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April Networks Newsletter

  • Staff Changes in the RSC Membership Department
  • General Assembly 2013 – Change of Venue
  • New Officers Briefing Day 2013
  • Chemistry Week
  • IYC Legacy Grants
  • Regional Meetings
  • Late submission of 2012 Annual Reports
  • Internship for Chemists in Westminster
  • Host “The Modern Alchemist” lecture tour
  • Materials Horizons Now Open for Submissions
  • Winners of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
  • Networks Blog
Dear Member,
Welcome to the April edition of the Networks Newsletter. 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.
Staff Changes in the RSC Membership Department
Fiona McMillan has been appointed as Member Networks Team Leader. Fiona will be building on her previous role of supporting Interest Groups, and will lead on supporting and developing all our Member Networks, which include Local and International Sections, Regional Networks and Younger Members.  Sarah Hobbs has also now been appointed as a permanent member of the Networks Team as Member Networks Specialist.  Sarah will continue to support member run networks in the same way as before.  We hope to appoint a second Member Networks Specialist in the coming weeks. If you have any questions about the Networks Team and the recent changes please feel free to contact
General Assembly 2013 – Change of Venue
The date and location of this year’s General Assembly is now confirmed.  The General Assembly 2013 will be held on 8-9 November at the Hilton Metropole, BrightonPlease keep this date free if you are planning to attend.  Anyone interested in attending on behalf of their respective network or committee please contact your Secretary or Representative to register interest of feedback any comments for discussion at the event.
New Officers Briefing Day 2013

Monday 22 July 2013
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London.
We would like to invite all new Officers of RSC committees to attend this year’s New Officer’s Briefing Day. This is the annual induction day for all new Local Section and Interest Group Officers (Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers) which will again be a physical event this year. Based on previous feedback this event is being held earlier this year to coincide with many group AGMs so that new officers can attend the training day as early as possible in their new role.
If you are a new officer and would like to attend the briefing day please register no later than Monday 15th July – you can register your attendance emailing indicating any dietary requirements.  It is anticipated that the day will start around 10.30 and will draw to a close by 15.30.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Chemistry Week
Chemistry Week 2013: A Picture of Health
16th – 23rd November 2013
The RSC Chemistry Week is a themed week of events that is held every two years to promote a positive image of chemistry and increase the public understanding of the importance of chemical science in our everyday lives.
As well as national events, activities are organised throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland by RSC members. We wanted to give you notice of the dates in case your university or Student Chemical Society would like to run any activities or events to coincide with Chemistry Week.
The overall theme for Chemistry Week 2013 will focus on health.
There will be five main strands:
•             Aging
•             Hygiene (Water Quality)
•             Lifestyle (Cosmetics and Exercise)
•             Food and Nutrition
•             Global Challenges
More information will be available on the RSC website and through your Regional Coordinators nearer the time. There is also now an application for funding for networks running events in Chemistry Week.
IYC Legacy Grants
As I am sure you are all now aware the RSC President, Lesley Yellowlees, announced at the 2012 General Assembly that following the success of the IYC Challenge the RSC would be continuing the legacy of the International Year of Chemistry in the form of annual £1000 grants. The IYC Legacy Grants will be available to member groups to promote chemical science. Further information, the application form and the terms and conditions are all available now on the RSC website so please submit your ideas.
Regional Meetings

