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July Networks Newsletter

  • Meet the Universities, London – coming soon!
  • Take Part in Your Trends Survey
  • Teacher Training Scholarships worth £20,000 available from the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • IUPAC Evening Reception for RSC Members
  • General Assembly 2013
  • RSC/BMOS Young Investigator Award: Closing date 15 July 2013
  • Everyone’s Favourite Tipple…Coming Soon!
  • Staff Members of the Month
  • Networks Blog
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the July 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, London – coming soon! 
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!

Register now for the London event on Saturday 6 July 2013 at the Chemistry Centre in London’s Piccadilly. There are two sessions: 10.00-12.30 (morning session), 13.30-16.00 (afternoon session).
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
  • Speak to the Student Loans Company about financial support for university study
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.
Take Part in Your Trends 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 all of our members (including those currently in retirement) hence, we would appreciate your support in completing a simple questionnaire before the 14th July. The link to complete the survey has been emailed to all non-student members.
Teacher Training Scholarships worth £20,000 available from the Royal Society of Chemistry
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.
Apply online before the final deadline for applications on 16 July 2013.
Find out more and apply
IUPAC Evening Reception for RSC Members
The RSC will be holding an evening reception for RSC members and specially invited guests at the forthcoming IUPAC Congress in Istanbul on Monday the 12th August. The reception is an excellent opportunity to catch up with other members, meet RSC staff in attendance and network with other congress attendees. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. If any RSC members at the meeting would like to attend the reception please register here

General Assembly 2013
This is another reminder that this year the General Assembly will be held on the 8-9th November Brighton Hilton Metropole, UK.  Don’t forget to send the name of your nominated representative to as soon as possible so that we can send out the formal invitations and make all the necessary arrangements for this year’s delegates.
We look forward to seeing those of you that are attending in November.

RSC/BMOS Young Investigator Award: Closing date 15 July 2013
Awards will be allocated to four outstanding researchers (two based in the UK and two based in Latin America) to attend the highly awaited 15th Brazilian Meeting on Organic Synthesis (10-13 November 2013), which includes lectures from leaders in the field covering new and emerging aspects of organic synthesis. Winners will receive a free registration to the meeting, a certificate, an invitation to deliver a flash presentation within the scientific programme and a generous contribution towards travel and accommodation to attend the conference. Please visit the website for more information and to apply:
Everyone’s Favourite Tipple…Coming Soon!

Scheduled for release in September, Brewing 2nd Edition, will appeal to beer-lovers, particularly those within the industry who wish to understand the processes, and will be relevant to students of food or biological sciences.

Beer production has seen many changes over the centuries this book brings the reader right up to date with the advances in the last decade.  Pre-order your copy now via our online bookstore.

Staff Members of the Month
Helping you to put a face to the name, this month we are featuring the Leadership Team. The Leadership Team help execute the RSC Council’s objectives through liaising with the Boards, Committees and the various Sub Groups and Divisions to keep abreast of the operational issues of the RSC. The Leadership team is also responsible for the operational delivery of the RSC’s plans and strategies by promoting leadership, direction and consistent messages to staff within the RSC.

Robert Parker
Chief Executive Officer
Robert started with the RSC as an Assistant Editor on the Faraday journals in the Savile Row office (pre-relocation to Thomas Graham House), having completed a chemistry PhD under John Emsley. His career progression from there was to Staff Editor (Faraday Transactions 2), Managing Editor (Faraday Transactions and Discussions), Managing Editor (Faraday and Materials), Publisher, General Manager Journals, Editorial Director, Managing Director of Publishing and ultimately Chief Executive.
He has two daughters and a son. His leisure interests include travel, history of art and, most importantly, motorcycling. 

James Milne
Executive Director
Before joining the RSC in May 2009 as Editorial Director, Jim worked for Elsevier for 17 years in a range of editorial and business development roles. His PhD is in computational structural engineering, and he has a Diploma in Management Studies from Henley Business School.
He is on the Finance Board and Board of Governors for CCDC, and has been on the organising committee for the annual STM Publishing Master Class since its inception in 2001.
In his spare time, Jim tries to find time for sport (golf, cycling or running). But as his family lives in Oxfordshire, weekends are often spent catching up or driving his two daughters to their sports and activities.

