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This month in the Spotlight Camilla Alexander-White, Senior Policy Advisor for Environment & Regulation, explains some of the recent work we're doing on UK chemicals policy. You can contact Cam or any member of the Policy & Evidence Team at policy@rsc.org with any comments or questions.


It is important for citizens to know and trust how chemicals are managed in everyday life. Now that the UK has left the European Union as of 1 January 2021, UK government is responsible for all matters relating to chemicals management in industrial processes, the products we consume and the chemicals present in the environment.

UK REACH is now operating in Great Britain (Northern Ireland continues to follow EU REACH as per the Northern Ireland protocol). The Health & Safety Executive are acting as the regulatory ‘Agency’ for chemicals and are recruiting 60 new staff members now, and also for expert scientists to join the REACH Independent Science Expert Pool (RISEP). At the RSC, we have continuously called for independent scientific advice to be a core part of UK REACH, and we are pleased that the HSE have established a strong mechanism for science advice.

If you would like to join RISEP, the deadline for applications is 4 April 2021https://careers.hse.gov.uk/job/reach-independent-scientific-expert-pool-risep/

On 23 March, Defra announced the first programme for UK REACH restrictions, with lead in ammunition, chemicals in tattoo inks/ permanent make up, and PFAS chemicals included. We convened a science-policy round table on 30 March to begin looking at the topic of PFAS in more detail and will share these outcomes in the coming weeks.

Chemicals policy is also important at the international level, and we have been working with the United Nations Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) programme ‘Beyond 2020’. We are campaigning for the establishment of an intergovernmental panel for chemicals and waste; you can read our policy position on the RSC website.
 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Apr 1, 2021 11:00 AM BST
Dear colleague,

Welcome to the April 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: The RSC’s work on Chemicals Policy
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
01 April
06 April
06 April
08 April
19 April
26 April
28 April
30 April

04 May
17 May
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
April deadline for Outreach Fund small grants
Deadline for e-alerts going out on 15 April to additional networks
Deadline for e-alerts going out on 15 April
Deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund applications
Deadline for e-alerts going out on 6 May to additional networks
Deadline for e-alerts going out on 6 May
Deadline for April Research Development Grant applications
May deadline for Outreach Fund small grants
Deadline for Research Fund applications
 
Upcoming Events
 
01 April
08 April
13 April
14 April
15 April
21 April
23 April
23 April

29 April
06 May
Member e-alerts
2021 Senedd Elections Virtual Science Hustings
2021 Holyrood Elections Virtual Science Hustings
ES: Atmospheres Desktop Seminars featuring inaugural issue researchers
Member e-alerts
ES: Atmospheres Desktop Seminars featuring inaugural issue researchers
Should we design biodegradable plastics? 12 midday UK time
Dalton Transactions New Talent: Europe seminar, 14:00 UK time

Resilience and Adaptability Workshop (from CCF), 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
 
Spotlight: The RSC’s work on Chemicals Policy

Now that the UK has left the European Union, as of 1 January 2021 the UK government is responsible for all matters relating to chemicals management in industrial processes, the products we consume and the chemicals present in the environment.

Read about our ongoing work on chemicals policy on the Networks Newsletter blog, and contact the Policy & Evidence Team with any comments or questions.

Read about our recent policy activities 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.

Bullying and harassment support service
The Royal Society of Chemistry is committed to tackling and removing bullying and harassing behaviours from the community. All our members commit to our Code of Conduct which outlines the need to respect others and protect the dignity and welfare of the community. We treat any breaches seriously and others can contact us at any time ipdp@rsc.org.

Our bullying and harassment support service is available to provide impartial support for anyone affected or concerned by bullying and harassing behaviour in the UK chemical sciences and our members worldwide.

This service, managed by the Inclusion and Diversity team and supported by the Chemists’ Community Fund, is being provided by a third party on behalf of the Royal Society of Chemistry. The support service is accompanied by the associated web pages and a bespoke video animation.

The RSC’s support line can be reached on 0800 5200115 (UK Freephone), +44 1223 624606 (International), from 8am–8pm (UK time) Monday–Friday.

Visit rsc.li/support for further advice or to email the team



Next round of Research Enablement Grants opens on 12 April
Our Research Enablement Grant provides up to £10,000 for new projects and to continue those disrupted by COVID-19, and can include funding for consumables, equipment and a salary contribution for a group member.

The Grant is open for applications from Monday 12 April to Tuesday 25 May.

Find out more and apply online by 25 May



Help make the chemical sciences more inclusive
Our Inclusion & Diversity Fund welcomes applications from individuals and organisations, including members and non-members. In the past we’ve funded projects focusing on gender, disability, socio-economic background, language, race and ethnicity, the LGBT+ community and more.

You could get up to £5,000 towards making your inclusion and diversity project a reality.

Applications to the general call for projects are always open and are assessed twice a year. Apply by 19 April for your project to be considered for funding in the upcoming round.

Please note, the Inclusion & Diversity Fund is intended for projects that directly investigate or address inclusion and diversity issues in the chemical sciences. The Inclusion & Diversity Fund is not intended to fund chemistry research.


Learn more and apply on our website



Applications open for the Emerging Technologies Competition
We have launched our 2021 Emerging Technologies Competition, an annual initiative for tech innovators, spin outs and start-ups from across the UK and Europe who are developing chemistry-driven technologies that are tackling the world’s most pressing issues.

Entering the competition provides the opportunity to pitch your technology to a panel of expert judges including: AstraZeneca, Boots, Croda, Eli Lilly, Givaudan, Marks & Spencer, PepsiCo, PETRONAS, Reckitt Benckiser, RSSL, Scott Bader and Unilever – giving you valuable exposure, publicity and validation. Winners receive a share of the £160,000 prize fund and a RSC mentor for one year.

There is just over two weeks to submit an application or spread the word to colleagues and peers – don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity!


