These monthly newsletters aim to keep all member networks updated with news describing how to get involved, as well as information of relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks team. If you require further information about any of the items in the newsletter, or have any comments or ideas for content please contact the Networks team.

Committee members and representatives are encouraged to disseminate this information, as appropriate, to colleagues and other members. E-alert request forms can be downloaded from the Useful Forms and Documents page. Up to date lists of members can be obtained by emailing the Networks Team.
 

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Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the July 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: Predatory Conferences
  • Volunteer Survey- What have we learned?
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Local Section Day- 16 November 2022
  • Our Inclusion & Diversity survey
  • Recruiting new committee members
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
04 July
04 July
11 July
12 July
14 July
26 July
28 July
31 July
31 July
31 July
31 July
31 July
01 August
01 August
July deadline for Outreach Fund
First deadline for Chemistry Week Sustainability funding

Deadline for Research Fund applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 July to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 July
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 August to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 August

Deadline for July Researcher Development Grant applications
Deadline for Local Section inserts into September Chemistry World
Analyst Emerging Investigators Lectureship 2022 close of nominations
Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship 2022 close of nominations
JAAS Emerging Investigators Lectureship 2022 close of nominations
Second
deadline for Chemistry Week Sustainability funding

August Deadline for Outreach Fund
 
Upcoming Events
07 July
13 July
20 July

21 July
26 July
4 August
12 August
18 August

06 September
14 September
20 September
26 September
04 October
18 October
20 October
Member e-alerts
RSC Mentoring Training
Drop-in session on the results of the Volunteer Survey
Member e-alerts

Chemistry Careers in Sustainability
Member e-alerts

New Officers’ Drop-In session, 10am-12pm (BST)
Member e-alerts
North West Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Wales Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
North East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
South West Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
South East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Scotland Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Eastern Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
 
Spotlight: Predatory Conferences
This month in the spotlight we focus on predatory conferences, particularly tips for spotting them in funding applications.

Predatory conferences are exploitative events which are expensive and offer little or no scientific benefit to attendees. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of predatory conferences, and in 2017 it was estimated that predatory conferences had started to outnumber legitimate ones.

Recently, a number of Member Network Committees have come across potentially predatory conferences when judging applications for travel or conference bursaries, therefore we advise that you demonstrate particular caution when assessing events that people are applying to attend. The organisers of these conferences are getting better at disguising their illegitimacy. Therefore, determining whether an event is predatory can be incredibly difficult.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog, including a list of things to look out for when assessing conferences in funding applications put together by our Grants and Events Teams.

If you have any concerns about predatory conferences please email the Networks or Grants teams at networks@rsc.org or funding@rsc.org respectively.

 
Volunteer Survey- What have we learned?

Thank you to everyone who completed the recent volunteer survey, we shared an overview of the responses with both Member Communities Board and Member Networks Committee and now we would like to share them with you. Magda van Leeuwen (Volunteer & Member Engagement Manager) and Fiona McMillan (Member Networks Manager) will present an overview of the responses on Wednesday 20 July 2022. To take into account the different time zones in which our volunteers live they will deliver this presentation twice during the day, the first session will be at 08:00 BST and the second will be at 14:00 BST.

They will be held on zoom and will last an hour we will record the sessions and will share a recording of the presentation.

To join the sessions please use the links below (Both sessions will have the same content so you only need to attend one):

Volunteer Survey – Wednesday 20 July 2022 (08:00 – 09:00 BST)
Volunteer Survey – Wednesday 20 July 2022 (14:00 – 15:00 BST)

 
Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Education Outreach, Policy & Evidence and Careers teams, as well as RSC Publishing.


RSC ITT Scholarship Scheme deadline

Our final application deadline is Friday 8 July 2022
The number of scholarships is limited. We will close the application process when we have reached capacity, so we advise you to complete your scholarship application as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

Please note that if you are unsuccessful at any stage, you cannot reapply in the current application year.

Find out more about our teacher training scholarships


Chemistry Week 7 – 13 November 2022

Apply for a grant of up to £500 to run a Sustainability themed activity in Chemistry Week 2022.

Please also pass this on to your networks of people who might be interested. This year it is open to all in UK and ROI so do consider if, for example, there are any local community groups to you that might be interested in applying.

Find out more


Government researching innovative businesses
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is researching early-stage entrepreneurs’ finance journeys and would like your help.
If you have set up an innovative business in the last five years, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the Qualtrics link here and agree to potentially being contacted for a survey later this year, where your answers will influence and shape future government policy on access to finance.

See all of the RSC blue plaques or suggest your own on our website


Horizon Europe update
Although the scientific community in the UK and EU are strongly behind it, the UK’s association to Horizon Europe looks increasingly unlikely. To understand more about where we are now, what the RSC is doing, and what to expect over the coming months, read this update by Tanya Sheridan, Head of Policy and Evidence at the RSC.

Read here


Support colleagues and placement students with professional recognition

If you work with any placement students, you can encourage them to gain recognition for their year in industry by achieving Registered Scientist status. These awards demonstrate the skills and experience gained in a professional setting, so are appropriate for anyone working in any sector. In addition, by acting as a supporter for an application you’ll also be contributing to your own professional development. Email registers@rsc.org for more information.

Find out more about professional registration


Mentoring training 13 July, 10.00am – 12.00pm (UK time)

Mentors find the experience of helping another member rewarding as they help them to grow and 'address their own challenges, considering their relationships at work and thinking of the future'. If you are a Member or Fellow and are interested in becoming an RSC mentor, there is a mentoring training session scheduled 13 July. See our events page for further information.

Find out more


Are you interested in becoming a mentee?
Associate members (AMRSC), Members (MRSC) and Fellows (FRSC) have the chance to become a mentee, working alongside an experienced mentor in their field.
Benefits of being a mentee include:
• greater clarity around career goals and how to achieve them.
• gaining practical advice, encouragement and support.
• learning from the experiences of others.
• acquiring greater self-confidence and self-belief.
• pursuing personal and professional development and practical learning.
 
If you are interested in having a mentor, please email mentoring@rsc.org for further information.

Find out more


Career consultations
Our team of dedicated career and professional development advisors provide confidential professional development advice, CV reviews, redundancy support – anything related to careers. Remote career consultations with the team are available throughout the year to the following membership categories: Associate, Member and Fellow, as well as anyone with RSciTech or RSci status. Email the Careers team to find out more or visit www.rsc.org/careers

Find out more



Announcing three new RSC journals
We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of three new RSC journals: All three of these new journals are gold open access. Plus, we are paying for any article processing charges (APCs) until mid-2025, so you can initially read and publish for free.

Find out more

 
The Inclusion & Diversity survey

On Wednesday 29 June we sent you a 5-minute survey which will be anonymised and help give us a richer understanding of the diversity in our communities. Please do take the time to fill it out as it will help us make our activities, products, and services as inclusive and reflective of our community as they should be.

If you are involved in more than one activity with us, it is likely you may be asked for your diversity data more than once to protect your anonymity. We hope that you are able to contribute your data each time you are asked.


 
Local Section Day- 16 November 2022

On Wednesday 16 November 2022 (10:30 - 15:00 UK time) we would like to invite representatives of our Local Sections in the UK and Ireland to attend a Local Section Day in Burlington House, London. We will be contacting all relevant Secretaries in due course with details of how to register - up to two committee members from each Local Section may attend in person and any other committee members that wish to can join us online would be very welcome. The focus for the day will be to share experiences and to network following the restrictions of the last two years.

 
Recruiting new committee members

If you are looking to recruit new committee members can you please complete the updated call for committee form and send it to us at networks@rsc.org.  You might find this outline of the network election process useful too.

 
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

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Debbie, Luana and Barney
Posted by Barnaby Slater on Jun 30, 2022 9:50 AM BST
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the May 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
  • Updated member networks Handbook
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
03 May
09 May
09 May
10 May
12 May
24 May
26 May
31 May
06 June
May deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant

Deadline for the Interest Group and Subject Community Consultation
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 May to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 May
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 June to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 June

Deadline for May Research Development Grant applications
June deadline for Outreach Fund
 
Upcoming Events
 
05 May
11 May
19 May
13-14 June
15 June
Member e-alerts
Retirement in Sight (Ireland) Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UKROI time
Member e-alerts
Analytical Research Forum 2022
Starting Out Right - Webinar with the CCF, 17:00 UK time
 
Updated member networks Handbook

The Networks Handbook outlines the support and guidance available to the committees and volunteers of all RSC member networks. The Networks Team update the Handbook regularly with information about resources and training available and processes for member network committees to follow, and add answers to common questions about how to do specific tasks or how to spend network funds in the FAQ section.

You can find the most up to date version at rsc.li/member-networks-handbook, please contact the Networks Team with any questions or feedback.