Jim Iley
Executive Director
Science and Education
Jim studied as an undergraduate (BSc, 1976) and postgraduate (PhD, 1979) at Imperial College, London. His doctoral thesis was in the area of mechanistic organic chemistry, which he completed under the guidance of Brian Challis.
After finishing his postgraduate studies he joined The Open University (OU) as a Lecturer in organic chemistry. He spent the next 30 years of his career at the  OU devising distance learning materials across a range of interdisciplinary areas.
In 1994 he became a Senior Lecturer, in 2008 was promoted to a personal Chair in Medicinal Chemistry, and from 2008 to early 2010 was Head of Department. Jim has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers on research that has focused on molecules of biological interest, either from the viewpoint of xenobiotic metabolism or of prodrug reactivity. Much of this work was carried out in collaboration with colleagues at the Faculdade de Farmacia de Lisboa. In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Lisbon for supporting the development of the Centro de Estudos de Ciências Farmacêuticas. In February 2010 he joined the RSC as the Director for Science and Education.
Outside of work, Jim enjoys cycling, refereeing football matches (in the Veterans Leagues!) and watching Milton Keynes Dons.

Helen Pain
Executive Director
Membership, Operations and OD
Helen joined the RSC having completed her degree and PhD (Co-ordination Chemistry) at Exeter University. Her first role was in membership recruitment and working with younger members. Since then she has had responsibility for membership marketing, communications, website development, branding, member services and the development of the Chemistry Centre.
Outside of work she spends much of her time supporting the highs and lows of the Saffron Walden Under 11s football and hockey teams, courtesy of her eldest son.

Clare Viney
Executive Director
Communications, Policy, and Campaigns
Clare has been with the RSC for over 13 years in a variety of roles in Membership, Fundraising, Science and latterly Communications, Policy and Campaigns. She is also a non-Executive Director of Chemistry Innovation Knowledge Transfer Network.
After completing her chemistry BSc and MPhil at the University of Sheffield, she stayed on for a year as a research associate and then spent 2 years volunteering in communications and fundraising in Canada for an international children’s charity.
Clare has a young daughter and son and in her spare time she plays hockey and runs. She’s also a Chair of the Timebank where she lives.

David James
Executive Director
Strategic Innovation
David started with the RSC at its office on the Nottingham University campus, prior to relocation to Thomas Graham House, having completed a PhD in biochemistry at Birmingham University and employment at the MRC.
He has had various roles within Publishing, has been a part-time tutor with the Open University and also found time to complete an MBA.
His wife is a science teacher and he has a son studying Natural Sciences at Clare College Cambridge, a daughter studying medicine at Cardiff University and another daughter at Impington Village College.

Stephen Hawthorne
Executive Director
Sales, Marketing and Strategic Partnerships
Prior to joining RSC in 2011 Stephen has worked for 15 years in the information management, research solutions and electronic publishing sectors. Working with Elsevier and ProQuest he has experience of a broad range of international clients including various national health services, universities, government departments, public libraries, pharmaceutical and petrochemical organisations. Stephen is a Client Associate of Miller Heiman Strategic Selling.
He has a daughter and two sons so most of his time outside of work is taken up with various football, golfing and music activities.

Nick Hills
Executive Director
Nick was appointed Executive Director, Finance, in September 2012.  Prior to this, he was Financial Controller for just under two years. During this time, the shape of the finance department has evolved and is increasingly focused on working as partners and advisers to colleagues across the RSC in the UK and abroad.
Nick has over 17 years' experience working in a variety of financial and investment management roles for multinational companies in the UK and continental Europe. He's worked across many disciplines, working closely with auditors, lawyers, bankers and governance executives.
Nick is a UK Chartered Accountant with language skills in French and German, having studied Modern Languages at the University of Cambridge.
Networks Blog
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Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.


Indo-UK Perspective on Water Quality: Threats, Technologies and Options
13-14 August 2013
Bangalore, India
 Poster abstract and registration deadline:
22 July 2013

Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12)
3-6 September 2013
Cambridge, UK
 Early bird deadline:
12 July 2013
Registration deadline: 2 August 2013

Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas (FD168)
7-9 April 2014
Leiden, The Netherlands
 Oral abstract deadline:
15 July 2013

Molecular Simulations and Visualization (FD169)
7-9 May 2014
Nottingham, UK
 Oral abstract deadline:
22 July 2013

Mechanochemistry: From Functional Solids to Single Molecules (FD170)
21-23 May 2014
 Montreal, Canada
Oral abstract deadline:
29 July 2013

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