Find out more and apply online by 18 April



Save the date: Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May
Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is coming up on the week of 10-16 May.

The theme for MHAW is nature and the RSC Inclusion and Diversity team will organise a webinar to discuss the connection between nature and mental health, in collaboration with Chemistry World as part of the Building a better chemistry culture webinar series.

Look out for more information on this and other MHAW activities in future communications including this newsletter!




Standing up for Science
The RSC is partnering with the Voice of Young Science programme 2021 to offer Standing Up For Science workshops to the early career community, to help make early career voices heard in public debates about science. There are four of these free workshops taking place in 2021 and you can keep up to date with these opportunities here or by signing up to the Voice of Young Science network.

The second of the these workshops is now open to applications and takes place online on Thursday 13 May. This session will feature contributions from Professor Dr Hannah Cloke (Professor of Hydrology, University of Reading), Dr Jo Hale (Research Fellow, UCL), George Freeman MP and James Clarke (Head of Communications, Rothamsted Research).

Please share this opportunity with your early career networks or colleagues, or apply using the link below.


Complete the application form by 5pm on Monday 19 April



Latest issue of Analytical Matters now available online
Find out about the latest Analytical Division activities including:
  • Opportunities to get involved with this year’s online Analytical Research Forum
  • Celebrating the100th Analytical Methods Committee Technical Brief
  • Funding opportunities including new Researcher Development Grants
  • CPD Resources
If you have any items you wish to be included in the next newsletter please email analyticalmatters@rsc.org by 31 May 2021.

Read the newsletter here



 
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.


Virtual Science Hustings events in Scotland and Wales
Ahead of the upcoming elections in Scotland and Wales we have been working with a range of partners to deliver virtual science hustings events.

The events take place on 8 April (Wales) and 13 April (Scotland) and will bring together candidates from across the political parties. They will give the scientific community the opportunity to quiz the political parties on what steps they will take to put science at the forefront of their work in the next term.

Covering the topics that matter most to the scientific community event attendees will be able to put their questions directly to the party spokespeople.

Members are encouraged to sign up to these events and ask questions. For more information contact Niall Sommerville, our Public Affairs Manager for the devolved nations.


Register for the 2021 Senedd Elections Science Hustings on 8 April

Register for the 2021 Holyrood Elections Science Hustings on 13 April



Policy discussion: Should we design biodegradable plastics?
Friday 23 April, 12 midday–12.45

Join us in the first of a series of free events throughout 2021 developed by our Science Policy Unit to explore current issues around plastic production, use, reuse and disposal.

During this webinar we want to find out how chemists design plastics for biodegradability, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that these new materials present on our journey to a more sustainable future.

BSL interpretation will be provided by Rachael Dance from Cambridgeshire Deaf Association.

Register here and join the conversation



 
Thank you for reading!

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

Send us your feedback

Stay safe,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Apr 1, 2021 11:00 AM BST
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!

Send us your feedback

Stay safe,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie




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

Welcome to the February 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: RSC Division Review - Update for member networks
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
01 February
01 February
08 February
09 February
10 February
11 February
11 February
23 February
25 February
26 February
28 February
01 March
08 March
Deadline for 2021 ChemComm Emerging Investigators nominations
Deadline for 2021 ChemSocRev Pioneering Investigators nominations
Deadline for nominations to RSC Board and Division vacancies
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 February to additional networks
Deadline for submitting the 2020 Financial Reports
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 March
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 March
Deadline for registration for Schools' Analyst Competition
Deadline for February Research Development Grant applications
Application deadline for the Outreach Fund small and large grants
Deadline for applications for the 2021 Undergraduate Research Bursaries
 
Upcoming Events
 
04 February
09 February
18 February
23 February
02-03 March
04 March
18 March
Member e-alerts
IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2021: Empowering Diversity in Science
Member e-alerts
Chemists' Community Fund Helping with debt webinar, 5pm UK time
#RSCPoster Twitter Conference
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
 
Spotlight: RSC Division Review - Update for member networks

The Division Review is looking at the function and structure of the nine RSC Divisions; the Advisory Group is currently developing its proposals to present to MCB in March 2021.

Read the key findings from the member survey and next steps on the Networks Newsletter blog, and please contact the Advisory Group with any comments or questions.

Read about the update and next steps here

 
Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.


Reminder: One week left to nominate your representative
The closing date for nominations for the Local Section and Interest Group representatives on Member Communities Board is Monday 8 February.

We have engaged with Mi-Voice, an external electoral services provider, to manage the process for our nominations. You would have received an email from our Interim CEO Helen Pain in early December, sent by Mi-Voice, inviting nominations for the vacancies on our Boards, Committee and Divisions. This email included a personalised link to make your nomination. There are two ways to nominate:
  1. Self-nomination
  2. Proposal nomination

Any member can self-nominate or propose another member; all nominations are required to be accompanied by names of two RSC members willing to second the nomination. If you would like more information about the vacancies, or if you have not received an email from Mi-Voice, please contact our Governance team.

Contact our Governance team for information or support



2020 Annual Report data and the 2021 Annual Report form
98 out of 137 member network Annual Reports have been received, describing 313 events in 2020 (not counting individual events as part of series). Thank you to all of you who have submitted your Annual Reports so far.

Almost 120 of the reported events were cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic, however you also shared more than 30 new events that came about as a direct result of the "new normal" we experienced in 2020. We are very excited to go through the data in detail and share the outputs with you all over the coming weeks.

If your committee has not submitted your 2020 Annual Report yet, please contact the Networks Team as soon as possible.

As promised, we have developed the 2021 Annual Report form based on your feedback. We will be sharing the form with Secretaries this week with additional training material and an updated video guide.



Planning your 2021 activities?
Have you thought about asking our Careers Team how they can support you and your members in 2021?

