrange a remote appointment or find out how we can support you.


2019 ChemCareers webinar programme launched
This year we are covering a wide range of topics starting with our teacher scholar scheme on 16 January. We will also be looking at careers in science policy, how you can meet each Chartered Chemist attribute, how to develop your teaching career, transitioning from Academia and managing your profession development. This year promises to be an exciting year.

See the full programme and register for our free webinar series now.

 

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

We will be making changes to the Networks Newsletter in the coming months and we welcome any feedback or suggestions you have for content or format; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 7, 2019 12:00 PM GMT

The January 2019 Networks Newsletter sees a special update about Royal Society of Chemistry activities for the International Year of the Periodic Table from Gemma Wood. Contact Gemma and the IYPT team at outreach@rsc.org with any comments or questions.


2019 marks 150 years since Dmitri Mendeleev published his first periodic table of elements. To celebrate this pivotal moment in chemistry history, UNESCO has designated 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table. We’re excited to be leading the UK chemistry community’s contribution to the international celebrations headed by IUPAC and have a range of activities and initiatives lined up to celebrate this year.
We’re sponsoring the official IUPAC IYPT opening ceremony in January 2019 where our CEO, Dr Robert Parker will be giving one of the opening addresses. Throughout the year we’ll be hosting several flagship activities including:

  • A periodic table themed exhibition in Burlington House, curated by Dr Peter Wothers (Cambridge University)
  • A series of high profile periodic table themed public lectures to be held across the UK
  • Joint public outreach activities including lectures and demonstrations and hosted in collaboration with other professional bodies and relevant partners
  • An IUPAC global women’s breakfast event hosted by our President, Dame Carol Robinson to showcase the RSC’s commitment to supporting women in the chemical sciences
We’re also producing a range of events and activities across the organisation including:
 
  • Hands on activity outreach resources packs aimed at teachers for use at events and for use by members to deliver outreach to the public
  • A strand of policy work focussing on research and communication to inform public engagement and member activities on resource efficiency and scarcity of elements
  • IYPT branding of our journal publications and the publication of periodic table themed books
  • Dedicated periodic table themed content in Chemistry World including guest editorials and dedicated monthly content focussing on element discovery
These activities represent just some of the work that is happening centrally to celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table. We’ll be updating you on specific events via the Networks Newsletter, Voice and Update and further information can be found online here: www.rsc.org/IYPT
We’re also asking our member groups to support the success of IYPT. Ways to get involved include:
 
  • 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. Applications will be considered in January (deadline 14 January), April, July and October and early application is recommended as funding is limited. More information can be found online here: www.rsc.org/iypt
  • Downloading the IYPT digital resource pack (coming soon) for support with key messages, branding, images and Power Point slides. Why not also visit the Brand Centre for IYPT branded promotional items?
Our new Public Engagement Officer, Anna Aldred, has recently joined the Member Communities team to support our IYPT activities and will be in touch in the near future with additional information. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email outreach@rsc.org if you have any questions.
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 14, 2018 5:49 PM GMT
Dear all,

Welcome to the December edition of the Networks Newsletter. This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • International Year of the Periodic Table – Resources for Member Networks
  • Communications from across the RSC


Upcoming Administration Deadlines

11 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th December to additional networks
12 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd January to additional networks
13 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th December
13 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd January
8 January          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th January to additional networks
10 January        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th January
14 January        Deadline for IYPT Grant applications
15 January        Close of nominations for 2019 RSC Prizes and Awards
31 January        Deadline for March Chemistry World inserts
8 February        Deadline for financial reports
 

Upcoming Events

3 December      Launch of the Chemists’ Community Fund video
5–13 Dec          Joliot-Curie Webinar Series 2018
29 January        Launch of the International Year of the Periodic Table
31 January        Retirement in Sight Workshop
 

International Year of the Periodic Table – Resources for Member Networks

International Year of the Periodic Table 2019 grants

We are inviting members to design and deliver events celebrating the International Year of the Periodic Table. We are looking to support creative, diverse and innovative engagement opportunities for communities providing chemistry connections with audiences and science outreach activities. The following grants are currently open to support the organisation of activities taking place through the year and celebrating IYPT 2019:
  • IYPT grants for member networks of up to £1,000 are available. Please take this opportunity to discuss with your committees whether you would like to apply for this.
  • IYPT grants for members of up to £500 are available to support members, ChemSocs and Learn Chemistry Partnerships. Please do pass this on to your contacts who may be interested and consider including in your newsletters to members of your RSC network.
We run a rolling application process and the next deadline for both grants is 12 noon on Monday 14 January 2019. The standard Outreach Fund grants will still be open as usual in addition to these to support wider and/or larger activity.

For more information and to apply please go to rsc.li/iypt or contact Geri Kitley via outreach@rsc.org.


