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August Networks Newsletter

  • RSC Bill Bryson Prize
  • Careers Hubs
  • RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
  • Announcing a NEW food science handbook – the only one of its kind!
  • Environmental Science: Nano now open for submissions!
  • Frontiers journals
  • Staff Members of the Month
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the August 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.
RSC Bill Bryson Prize

Last month a panel including author Bill Bryson and RSC President Lesley Yellowlees assembled in Burlington House to pick the winner of the 2013 RSC Bill Bryson Prize.  The competition theme was “How does science keep us healthy?” and hundreds of entries from short stories to video games were received from school children aged 5-18 from across the world.
We are now delighted to announce the winners of this year’s RSC Bill Bryson Prize are:
  • Overall winner  - Tomer duSautoy, Danny Flowers, Jordan Mizrahi, Oron Sheldon, JFS School, Harrow
  • Secondary Schools category winners - Leigh Herrington-Doe, April-Lee Howe, Sidney Leigh, Jonah Thomas, Jasmine Wood, Charlotte Wu, Tendring Technology College, Essex
  • Primary Schools category winner - Jasmine Jones, St Georges Junior School, Shropshire
  • International Schools category winner - Angela Fan, Anna Ricks, Rachel Wang, International School of Beijing    
For more information and to view the winning entries please see  
Careers Hubs
The RSC Careers Advisers will be out and about this autumn running a series of local Careers Hubs. Careers Hubs are an opportunity for members in the area to book a 45-minute confidential consultation to discuss any career-related issues, which can range from a simple CV check to more complex concerns about changing careers, redundancies and career management. Consultations are informal and give individuals a chance to air individual issues and get some support.
There will also be an evening event at each Hub, which will include an inspirational talk from a local speaker and a networking buffet. The dates and locations for Careers Hubs this autumn are:
23rd September                                Oxford
7th – 9th October                               Bristol
21st – 23rd October                           Edinburgh
4th – 6th November                          Manchester
18th November                                  Norwich
Members in each area will receive a personal invitation 6-8 weeks in advance giving further details about venues and times.
RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
The RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium, generously sponsored by F.Hoffman-La Roche, Ltd., will take place at The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London on Monday 2nd December 2013.
The symposium offers final year organic chemistry PhD students a fantastic opportunity to showcase their research to their peers, leading academics and industrial chemists, and is open to all branches of organic chemistry - in its broadest interpretation. The symposium has a tradition of being the most competitive and highly regarded organic chemistry symposium for PhD students in the UK.

There will be a first prize of £500, two runner-up prizes of £250, and a “selected by Industry” Prize. Industrial delegates will be asked to make this selection with a particular emphasis on the potential for application in an industrial context and the winner will also receive a prize of £500.

Closing date for abstract submissions is Wednesday 2nd October.
Further information and abstract submission, via the online submission form, can be found on our symposium webpage.
Announcing a NEW food science handbook – the only one of its kind!
McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods, Seventh Summary Edition provides a timely, authoritative and comprehensive update on the nutritional data for the most commonly consumed foods in the UK.
The first update since 2002, the new Seventh Summary Edition incorporates data from previously published supplements plus new analytical data and additional data from manufacturers. Data has been extensively revised and new data includes updates on key foods in the UK diet including flours and grains, bread, pasta, breakfast cereals, biscuits, cakes, eggs, fat spreads, fruits, vegetables and fish products.
Aimed at students and professionals in all food and health disciplines, McCance and Widdowson’s The Composition of Foods Seventh Summary Edition should be on the bookshelf of everyone who needs to know the nutritional value of foods consumed in the UK.
Don’t miss out on this essential new handbook – the only one of its kind! Pre-order your copy via our online bookstore.
Environmental Science: Nano now open for submissions!

Environmental Science: Nano Associate Editors James Hutchison (University of Oregon) and Gregory Lowry (Carnegie Mellon University) are welcoming submissions of high quality research on the interactions of nanomaterials with biological and environmental systems.
The journal will be free to access during 2014 and 2015, guaranteeing maximum exposure for published work.
Frontiers journals
Have you heard about the unique not-for-profit society partnership formed recently between the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry? It will deliver a collection of journals that combine high quality content and fast publication with trusted values of ethical publishing. The first two journals are Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and Organic Chemistry Frontiers You can find out more about the project on the website
Staff Members of the Month
Helping you to put a face to the name, this month we are featuring David Barr and Sheena Elliott from the Membership Department.

David Barr
Head of Membership and Professional Practice
David Barr joined the RSC in 1999 as Admissions and Qualifications Manager. David had previously been an academic at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge as well as a committee member of the Mid-Anglia Local Section. During his 14 years at the RSC David has been responsible for developing the RSC’s qualifying activity including accreditation of degree programmes (both in UK and internationally), Chartered designations, accreditation of company training schemes, and admissions to professional membership.
David became Head of Membership and Professional Practice at the start of 2013 and is always keen to improve our services for members.

He is a keen football fan supporting Brentford and more recently the non-league club Cambridge City.

Sheena Elliott
Manager, Member Services
Sheena joined the RSC in 2007 to work in the Media Team as Media Executive. During her degree and postgraduate research in physics Sheena took part in many science outreach activities which inspired this change in direction. Sheena has also worked in the RSC Communications Team and was well known as the editor of RSC News for a number of years. Sheena joined the Membership Team in her current role in February 2012.
Sheena oversees the whole of the Member Services Team including the Library and Information Centre Team, Careers Team, Benevolent Fund, Networks Team, Diversity Specialist and Membership Development Executive.
Outside of work Sheena is a keen (and talented) tennis player and is currently learning Italian.
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

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

Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS12)
3-6 September 2013
Cambridge, UK
Registration deadline: 5 August 2013

Self Assembly of Biopolymers (FD166)
16-18 September 2013
 University of Bristol, UK
Registration deadline: 16 August 2013

Mesostructure and Dynamics in Liquids and Solutions (FD167)
18-20 September 2013
University of Bristol, UK
Registration deadline: 21 August 2013

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

Posted by Emily James on Aug 2, 2013 2:16 PM Europe/London

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