Find answers to your questions in the Networks Handbook


 
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.

Interest Group and Subject Community Consultation
Final deadline for responses 9 May

At the end of March we emailed our Interest Group and Subject Community Consultation survey to Interest Group committee secretaries asking for every committee to complete the survey. Please could you or a member of your committee complete the survey by 9 May at the latest if you have not already. The Division Councils are meeting soon, and we would like to be able to share as many responses with them as we possibly can.

Your response will inform the Subject Community information that members of your interest group will see via the members’ area or via Subject Community communications. However, members will be able to change their subject preferences at any time and this will not impact their membership or communications from your Interest Group.

In the same survey, we also want to understand what you might want to achieve or would be of most benefit to your Interest Group Committee by engaging with the relevant Subject Community Council and how to best enable this. Building on many of the existing types of collaboration and links between our Interest Group Committees and our (what are currently named) Division Councils, we have proposed three initial categories of engagement.

We are very grateful for your input, which will help to inform the transition to Subject Communities. Please note that this transition will not alter financial arrangements for Interest Groups or the governance or strategic responsibilities of the Member Communities Board (including financial and legal aspects) for all member-led networks, including Interest Groups. This will also not change current links that Interest Groups have to the MCB, the Member Networks Committee or support and activities overseen by the RSC Networks Team such as the Interest Group Forum and the Networks Newsletter.


Share your committee's input by Monday 9 May



We are launching a dedicated Race & Ethnicity Unit

With the launch of our Missing Elements report in March, we committed to create a dedicated Race & Ethnicity Unit to lead systemic and structural change. Our Race and Ethnicity Unit represents our commitment in action to tackling racism and ethnic inequalities uncovered in the chemical sciences. The Unit will be established with an initial investment of £1.5M over the first three years to serve as a basis to evaluate outcomes and impact, and future needs in the community and for our future work.

We are now recruiting for a Race & Ethnicity Unit Lead to manage the team who will make recommendations to empower communities to drive racial and ethnic equality. Please share the job ad with your networks and keep an eye out for future vacancies.

Learn more about the Unit Lead role and apply online by 23 May



Celebrating our outstanding reviewers of 2021

In 2021, we were supported by a network of over 46,000 peer reviewers across 130 countries. These individuals helped us ensure that the research we publish is high quality and impactful. From this community, we are celebrating over 530 reviewers for their incredible contributions to the publishing process. They are being recognised in particular for the number, timeliness and quality of their reports.

Discover our full list of outstanding reviewers of 2021 on our website



Understanding implicit bias in decision making

Every day, our minds make snap decisions about others without us realising it. If left unchallenged, one person’s implicit bias can have a lasting impact on another’s career path. We’ve created this short video to guide decision-makers and committee members on actions we can all take to mitigate the effects of implicit bias.

Watch our video and learn how you can mitigate the effects of implicit bias



Mentoring Training
11 May, 11.00am–1.00pm (UK time)

Mentors find the experience of helping another member rewarding as they help them to grow and 'address their own challenges, considering their relationships at work and thinking of the future'. If you are a Member or Fellow and are interested in becoming an RSC mentor, there is a mentoring training session scheduled 11 May.

Learn more and register online



Outreach Fund grants of up to £10,000 available

Our Outreach Fund is currently open for grants of up to £10,000 to support chemistry-based outreach activities.

This year we are again running a rolling monthly application system Tuesday 3 May and Monday 6 June being the next deadlines. We are especially interested to receive applications that support sustainability as well as those that target under-represented audiences.

Please consider whether you could include details of the Outreach Fund in any communications you send to the members of your groups or if you know of any friends or colleagues that would be interested to hear about the Fund maybe from work or other community groups you are a part of do pass this on.

Head to the Outreach Fund page for further information or contact Geri Kitley via outreach@rsc.org if you have any questions or want to discuss an application or project.


Find out more on the Outreach Fund webpage


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent out as a tailored email communication to all member network volunteers. Please read the full version here and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you.

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on May 4, 2022 9:00 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
  • Updated guidance for physical events
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
04 April
08 April
08 April
12 April
25 April
27 April
30 April
03 May
09 May
April deadline for Outreach Fund
Close of Great Science Teaching Survey
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 May to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 May
Deadline for April Research Development Grant applications
May deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant
 
Upcoming Events
 
07 April
20 April
21 April
05 May

11 May
19 May
Member e-alerts
Helping with Debt Webinar from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

Retirement in Sight (Ireland) Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
 
Updated guidance for physical events

The current guidance for member network committees is to use a virtual first approach for all activities until Easter, but RSC staff acknowledge that for some members of our community and for some types of events there are no virtual equivalents. Members can use their own best judgement to balance risk when deciding to host physical or virtual activities, and should consider a backup plan in case of cancellations.

It is essential that no volunteer or member is put in a position where they feel unsafe or uncomfortable at a member networks event. The RSC Events Team has shared their Covid policy for events, which requests precautions such as masks, vaccinations, or negative tests for event attendees. Member network committee members can request these steps at their own events should they wish.


Take a look at the RSC Events Team Covid policy for events


 
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.

2022 Annual Report form and training material
Each committee must complete and submit an Annual Report each year - this must be received by the Networks Team before we can release your annual grant.

All member network secretaries should have already received the 2022 Annual Report form so that committees can collect and record the necessary data throughout the year. We have prepared a step-by-step pdf guide to completing the form so that all committee members can see why we request the information we do and how we use it. The guide also includes an FAQ section to answer commonly asked questions about the Annual Report form and process.

We will be offering additional training and support later in the year but please do contact the Networks Team with any questions or feedback.

Download the 2022 Annual Report form and return by Friday 27 January 2023



Earlier deadlines for 21 April e-alerts

The RSC offices will be closed on the UK Easter bank holidays so the e-alert deadlines will be earlier than normal:
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April
08 April
12 April

Complete and return the e-alert request form to networks@rsc.org



Take charge! Our Global Battery Experiment
Participation in our global battery experiment will be open throughout 2022 and allow students to explore the science behind batteries – and why they are such an important part of our bright energy future. We aim to build on the success of previous Global Experiments by using this as an opportunity to get behind a shared purpose to amplify the messages for greater reach and impact.

Should you wish to get involved, we want to provide you and your committee with support and resources to inspire schools, scouts, brownies, youth groups and family audiences in your local area to get involved with the experiment.

The support currently available to our Member Networks to participate in the Global Experiment includes:
  • 4-minute introductory video that puts the experiment into everyday context
  • Teacher Resources for Investigation 1 and Investigation 2 that can be used and adapted as part of an outreach activity
  • Battery Power worksheet which includes the history of batteries and further activities
  • Careers profiles of chemists that tell the stories of the people behind the chemistry and bring the sector to life for young people
  • Grants and funding available through the Outreach Fund, including advice and support on new ideas and writing a successful application.

Where to find updates
As we create more resources and launch further content on the Global Experiment website, we will provide you with targeted updates in the Networks Newsletter. There will also be communications to our members and wider community in Voice, on our website as well as our social media channels.

We really hope you enjoy taking part in the RSC’s global experiment for 2022!


Learn more at edu.rsc.org/global-experiment



GSK/RSC Hands-On GC-MS & LC-MS Training Courses
New dates for 2022 – extended for 1 year

Through our partnership with GSK we are delighted to announce that we are able to run the following Hands-On GC-MS (Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry) and LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry) training courses in 2022.

Please see the timetable below for forthcoming courses. Applications are now open for all courses, please carefully note the deadlines to complete them. We hope to reschedule our GC-MS 2021 training course for Ethiopia this year. Applicants who originally applied and were successful will be given priority to attend. Full details will be provided on www.rsc.org/events/africa.
 
Course Type
GC-MS
GC-MS
LC-MS
LC-MS
LC-MS
GC-MS
Location
Kenya
Kenya
Kenya
Kenya
Ghana
Ethiopia
2021 Dates
25-29th April 2022
13-17th June 2022
4-8th July 2022
22-26th Aug 2022
23-27th May 2022
TBC – rescheduled from 2021


Email Africa@rsc.org with any enquiries



Nominations open for the RSC’s Education Prizes until 22 June
The Excellence in Education prizes celebrate inspirational, innovative and dedicated people working at all stages of education. They include prizes for individuals, teams and people who are in the early stages of their career. Meanwhile, the Horizon Prizes for Education recognise education initiatives set to make a real impact. Nominations close on 22nd June.