The team are available to run CV reviews, or 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



Zoom licence for member networks
We’re pleased to announce that we have now acquired a Zoom Meeting license for RSC Interest Groups and Local Sections to use free of charge. This Zoom license allows up to 300 participants and you can enable up to 50 breakout rooms per session.

We still have the GoToMeeting and GoToWebinar accounts to enable more networks to organise virtual events, particularly as Zoom is not accessible at some institutions.

Please use the Zoom Booking form to schedule your Zoom meeting. The booking form allows you to book a test session on Zoom so you can become familiar with the Zoom software. We are currently finishing a user guide for Zoom, and this will be available soon under the Virtual Events section of the Useful Forms and Documents webpage.


Book your Zoom meeting here



Exciting updates for #RSCPoster 2021
As you may know, #RSCPoster is a Twitter poster conference open to all chemists, at every career stage, to share their research with the global chemistry community.

This year, we’re adding two new elements to the #RSCPoster Conference. These are #RSCPosterPitch, short video pitches to accompany posters, in the same way you might give a quick presentation to someone at a physical conference, and #RSCPosterLive, a series of live webinars to accompany the main event.


#RSCPosterLive will bring together scientists from across the globe to discuss topics of relevance to the chemistry community, including pathways to becoming professor, mental health in STEM, and how to choose the right PhD or postdoctoral supervisor. The webinars will take place on GotoWebinar, to allow everyone, including people without Twitter, to be able to participate.

We would be very grateful if you could encourage your members to sign up for #RSCPoster and direct them to the #RSCPoster Conference webpage for further information about all aspects of the event.

One final thank you to all the Interest Groups who have supported us via sponsorship so far, your help is invaluable. If any further groups are interested in sponsorship opportunities, or if anyone has any other questions, please do get in touch with the team at rscposter@rsc.org.


Learn more about and register for the 2021 #RSCPoster Conference



Awarding 2020 and 2021 40-Year Gold Badges
In 2019 we implemented an anniversaries engagement plan for our members; this included a new process to ensure that all those entitled to received their 40-year gold badge (the process was shared in this June 2019 Spotlight article).

Obviously, last year we were not in the office to send these, but we will be working with our Brand Centre to get the 2020 badges mailed out as soon as possible. For the 2021 badges, we wish to safeguard all of the members involved in the sending and receiving of the badges, so we will be sending 2021 badges out directly to members.


If you would like to send congratulations from the Local Section to members reaching their 40th anniversary of membership in 2021, contact our Membership Team below.

Request contact details for gold badge recipients



2021 Undergraduate Research Bursaries are open
The Undergraduate Research Bursaries for Summer projects in 2021 opened today for applications and will close on Monday 8 March 2021. The scheme is open to students registered with a UK or Republic of Ireland institution looking for a wage contribution undertaking a 6-8 week research project. We have also updated our scheme this year to make it more flexible, so you can adapt your project should circumstances change.

Find out more and submit your application on our website



RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series
We are delighted to announce our inaugural free, online-only RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship Series, featuring virtual talks by our recent journal lectureship winners. Each session will include an introductory talk by a journal board member as well as a journal lectureship winner.

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.

Visit the webpage to find the full list of Desktop Seminar and to register



Hello from the RSC Public Engagement Officer!
Hello Networks! My name is Anna and I am the Public Engagement Officer here at the RSC. It is my job to work with people across the RSC, including members and networks, to support, develop, facilitate and deliver public engagement and outreach activity.

I know that there are many of you who are interested in public engagement and outreach, and I wanted to let you know that I am here to support you however you may need. I am currently working on an exciting piece of work looking at what provision the RSC has to empower and enable its members to develop and deliver their own activity and what we should be providing in the future – over the coming months I hope to speak with some of you to get your valuable input.

If you need any support or advice regarding any public engagement activity that you do or would like to do please do not hesitate to get in touch!

Talk to Anna about your public engagement ideas



Our Outreach Fund is open and welcome to applications
Our Outreach Fund provides financial support to members, individuals and organisations in order to enable them to run chemistry-based public and schools engagement activities.

Our next deadlines are Monday 1 March for both small grant (up to £5,000) and large grant applications (£5,000 to £10,000). Please visit our website for further details on applying during this period or get in touch with the team.


Find out more about eligibility, criteria and restrictions here



Analytical Division celebrates the 100th AMC Technical Brief
The Analytical Division’s Analytical Methods Committee (AMC) has published its 100th Technical Brief.
AMC Technical Briefs are free to access and provide reliable and up-to-date technical information about aspects of analytical science.

 Read the full article here

 
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.


UK-EU deal: Horizon Europe
Following influencing by the research and innovation community, including the RSC and its members, the UK will associate to Horizon Europe, (subject to ratification of the deal and finalisation of the Horizon Europe Programme regulations). This will provide researchers and businesses access to all pillars of Horizon Europe (including the European Research Council and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions), as well as:
  • Joint Research Centre activities
  • Article 185 and 187 partnerships
  • The European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • The European Research Infrastructures Consortium 12 January 2020
  • The European Research Area Committee.
  • Euratom Research and Training Programme
  • European Joint Undertaking for ITER (‘F4E’) and the Development of Fusion Energy
  • Copernicus

The UK will not participate in the new European Innovation Council fund, which provides equity based investment to SMEs, however UK entities will still be eligible to apply for the grant elements of the European Innovation Council. UK researchers will still be able to lead projects and participate in collaborative projects as they have done in previous European Framework programmes.

Our Brexit Preparedness pages contain up to date information about EU Funding, Mobility and Immigration and Chemicals Regulation



Chemicals strategy and future chemicals policy
In 2021 the government is looking to develop a new UK-wide chemicals strategy. During 2020, the RSC championed the way in our foundational work ‘A chemicals strategy for a sustainable chemicals revolution’. We are calling for UK investment in a green and sustainable innovation strategy and our interim chief executive Helen Pain shares the importance of scientists in this vision in her Opinion piece. There are many opportunities to get involved as the UK develops a new chemicals strategy from new jobs in the civil service to a new public consultation expected in the Spring of 2021. This year also sees evolution of the EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and with the new trade and cooperation agreement in place, those developing a UK strategy will need to be cognisant of what is also happening in the EU on this topic.

