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Did you know that the RSC has international offices that support our international community? This month in the Spotlight Hongmei Peng, Engagement and Programme Manager in our Shanghai Office, tells us about how she started with the RSC and what her team do to advance the chemical sciences in China.


Hongmei joined the RSC Shanghai office in 2010 and became our China Engagement and Programme Manager in 2014.

Hongmei, what brought you to the RSC?
Before I joined RSC Shanghai office in 2010, I worked as a research associate in Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Being a gregarious person, I found the routine of conducting experiments in the laboratory rather solitary. So, when I came across the RSC's mission in advancing the excellence of Chemical Sciences by supporting practicing chemists through its network of global community, I was inspired and wanted to be part of the organisation to serve the needs of the chemical science community. In 2010, I was lucky enough to be able to join the RSC Shanghai office.


How many people are on your team?
Currently, there are only two team members, Yang Lei and myself, but we are recruiting another team member and we expect he or she will be on board in March.


What do you all do?
In China, the RSC is known by researchers as one of the top publisher in the chemical sciences, but not many of them are aware that we are also a learned society with the mission to advance excellence in the chemical sciences.

Our goal is to create a sustainable eco-system for chemical sciences researchers in China. We have been trying to design and deliver effective tailored programmes and platforms to serve researchers at different stages of their career – from early career to well established scientists.

In summary, we are aiming to engage the chemical science community in China in the most efficient and effective ways and, by doing so, maximising our influence in China as an influential professional society and as a top publisher.


What kind of programmes do you mean?
As I have mentioned previously, for the engagement team that I lead, we are focusing on designing and delivering tailored engagement programmes to meet the needs of the research community as a whole – from early career to established researchers. To this end, our programmes reflect this aim.

To engage well established professors who are leaders in their respective fields, we have run the Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) Forum since 2016. This annual event is aimed towards finding chemical solutions to solve key issues relating to global challenges.

In order to ensure that the FRSC Forum can stand-out from the multitudes of symposia/conferences being held in China the Forum has a unique format: it consists of six plenary lectures focusing on the progress, development and future challenges of a specific research field, followed by a panel discussion. For our previous FRSC Forums, the topics included materials, health, energy, and water safety.  This annual event has been very well received and supported by the community.

In 2019, we introduced the RSC Emerging Investigator Forum to engage emerging investigators/ early career researchers in China. To ensure the Forum addresses the need of the researchers, we conducted surveys and communicated with many young researchers to solicit their input and ideas. The resultant Forum was devised to focus on debates and discussions within cutting-edge cross-discipline research fields. We also linked the Forum with our journals and invited eligible delegates to submit to emerging investigator issues.

In 2014, we initiated the RSC Student Clubs programme at top universities to engage postgraduate chemists and in 2019, we enriched this initiative by collaborating with Tsinghua University in organising the RSC Predoc Symposium. This aim of this event is to provide a unique platform for students to present their research in English.



Thank you Hongmei for telling us about the work your team does and how you support the broader chemical sciences community in China!

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 1, 2021 2:00 PM GMT

Dear colleague,

Welcome to the March 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: Engaging with our international community – China
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
01 March
08 March
09 March
11 March
23 March

24 March
25 March
31 March

01 April
06 April

19 April
Application deadline for the Outreach Fund small and large grants
Deadline for applications for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Bursaries
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 March
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1 April to additional networks
Registration deadline for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation: Faraday Discussion

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1 April
Deadline for March Research Development Grant applications
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
April deadline for Outreach Fund small grants

Deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund applications
 
Upcoming Events
 
02-03 March
04 March
08 March
18 March
24 March
01 April
#RSCPoster Twitter Conference
Member e-alerts
Addressing Gender Parity across the Commonwealth, 11:30 UK time
Member e-alerts
Retirement in Sight Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
 
Spotlight: Engaging with our international community – China

Did you know that the RSC has international offices that support our international community? This month in the Spotlight Hongmei Peng, Engagement and Programme Manager in our Shanghai Office, tells us about how she started with the RSC and what her team do to advance the chemical sciences in China.

Read the full update on the Networks Newsletter blog, and contact the Networks Team with any comments or questions.

Read about our engagement activities in China on the Newsletter blog

 
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.

RSC 2021 Grants
We have now started to process the 2021 grants and wanted to express our appreciation to the Treasurers for their efforts in preparing and submitting their financial reports. The grants will be processed for your network when all the required financial information has been submitted and we have received the 2020 Annual Report.

We would also like to remind Treasurers to check their accounts every month, this helps to identify any Bankline access issues or unusual transactions in your account.