Find out more and nominate by 22 June



We Teach Science: the Great Science Teaching Survey
We’ve recently launched our Great Science Teaching Survey – an in-depth investigation into science teaching in the UK and Ireland, in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

The survey closes on 8 April, and we want to hear from as many secondary teachers as possible, so feel free to pass on the link to your own contacts: rsc.li/WeTeachScience

Complete the survey at rsc.li/WeTeachScience by 8 April


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent to all member network committee members as a tailored email each month with the full version published here. 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


Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Apr 4, 2022 2:00 PM BST
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
  • 2021 activity and reporting
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
07 February
07 February
08 February
10 February
21 February
22 February
24 February
07 March
08 March
10 March
Deadline for submission of 2021 annual accounts
February deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 February

Deadline for applications for the 2022 Undergraduate Research Bursaries
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 March
March deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 March
 
Upcoming Events
 
03 February
09 February
09 February
16 February
17 February
22 February
01-02 March
03 March
09 March
17 March
22 March
29 March
Member e-alerts
Apprenticeship Conference and Graduation Celebration, 13:00 UK time
Retirement in Sight Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
RSC's virtual IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast #GWB2022, 9:15 UK time
Member e-alerts
Work Life Blend webinar with the CCF, 13:00 UK time

#RSCPoster Twitter Conference, 12:00 UTC-12:00 UTC
Member e-alerts
Redundancy Support Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 1, 12:00 UK time
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 2, 12:00 UK time
 
2021 activity and reporting

Thank you to all of the committees who have submitted the 2021 Annual Report. We've been looking at the data from the reports received to date and it's clear that 2021 was another difficult year for our volunteers. You planned over 300 events in 2021, but several of these were cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. 15 committees did not plan any events, and a further 27 organised a single event in 2021.

So far 104 committees have returned their 2021 Annual Reports (out of 129). The 2021 Cashbook and 2022 budget is due by Monday 7 February. The Annual Report and Financial Report are the formal reporting mechanisms for member network activity and accounts. All member networks must submit an Annual Report and Financial Report each year, even if you have no activity or expenditure to report. Please note, under rule 7.9 of the Rules for Member Networks, we will not release the 2022 grant for your committee until we have received both the Annual Report and Financial Report.

The Networks Team will use the information in these reports to develop resources and support for member network volunteers. We will also present the data from these reports to Member Communities Board and our Board of Trustees and share a summary with members during the AGM to demonstrate the reach and impact of our member networks. All member network accounts are consolidated into the RSC's year-end financial statements, in line with our legal obligation to report how we use charitable funds.

We appreciate that you may have other pressures on your time at the moment, please let us know if your committee needs additional support to complete the 2021 reports. For our international representatives, please let us know if you planned or hosted activities for RSC members in your region that you would like to be included in our analysis and shared with the members.

Contact the Networks Team for reporting information or support

 
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 Elections: Nominate by 7 February                       
We are currently accepting nominations for our next RSC President, Member Communities Board, Professional Standards Board, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and new Subject Communities. Those elected will serve from the AGM in July 2022.

If you are interested in one of the roles or know a potential candidate, you can put yourself forward or propose a member for the role through the online nomination form. Nominations require the names of two additional RSC members who are willing to second your nomination; these members will be contacted to provide a short supporting statement. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee who will prepare a shortlist of successful candidates who meet the requirements to fulfil the role to be put forward for election.

Read the role descriptors
Learn more about the vacancies



Hybrid events drop in: slides and resources
For those of you who couldn't make the drop in session on hybrid activities on 25 January, you can watch the recording online and download the slides from the session:
We would also like to share these resources for committees planning events in 2022:


Free platforms and resources – when a tick box is actually a contract
If you are organising an activity, please ensure that any contracts are reviewed by the RSC legal team by completing and returning the contract and MCB approval form along with the contracts.

All contracts must be signed by the RSC and not a member of the committee – this ensures that our volunteers are protected from any legal issues or liability.

Some networks have asked about using platforms that are free, often only requiring your name and email address and to tick a box agreeing to a user agreement. Before you sign up, please look at the terms and conditions which are usually shown as a link below the sign-up form. Please check where the data is transferred: if the data remains in Europe, then it is acceptable, but if the data is transferred outside of Europe, then we need to involve the RSC legal team. The RSC legal team are always happy to review terms and conditions, please contact networks@rsc.org.

If in doubt, email the Networks Team for guidance



New call for committees template
We are updating the process for member network elections in response to recent changes to the rules for member networks. We are introducing an online form to standardise supporting statements for nominees and have created a new template for calls for nominations for committee members that includes information about current committee members and criteria for new members.

Download the new call for committee members template



Sustainability speakers
As part of our Chemistry, Sustainability & Circular Economy (CSCE) campaign, the Member Engagement Team has begun to curate a list of individuals who would be suitable and willing to be approached to deliver lectures, demonstrations and /or careers talks on a sustainability related theme to a range of audiences, including schools, the public and academia. We hope that this list will help to support our Member Networks with CSCE related activity.

Email outreach@rsc.org for a copy of the list



Interest Group membership up over 20%
The membership of Interest Groups rose by more than 20% over 2021. We think the increase is due to the brilliant work by the Interest Group committees running activities and encouraging membership, but this may also be related to the development of the membership area of the RSC website that now allows members to easily choose which Interest Groups they would like to join.

E-alerts to members: As there are so many new members in our Interest Groups you might want to send an e-alert to your membership to explain how they can keep up to date with the network (maybe via e-alerts, social media, own website etc), explain who is on the committee, what future activities you have planned and how to get involved as a volunteer.

Demographic report: With the increase in members, you can learn more about your members by requesting a demographic report from the Networks Team. The anonymised report contains information on your members such as the number, age, gender, location, membership type, job type, etc.

Contact the Networks Team for support getting to know your members



#RSCPoster: 1 March 2022 12:00 UTC – 2 March 2022, 12:00 UTC
Get ready for another 24 hours of sharing, networking, and engaging with the global chemistry community!

This first of its kind virtual poster event was founded by the analytical chemistry community back in 2015 as an exciting way for researchers to present their scientific findings. Since then, the conference has evolved to invite posters from all topics within the chemical sciences and to encompass new directions we are adding a new Digital Chemistry category for the 2022 event.

Following on from 2021, to provide a more immersive virtual experience, we are continuing with #RSCPosterPitch and #RSCPosterLive webinar series as part of our #RSCPoster Twitter conference.

Learn more and register now at rsc.li/poster



Work Life Blend webinar with the Chemists’ Community Fund
The Chemists’ Community Fund is hosting a free wellbeing webinar this month to help you balance your responsibilities and find the time for what’s important.

Our speaker is Lucy Whitehall from Transform and Thrive, and she is a positive psychology coach and wellbeing trainer. Join us to explore the concept of balance, gain clarity on your current position, and take steps towards achieving the work-life blend you want.


Please do share this within your networks.

Find out more and register online



New gold open access journals publish their first issues
Looking for the latest innovative Open Access research on energy science, environmental research or sensors, sensing devices and systems?

Read the first advance articles in our new journals:

Energy Advances
Environmental Science: Advances
Sensors & Diagnostics


The RSC is covering authors’ APC charges to publish in these journals until mid-2024, making all three currently free to publish in.

See all of our Open Access journals



Changes to the Researcher Development Grants
The Researcher Development Grants now formally supports travel to conferences and other in-person activities, though applicants are still advised to exercise caution. We have also doubled the maximum grant amount to £500 to reflect the additional costs associated with in-person activities. Applications are processed monthly.

Learn more or apply at rsc.li/researcher-development-grant



ChemCareers webinar series: Job searching and disability
This three-part webinar series is designed to support disabled people, or those who support disabled people by providing practical advice and information around job searching, understanding disclosure, access requirements and highlighting support available to employers to support disabled employees. Our panel will include specialists from RNIB, Dyslexia Scotland, the National Autistic Society, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire and more. BSL interpretation and live captions will be available, and recording will be available to view afterwards.

Sign up for the series



Standing up for Science
In partnership with the Voice of Young Science programme 2022, we’re offering Standing Up For Science workshops to our early career community, helping you to make your voice heard in public debates about science. The first workshop of 2022 will be taking place in person in Manchester on 1 April 2022. 

Learn more and apply by 17:00 UK time, Monday 21 February 2021


 
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

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 17, 2022 2:03 PM GMT
Dear ​colleague,

Welcome to the first Networks Newsletter of 2022!

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
  • Spotlight: Change to the member network rules
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
11 January
13 January
18 January
25 January
27 January
28 January
31 January
07 February
07 February
07 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 January
Close of nominations for 2022 RSC Volunteer Recognition Prizes
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 February

Deadline for submission of 2021 Annual Report
Deadline for March Chemistry World Local Section inserts
Deadline for submission of 2021 annual accounts
February deadline for Outreach Fund
Close of nominations for elections to Subject Community Councils
 
Upcoming Events
 
06 January
11 January
20 January
25 January
01 February
03 February
09 February
17 February
01–02 March
22 March
29 March
Member e-alerts
Training for Treasurers, 10:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Hybrid Meetings & Events drop-in session, 10:30 UK time
Training to become an RSC Mentor, 11:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Retirement in Sight Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
#RSCPoster Twitter conference
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 1, 12:00 UK time
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 2, 12:00 UK time
 
Spotlight: Change to the member network rules

Following a recommendation from the Member Networks Committee and approval from the Member Communities Board, we have updated the rules for our member networks. These supersede all previous versions of the member network rules.

