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Archive for March, 2019
The April 2019 Networks Newsletter sees an update about Royal Society of Chemistry activities for the International Year of the Periodic Table from Anna Aldred, RSC Public Engagement Officer. Contact Anna and the IYPT team at with any comments or questions.

IYPT is well underway, and we have been delighted to see all the activity that has been going on so far in 2019! If you want to see what the RSC community has been getting up to, take a look at the Community News page.

Here are just a few updates, reminders and things to note:

  • The deadline for the next round of applications for IYPT Member and Member Networks grants is fast approaching! Applications close at noon GMT on Monday 15 April 2019.
  • Have you seen the IYPT branded material on the Brand Centre? There are pencils, pens, material bags, lanyards and more! Released in March is a book entitled “Elements of Popular Science: A Selection of Chapters”, this is a special IYPT resource that is available to order free of charge.
  • If you are working with schools for IYPT, there are some excellent education resources designed by the RSC Education Coordinators especially for IYPT. There are also a wealth of other education resources for all ages available through Learn Chemistry.
  • We’ve partnered with the brilliant Compound Interest to make fantastic new element infographics from H to Og. We’ve been releasing these on Twitter, but you can see and download all of the element infographics we’ve published so far here.
  • Chemistry World has been publishing a variety of special IYPT-themed articles, including opinion pieces and a series of graphic novels depicting key moments in periodic table history. Read them here.
  • The RSC journals have been busy putting together some special IYPT themed collections relating to specific elements and areas of the periodic table, take a look here.

What are you getting up to for IYPT? We want to know!

Share your stories with us by tagging @RoySocChem and #IYPT2019 on Twitter, or by writing a piece for Community News: email the Networks team with pictures and information about your event and we’ll work with you to get your story published online.

If you have any IYPT questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Anna Aldred by email on

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 29, 2019 4:54 PM GMT
 Dear all,

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

This month in the spotlight we have an update about our activities for International Year of the Periodic Table from Anna Aldred, our Public Engagement Officer. As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table activities
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

09 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 April to additional networks
11 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 April
15 April     Deadline for next round of IYPT Grants
23 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 May to additional networks
25 April     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 May
29 April     Deadline for Researcher Mobility Grant applications
07 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 May to additional networks
09 May      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 May
16 June     Deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund applications


Upcoming Events

04 April         Member e-alerts
10 April         Applications open for Royal Society International Exchanges Award
18 April         Member e-alerts
02 May         Member e-alerts
14 May         Investment Catalyst
16 May         Member e-alerts
3–5 July       Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
8–11 July     14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
11–12 Sept  2019 Joliot Curie Conference

You can find all of our member network events here:


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 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:

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

‘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 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:

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

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

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 (

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:


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

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