The RSC has been working with the United Nations Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Beyond 2020 program. Following engagement with senior scientists internationally, we call for a new intergovernmental panel for chemicals and waste to be established that is on a par with the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC). The role chemical pollution plays in global health inequality, climate change and biodiversity loss needs to be higher up on national and global policy agendas, with greater involvement of scientists bringing their insights and experience to the table.

Download and read our full chemicals strategy policy position


 
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Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 1, 2021 3:00 PM GMT
This month in the Spotlight, the Division Review Advisory Group are sharing an update on the ongoing review of the RSC Divisions. Contact secretariat@rsc.org with any comments or questions.


During 2020 we initiated a review of the structure, role and purpose of Divisions.

The review was proposed by the Member Communities Board (MCB) in response to the most recent Governance Review. MCB set up an Advisory Group consisting of Division Council members past and present to carry out the review with a view to ensuring that the full potential of the Divisions can be achieved with clarity over their function and purpose.

Part of the review has been to seek input directly from members through a survey. The survey was conducted in early July and 356 members responded to the survey (56% of whom were MRSC and 32% were FRSC). 78% of the respondents were from the UK.

Key findings include:

Motivation for joining Divisions
To keep up to date with developments in the sector (45%)
To feel part of a community of chemists (40%)

Most valuable aspect of being in the Divisions
To have visibility of RSC activities (37%)
The Division makes a positive impact in the community (23%)

Interactions with Divisions
Attendance at events, meetings and conferences (20%)
Involvement with committees and councils (20%)
Via Division communications (20%)
No interaction (18%)

Purpose of the Division
To bring together members with similar interest to form a network and represent the community (27%)
To promote and raise the profile of the chemical sciences (22%)


These data together with a series of interviews, external benchmarking and activity audits, has confirmed to the Advisory Group within its early discussions that:
  • Clarity is required around the role of the Divisions and their relationships with other RSC groups
  • More effective mechanisms are required for communication
  • The language and nomenclature associated with Divisions should be reviewed

The Advisory Group is now developing its proposals and will present a set of recommendations to MCB in March 2021. MCB will then submit its plans to the Board of Trustees in April.

Please keep an eye out for future communications around the outcome of the Division Review.

Please contact secretariat@rsc.org if you have any queries about the survey, and thank you in advance for your support.

 
In case you missed them, please see these previous updates about the Divisions Review in the Networks Newsletter:
  1. Launch of a review of the RSC Divisions (June 2020)
  2. Help shape the next phase of our Division Review (July 2020)

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

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the first Networks Newsletter of 2021!

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

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • A message from the Networks team
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
12 January
14 January
18 January
26 January
28 January
29 January
31 January
31 January
31 January
01 February
01 February
10 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 January

Close of nominations for Volunteer Recognition Prizes
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 February
Deadline for returning the 2020 Annual Report

Deadline for Local Section inserts into March Chemistry World
Deadline for 2021 JAAS Emerging Investigators Lectureship nominations
Deadline for January Research Development Grant applications
Deadline for 2021 ChemComm Emerging Investigators nominations

Deadline for 2021 ChemSocRev Pioneering Investigators nominations
Deadline for submitting the 2020 Financial Reports
 
Upcoming Events
 
07 January
20 January
21 January
27 January
04 February
18 February
Member e-alerts
Skills, the economy and Chartered Chemist, 10am UK time
Member e-alerts
Starting out right: financial advice with Better with Money, 5pm UK time
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
 
A message from the Networks team

At a recent member network committee meeting the Chair asked how everyone was feeling "on a scale from 1 being tired to 10 being almost comatose", and we couldn't help but feel that that summed up 2020 perfectly.

2020 put incredible strain on all of us, both personally and professionally. As we look forward to 2021 we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last ten months, and to let you know that if you need us, we're here to help.


2020 Annual and Financial Reports
While we appreciate that many of you cancelled or postponed events in 2020 and thus have little or no activity to report, we still need every committee to submit their financial and annual reports.

For the Annual Reports, we ask for up to date committee information in the Committee section of the form. Even if you have nothing to report, please provide this information so that we can ensure our records are accurate. In fact, where relevant, we would like you to include information about events that have been affected by the pandemic so that we can fully understand the impact of Covid-19 on member network activities.

The 2020 form has been designed to be easy to complete, while also streamlining the collection and collation of the information you provide. You can watch our Introduction to the 2020 Annual Report form video to see how to complete the form, and please send any feedback about the form to us so that we can implement it in the 2021 process.

For the Financial Reports, please note that your 2021 grant will not be released until we receive your 2020 paperwork - this still applies even if your committee did not spend any money in 2020. Please ensure that the signed reports are returned to networksfinance@rsc.org by 10 February 2021.

 
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.


Did you miss our online event discussion sessions?
We hosted four online discussion sessions in December with the opportunity for committee members to share their experiences and learn from each other. We were delighted with the level of engagement and enthusiasm for the sessions and hope to share the outputs in the coming weeks.

In case you missed them, you can watch the recordings from the four sessions here:


Diversity data report 2020
Collecting and understanding data is key to improving diversity in the chemical sciences – as is transparency.

This is why our Diversity data report 2020 examines diversity across the breadth of our organisational activity – including membership, governance bodies and committees, prizes, grants, education, publishing and more.


Download the report



New year, new Brand Centre allocation
Every member network has a dedicated annual budget on the RSC Brand Centre to use on promotional items - this budget reset on 1 January.