Please note that the change relates to the inclusion of appointed members for our committees – as explained in the notes associated with this rule, the appointed member position can only be used in accordance with the rules and that this is in line with the governance of all RSC boards and committees.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the team.

Read the updated member network rules


 
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.


Reviewing contracts – how long does the process take?
If your network is planning any events for 2022 please ensure any contracts are reviewed by the RSC Legal team. Here is some guidance on how long the contract review process can take:
  1. Submission
    Network submits a completed legal and MCB form with any contracts to the Networks team.
  2. Instruction (two working days)
    Networks team review the form and instruct RSC Legal team.
  3. Review (two working weeks)
    The RSC Legal team will review the contract.
  4. MCB approval (two working weeks)
    If a single contract is over £10K, or the total event value is over £15K, approval from Member Communities Board (MCB) approval panel is required. If MCB approval is required, approval is sought at the same time as the RSC Legal team are instructed. The MCB approval panel are given two weeks to respond. Please be mindful that the MCB panel are volunteers who are involved in our member networks in addition to the Board, as such, we ask that you provide as much time as possible for them to review your request.
  5. Negotiation (varies – usually up to six weeks)
    The RSC Legal team will contact the other party to negotiate terms. The length of time to negotiate is primarily dictated by the work flow and turnaround time of the third party not RSC staff.
  6. Signing (five working days)
    Once the contract is approved the Networks team will ask the other party and authorised RSC staff to sign the contract via DocuSign. A copy of the countersigned contract is sent to the organiser.
We appreciate that networks are often keen to progress with their event, but please allow sufficient time for the contract(s) to be reviewed.

And finally, please do not sign any contracts. We ensure RSC staff sign the contract(s) to protect our members from inadvertently becoming personally liable for any damages or loss. Members are not authorised to sign any contracts for RSC activities.

Contact the Networks team if you have any questions about the process



2021 Annual Report: deadline and support available
The 2021 Annual Report must be submitted to networks@rsc.org by Friday 28 January.

You can download the form from the Useful Forms & Documents page. There you'll also find a step-by-step pdf guide and a 15 minute video explaining how to complete the form and what we do with the information we ask you for.

We are currently updating the 2022 form and would welcome any feedback you have about the 2021 form or process. We will share the 2022 form with committees in early 2022 so that you can complete it throughout the year.

Send us your feedback or submit your form



Training for Treasurers
11 January 2022, 10.00am – 11.00am

We are running an online training session for Treasurers of RSC Interest Groups and Local Sections based in the UK or Ireland on 11 January 2022 at 10.00 – 11.00.

The session will be run by Richard Putnam from our Finance Team who is the person behind
NetworksFinance@rsc.org and supports all of our volunteer Treasurers, and Debbie Dekker from our Networks Team who supports our volunteers with their grants and legal matters. In the session we will cover:
  • The responsibilities of the Treasurer
  • Your network bank account – Bankline
  • Completing the cashbook – processing expenses, invoices etc
  • Annual accounts – including an overview of the new process of using DocuSign
  • Funding for networks
  • FAQ
  • Resources for Treasurers

We’ll be happy to answer any questions from Treasurers at the session. The session will be recorded and available on demand.

Register now online



Anti-bribery training for volunteers
As a UK organisation, the UK 2010 Bribery Act applies to all RSC volunteers and activities around the world. To learn how this affects you, you can:
Find the training options on the Useful Forms & Documents page



RSC Elections: Subject Community Council
We are accepting nominations for elections to our new Subject Community Councils until Monday 7 February 2022. Those elected will serve from the AGM in July 2022.

There are vacancies for President of the following Subject Communities:
  • Analytical Science
  • Chemistry Biology Interface
  • Education
  • Environment, Sustainability & Energy
Those elected will serve as President Elect for one-year from the AGM in July 2022 and take office as President for a three-year term until the AGM in July 2026, followed by one-year as Immediate Past President until the AGM in July 2027.

There are vacancies for two elected members of the following Subject Community Councils:
  • Analytical Science
  • Chemistry Biology Interface
  • Dalton (Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Education
  • Environment Sustainability & Energy
  • Faraday (Physical Chemistry)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
Those elected will take office from the AGM in July 2022, for a three-year term, until the AGM in July 2025.
 
Read the role descriptors Nominate by 7 February



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
  • If you've not logged in for 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 network grants
  • FAQ and other resources are available on the Useful Forms and Documents page

Log in to the Brand Centre here



Two weeks to nominate for RSC Prizes
Time is running out for you to make your nominations for our 2022 Prizes – make sure you send us your nominations by 17:00 GMT 18 January 2022.

Prizes open for nominations are:
  • Research & Innovation Prizes: celebrating exceptional people advancing the chemical sciences across industry and academia
  • Volunteer Recognition Prizes: celebrating people who go above and beyond to form communities and support and inspire others
  • Inclusion & Diversity Prize: now an annual prize, celebrating people improving access and progression for all in the chemical sciences
  • Horizon Prizes: now in their second year, celebrating discoveries and innovations that push the boundaries of science

If there is somebody or something that you think is brilliant, make sure you put them forward. All of the RSC’s prize committees want to see the very best candidates representing the full breadth and diversity of our community.

Explore prizes and nominate



Implicit bias and fair decision-making
Many of us have been made aware that our minds make snap decisions about others without us realising it, and that one person’s implicit bias can have a lasting impact on another person’s career path.

We are very grateful to members of our community for their enthusiasm in joining in with our effort to recognise and begin to address bias where it occurs. In fact, our members have been asking us: what next?

To begin answering this question, the RSC Inclusion and Diversity team has created this 90-second animated video as a resource for members of boards, committees, and funding and interview panels – anyone whose decisions make an impact on others’ careers in the chemical sciences. The video suggests some small actions we can all take to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on our decision-making.

With your support, we can help to make chemistry truly for everyone. You can find the video
on the Inclusion & Diversity Resources page or click the button below to watch it on YouTube.


Watch our implicit bias and fair decision-making video on YouTube



ChemCareers webinar series: Job searching and disability
This 3-part webinar series is designed to support disabled people, or those who support disabled people, by providing practical advice and information around job searching, understanding disclosure, access requirements and highlighting support available to employers to support disabled employees. Our panel will include specialists from RNIB, Dyslexia Scotland, the National Autistic Society, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire and more. BSL interpretation and live captions will be available, and recording will be available to view afterwards.
See all of the upcoming ChemCareers webinars on our wesite



Save the date: #RSCPoster is back
1 March 2022 12:00 UTC – 2 March 2022, 12:00 UTC

The #RSCPoster Twitter conference is back! Get ready for another 24 hours of sharing, networking, and engaging with the global chemistry community.

This first of its kind virtual poster event was founded by the analytical community back in 2015 as an exciting way for researchers to present their scientific findings. Since then, the conference has evolved to invite posters from all topics within the chemical sciences and to encompass new directions we are adding a new Digital Chemistry category for the 2022 event. Join researchers at every career stage from undergraduate to head of an institute.

Following on from 2021, to provide a more immersive virtual experience, we are continuing with #RSCPosterPitch and #RSCPosterLive as part of our #RSCPoster Twitter conference.

For #RSCPosterPitch, submit an optional 1–2 minute video to present to the judges alongside your poster – just like you would do at a physical conference. We are hoping this will be an opportunity to showcase your creative side and your passion for your subject, and the best pitches win prizes.

#RSCPosterLive is a series of live webinars accompanying the main event, discussing some of the important issues faced by chemists at every career stage.


Find out more now at rsc.li/poster, registration opens in January



Develop transferable skills in your post-graduate researchers
PhD students are now eligible to apply to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem). Share the benefits with postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers in your networks:
  • CChem helps our members develop a comprehensive range of transferable skills that are essential for a successful career in the chemical sciences.
  • Our members use the evidence they gather for CChem to help shape CVs and job applications, as well as providing a good foundation for interview preparation.
  • Our CChem members can apply and develop their knowledge, work with high levels of professionalism, communicate and influence others, make an impact in their institution and proactively support the chemical science community.

As our highest professional recognition award, CChem is internationally recognised and valued by employers across academia and industry.

Learn more and apply online 



Public Engagement and Outreach Workshops
After the success of a series of three workshops in November for RSC Members on the topic of Making the Most of Your Engagement, delivered by award winning science communicator Jamie Gallagher, we are delighted to announce that a recording of each workshop session is now available for all current RSC members to view via the RSC Members' Area.