This year’s series of Regional Meetings is now complete. A presentation of the main RSC activities over the last year and information about RSC strategy for 2013 and beyond was delivered by Robert Parker.  Each meeting was chaired by a different member of RSC Council in each of the 9 regions across the UK and Ireland. Members in attendance were invited to provide feedback and make suggestions for future strategic direction and some lively and thought provoking discussions ensued.  For more information and to view the notes from the meetings visit the website or view the MyRSC group.
Late submission of 2012 Annual Reports
The template for the 2012 annual reports, to be completed by all RSC member groups, has been sent to all RSC Local Section and Interest Group Secretaries. The purpose of these reports is to ensure that RSC staff are up to date with all member activities and to identify opportunities for us to better support RSC Groups in the future.
The deadline for completed reports was 20th February 2013. Reports outstanding should be sent to If you have any questions about completing the report please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Internship for Chemists in Westminster
The Westminster Fellowship Scheme is an annual internship at the offices of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology [POST]. The RSC funds two candidates to work at POST for three-months, engaging in work that is intended to aid scientific research into public policy areas, as well as raising public awareness.  The candidate(s) will assist POST in its function of providing objective briefing material for MPs and Peers. The Scheme is open to RSC members only.
Applications for the Fellowship Scheme are open now until the deadline on 31 May.
Find out more and submit an application
Host “The Modern Alchemist” lecture tour
Following on from the success of the 2012 Christmas Lectures, the RSC is working with the Royal Institution and presenter Dr Peter Wothers, University of Cambridge, to deliver a touring lecture show entitled “The Modern Alchemist”.
We plan to run one event in each RSC region by the end of 2014 and would like to offer members the unique opportunity to host this exciting event at venues across the UK and Ireland.  Each venue should have capacity for a minimum of 400 attendees and be able to run the lecture twice – once in the early afternoon for 7-11 year olds and once in the evening for the general public.
The RSC and Ri will provide financial and administrative support to run the lecture.
For full details and to request an expression of interest form please email the Education team.
Please note that expression of interest forms must be returned by 25th April 2013.
Materials Horizons Now Open for Submissions 

Do you have an exceptional materials research discovery to report? One that deserves rapid publication in a high impact and internationally visible journal?
Look no further: Materials Horizons is now open for submissions!
Materials Horizons will feature first reports of exceptional significance at the cutting-edge interface of materials science with chemistry, physics, biology and engineering. 
Submit your manuscripts via the website for the chance to be included in the high profile first issue.
Winners of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards
RSC Publishing are delighted to have received two prestigious honours at the Gourmand Awards, the world platform for promoting cookbooks and wine books with exceptional credentials and visibility, in Paris on 23 February 2013.
Alcohol and its Role in the Evolution of Human Society by Ian S Hornsey (RRP: £29.99) - a unique book providing a scientific text on the subject of 'ethanol' that also aims to include material designed to show 'non-scientists' what fermentation is all about. Voted by the international judging panel, including Edouard Cointreau, this book was chosen Best in the World in the ‘Drink History’ category beating titles from China, New Zealand, France and USA at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (2013).
For the first time this book, Chocolate as Medicine (RRP: £29.99) describes the topic of chocolate as medicine from a historical perspective but also explores the benefits of cocoa, its positive health effects and the myths around why chocolate was thought to be bad for you. Voted Best in the UK, 2nd Best in the World against six strong titles from Belgium, Brazil, China, Cuba, Hong Kong and Italy at the recent Gourmand World Cookbook Awards (2013).
Read our blog to find out more!
Networks Blog
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Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.
Medicinal Chemistry Residential School
17-21 June 2013
Loughbourgh University, UK
Early bird deadline:
22 April 2013
 Challenges in Organic Materials & Supramolecular Chemistry (ISACS10)
18-21 June 2013
Kyoto, Japan
Poster deadline: 5 April 2013
Early bird deadline: 17 May 2013

Electroanalysis at the Nanoscale: Faraday Discussion 164

1-3 July 2013
Durham University, UK
Early bird and posters deadline:
3 May 2013

Analytical Research Forum 2013

8-10 July 2013
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Early bird and posters deadline: 13 May 2013

11th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC11)

8-11 July 2013
University of Warwick, UK
Early bird and posters deadline: 10 May 2013

23RD International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry

22-25 July 2013
University of Oxford, UK
Final registration deadline: 15 May 2013

Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11)

23-26 July 2013
MIT, Boston, USA
Poster deadline: 10 May 2013
 Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12)
3-6 September 2013
Cambridge, UK
Oral deadline:
3 May 2013
Posted by Emily James on Apr 5, 2013 1:38 PM Europe/London

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