RSC and SCI joint events
Some RSC and SCI networks have in the past regularly collaborated on events. Recently the RSC and SCI signed an agreement to formalise the obligations for these joint events, and in simple terms it is agreed that:
  • The split of risk and reward between the RSC and SCI is 50:50.
  • For any advance deposits the RSC shall commit the funds and this will be taken into account in the final calculations of surplus/loss.
  • The organising committee should have at least four members (two each from the RSC and SCI) and a maximum of eight members (four each from the RSC and SCI). If more committee members are required this can be included as an amendment.

For each joint RSC and SCI event we will need to prepare a document outlining the details of that event, including that approval has been obtained from the RSC and SCI for the event. For most joint events a contract is normally reviewed, so we have altered the Contract and MCB Budget Approval form to collect the additional information required. However, if your network is thinking of running an event with the SCI and there are no contracts involved can you please complete this form.

If you organising an event with an organisation other than the SCI, or have any questions regarding running joint events with the SCI, please get in touch with the Networks Team.


Contact the Networks Team with any queries about running a joint event


Telephone Befriending with CCF Volunteers
The COVID-19 national lockdowns have left many people by themselves for long periods of time, which can naturally lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation.

We wanted to let you know that Royal Society of Chemistry members, whether student, professional or retired, can arrange regular phone calls with one of our trained Chemists’ Community Fund volunteers.

Our volunteers all have scientific backgrounds, and provide support and companionship, bringing comfort to those who are feeling alone.


For more information, please get in touch by phoning +44 (0)1223 432227, or by sending the team an email. Messages are always kept confidential.


Hardship Grants for Chemists
The Chemists' Community Fund is extending support to chemists who are not members of the RSC whose financial situation has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.
These one-off grants are offering £500 to working chemical scientists and up to £250 to those in full-time chemical/chemical science education or working as an apprentice in the UK and ROI.

Email us to find out more information or visit our website.
Please share this information with your colleagues and across your own networks.

As a member of the RSC we would like to remind you that there is an enhanced member package of support for those affected by COVID-19 available, wherever you are based, on our Chemists' Community Fund web page.

Learn more on the Hardship Grant website


Are you applying for the Inclusion & Diversity Fund?
Do you have a great idea for a project that will help make the chemical sciences community more inclusive and diverse? If so, you could apply for our Inclusion & Diversity Fund, which provides financial support typically up to the value of £5,000.

There are two rounds of applications each year, and the first closes on 19 April. Open to everyone, applicants will be notified of the funding decision by 4 June.

Learn more and apply online


Join the gender parity webinar
Addressing Gender Parity across the Commonwealth – 8 March 11.30 GMT

Delivered by Commonwealth Chemistry and Chemistry World to celebrate both International Women’s Day and Commonwealth Day, Addressing Gender Parity across the Commonwealth will explore ways to overcome barriers that prevent women from fully participating in the chemical sciences. Our expert speakers will discuss:
  • perspective on gender issues throughout the Commonwealth and cultural challenges to attract and retain women in the chemical sciences
  • gender inequality and its consequences in research culture, including gender bias in publishing
  • policies on integrating diversity and gender equality from the perspective of a funding agency

The seminars will take place during a variety of time zones to accommodate our winners from different regions, so we encourage any and all interested to register and attend.

Find out more and register


How can the Careers team support you?
Have you thought about asking the Royal Society of Chemistry Careers team how they can support you and your members in 2021?

The team are available to run CV reviews, present or take part in panel discussions on a wide range of career-related topics such as job searching in your sector, using labour market information in your career development, identifying your transferable skills and managing your CPD, and developing specific skills like leadership, communication or career resilience. We can work with you to shape our support to your needs.

You can find out more about what we do by visiting rsc.li/careers.


Contact the team to find out more about how they can support you


Join us for #RSCPoster 2021 from 12:00 UTC tomorrow!
Our annual Twitter conference kicks off tomorrow and is a chance for all chemists, at every career stage, to share their research with the global chemistry community for 24 hours.

You can follow the excitement on Twitter by searching for #RSCPoster and your preferred subject hashtag, you can watch the short #RSCPosterPitch video clips, or you can register for the #RSCPosterLive webinars!

Learn more about and register for the 2021 #RSCPoster Conference


Analytical Research Forum 2021 - Call for abstracts
The Analytical Research Forum (ARF) provides the opportunity for early career researchers from analytical communities to present their work, alongside high profile analytical scientists, showcasing cutting-edge analytical chemistry. Join us online on 15th and 16th June 2021.

Find out more on our website


 
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!

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Stay safe,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie




 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Mar 1, 2021 2:00 PM GMT