More public engagement and outreach workshops will be announced in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the RSC website for more details!

Watch the Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop recordings

Click here for future workshop information



Latest issue of Analytical Matters now available online
Find out about the latest Analytical Division activities including:
  • Get involved with the new Analytical Science Community Council
  • Nominate for the 2022 prizes
  • Register for the Schools’ Analyst Competition 2022
  • Submit your abstracts for the 2022 Analytical Research Forum
  • Read 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 28 February 2022.

Read the newsletter online


 
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.


Support our campaign for a global panel on chemical pollution
Chemical pollution is an urgent, critical issue for humanity, on equal footing with biodiversity loss and climate change. It is a global problem but there is no truly effective independent global scientific advice mechanism to help mitigate and eliminate the harmful effects – both known and yet to be discovered – of poorly managed chemicals, waste and pollution.

We are now actively campaigning to influence a key United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in February 2022, to call for a new global science-policy interface for chemical pollution and to ensure the topic stays high on the UNEA agenda.


We are asking organisations to support our cause and join us in our declaration. Learn more in our letter from the RSC President, Professor Tom Welton, and our declaration, which we aim to share at the key session of the UNEA in February 2022.

Share our declaration and encourage relevant organisations to sign up


 
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

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 4, 2022 2:00 PM GMT
Dear colleague,

Welcome to the final Networks Newsletter of 2021.

Before we share the December news and updates, we would like to thank you for all that you have contributed to our community this year and wish you and your loved ones a safe, joyful, and restful holiday season.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: COP26 recordings and reflections all now online
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
07 December
09 December
13 December
17 December
01 January
11 January
13 January
18 January
28 January
31 January
07 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 December to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 December
Deadline for Research Fund applications
Deadline for all E-alerts going out on 6 January
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 January
Close of nominations for 2022 RSC Volunteer Recognition Prizes
Deadline for submission of 2021 Annual Report
Deadline for Local Section inserts into March Chemistry World
Deadline for submission of signed 2021 year-end accounts
 
Upcoming Events
 
02 December
06 December
08 December
15 December
16 December
06 January
12 January
20 January
Member e-alerts
Organic Division poster symposium
RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021, 14:00 - 17:00 UK time
ChemCareers: Careers in computational chemistry, 12:30 UK time
Member e-alerts

Member e-alerts
Green Shoots panel discussion, 16:00 - 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
 
Spotlight: COP26 recordings and reflections all now online

Glasgow hosted the UN climate negotiations in November and our climate change policy advisor, Dr John Broderick has shared his reflections.

Our programme of over 20 events has also concluded and you can catch up with them or share with friends, students and colleagues. As well as the series on batteries and energy storage, there are chemistry perspectives on a range of climate-related topics including wildfires, plastics and agriculture.



The members' area also includes the four briefing sessions from experts outside of our community on carbon budgets, the history of UN climate agreements, contributions of chemistry to net zero energy systems, and the transformation of the power system.

Catch up on all COP26 Panels and Webinars online

 
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.


2021 Annual reporting deadlines

As we approach the end of 2021, we would like to remind all officers of the upcoming annual reporting deadlines for member network committees.

2021 Annual Report: 28 January 2022
We shared the 2021 form with all Secretaries in February so that it could be completed throughout the year. Read our step-by-step guide or watch our training video for help to complete the form and why we need the information we ask for.

Contact the Networks Team if you have any questions or feedback about the form or process - we will try to incorporate all of your comments as we prepare the 2022 form.

Download and complete the 2021 Annual Report by 28 January 2022


2021 Annual Accounts: 7 February 2022
This year the member network Cashbook will need to be signed digitally via DocuSign; all Treasurers and Chairs will receive information about the new signing process from the Networks Finance Team in the coming days.

Learn more about the year-end accounts in our Guide for Treasurers



Nominate now for 2022 Volunteer Recognition Prizes 

Our Volunteer Recognition Prizes celebrate those who go above and beyond to form communities and support and inspire others.
  • Our Awards for Exceptional Service recognise exceptional volunteering activity in service to the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Our Inspirational Member Awards recognise individual members who, through our member networks, have been instrumental in introducing and driving new ideas and approaches to support the breadth of our community.
  • Our Inspirational Committee Awards recognise member networks committees that have initiated novel activities or approaches in order to engage or provide services for their communities.

Send us your nominations by 18 January 2022



Updated call for committees template available

We have updated the text of the e-alert template to open a Call for Committee members to include a note that all committee members are expected to uphold the RSC code of conduct. This change is in response to feedback from one of our governance boards.

Download the new template here



Impact of Covid-19 and winter weather events

We would like to remind you all about support available from the Chemists’ Community Fund, the benevolent fund for RSC members, if anyone is experiencing challenging times due to the impact of Coronavirus, or by recent or future weather events

If a member is experiencing a negative financial impact themselves, or if their partner or dependants are, please suggest they speak to us. Please do share this message with colleagues and friends who may also be RSC Members and need our support.

While we recognise that the immediate practical support we can offer will be limited, we may be able to offer financial assistance. If you would like to discuss or request financial support, the Fund offers a completely confidential service. Please get in touch by phoning +44 (0)1223 853549, or by email.

Contact the Chemists' Community Fund team for information or support



Free 2022 membership for Apprentices

All apprentices can apply for free 2022 Apprentice membership until the end of February 2022 using the discount code APP100. Current members will automatically have their membership renewed for 2022 for free. Please share this offer with your networks and encourage all eligible apprentices and technicians to apply.

We are also thrilled to announce the "save the date" for our National Apprenticeship Conference and Graduation Celebration on 9 February. Registration will open in January and eligible members can apply for technician travel and training grants to cover costs.

Share RSC membership with work based learners for free using APP100



Guinness World Records® title for highest voltage fruit battery

In case you missed it, a new Guinness World Records® title for the highest voltage from a fruit battery has been set by the Royal Society of Chemistry and battery expert Professor Saiful Islam. The title showcases chemistry as a catalyst for change and drives enhanced education on sustainability and the impact of climate change.

Want to get involved? We'll be launching a Global Experiment in 2022 where we’ll be encouraging schoolchildren to investigate battery technology by making their own batteries out of coins and similar materials.

Read the full story online



RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021

Why belonging and inequalities in race and ethnicity matter
8 December (14:00 - 17:00 UK time)

The RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021 will take place virtually on 8 December, where we will be presenting findings of our research into race and ethnicity inequalities in the chemical sciences. We will also discuss our recently launched report A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences.

The keynote speakers will be Professor Ann Morning, discussing the importance of data collection and its challenges, and Professor Catherine Ngila, discussing global connectivity.

During this interactive event, a panel of experts from the global research ecosystem will discuss Influencing Change, the winners of the 2021 RSC Inclusion and Diversity Prize will receive their award, and a poster session will feature a number of community-driven projects supported by the RSC Inclusion and Diversity Fund.


Learn more and register by 6 December



2022 Schools' Analyst Competition

2022 Schools' Analyst Competition: finding the perfect formula for fish and chips

The Schools' Analyst Competition enables school students to expand their analytical chemistry knowledge through practical experiments with real world applications.

In 2021 the Competition changed format: the competition coordinator, Graeme Turnbull, created 200 kits containing samples and equipment for up to ten teams of three to participate in a flexible challenge that fit around the school timetable. The 2021 competition saw 249 schools apply for 200 kits, and the format had overwhelmingly positive feedback from students and teachers. As a result, the 2022 competition will be run in the same way and has been expanded to support 300 schools.

Graeme Turnbull, the competition coordinator, has 300 kits available for distribution to schools across the UK and Ireland. Each kit contains samples and equipment for up to ten teams of three to participate in a challenge that fits around the school timetable. If you are based in the UK or Ireland, please spread the word within your networks so that as many schools as possible apply. More details and a link to register may be found on the event website.

For logistical reasons, the kits are not available for schools outside the UK and Ireland, however if you would like to create a similar scheme for schools in your country, the Networks Team can connect you with Graeme to discuss the competition format and share experiences.

Read Graeme’s full report on the 2021 competition


 
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.


A sustainable chemistry curriculum for a sustainable planet

We asked young people and educators about their views on sustainability and climate change within the chemistry curriculum, and we shared the results in a new report. Visit our webpage to find out what they told us – from their views of careers to their opinions on priority topics.

We will be discussing the outcomes of the report in an online panel discussion on 12 January featuring leaders in education and policymaking.


