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We recently told ChemNet  members about changes to the service for chemistry students aged 14-18, and we want to share them more widely. Many adult RSC members and chemistry teachers have promoted our support for chemistry students and encouraged them to register with ChemNet. For that support and advocacy over the years we've been enormously ... more...
Posted by Duncan McMillan on Elementary Articles May 18, 2017 1:27 PM BST
Dear all, Over the next 3 weeks we will be out of the office meeting as many members as possible at our regional meetings – do come and say hello!   Upcoming Administration Deadlines 13 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 th April 21 April             Deadline for Awards for Service and Inspirational Member & Inspirational ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter May 2, 2017 12:00 PM BST
One issue that has puzzled me is what role, if any, does theory play in modern chemistry, other than having a number of people writing papers. Of course some people are carrying out computations, but does any of their work influence other chemists in any way? Are they busy talking to themselves? The reason why this has struck me is that the latest ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Apr 24, 2017 12:54 AM BST
Dear all, We’re getting ready for the regional meetings and regional steering group meetings – hopefully with the move to May we’ll have better weather for everyone travelling this year. We’re looking forward to catching up with everyone and meeting our newest members in each region.     Upcoming Administration Deadlines 13 April             ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter Apr 3, 2017 10:06 AM BST
Dear All, Here in Cambridge the snowdrops are abundant and the crocuses are beginning to appear. Spring is here and we are looking forward to our regional meetings in May. Upcoming Administration Deadlines   9 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 th March 27 March          Deadline for Interest Group Top-up funding 27 March           ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter Mar 3, 2017 9:50 AM GMT
It has been more than a year since my last blog post, and as it’s two years since I started working at the RSC, I’m back to write about the most exciting project I’ve been involved in so far: a Faraday Discussion meeting in China. Faraday Discussions  have a unique format. Around 25 researchers are invited to contribute a paper on a topic (in our case ... more...
Posted by Sarah Farley on Publishing Editor Blog Feb 14, 2017 6:41 PM GMT
Dear all, We are happy to inform you that both Fiona and Nic are back from maternity leave and are getting back into the swing of things. Due to the changes in the team in the last year we can now clarify that while all team members are happy to help with all enquiries the main points of contact for each network are as follows: Local Sections (Worldwide) and ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter Feb 7, 2017 6:00 AM GMT
An interesting thing happened for planetary science recently: two papers ( Nature, vol 541 (Dauphas, pp 521 – 524; Fischer-Gödde and Kleine, pp 525 – 527 ) showed that much of how we think planets accreted is wrong. The papers showed that the Earth/Moon system has isotope distributions across a number of elements exactly the same as that found in ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Feb 5, 2017 9:41 PM GMT
From January 2017 we’ll have a new education resource ‘theme’ to share with teachers across the UK and Ireland.  Each school term we team up with our regional Education Coordinators to share and promote a handful of resources and tools for teaching chemistry in line with a particular theme. Previous themes have included ‘ Bring your own device ’, ‘ ... more...
Posted by Duncan McMillan on Elementary Articles Dec 14, 2016 2:22 PM GMT
Want to increase your confidence in teaching chemistry? Looking for fresh ideas for difficult topics? From 5–7 January 2017 we will be at the ASE annual conference at the University of Reading. Whether you’re a specialist or non-specialist chemistry teacher, we would love to see you there. We are running bite-sized professional development ... more...
Posted by David Sait on Elementary Articles Dec 8, 2016 11:14 AM GMT
The recent edition of Chemistry World had an article in which it was reported that the American Chemical Society is planning to start up a ChemRxiv, a preprint server. In this context, I note that chemists are strangely resistant to change, and the article was hardly overly enthusiastic about the concept. You probably know that the physics community ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Nov 3, 2016 9:44 PM GMT
The RSC should be complimented for its "Future of the Chemical Sciences" initiative, but this raises the question, is anything seriously missing from the output so far. I think the answer is, unfortunately, yes. First, consider the four plausible scenarios. There is no doubt that chemistry will be needed to address many of the problems facing the ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Oct 2, 2016 10:46 PM BST
Far away, on the other side of this planet (in New Zealand, to be precise) we have watched the Brexit issue with a sort of stunned puzzlement. Why on Earth did this happen? And more to the point, now it has happened, why is it unclear what to do next? Even when trying an experiment, my view is you think out what you expect to happen, what you have to do to make it ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Jul 11, 2016 4:13 AM BST
Global Experimenters, we need you!                                                       Have you taken part in Mission: Starlight or plan to? Would your students like to talk to leading space experts about their global experiment? (Perhaps to Tim Peake himself, finger crossed) The UK Space Agency wants to celebrate the imaginative work ... more...
Posted by Lee Page on Elementary Articles Jun 30, 2016 9:37 AM BST
My ambition upon completing my Chemistry degree was to move into a job where I could use my new knowledge and skills. However, over my four years at the University of Birmingham I had become sure that continuing in a lab wasn’t the way for me. My role at the RSC as a Publishing Editor not only allows me to use my degree but also to continue to be involved in the ... more...
Posted by Sarah Farley on Publishing Editor Blog Jun 23, 2016 6:48 PM BST
Tim Peake wants your students’ help Has your school, community group or science club taken part yet?                       Introduced by British astronaut Tim Peake, your mission is to investigate materials that block or limit UV light using UV colour changing beads. Our global experiments are designed to challenge all ages and abilities, with ... more...
Posted by Lee Page on Elementary Articles Jun 21, 2016 9:33 AM BST
I joined the RSC as a Publishing Editor in January 2015, and the fact I am writing this blog post on what is coming up to my 18-month anniversary of starting really bears testament to the old phrase “time flies when you’re having fun”. I had come to realise that while I wanted to use my chemistry degree in my career, I felt I was better suited to a non-laboratory ... more...
Posted by Sarah Farley on Publishing Editor Blog Jun 16, 2016 7:01 PM BST
There are many projects and activities to become involved with alongside a day-to-day role at the RSC. Publishing Editor Kathryn Gempf explains her involvement as Chair of the RSC Sports and Social Club's charity Auction. What’s the Auction? A wonderful RSC Sports and Social Club tradition! Held just before Christmas, it’s an eBay style, computer ... more...
Posted by Sarah Farley on Publishing Editor Blog Jun 16, 2016 6:55 PM BST
My academic background, unlike many of my colleagues, is completely unrelated to Chemistry.  I completed my PhD studying the changes in neuronal function during Multiple Sclerosis. On my first day on the job, I was handed a typical submission to our journal and stared blankly at it.  What did I get myself into?  With the help of my team, however, I was ... more...
Posted by Sarah Farley on Publishing Editor Blog Jun 16, 2016 6:33 PM BST
Dr Michael Shaver,  Chancellor's Fellow and Head of the Graduate School for the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh, was one of the recipients of the 2016 RSC-SAFEA visiting researchers travel grants. Dr Shaver travelled from Edinburgh to Hangzhou to visit Professor Qi Wang at Zhejiang University. " I was impressed by the grand size and excellent science at Zhejiang University, the majesty of Hangzhou and West Lake but most of all by the graciousness of my hosts.... We’ve already started a small collaboration at the interface between our two research programs!", said Dr Shaver.  Below is a detailed account of his trip diary in China.  A screen capture of Michael Shaver and Qi Wang as part of a modern alumni engagement system   more...
Posted by Kathleen Too on SAFEA-RSC Visiting Researcher Programme China May 24, 2016 8:27 AM BST