Member outreach activities

The RSC Education team and Education Coordinators have created resources for IYPT outreach activities:
  • Play your elements right – a version of the TV game show ‘Play your cards right’ using A4 sized elements top trump cards. The cards can be borrowed by contacting local education coordinators and all instructions and background information will be available online.
  • Guess the element – a matching game where members of the public match up foods with the elements found in them. The activity uses readily available materials and all instructions and background information will be available online.
Both activities will be freely available for members to use from January 2019 and the Education Coordinators are on hand to offer support as required.
The Education team also have some activities aimed at teachers:
  • Element bingo
  • History of the periodic table
  • Atom builder activities
Contact your local Education Coordinator or Education@rsc.org for more information.


Brand Centre

We are going to be ordering promotional items branded with the ‘Celebrating International year of the periodic table’ logo and would like these to be used through 2019.

We will be updating some Product descriptions on the Brand centre with details of ‘Availability’ to identify items that will change for 2019, please keep an eye out for these. This will help you know what items will be replaced, when replacements will be available and when you can use them. We will phase some of the replacements based on stock levels.

More information about the Brand Centre – including a user guide and FAQs – can be found on our Useful Forms and Documents page.

 

Communications from across the RSC

Chemists’ Community Fund Video

When RSC member Genevieve Ososki became dependent on a wheelchair, she thought she would have to give up working in a chemistry lab. A grant from the RSC’s Chemists’ Community Fund allowed her to purchase a sit-to-stand wheelchair, enabling her to carry out laboratory experiments safely and continue her studies.

Today the RSC has launched a video showcasing Genevieve’s story and highlighting the support available to members. Please read the news story or watch the full video here and share these links with your community.


Looking to speak with a qualified Careers Specialist?

Our in-house specialist Careers Management team can help you take your next career step confidently whether you know where you are going or not. They are here for you to review your career and discuss your options with you. The team are available to talk to our professional members face to face at our offices in London and Cambridge, over the phone, email or video conference from 07:30 to 19:30 on various dates throughout the week.

Email careers@rsc.org so speak to one of the team.


Joliot-Curie Webinar Series 2018

Calling For all post-docs looking for an independent career in academic research – join our free interactive webinars this December and hear from our panels of experts. The webinars will help you to:
  • Find out more about academic research careers and the different ways to access them
  • How to fund your research
  • Get information and support on issues affecting your career progression in academic research
  • Ask our experts live online for hints, tips and practical guidance on a range of essential topics for aspiring academics
All webinars will include an interactive question and answer session.

Full details of the programme, panel speakers and information about how to register can be found here.
 

Thank you for reading the RSC Networks Newsletter blog. We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to networks@rsc.org.

The Networks Team would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a very Happy New Year.

Looking forward to working with you in 2019!


Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 3, 2018 12:35 PM GMT
Dear all,

Welcome to the November edition of the networks newsletter. This month we have a special update about Brexit and our campaigning actions to date, please contact our Policy and Evidence team on policy@rsc.org with any comments or questions.
 
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th November to additional networks
8 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th November
27 November    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th December to additional networks
29 November    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th December
30 November    Deadline for Local Section inserts for January Chemistry World
 
Upcoming Events
6 November      Women’s retention and progression report launch
6–8 November  Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress, Nairobi, Kenya
19–25 Nov        Chemistry Week: ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’
21 November    ChemCareer workshop for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
5–13 Dec          Joliot-Curie Webinar Series 2018
31 January        Retirement in Sight Workshop
 
Brexit Update

Brexit continues to dominate the news, with talks between the EU and UK on a Withdrawal Agreement (the ‘divorce settlement’) continuing at the time of writing. We know that the impact of Brexit on the chemical sciences and our chemistry community is an issue of huge concern, particularly in the event of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.  Thank you to all the member networks who have provided us with feedback and evidence on this – please do keep that coming. The RSC continues to campaign for a Brexit that works for science and innovation, as set out in Our vision for a future EU-UK Science Agreement. There’s a list of our recent campaigning actions at the end of this piece, but first a word on mobility/ immigration rules.

At the time of writing, we expect the Government to publish its Immigration White Paper in early November. The post-Brexit immigration rules matter, as chemistry departments, research groups and businesses need to have access to European and global talent pools to attract the right scientists – and perceptions can be as important as the rules themselves. Government seems likely to accept many recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) reports on EEA migration in the UK and International Students in the UK, the subject of Jo Reynolds’ recent article. The MAC recommended that there should be a focus on high-skilled immigration and no particular preference for EEA or EU nationals, which the Prime Minister has suggested she supports. The MAC acknowledged that preferential treatment for EU nationals could be part of the agreement on the future economic partnership between the EU and UK, something we and other science bodies would support.

When the Government’s proposals are published, we would like your urgent help to understand in detail how they are likely to affect the chemical science and our community – and the top priorities for seeking to influence the legislation in parliament. We will be in touch with some questions soon and would appreciate your help here. We have clearly said, including in our to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry and in a recent that there must be easy movement of scientists between the UK and the EEA - and of scientists globally. This includes students and the dependents of those who move. We know this affects many members of our community, as individuals or because family members and/or colleagues are feeling the current uncertainty.