Key things to remember:
  • Local Sections and Interest Groups receive £400 annually, AD Regions receive £300 (funded by the ACTF)
  • Postage is included in the allocation - please note that as there is no payment step postage will be added after you order has been placed
  • For international Local Sections, we will pay the postage for your first order on top of the £400 allocation
  • If you've not logged in in a while your account might have been paused - contact the Networks team to have it reset
  • Any 2021 overspend will be taken out of the 2022 member nework grants
  • FAQ and other resources are available on the Useful Forms and Documents page

Log in to the Brand Centre here



Prizes – two weeks left to nominate
Do you know an individual or team that deserves recognition?

For 2021, we’re excited to introduce the first of a series of changes to our prizes in response to our independent review last year. These changes bring to the fore the importance of teams and collaborations, as well as the diversity of people and contributions that are important for 21st century science.


As well as the research and innovation prizes, our Volunteer Recognition Prizes celebrate those who go above and beyond to form communities and support and inspire others. This is your chance to recognise an individual or committee who has initiated a novel way to engage with or support your community. And please remember: if you don't make diverse nominations then we won't have diverse winners!

Explore the 2021 prizes and nominate before 5pm (GMT) 18 January 2021



Inclusion and Diversity Fund supports 15 projects through its special call supporting the Black chemistry community
This year, we created a special call through our Inclusion & Diversity Fund for projects that specifically focus on breaking down barriers faced by Black chemists. We received 65 applications, of which 15 projects were funded around the world including 11 in the UK.

A video of the some flash presentation highlights of these projects and other race-focused projects was shown as part of the Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020: Further diversifying chemistry—a focus on race inequality, which was held on December 8.

Outside this year’s special call for projects, the ID Fund continues to support projects including those focused on improving the ethnic diversity of the chemical sciences. Learn more at rsc.li/id-fund.

Watch the highlights of race-focused projects supported by the ID Fund



Tailored events for international audiences
Each year RSC staff plan events outside the UK to support and engage with our international members. In 2020 many of these events were moved online, and several new online events were created.

As a result, our Publishing, Careers, Education and international teams can now offer you bespoke events for your members - perhaps you would like one of our editors to discuss Open Access publishing? Or a member of our Careers team to plan a ChemCareers workshop?

Take a look at the international events on the Events Database for ideas and contact us if you would like to know more.

Ask the Networks team about an event for your members



Registration for #RSCPoster opens 1 January - spread the word!
Registration for #RSCPoster, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s flagship virtual conference, opens in January and we’d be very grateful if you could spread the news to your members.

The event is free to register for and spans all research areas within the chemical sciences, enabling chemists of all disciplines, locations and career stages to come together, engage in scientific discussion and network with their peers. Participants will also be able to submit their #RSCPosterPitch - a short video to present alongside their poster and provide a more immersive virtual experience.

In 2020, the event saw around 5000 individuals tweeting from around 60 countries, and with your support, we hope 2021 will be even bigger and better. Contact the team at rscposter@rsc.org to learn how your committee can get involved!

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Measuring Cancer Earlier - Expressions of interest welcome

Connecting Analytical Scientists and Cancer Researchers
Friday 05 February, 10.00 – 13.00

The Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Division and Cancer Research UK are hosting an online workshop and networking event to bring together analytical scientists and cancer researchers to facilitate new collaborations for early cancer detection research.

Our keynote speakers, Sam Janes (University College London) and Molly Stevens (Imperial College London), will give their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities for developing new tools for the early detection of cancer. CRUK early detection sandpit award recipients, David Carter (Oxford Brookes University) and Bhavik Patel (University of Brighton), will share their experiences of the collaboration.

The remainder of the programme will focus on workshops and structured networking to enable the communities to connect with each other.


Learn more and express your interest on the event page by 13 January



Registration is open for the 2021 Schools’ Analyst Competition
The annual competition for Year 12 (or equivalent) students will be run differently in 2021 - we are providing kits for schools to host their own event for up to ten teams of three. Bursaries are also available for additional items.

Each school will be provided with certificates and prizes for the winning team. Winning entries will also be entered into a regional competition, where the best overall entry will also win a prize for their school.


Schools can register their interest before 26 February


 
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Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 4, 2021 2:00 PM GMT
In Hassun’s fifth and final blog article about public engagement, he explains why no project is complete without an honest and detailed evaluation to measure success. Share your thoughts with Hassun via email at zafarh@rsc.org or on Twitter @HassunElZafar.


Evaluation. That pesky word that rocks up when you think it’s all done and dusted. When you’ve seen done all the planning and delivery. When you’ve pitched the idea, achieved something phenomenal… When you just want to have a break. It pops up: Evaluation.

Let’s start with a simple question: Why do we evaluate?

Here’re the answers I came up with in 30 seconds:
  • Improve and inform our current and future practice
  • Demonstrate the impact of your activity
  • Show value for money
  • Secure funding
  • Meet the terms of funding providers
  • Have recorded evidence of your activity
  • Clearly understanding what success looks like

It’s important that evaluation is planned as an integral part of any public engagement activity, not as an add-on. This could be done by placing it into the core part of your delivery plan. This is an example of how this may look:

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I often find that our focus on successfully achieving our project outputs (delivery) overshadows our vision for the successful evaluation of our objectives. As mentioned in my previous blog articles, clear objectives (make them SMART!) really do help with not falling into this trap.

Let’s give a working example of how incorporating evaluation into every step of a project plan can improve a project.

 

Play

Scenario (as ever, this is not real, but applicable): We have a diverse group of chemistry researchers working on innovative and boundary pushing research on plastics in one of the UK’s top higher education institutions. The researchers are super keen to do more outreach, they don’t see it as an add-on – but a necessity.

Idea: The researchers have come up with an idea, to produce a video that is as concise as possible in explaining contemporary scientific research into plastics and celebrate the diversity of the team. They want to place the video onto the university webpage, use it at open days, school outreach programmes and summer society exhibitions.