Learn more and register online for our Green Shoots panel discussion


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent to all member network volunteers monthly as a tailored communication, but the full version can be found here each month. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like to be included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback


Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Dec 2, 2021 2:00 PM 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
  • Spotlight: Catch up on Chemistry and COP26
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
02 November
03 November
09 November
11 November
14 November
23 November
25 November
30 November
13 December
November deadline for Outreach Fund (final round of 2021)
Opening of nominations for 2022 Volunteer Recognition Awards
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 November to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 November
Deadline for Technician Skills Development Grant applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 December to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 December

Deadline for Local Section inserts into January Chemistry World
Deadline for Research Fund applications
 
Upcoming Events
 
01-12 November
01-12 November

04 November
09 November
11 November
11 November

18 November
18 November
23 November
25 November
02 December
08 December
26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)
Chemistry Week 2021
Member e-alerts
'Starting Out Right' Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Interest Group Forum, 11:15 – 13:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 1, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 2, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Taking Chemistry to Market’ webinar, 13:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 3, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021, 14:00–17:00 UK time
 
Spotlight: Catch up on Chemistry and COP26

The RSC have brought together experts working in climate and energy policy to discuss the key role of the chemical sciences in tackling climate change and sustainability, as well as showcasing careers and SMEs in the sector.

You can find the series of event recordings and related videos on our dedicated YouTube playlist, which will be updated regularly. We will be highlighting the content and linking to the key themes throughout COP26.


Check out our Chemistry and COP26 YouTube playlist
 
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.


2022 Prizes open for nominations on 3 November

Our 2022 RSC Prizes will open for nominations on Wednesday 3 November. This includes our Volunteer Recognition Prizes, which 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.

Details about all RSC Prizes will be shared with members soon.

Nominate an individual or committee from 3 November


Free Affiliate membership offer extended for 2022

Attendees of online member network events who aren’t already RSC members can apply for free 2022 Affiliate membership. We have prepared slides for you to use to promote the offer during your events, these can be tailored to you and your committee.

Affiliate membership doesn’t require a formal chemical science qualification and the application process doesn't need a transcript or CV, so this is an easy way to encourage those who share our passion for chemistry to join our community and experience the benefits of membership for themselves.

Download the slides from the Useful Forms and Documents page


Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021 will take place virtually on 8 December from 2pm (UK time).

The Forum will continue last year’s focus on race and ethnicity, discussing how we can move forward in tackling the barriers faced by chemists from minoritised ethnic groups. The Forum will also highlight the recently launched report A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences.

In addition, the Forum will also feature:
  • a keynote speaker
  • a panel discussion focusing on influencing change
  • the awarding of the 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Prize
  • poster presentations and selected flash presentations of community-driven projects supported by the Inclusion and Diversity Fund

Throughout the event, attention will be drawn to the importance of sponsorship and allyship, mentorship, availability of role models and building an inclusive global chemistry community.

Learn more and register at rsc.li/idforum2021


Energy price increases

Many households will pay some of the highest energy bills for the past decade this winter, with increasing fuel prices and a rise in the UK energy price cap. If current events are having a financial impact on you as the colder weather starts to set in, and an increase in day-to-day living costs is causing worry, contact the Chemists’ Community Fund team to find out about grants and services that could be available to you.

Any contact with the Chemists’ Community Fund remains strictly confidential.

Get more information about how the Fund can help you


A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences

Every chemist deserves to feel like they belong.

Read our new research, and watch our discussion video, on what a sense of belonging means to the chemical sciences community, based on in-depth discussions with chemists from the UK and around the world at rsc.li/belonging.

Please share this report with your networks.


Read the report at rsc.li/belonging


New A future in chemistry profiles!

We have recently launched a series of profiles on our A future in chemistry website showing how members are using chemistry to build a better, more sustainable world. Some of our new profiles include:
  • A section leader in the wind division of AkzoNobel, who creates coatings that increase the lifespan of wind turbine blades.
  • The head of research and sustainability at Ananas Anam, a company that converts wasted pineapple leaves into Piñatex – a fibre that can be used as a leather substitute.
  • A research fellow with the Faraday Institution who is working on recovering lithium from used car batteries.
  • The marketing development manager with BASF, who helps companies to make more sustainable choices with their packaging.
  • The CEO of ViridiCO2, who is using a catalyst to convert waste carbon dioxide into polymers that can be used in merchandise.

Please contact the Careers Team if your role is tackling sustainability.

Read the job profiles on A Future in Chemistry


Taking Chemistry to Market

Interested in commercialising your research? Get advice from the experts.

Commonwealth Chemistry and Chemistry World are coming together to host ‘Taking Chemistry to Market’ a free-to-attend webinar on 23 November 2021, 13:00 GMT, that is designed to enhance your knowledge of this non-technical area.

Hear from an expert panel about their experiences turning their knowledge, skills and research in the chemical sciences into exciting businesses around the world. You can submit your own questions to the panel, both live and ahead of time. If you are unable to attend, register anyway to receive a recording to watch at your own convenience after the event.


Learn more and register for the webinar online


Energy Advances open for your energy submissions

More than ever, collaborations that cross the scientific community are forming to tackle global energy sustainability concerns. Your ideas could be part of the solution.

Energy Advances is a multidisciplinary, inclusive home to advances across the spectrum of energy science – from central concepts to exciting research at the nexus of subdisciplines.

Editor-in-Chief: Volker Presser, Saarland University, Germany

Gold open access, with APCs waived until mid-2024


Find out more and submit now: rsc.li/energy-advances


RSC Advances open call for submissions

RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘New Insights into Biomolecular systems from Large-Scale Simulations’. This collection is Guest Edited by Professor Stacey Wetmore (University of Lethbridge), Professor Megan O’Mara (Australian National University) and Dr Sarah Rauscher (University of Toronto).

Both Papers and Review articles will be considered for this issue. All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by Associate Editors and, if suitable for the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of RSC Advances.

Learn more on the RSC Advances blog


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

Welcome to the October 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: Chemistry and COP26
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
01 October
04 October
04 October
11 October
12 October
14 October
26 October
28 October
01 November
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
October deadline for Outreach Fund small grants
Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications

Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 October to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 October
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 November to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 November
November deadline for Outreach Fund small grants
 
Upcoming Events
 
07 October
07 October
08 October
11 October
13 October
21 October
04 November
11 November
11 November
18 November
25 November
Member e-alerts
Sustainability Community Drop-in, 17:30 – 19:00 UK time
Sustainability Community Drop-in, 08:30 – 09:30 UK time
Sustainability Community Drop-in, 12:30 – 13:30 UK time
Helping with Debt Webinar from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts

Member e-alerts
Interest Group Forum, 11:00 – 12:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 1, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 2, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 3, 13:00–14:00 UK time
 
Spotlight: Chemistry and COP26

The UK will host the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October–12 November 2021. This will be the most significant meeting since the Paris Agreement was signed, establishing a global objective to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius with efforts to keep as close to 1.5 degrees as possible.

Previous COPs and other summits have helped the formation of United Nations Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). For COP26, we are focusing on chemistry’s unique opportunity to bridge the gap between the SDGs – in particular Goal 12 (responsible consumption and production) and Goal 13 (climate action) – and will be hosting a series of online discussions and workshops, showcasing relevant research, and developing educational and outreach resources and grants.


Find out what we're doing and how you can get involved

 
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.


Planning future events
As many of you will have been reminded at our recent Networks drop-in sessions, the current RSC guidance recommends a virtual first approach until the end of December 2021 in order to allow for the potential uncertainty of further lockdowns and need to self-isolate. This approach also helps committee members to plan with more certainty over this period.

However, as of 1 September 2021, as things are opening up in different countries, our member networks can now go ahead and organise physical or hybrid events should there be a reason or advantage to do so.

Events and activities must always comply with local government guidance.

Things to consider:
  • Organisers should prioritise hybrid or online, wherever practical, as this is more inclusive for those who are uncomfortable or unable to attend in person at this time.
  • However, we recognise that some events, like local events or social occasions may only lend them themselves to face-to-face activities.
  • The group will be liable for any cancellation fees incurred if the event is postponed or cancelled, and should therefore ensure that potential risks are minimised and costs are proportionate
  • We’d advise you consider the scenario of organisers, speakers or delegates being asked to self-isolate, and to have a back-up plan for this
  • For any contracts, booking agreements or any document with terms and conditions, you must complete a contract and approval form and submit the contracts to networks@rsc.org so the legal team can review the documents. All contracts must be signed by RSC staff to protect our members from inadvertently becoming personally liable for any damages or loss. Members are not authorised to sign any contracts for RSC activities.

Burlington House is hosting a small number of pre-existing bookings to the end of this year. The team are prepared to consider new bookings for 2022; please contact bhrooms@rsc.org for information.



Interest Group Forum 2021
Thursday 11 November (11:00–12:00 UK time)

We are delighted to announce that we will be holding this year’s Interest Group Forum online on Thursday 11 November.

