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Do you teach chemistry to A Level, Higher or Leaving Certificate students in the UK or Ireland?  If you do, we need your help with a short survey about your students' degree choices. We're seeing a downward trend in applications to study chemistry at university that isn't fully explained by any change in entries to pre-degree qualifications. We'd like ... more...
Posted by Daniele Gibney on Elementary Articles Jul 13, 2017 9:26 AM BST
Dear all, Welcome to the July edition of the networks newsletter.  If you haven’t yet registered for the New Officer’s Briefing Day, now is the time to get in touch. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow officers and the networks team. Upcoming Administration Deadlines 6 July               Deadline for registration for the New ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter Jul 10, 2017 12:35 PM BST
Dear all, Thank you to all of those who attended this year’s Regional Meetings; it was lovely to get to see so many of you. We hope you enjoyed the meetings and found them useful. We will shortly be sending out a survey and it would be greatly appreciated if you could spare a few minutes to feedback to us.   Upcoming Administration Deadlines 8 ... more...
Posted by Stephanie Comte on RSC Networks Newsletter Jul 10, 2017 12:31 PM BST
If you’re a primary teacher, take a look at our primary curriculum linking documents on Learn Chemistry . We’ve recently added a version for Wales, so teachers can now quickly find relevant resources for teaching the fundamental topics of chemistry in key stage 2 of the Welsh national curriculum . This complements our existing documents for England ... more...
Posted by Stephen Hessey on Elementary Articles Jul 6, 2017 12:43 PM BST
In a recent Chemistry World there was an item on chemistry in India, and one of the things that struck me was that Indian chemists seemed to be criticized because they published a very low proportion of the papers in journals such as JACS and Angewandte Chemie . The implication was, only the "best" stuff gets published there, hence the Indian chemists were ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations Jul 3, 2017 3:23 AM BST
We would like to invite you to participate in a unique and important piece of research into practical work in science in England and Scotland. This exciting three-year national study, part of an on-going programme of work by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Wellcome Trust and the Nuffield Foundation, is now in its final year. Preliminary ... more...
Posted by Stephen Hessey on Elementary Articles Jun 2, 2017 10:28 AM BST
Some time ago now I published an ebook "Planetary Formation and Biogenesis", which started with a review including over 600 references, following which I tried analyzing their conclusions and tried to put them together to make a coherent whole. This ended up with a series of conclusions and predictions on what we might find elsewhere. It was in light of ... more...
Posted by Ian Miller on Alternative interpretations May 28, 2017 11:45 PM BST
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