 

Pause

Here’s where evaluation comes really handy. Let’s ask one of the above questions, and answer it using SMART methods:

Q) What does success look like?
  1. 2,000 primary aged students in the local area are engaged with reduce, reuse and recycle programmes ran by schools by the end of the academic year.
Now, let’s add… how we can measure that this has been achieved?
  1. Creating a survey that will be filled out by teachers capturing activity response, interviews with school head teacher on school actions and case study stories from students (via teacher-led focus groups).
 

Stop

Go back and look at the idea I presented to you, it’s not a bad idea – but now I’ve told you what I think success looks like, what I want to actually achieve, and how I plan to evaluate it… Is the idea the best way to achieve what I want to achieve?

Quick answer: No.

 

Rewind

I head back to working board; I need to come up with another idea… but this time, I’m going to inform myself using other people’s evaluations and by talking to my specific target audience (AKA primary schools) to see what works and what does not.

So after reading about excellent projects on websites like the NCCPE and having dialogues with experts and partners, I come up with another idea: To create resources for a project where primary schools are encouraged to collect every piece of plastic they use, while also using a specially designed and co-created tool kit to help them become plastic free.

At the end of the spring term, the schools are tasked with creating artwork with the plastics they have collected, alongside a scheme of work which has been co-created with teacher from those schools (by the way, this is not a full idea! It has flaws, I need to work on it, but hopefully you’ll see the point of it being a better idea, because of the evaluation thought process).

The art project attracts local media attention, which this boosts awareness of the programme – you should capture this, funders love local media attention.

The teachers fill out specifically designed questionnaires with questions on the co-creation process, timelines, resources and what worked well and what didn’t – you should also capture this, other teachers love to hear from other teachers.

The head teacher gives you an interview on how your resource has been applied in their school, the challenges they’ve faced, what they would do differently, and the value the programme has given students – capture this, it’s going to improve your project massively and, as for teachers, head teachers love to hear the thoughts of other head teachers.

With permission from the teachers, you capture group thoughts from the students – you can’t give them a survey, they’ll see it as work (the teachers told you that) so you’ve arranged for them to give their thoughts through a game of “pass the bean bag” – if you have the bean bag you tell us what you think of the plastics now you’ve done the project. They love it because it’s a great game, you asked the teacher to do this before the project too, so you can compare the answers.

 

Stop

I can go on, but I won’t. It goes without saying that the second idea is much more resource intensive – it’s going to take much more time and effort than simply making a video. But its impact… well, I think it’d much more significant.

If I did something like this, I’d target one school in a really underserved community, and do it well, and by doing it “well”, I mean having a solid evaluation of the project. If one school is too much, then try one class – less can mean more impact, more lessons for me and more legacy to my project.

It all goes back to one question: What does success look like?

Answer that question in the most detailed, and honest, way you can. Because that is going the measure to which you evaluate any project.

So the next time that pesky evaluation question comes up, think beyond the words “quantitative” and “qualitative”, dig deeper than just using questionnaires and survey forms: define success, set yourself an ambition, and keep evaluation in mind from the very start.



This is our fifth blog article from Hassun, you can read the others in the series here:
  1. Know Your Audience 
  2. Co-Create, Co-Create, Co-Create
  3. What now?
  4. Outputs ≠ Outcomes
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Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 1, 2020 11:00 AM GMT
Dear ​colleague,

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

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Public engagement – Evaluate
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
06 December
08 December
10 December
18 December
18 December
31 December
Registration deadline for RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 December to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 December
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 January
Deadline for December Research Development Grant applications
 
Upcoming Events
 
01 December
03 December
04 December
08 December
08 December
09 December
15 December
15-16 December
17 December
07 January
20 January
21 January
Sharing scientific advances, 12:30 GMT
Member e-alerts
Using social media effectively, 12:30 GMT
Organising online social events, 12:00 GMT
RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020, 14:00 GMT
Interest Group Forum, 13:00 GMT
Virtual networking, 12:00 GMT
Royal Society of Chemistry Tokyo International Conference 2020
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
CChem relaunch: Skills and the economy, 10:00 GMT
Member e-alerts
 
Spotlight: Public engagement – Evaluate

In Hassun’s fifth and final blog article about public engagement, he explains why no project is complete without an honest and detailed evaluation to measure success.

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

Learn the value of evaluation


 
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.


End of year e-alert deadlines

Do you want to send a wellbeing message to your members to celebrate the holiday season or welcome in the New Year? All e-alert deadlines are provided above - please note that with office closures all e-alert requests for Thursday 7 January must be received by Friday 18 December.

Download our guide for creating more effective e-alerts



Virtual discussion sessions for member networks

Following the cancellation of the 2020 Member Networks Conference we are running four online sessions to bring together RSC network committee members to share ideas and knowledge. This is an opportunity to hear from some networks who have been active during the pandemic and to share your own experiences.

Sharing scientific advances - Today, 12.30 – 13.30
The Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics Group and Downland Local Section will lead this session about sharing scientific advances online and will share their tips and tricks to set up and coordinate a virtual seminar series using GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting.


Register here

Using social media effectively – Friday 4 December 2020, 12.30 – 13.30
In this session we will hear from the Formulation Science & Technology and Porous Materials Groups who will share tips and tricks to start conversations on social media, engage your community through different platforms, and advice about hosting a Twitter conference.

Register here

Organising online social events – Tuesday 8 December 2020, 12.00 – 13.00
At the session we will hear from the East Anglia Local Section about their chocolate tasting event and the Lancaster and District Local Section will chat about their wine tasting event. Attendees will be encouraged to share ideas and knowledge with other members about online social events.