The Interest Group Forum is an annual meeting of representatives of all of our Interest Groups to receive updates on relevant projects, share experiences, and identify opportunities for collaboration; the benefit of holding our event online means that there is no limit to the number of committee members who can attend, so we are inviting all Interest Group committee members to take part if available.

Discussions will include: Belonging in the chemical sciences, the Division Review, identifying collaborations, and changes to our committee election and ballot processes. As in previous years, we are inviting you to submit your questions and comments before the meeting to us at networks@rsc.org; all comments will be responded to so please submit your comments and questions even if you cannot attend.



The Forum will be recorded and the link shared with all Interest Group committees. You can watch the 2020 Interest Group Forum online.

Register here to join us on 11 November



2021 Christmas Cards
It’s that time of year again when we realise that Christmas is just around the corner and we need to think about cards. Staff have been meeting to discuss the process for sending Christmas cards for 2021, particularly considering the implications of the ongoing pandemic and the uncertainty this winter brings. As such, we will be sending the cards centrally again this year to safeguard our volunteers and recipients. We will be sending further information to all Local Section Secretaries and the Local Section CCF Representatives in the UK and Ireland in the coming weeks.



Join us for one of our online Community Drop-ins
On 7th, 8th and 11th October we are trialling a new event, giving members the space to discuss topics related to chemistry and Sustainability along with our CEO, Helen Pain, President, Tom Welton, and President-elect Gill Reid.

There are three opportunities to join us for this:
  • 5:30 – 7pm Thursday 7th October
  • 8:30 – 9:30am Friday 8th October
  • 12:30 – 1:30pm Monday 11th October

In these events you will hear from invited members working in the field but you will also be able to ask your own questions and discuss your own thoughts on Sustainability.

Learn more and register to join us for one or more of these events online



A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences
Every chemist deserves to feel like they belong.

Read our new research and watch our discussion video on what a sense of belonging means to the chemical sciences community, based on in-depth discussions with chemists from the UK and around the world.


Read the report at rsc.li/belonging and share with your networks



Career support at member network conferences and events
Our career and professional development advisers frequently attend conferences and events to speak or provide one-to-one CV advice. The team have created a new brochure with information about career topics that the team can speak on as part of member network events, including approximate timings and who they are suitable for.

Download the RSC careers support and talks brochure



Our work in Africa picks up pace
Since 2015, we have been working with GSK in Africa to provide training courses in modern analytical methods (GC-MS and LC-MS). By the end of 2021 we will have trained over 400 scientists from across the continent and 10 local trainers.

Throughout 2020 all face-to-face activity was sadly postponed due to the pandemic. However, 2021 has seen the welcome return of the PACN courses, which will run until the end of the year. We will shortly be hosting the next GCMS course in Ghana, closely followed by Ethiopia and Nigeria. It has been fantastic to hear the enthusiastic feedback from delegates and how this knowledge will continue to be shared. We would also like to pass on huge thanks to our volunteers who have continued to offer virtual learning support – in particular Erick Awas who leads activity from our Kenya Hub and was instrumental in enabling us to welcome back Kenyan delegates from May until August.


Join our PACN LinkedIn page to keep up-to date with our work in Africa



Free membership for undergraduates until 31 December
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone differently. At the RSC we’ve been working throughout the disruption to support our members’ changing needs and help them get back on track when there have been unforeseen circumstances.

Due to the challenges imposed on learning by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have decided to waive membership fees for undergraduate students from RSC accredited institutions for this academic year if they join us by 31 December 2021. These savings will apply to both existing and new student members, supporting them as they begin or continue their undergraduate studies.

Academic representatives at accredited institutions have been provided with information to help us to reach and welcome as many eligible students as possible, but any support that our networks can provide in engaging with these new members of our community in the coming year would be greatly appreciated.

Learn more on our website



Public Engagement – Making the Most of Your Engagement
11th, 18th and 25th November 13:00 – 14:00, UK time

Join us for a series of three one-hour workshops run by the award-winning freelance communicator, Jamie Gallagher, to explore how to create the perfect public engagement tailored to your skills, subject and audience. Whether you are new to engagement or looking to get new perspectives on what you can do to improve, this workshop is packed with tips, tricks and strategies for making the most of your engagement.

Learn more and register online



RSC Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021 – save the date
We are pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021 will take place virtually on 8 December.

The Forum will continue last year’s focus on race and ethnicity, including through the launch of our report on race and ethnicity in the chemical sciences and announcements of the resulting RSC commitments and recommendations from the findings of the report as well as from ongoing work with partners. The Forum will also highlight the recently launched report: A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences.

In addition, the Forum will also feature:
  • a keynote speaker
  • a panel discussion focusing on influencing change
  • the awarding of the 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Prize
  • poster presentations and selected flash presentations of community-driven projects supported by the Inclusion and Diversity Fund

Throughout the event, attention will be drawn to the importance of sponsorship and allyship, mentorship, availability of role models and building an inclusive global chemistry community.

Registration will open shortly, please look out for further information.




Latest issue of Analytical Matters now available online
Find out about the latest Analytical Division activities including:
  • CPD Resources, including the latest AMC Technical Briefs
  • Funding opportunities
  • Upcoming events
  • Highlights from recent activities including the Schools’ Analyst Competition and Analytical Research Forum
  • Celebrating the Analytical Division prize winners
  • New Analytical Division Council Members

If you have any items you wish to be included in the next newsletter please email analyticalmatters@rsc.org by 30 November 2021.

Read the latest issue online

 
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.


Chemistry, composites and sustainability
Announcing our partnership with the National Composite Centre

More than 95% of composites are made from raw materials and resins that are derived from oil. Shifting to renewable feedstocks, maximising material lifetimes, and eliminating waste are just some of the challenges facing the composites industry in the drive towards net zero emissions. We believe that chemistry plays a crucial role in developing a sustainable future.

Building upon our previous work and existing efforts in the UK, we are joining forces with the National Composite Centre through our Synergy programme to investigate how chemical science research, technology and innovation can help tackle these challenges.

Our partnership will bring together perspectives from resin formulators, composite manufacturers and end-users across markets like building and construction, aerospace, transport and energy. We will also be exploring solutions being developed across the academic community to provide a holistic view of the challenges and opportunities for chemistry.

If you would like to find out more about this project and opportunities to contribute, please get in touch at synergy@rsc.org.

Help us share the message about our partnership on LinkedIn
 
 
Thank you for reading!

The Networks Newsletter goes out on the first of each month as a tailored communication to all of our volunteers; all of the updates are published here each month. If you see any content here that is relevant to you but you didn’t receive, please let us know!

Send us your feedback

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The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie


 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Oct 1, 2021 2:00 PM BST
Dear colleague,

Welcome to the September 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
  • Our strategic approach to sustainability
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
07 September
09 September
13 September
27 September
28 September
30 September
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 September to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 September
Application deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund
Close of call for abstracts for Organic Division poster symposium
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 October to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 October
 
Upcoming Events
 
02 September
08-09 September
14 September
16 September
16 September
07 October
Member e-alerts
Joliot-Curie Conference
Mentoring training - remote session for new mentors, 14:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Careers in batteries, with the Faraday Institution, 12:30 UK time
Member e-alerts
 
Our strategic approach to sustainability

As part of our ongoing Chemistry, Sustainability & Circular Economy (CSCE) campaign, we have been taking actions to put sustainability in the spotlight. Here are some updates for member network committee members:
For information about how members of our communities can get engaged with the CSCE programme or enquiries about our strategic approach to sustainability, contact Georgia Thomas on our Special Projects Team.


Learn more about our activities and how your committee can get involved

 
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.


Guidance for setting up and running competitive prizes
We recently shared a first draft of guidance for RSC member committees with the Chairs and Secretaries of our Interest Groups. This document is intended as a guide to support RSC member committees in running a competitive prize scheme, and to share good practice and learnings from the Review of Recognition. The scope of the guidance is most relevant to the types of prizes that Interest Groups may administer, but there will be best practice that should be considered across different forms of recognition and prizes.

Prizes: Guidance for RSC member committees

We would welcome any feedback, comments or questions that you have about this draft. We would particularly welcome any suggestions of good practice, either drawn from your group’s experience of running prizes, or examples you have seen elsewhere which have worked well. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the RSC Prizes team at awards@rsc.org.

Any feedback that we receive by 15 September 2021 will be considered by Member Communities Board at its meeting in early October. Member Communities Board aim to communicate updated guidance, including the process for considering new prizes, by the end of the year.



Outputs from August drop in sessions
Thank you to all who attended our drop in sessions in August, it was great to see so many faces and to catch up with friends old and new.

Two common themes were setting up and running virtual events, and using social media to promote your activities, so we wanted to share here our online event FAQ document, which includes information about the three platforms available for member networks to use for free, and the recording of the Using Social Media Effectively discussion session from December, which has lots of advice from PMG and FSTG committee members for getting started and engaging with your community on different social media platforms.