What is the RSC doing?

In 2016, Council agreed three priority areas for the RSC’s Brexit work. Our three ‘asks’ to implement these are:
  1. The UK needs to secure associated country status in the Horizon Europe programme, (the 9th Framework Programme for science and innovation). UK participation in EU framework programmes brings benefits to both UK and EU researchers.
  2. There must be easy movement of scientists between the UK and the EEA. This includes students and the dependents of those who move.
  3. Discussions between scientists globally are critical to achieving harmonised and proportionate decision-making in regulation. Effective cooperation and continued data sharing between the UK and the EU is essential in supporting our future trading relationship.
Recent actions in support of this include:

Horizon Europe
  • We work directly with the Government Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to input on science and Brexit. Past President and Member Communities’ Board chair John Holman represents the RSC and others on the High-Lever Stakeholder Working Group and Tanya Sheridan on its sub-group.
  • We researched and published a set of members’ case studies illustrating the benefits of UK participation in Horizon Europe. We have shared these with Government and with other science bodies.
  • We developed our policy position on Horizon Europe and fed in to BEIS and European Chemical and Molecular Society (EuChemS) submissions.
Easy Movement
  • We submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on ‘an immigration system for science and innovation’ to emphasise the importance of easy movement for scientists, including for short-term visits.
  • We wrote up the findings from analysis of our conferences into an article and saw this data has influenced the Committee, as they mentioned it in their report.
Chemicals regulation
  • John Holman wrote to DEFRA ministers, setting out our concerns around chemicals regulation, in the context of Brexit – including the absence of clear arrangements for scientific collaboration to support chemicals regulation during the transition period.
  • We also raised our concerns with the Environmental Audit Committee in June 2018.
  • We flagged the lack of clarity around future chemicals regulation arrangements when responding to DEFRA’s Environmental Principles and Governance’ consultation. A group of members, with the Policy team, developed a set of principles for the management of chemicals in the environment ‘Principles for the management of chemicals in the Environment’ in response.
  • Cam Alexander-White proactively flagged our concerns on chemicals regulation to the House of Lords EU committee and followed up with two letters in August and October. This provided briefing material for the Committee to ask Michael Gove directly about the problems in chemicals regulation in the event of a no deal Brexit.
 
Communications from across the RSC

Help us shape the future of our prizes and awards
We are conducting a review of our Recognition Programmes this year, with a focus on prizes and awards.
We are proud of our heritage and at the same time open to the need to evolve, to ensure that our recognition programmes are relevant in a diverse and changing world, and exemplify the achievements and contributions that are at the heart of advancing the chemical sciences for the benefit of science and humanity.

Overseen by an independent group, chaired by Professor Jeremy Sanders (University of Cambridge), the review will develop an ambitious future-looking vision for recognition in science and for our own prizes and awards.
Help us shape the future of recognition by sending your views to us at Recognition2019@rsc.org.
 
Interested in a career in defence science?
Join the representatives from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) for this ChemCareer webinar on 21 November at 12:30. Hear about this rewarding and challenging career and how you can make the most effective application ahead of their upcoming recruitment for chemical scientists. Register now.
 
Speak with a qualified Careers Specialist in a city near you
Appointments are still available to talk to a Specialist in Newcastle, Coventry and Bristol during November. You can also speak to us at our London office fortnightly (book online) and on request by phone, video conference or in Cambridge throughout the week early morning and evenings on specific dates. If you’re a member of our professional categories and want to talk about anything related to your career email careers@rsc.org. We’re here to help.

Joliot-Curie Webinar Series 2018
Calling all post-docs looking for an independent career in academic research – join our free interactive webinars this December and hear from our panels of experts. The webinars will help you to:
  • Find out more about academic research careers and the different ways to access them
  • Get information and support on issues affecting your career progression in academic research
  • Ask our experts live online for hints, tips and practical guidance on a range of essential topics for aspiring academics.
Programme
Wednesday 5 December       12:30 – 13:15    Multiple pathways to success
Thursday 6 December
           12:30 – 13:15    How to stand out – make the grade                
Wednesday 12 December     12:30 – 13:15    Funding your research
Thursday 13 December         08:30 – 09:15    Women in academic leadership 

All webinars will include an interactive question and answer session.

Full details of panel speakers and information about how to register is here:
http://www.rsc.org/events/detail/33414/the-joliot-curie-programme-webinar-series-2018
 
Pilot Retirement in Sight Workshop
After the success of the wellbeing workshops, the Chemists’ Community Fund will be piloting retirement planning workshops over the next few months. Aimed at members 5–10 years before retirement, these workshops are designed to assist with how to balance life now and the life they are hoping to live in retirement. The next pilot event will be held at Burlington House on 31st January 2019 from 9am–1pm, if any local sections would be interested in hosting an event later in the year then please contact Lara at ccfund@rsc.org.

 
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

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Oct 29, 2018 4:27 PM GMT
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