Register here

Virtual networking – Tuesday 15 December 2020, 12.00 -13.00
Join Dermot Hanna (Consultancy Group) and Magda Van Leeuwen (Royal Society of Chemistry) in discussing and sharing ideas on virtual networking. Dermot and Magda will discuss how we often associate networking with physical events but it can be key part of online events. They will look at some of the tools available to facilitate networking and share their experiences of running virtual networking events.


Register here

If you are unable to attend, please still register and submit your questions. We can send you a link to the recording afterwards.




Committee membership – Under 18s
We wanted to make you aware that we now have some members of the RSC who are under the age of 18 years old. While we hope to engage these members in attending suitable events and activities as part of their membership, we are not able to allow them to sit on our committees or to volunteer in any way. This is because this type of engagement with a minor takes us outside our normal core activities as a professional body, and our existing safeguarding processes and insurance would not cover this exceptional circumstance. These members should be notified of this upon admission to membership but we have recently amended our processes to ensure that they are not included in calls for nominations for committee positions.

If you have any questions about our safeguarding policy please do get in touch and one of our colleagues will be happy to respond.




Register by Dec 6 for the RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum
Further diversifying chemistry – a focus on race inequality
8 December 2020, 14:00 GMT


Join us on 8 December for our virtual Inclusion and Diversity Forum, which this year will focus on race inequality in the chemical sciences and the role that each of us has to play to ensure a working culture that is more inclusive and fair to everyone.

Keynote lecturers will be Professor Christopher Jackson, Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Dr Yalinu Poya and Professor Robert Mokaya. We will also hear from current Inclusion and Diversity Fund grant holders to learn from their community-driven projects.

We want to hear from you! Our breakout discussions will explore retaining talent, evidence-based approaches, a welcoming community, champions and allies and taking a look back at 2020.


Register and see the full programme



Our 2021 prizes are now open for nominations
Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their work in the chemical sciences? What’s an amazing piece of science that you want to celebrate? Our prizes celebrate people who are making a positive impact and achieving great things.

Categories open for nomination are:
  • Research & Innovation Prizes: Celebrating exceptional people advancing the chemical sciences across industry and academia
  • Our new Horizon Prizes: Celebrating discoveries and innovations that push the boundaries of science
  • Inclusion & Diversity Prize: Celebrating people improving access and progression for all in the chemical sciences
  • Volunteer Recognition Prizes: Celebrating people who go above and beyond to form communities and support and inspire others.

This is your chance to tell the world about the amazing work that you, or someone you know, is doing to advance the chemical sciences. Who will you nominate?

Explore prizes and nominate



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

The team are available to present or take part in panel discussions on a wide range of career-related topics such as job searching in your sector, identifying your transferable skills and CPD, developing leadership skills or can talk generally about the careers support available to Royal Society of Chemistry members. We can work with you to shape our support to your needs.


Drop us an email to find out more about how we can support you.

Find out more about what we do



Bullying - Support for You and How to Support Your Colleagues
This upcoming live webinar is to learn how to support a colleague if you witness bullying in the workplace, and support for you if you experience bullying. Prof Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry and Dr Laura Norton, Senior Programme Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, Royal Society of Chemistry will share resources, advice and support available from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Can't make it? The recording will be available via our YouTube channel after the live broadcast.


Register now for 2 December 12:30 GMT



Latest issue of Analytical Matters now available online
Find out about the latest Analytical Division activities including:
  • Ways to recognise excellence in analytical science through our Research & Innovation Prizes and new Horizon Prizes
  • Networking opportunities at our upcoming online events: Analytical Division Online Symposium and Measuring Cancer Earlier
  • Funding opportunities including new Researcher Development Grants
  • CPD Resources including the latest AMC Technical Briefs

If you have any items you wish to be included in the next newsletter please email analyticalmatters@rsc.org by 31 January 2021.

Read the newsletter



Sponsor the 2021 #RSCPoster Twitter Conference
#RSCPoster is the RSC’s flagship virtual event, pioneering the virtual conference field and bringing together the global chemistry community to network and share their research and engage in scientific debate.

In 2020 we attracted around 800 posters from 59 countries and reached a potential audience of over 32 million. The conference spans the chemical sciences, with participation from disciplines across the field of chemistry and at every career stage.

We’re currently looking for sponsors for the 2021 event – if any Interest Groups are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please email rscposter@rsc.org for more information.

Find out more about #RSCPoster at rsc.li/rsc-poster-2020


 
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.


School science technician workforce report
School science technicians are often overlooked as a profession. That’s why we – in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and with input from the Association for Science Education (ASE) – commissioned a piece of research analysing how the school science technician workforce in England has changed since 2011/12.

The report found that technician numbers are falling and pay and conditions are often unsatisfactory, and that schools with a less affluent pupil intake tend to have less technician support than those with a more affluent intake.


Read the report and our recommendations

 
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Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 1, 2020 11:00 AM GMT
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the November 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
  • Have you received the 2020 Annual Report form?
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
03 November
03 November

03 November
10 November
12 November
24 November
26 November
30 November
30 November
30 November
30 November
30 November
Registration deadline for Air quality in megacities Faraday Discussion
Deadline for 2020 Research Fund applications

Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 November to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 November

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 December to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 December

Deadline for Local Section inserts into January Chemistry World
Deadline for 2021 Biomaterials Science Lectureship nominations
Deadline for 2021 Soft Matter Lectureship nominations

Deadline for 2020 EES Lectureship nominations
Deadline for November Research Development Grant applications
 
Upcoming Events
 
05 November
13 November
17 November
19 November
25 November

03 December
08 December
17 December
Member e-alerts
LGBT+ inclusivity – Building a better chemistry culture, 15:30-16:30 GMT
Faraday Discussion: Air quality in megacities
Member e-alerts
Volunteering in Schools–best practice for RSC Members, 18:.30 GMT

Member e-alerts
RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020, 14:00 GMT
Member e-alerts
 
Have you received the 2020 Annual Report form?