Use our online event FAQ to get started running virtual events

Watch the Using Social Media Effectively discussion session


Research Enablement Grant is open for applications
The Research Enablement Grant provides up to £10,000 for new projects and to complete those disrupted by COVID-19, and can include funding for consumables, equipment and a salary contribution for a group member. Up to two applications per department can be made and is available in the UK and Ireland only.

Help us spread the word and share with your networks.

Apply by 2pm on 11 October at rsc.li/researchenablementgrant


Interested in 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 current round closes on 13 September 2021. Open to everyone, applicants will be notified of the funding decision by 29 October 2021.


Learn more and apply online


Chemistry Week grants to support Sustainability projects
This year's Chemistry Week has been themed around ‘Sustainability’ and extended over 1-12 November 2021 to align with COP26.

As usual we want to support our members and member groups with any activities and events you may have planned for Chemistry Week, from inspiring the next generation to celebrating the diversity of chemistry within our community.

We have Chemistry Week grants of up to £750 available to support these activities but if you want to plan something larger then this can be done via the Outreach Fund (up to £10,000). If you don’t have anything planned we would like to encourage you to consider whether you or other members you know would be interested in planning an activity.

We have two deadlines to review grants before Chemistry Week which is Monday 6 September and Monday 4 October. More information can be found on our website, or get in touch with the team to ask any questions you may have.

Learn more about Chemistry Week and get involved online


Find a new home for your research
We are delighted to announce that our three newly launched journals are now open for submissions: Digital Discovery, Environmental Science: Advances, and Sensors & Diagnostics are ready to receive your research.

Helping your work reach the largest possible audience, all three journals are Gold Open Access with article processing charges waived until 2024. They’re free to read and free to publish in!

Find out if they are the right fit for you:
Digital Discovery
Environmental Science: Advances
Sensors & Diagnostics



LGBTQ+ STEMinar 2022 abstract submissions and travel grants
The LGBTQ+ STEMinar 2022 abstract submissions are currently open until Monday 20 September. We encourage LGBT+ chemical scientists to participate in this great event to present and learn about research, and network with other LGBT+ people across STEM disciplines.

To support this, in addition to our sponsorship of the event, the RSC is offering enabling grants of up to £150 to chemical scientists attending the STEMinar in person, to pay for travel costs to Glasgow if the 2022 STEMinar is in a hybrid format. For more information please see the STEMinar website or contact diversity@rsc.org. RSC Grants for Carers and Accessibility Grants are also available, which apply to virtual and in-person events.


For more information and to register visit the website


Call for abstracts – Organic Division poster symposium
Dedicated entirely to posters, the competitive symposium provides a fantastic opportunity for final year PhD students working in organic chemistry (in its broadest sense) to showcase their research and network with peers as well as leading academic and industrial chemists.

The online symposia on Monday 6th December will showcase the top 40 submitted abstracts as selected by the Scientific Committee. Prizes are awarded to the best posters, including an Industry Prize awarded to the best research poster that demonstrates potential for industrial application.

Please encourage your students to submit their poster abstracts.


Find further information on our website


2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Posters event (30 Sept – 1 Oct)
This free online event aims to celebrate and elevate the role and practice of the chemical sciences across the Commonwealth – and you can be part of it.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the pressing concerns that unite us – the Commonwealth chemistry community – to find solutions. Join us at this virtual poster event to engage with top chemists, find potential collaborations and network with your peers.


Register for free now


 
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.


Digital and Data Science Skills
The Education Policy team are doing some work on the use of digital and data science skills, and would like to improve our understanding of how these are applied day-to-day. It would help us to know how much of your job, if any, you spend on each of the following?
  • Data management
  • Statistical handling of data
  • Data visualisation
  • Automation (computational or physical)
  • Simulation
  • “Design of Experiments” (DoE/DoX)
  • Coding/programming


Contact Oliver Burnham to share your answers or learn more about the project


 
Thank you for reading!

The Networks Newsletter goes out on the first of each month as a tailored communication to all of our volunteers. All of the updates are published here each month, if you see any content here that is relevant to you but you didn’t receive, please let us know!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Sep 1, 2021 2:00 PM BST
Dear colleague,

Welcome to the August 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
  • Networks Team drop-in sessions in August
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
02 August
02 August
10 August
12 August
24 August
26 August
06 September
07 September
09 September
13 September
August deadline for Outreach Fund small and large grants
Close of I&D Fund call to improve accessibility and disabled inclusion
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 August to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 August
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 September to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 September

Application deadline for the Outreach Fund small and large grants
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 September to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 September

Deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund applications
 
Upcoming Events
 
05 August
17 August
19 August
19 August
25 August
02 September
08-09 September
16 September
Member e-alerts
Member networks drop in session (1 of 2), 10am UK time
Member networks drop in session (2 of 2), 2pm UK time
Member e-alerts
Retirement in Sight Workshop with the CCF, 5pm UK time
Member e-alerts
Joliot-Curie Conference 2021
Member e-alerts
 
Networks Team drop-in sessions in August

We will be hosting two informal sessions for member network committee members in August. Please come along to say hello, ask questions, and share experiences. We will not be recording the sessions but will use the discussions to create and develop resources.

Please register for one of the sessions using the links below. You can include your questions and comments on the form or to networks@rsc.org.

Register for drop in 1: Tuesday 17 August at 10am UK time

Register for drop in 2: Thursday 19 August at 2pm UK time

 
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.


Sustainability speakers
As part of our Chemistry, Sustainability & Circular Economny (CSCE) campaign, the Member Engagement Team has begun to curate a list of individuals who would be suitable and willing to be approached to deliver lectures, demonstrations and/or careers talks on a sustainability related theme to a range of audiences, including schools, the public and academia. We hope that this list will help to support our member networks with CSCE related activity.

Contact the Member Engagement Team to access the speaker list


Interested in 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 current round closes on 13 September 2021, applicants will be notified of the funding decision by 29 October 2021. The fund is open to everyone so please spread the word!


Learn more and apply on our website by 13 September


Outreach Fund – update to deadlines
We’re pleased to announce that there have recently been some more deadlines introduced for the RSC Outreach Fund large grants of up to £10,000. The scheme is now running on a rolling monthly application system for both small and large grants. More information about this can be found on our webpage https://rsc.li/outreach-fund.

We are particularly interested in seeing projects that reach and directly enable the support of individuals from under-represented audiences and focus on the positive impact on those individuals (including but not limited to youth groups, support groups for young carers or disabled people, children in SEND schools, schools and communities in deprived areas and/or high proportion of BAME students).

Applications are open to people, organisations and communities with ideas and innovative way to bring chemistry-based science engagement into schools, the public and community groups as well as to develop science communication skills of chemists.

Please do share this with friends, peers, colleagues, your local community groups who you think might be interested in applying.


Questions? Get in touch with the Member Engagement Team


New RSC Career Toolkit!
We have launched a new online Career Toolkit – now available in the membership area.

This toolkit offers a range of interactive tools designed to help you plan your career with confidence. You can assess your personal career preferences, build and review your CV, and even get help preparing for interviews. Whether you’ve already got a career plan in mind, or you’re just working out your first step, your toolkit has the support you need.

Register using your RSC membership details


Announcing Environmental Science: Advances
A new gold open access home for all environmental science work addressing global challenges, ES: Advances is opening for submissions mid-August.

The RSC’s existing environmental science journals all have chemistry at their core. Environmental Science: Advances will span not only chemistry, but research from any discipline that advances our understanding of the environment or addresses environmental concerns. In line with the truly inclusive nature of the journal, authors will be offered the option of double-anonymised peer review.


Learn more and sign up for news and announcements


Celebrating ten years of RSC Advances
In 2011 the Royal Society of Chemistry published the first issue of RSC Advances, so this year marks our 10th anniversary! Since 2011 we’ve published over 62 000 articles across the breadth of the chemical sciences.

We’ve got a lot of activities planned to celebrate our 10th year, starting with an Editorial sharing some of the history of our journal, and how we got to where we are today.


Read the 10th anniversary Editorial


2nd Commonwealth Chemistry Posters event (30 Sept – 1 Oct)
This free online event aims to celebrate and elevate the role and practice of the chemical sciences across the Commonwealth – and you can be part of it.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the pressing concerns that unite us – the Commonwealth chemistry community – to find solutions. Join us at this virtual poster event to engage with top chemists, find potential collaborations and network with your peers.


Register online now

 
Thank you for reading!

The Networks Newsletter goes out on the first of each month as a tailored communication to all of our volunteers. All of the updates are published here each month, if you see any content here that is relevant to you but you didn’t receive, please let us know!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Aug 2, 2021 1:00 PM BST
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