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.

June Networks Newsletter

  • Meet the Universities
  • 40th Edition of the RSC Trends in Remuneration Survey
  • 175 Faces of Chemistry Website Re-launch
  • Teacher Training Scholarships worth £20,000 available from the RSC
  • Nominate a Chemistry Technician of the Year
  • RSC ChemNet Summer School Bursaries
  • The Universe and Beyond…
  • New journal: Environmental Science: Nano
  • Video: Tips for publishing
  • Networks Blog
  • Staff Member of the Month
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the June 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.

Meet the Universities 2013 
Meet the Universities (MTU) is a unique opportunity for students to speak to over 30 universities offering courses in chemical science, without travelling the length of the country for open days!

This year, we are holding events in Leeds and London:
Saturday 29 June 2013
10.00-12.30 (morning session), 13.30-16.00 (afternoon session)
University of Leeds, UK

Saturday 6 July 2013
10.00-12.30 (morning session), 13.30-16.00 (afternoon session)
Chemistry Centre, London, UK
At MTU, students can:
  • Talk to chemistry representatives from each university
  • Find out more about the content and structure of specific degrees
  • Chat with students about life as an undergraduate
Exhibiting universities include: Durham University, University of Warwick, St Andrews University, and Bristol University. See the full list of universities.

MTU is FREE to attend, but students must register online as spaces are limited.
40th Edition of the RSC Trends in Remuneration Survey

This summer the RSC is proud to be running the 40th edition of Trends, the authoritative and well-respected report on salaries in the chemical sciences.
The Trends report continues to be a valuable resource, not only to individual members as part of active career management and for those contemplating job moves, but also to the RSC, by informing and supporting the RSC Careers Service, wider RSC activities and the chemical science community. The information collected will also be used by influential employers in a wide range of sectors, as a standard to benchmark salaries.
The report, costing £250, will be available free to members on the RSC website ( in September 2013.
The quality of this data is entirely thanks to the contribution of our members hence, we would appreciate your support in completing a simple questionnaire. This will be sent to all non-student members from the 10th June.
175 Faces of Chemistry Website Re-launch
175 Faces of Chemistry has a new website! Through this refreshed platform, with a bold, new look, the RSC is highlighting and celebrating the diversity of individuals who have helped to shape chemistry, and science as a whole, both past and present.

We welcome any feedback you have about the new website, if you would like to make a comment please email the 175 Faces team.

The RSC continues to ask its members, and the wider community, to nominate people who they feel represent diversity. Nominees can have any background or discipline, as long as they have contributed to shaping the chemical sciences in some way. For more information and to nominate, please follow this link:

Teacher Training Scholarships worth £20,000 available from the RSC

Are you passionate about chemistry? Do you have the potential to become an exceptional chemistry teacher? The RSC is offering 130 scholarships for the training year 2013/2014, each worth £20,000 (tax free). Run in partnership with the Department for Education, the scholarship includes a support package from the RSC:
  • RSC membership for 2 years;
  • access to national and regional RSC support networks through local meetings, online communities, mentors, annual conferences etc;
  • a selection of RSC materials including resources, lab coats and other consumables.
The deadline for online applications is 18th June. Find out more and apply
Nominate a Chemistry Technician of the Year
In 2012 the RSC secured a pilot licence from the Science Council to award two new designations: Registered Science Technician (RSciTech) and Registered Scientist (RSci). These designations have been integrated within the RSC membership structure to support and promote vocational and technical career paths.
In line with this, the RSC will be awarding “Chemistry Technician of the Year” at the General Assembly in November. Three categories will be awarded:
  • Technical support in education and further education (with special reference to chemistry)
  • Technical support in higher education and research
  • Technical support in industry
The RSC are calling for nominations that fall within one of the above categories.
For more information and to nominate, please go to
RSC ChemNet Summer School Bursaries
We are excited to announce that bursaries are available to RSC ChemNet students aged 14-18 wishing to attend residential chemistry camps this summer.
The bursary will cover the full cost of a place on a summer camp or residential school in the UK or Ireland.  Students can apply for a bursary to attend a course of their choice such as a Salters’ Chemistry CampChemistry Open Summer Camp 2013 at Bristol, or the UEA Chemistry and Pharmacy summer school. Please see the terms of application for full details.

How do students apply?
To apply for a bursary students must be a member of RSC ChemNet aged between 14-18. 
There are a limited number of bursaries available and applications will be accepted now until further notice.
Applications should be made through:
If you have any questions about the bursaries please email Francesca Burgoyne in the Education Department.
The Universe and Beyond…

Ever wondered about the Big Bang? The Early Universe? Aimed at a wide audience, the Cosmic-Chemical Bond describes how molecules formed in chemical reactions occur in a range of environments in interstellar and circumstellar space, from shortly after the Big Bang up to the present epoch. Written in a style that will appeal to anyone with a general interest in chemistry, from students to professional scientists working in interdisciplinary areas and non-scientists fascinated by the evolving and exciting story of chemistry in the cosmos.


Atmospheric Chemistry provides readers with a basic knowledge of the chemistry of Earth's atmosphere, and an understanding of the role that chemical transformations play in this vital part of our environment. The book is written at a level that makes it accessible to undergraduate chemists, and in a manner that should make it interesting to them. However, the material presented forms a solid base for those who are extending their studies to a higher level, and it will also provide non-specialists with the background to an understanding of Man's several and varied threats to the atmosphere. Well-informed citizens can then better assess measures proposed to prevent or alleviate the potential damage, and policy makers more realistically formulate the necessary controls on a sound scientific foundation. Visit the RSC Online Bookshop to find out more!
New journal: Environmental Science: Nano
RSC Publishing is delighted to announce the launch of a new journal, Environmental Science: Nano.
Environmental Science: Nano will be a comprehensive source of information on the interactions of nanomaterial with biological and environmental systems. Professor Vicki Grassian (University of Iowa, USA) has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief.
Submissions will open on shortly and the first issue will be published in late 2013.
Find out more:  Video: Tips for publishing
Want to know how to write a good paper? Or how to improve your publication success rate?
Watch this video and learn top tips from world-leading scientists and RSC staff.

Networks Blog

Keep up to date with the Networks blog to find out what our members are doing (

If you have any events that you would like to see on the blog, send information and pictures to

Staff Member of the Month

Introducing a new feature to the Networks Newsletter that will help you to put a face to the name at the bottom of your emails from the RSC – Staff Member of the Month! From next month we will be featuring one staff member per newsletter, who will reveal the ins and outs of their role at the RSC.

In the meantime, why not meet some of us at the upcoming AGM on the 10th July?

Please get in touch with us if the Secretary of your committee hasn't received an email from us containing important information about the AGM by the end of this week (ending 7th June). If your committee doesn't have a Secretary, the information will be sent to the Chair.

Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.


Analytical Research Forum (ARF13)
8-10 July 2013
University of Hertfordshire, UK
Final registration deadline: 7 June 2013

11th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC11)
8-11 July 2013
University of Warwick, UK
Final registration deadline: 14 June 2013
Tropospheric Aerosol - Formation, Transformation, Fate & Impacts (FD165)
22-24 July 2013
University of Leeds, UK
Final registration deadline: 21 June 2013

Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS11)
23-26 July 2013
MIT, Boston, USA
Final registration deadline: 21 June 2013

Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12)
3-6 September 2013
Cambridge, UK
 Poster abstract deadline:
21 June 2013

Posted by Emily James on Jun 5, 2013 11:08 AM Europe/London

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