As hard as it to believe, 2020 is almost over, meaning it is time to consider the 2020 Annual Report!

The Annual Report is a report on the activities of your committee during the past year. In line with the rules for member networks, all member networks must submit an Annual Report to the Networks team each year. The information from the reports is used by the Networks team to identify common challenges and opportunities for us to work on to support our networks. It is also used to report to the Member Communities Board (MCB) and as part of our formal charity reporting to demonstrate impact.

While we appreciate that many of you have had to cancel or postpone physical events in 2020, we still need every committee to submit a report. In fact, we would like you to include information about events that have been affected by the pandemic so that we can fully understand the impact of Covid-19 on member network activities.

We have sent the new 2020 Annual Report form to all member network Secretaries - if your network has not received the form please let us know!

The 2020 form is a protected Excel spreadsheet - please watch our short introduction video to see how to complete it, and if you have any questions please get in touch. All of your feedback and suggestions will go into updating the 2021 report form, which we will share with you in January.

 
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 Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020
Further diversifying chemistry – a focus on race inequality
Friday 13 November 2020, 15:30-16:30 GMT

The Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2020 will take place virtually on 8 December, with a focus on race inequality in the chemical sciences and the role that each of us has to play to ensure a working culture that is more inclusive and fair to everyone.

We will look at evidence of race inequality within the chemistry community, discuss the experiences behind the data, question the inclusivity of current systems and begin to investigate how to break down barriers. Our keynote lecturers will be Professor Christopher Jackson, Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Dr Yalinu Poya and Professor Robert Mokaya.

During this event, we will also present the new RSC Inclusion and Diversity Strategy to 2025 – Enabling Inclusive Access and Progression in the Chemical Sciences.

There will be the opportunity to hear from current Inclusion and Diversity Fund grant holders and learn from their community-driven projects that aim to address issues experienced by underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences.


Find out more and register


Skills, the economy and Chartered Chemists
Over the last 18 months, we have been engaged in a review of our Chartered Chemist (CChem) award. During the review, we focused on maintaining relevance of the CChem award now and for the future across all chemical science sectors in industry and academia, improving access for those in SMEs, education and members not based in the UK whilst upholding standards for all.

Please join us on Wednesday the 20th January for our key event celebrating the launch of our revised CChem award.

Discussions will be centred on the role that skills and skills development have across the chemical science sector, and the role that Chartered Chemist plays in supporting this. There will be opportunities for you to contribute to the discussions where we will encourage you to share your perspectives about skills in the chemical sciences.

We hope you can attend and help us make this the CChem event of the new year.

Learn more about the programme and register here


RSC Hardship Grants for non-RSC members
The RSC is currently offering one-off support grants to chemistry students and chemists who are not members of the RSC and whose financial situation has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

We are offering one-off grants of up to £500 to chemists or up to £250 to those in full-time chemistry education or working as an apprentice.

To date we have been able to award in excess of 240 grants to those who were in urgent financial need.

We would be very grateful if you could help us make contact with chemistry students, postdocs and chemists, to encourage them to apply for these grants if they are in genuine financial difficulty as a result of COVID-19.

For any further information regarding this grant, please contact hardshipgrants@rsc.org

Royal Society of Chemistry members can contact the Chemists’ Community Fund directly by emailing us at ccf@rsc.org as we may be able to offer members an enhanced support package.



RSC Science Divisions Online Symposia

Join us for our free fortnightly online Symposia. You’ll hear about the latest research from our RSC Award Winners, alongside short talks from early career researchers and an opportunity to network online with colleagues.

Find out more and register here


LGBT+ inclusivity – Building a better chemistry culture

The sixth webinar in the Building a better chemistry culture series focuses on how the chemical sciences can best support and retain LGBT+ individuals. In advanced celebration of #LGBTSTEMDay, we will hear from LGBT+ scientists, who are also leaders in inclusion and diversity, to learn about the impact that being supported to bring one’s full self to work can have on scientific output and mental health.

BSL interpretation is provided by Rachael Dance, Cambridgeshire Deaf Association.

Learn more and register


Call for Content for Next Issue of Analytical Matters

Please let us know if you have any items that you would like included in the autumn issue of the Analytical Division newsletter, Analytical Matters.

Submit your content here


How to Volunteer in Schools: Best Practice for RSC Members

We’re continuing to host training sessions to support Royal Society of Chemistry members in the UK and Ireland who want to engage effectively with schools. The one-hour session will be delivered online and will include hints and tips on what to expect in the classroom, ideas of how to promote careers in chemistry to young people and next steps to put everything into practice.

Following feedback from previous successful events, these are repeats of these sessions. You only need to attend one event to obtain all the information.

Learn more and save the date here


CCF Support Members with Care Home Top Up Fees

The Chemists' Community Fund can consider help with care home top up fees for RSC members, their partner or dependants who are required to contribute to the amount the local council pays to better meet their personal care needs.
Please watch the video to find out how we can help and please do share within your local network, with any RSC member who may find this information useful.

Watch the video to find out how we can help


 
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.


Your views: Real Time REF Review

A new study led by RAND Europe and involving researchers from Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield will conduct a real time review of REF 2021, evaluating researchers’ perceptions of the assessment process while they are preparing and submitting their work.

This study provides the opportunity for researchers in UK universities to give their views on the REF process and help shape and improve it in the future. This work will be used by policy makers to inform proposals for research assessment after the completion of REF2021. We encourage all members who are undertaking research in a UK institution that takes part in the REF to take this opportunity to influence national policy development and ensure that the experiences of the chemical sciences are captured. The timetable for this work is in-line with REF 2021 reflecting the pause to the exercise as a result of COVID-19. The study is currently due to close in mid-November and can be completed here

Find out more about the study on the UKRI website, or click the link below to have your say.


Take your opportunity to influence national policy development

 
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Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
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