A chance to find out about the activities hosted by the different RSC Networks. From the 35 Local Sections and 75 Interest Groups to RSC Reps and International Sections, this blog should give you a taster of the 500 events organised each year by the various RSC Networks for both RSC members and the public. If you've recently held an RSC event and would like to contribute to the blog, email: networks@rsc.org.

Local Section schools and public events 2011 - Scotland

Welcome to the third instalment of the 9 week series highlighting the schools and public events that were organised by our Local Section committees during the International Year of Chemistry!  This week we take a look at some of the work the Scottish Local Sections have been doing during 2011.
As every year 2011 saw a wealth of RSC activity across Scotland, including loads of events for schools and the public.
The Glasgow and West of Scotland Local Section provided sponsorship for a Chemistry at Work event hosted at the
University of the West of Scotland, Paisley. Attracting over 200 school students from across the region, the event included speakers from Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, BASF Pigments and the Northern Institute for Cancer Research. As well as hearing about the varied and fascinating career paths that chemistry can lead to, the students also had the opportunity to take part in a crime scene investigation competition.

 In Mid-Scotland, Professor Alan Dronsfield delivered a public lecture The First World War – Its chemical origins at two different locations - Forth Valley Regional College, Falkirk and the Ineos Exhibition Centre in Grangemouth. The talk explored the links between the chemical industry and the development and use of chemical agents during the Great War to an audience of over 50 people.
In Tayside the Local Section committee organised a hugely popular Chemistry at Work event at the University of St. Andrews, attended by around 400 school students. Companies involved included Axis Shield, MacFarlane Smith, Lifescan, Diageo, Macfie, Metagent, Glasgow Scientific Services and Integrated Magnetic Services.

And in Aberdeen and North Scotland, a Glasgow and West Scotland member (Sandy Smith), ably supported by his wife Lorna, delivered Make it Molecular at the family day at Moray Science Festival. Molymod resources and instruction sheets for this were provided and for many this was the first opportunity to use the kit, which proved very popular with the attendees at the Festival (see more photographs on Flikr® here and here). During September the same team in collaboration with Dr Graeme Jones (University of Keele) went to Orkney to support the Orkney International Science Festival.  In addition to providing a drop-in workshop at the Family Day the Science@Cwaben team (Sandy & Lorna) also delivered 10 workshops in three Orkney Schools as well as organising a “Molecule Hunt” which involved 16 traders in Kirkwall displaying a model of a molecule related to their line of business.

Posted by Sarah Hobbs on May 10, 2012 12:12 PM Europe/London

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