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.

January Networks Newsletter

Dear Member,
Happy New Year and welcome to the January 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 on relevant events, services and new initiatives from the RSC Networks Team.
Trialling Reaxys
Teacher Training Scholarships
Nottingham Careers Hub

Member Survey
First articles published for three new journals
Prizes and Awards
The sea, fireworks and ChemCareers
Deadline - March inserts for Chemistry World
Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month
Update on Regional Education and Outreach Work
Events Deadlines

Are you interested in trialling Reaxys?
We are considering investing in a subscription to Reaxys for members, and need your opinion on this database and workflow tool for critical chemistry information. The 6-week trial will go live on 27th January, so please email us now to sign up. More information

 Teacher Training Scholarships banner
Teacher Training Scholarships
Passionate about chemistry? Apply for a Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarship worth £25,000.
Run in partnership with the Department for Education, the scholarship includes a support package:
• £25,000 tax-free reward for the training year;
• Royal Society of Chemistry membership for 2 years;
• access to our national and regional support networks including: local meetings, online communities, Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Fellow mentors, annual conferences;
• selection of materials including resources, lab coats and other consumables.
We have a series of application deadlines until June 2014 – next deadline 12th January.  Find out more.

Nottingham Careers Hub

The Careers Team is running a Careers Hub for members at Jurys Inn, Nottingham on Monday 10th February. Careers Hubs are an opportunity for members to book a 45-minute confidential appointment with a careers specialist and to attend an evening Mixer Meeting. All members in the local area will have received a personal email invitation.

Member Survey

Look out for the opportunity to share your views on the Royal Society of Chemistry and your membership through our membership survey on 16th January 2014.
As a member, you have access to the survey through a personal link you will receive in an email.
Your input is vital: it helps us improve the support, services and benefits available to our members and shapes our activities in the wider community.

First articles published for our three new journals

Organic Chemistry Frontiers cover, ball and stick moleculeEnvironmental Science Nano cover art (abstract pink shape over a tropical beach background)Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers cover art, cluster of atoms in roughly cubic shape 

The first articles have been published online for our 2 new journals developed as part of a collaboration between The Chinese Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry: for the latest articles, visit Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers and Organic Chemistry Frontiers.

Plus, Environmental Science: Nano has recently published its first articles – read them on our website.
All articles published in these three journals benefit from wide exposure, with free access on registration to all content published during 2014 and 2015.

What did Paul say?

Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards: Rewarding Excellence, Gaining Recognition

Up to £5,000 prize money

Watch the video and find out what Professor Paul Workman said about winning a Royal Society of Chemistry award. Also discover the ingenious process applied to drug discovery.

Our Prizes and Awards recognise excellence by individuals, teams and organisations in advancing the chemical sciences. Winning an award gains you recognition which is always good for business. But first … you have to enter! Nominate Now

Have you made a significant contribution to advancing the chemical sciences?  Then ask a Royal Society of Chemistry member to nominate you.

To view our full list of Prizes and Awards and to make a nomination, visit:  Nominations close 15th January 2014.

Photograph of harbourThe sea, fireworks and ChemCareers - find out about some of the Networks' Activities and some new resources on the blog.

Materials and the Sea’ and ‘Defnyddiau a’r Môr’, an illustrated booklet on chemistry at the coast, has been published by the Mid-Wales local section and Friends of the Ceredigion Museum, Aberystwyth. This takes the reader for a ‘walk’ around Aberystwyth harbour. Click on the link to find out more. 
The University of Sheffield’s ChemSoc has hosted a lecture on fireworks. See the report by Alex Metherell on the blog for some dramatic photographs!
The Deccan section has organised various activities, including a ChemCareers event for 750 students.

Deadline - March inserts for Chemistry World

If you wish to add an insert to the March edition of Chemistry World, please note that the deadline to send print-ready Word documents is 30th January. Up to 3 inserts can be included; they are single or double sided, black and white and printed on A4 paper. Please send your inserts to by 30th January at the latest.

Accessibility, diversity and inclusion tip of the month
Consider venue – when booking a venue, check for accessibility for those who might have problems with mobility (parking, lifts, distance between rooms used etc.) Also consider travel to/from the venue. Will this make it difficult for any of your audience to attend?

Staff members of the month…
Update on Regional Education and Outreach Work throughout the UK & Ireland
Many of you will be aware of and be working with our team of 9 Regional Coordinators throughout the UK and Ireland. Their work involves promoting the support we have on offer to schools and organising events for schools. In order to reflect their education focus, the Regional Coordinator’s job title is being renamed to Education Coordinator.
As part of the RSC’s outreach strategy (see RSC News December 2013, p.8-9) we are going to significantly invest in locally-managed outreach activities by growing our network of locally-based staff and representatives. This will improve communication, make delivery of our outreach activities easier, and better support our members and other advocates.
We will be introducing RSC Programme Managers in five areas throughout the UK and Ireland, whose role will be to manage and support our regional activities and representatives (including the team of Education Coordinators). We are pleased to announce the first two of these are now in post:
Photograph of Samantha Murphy

Samantha Murphy, RSC Programme Manager, Wales and South West.
Samantha joins us from the Linnean Society where she was Events and Communications Manager.

Photograph of Sarah McLusky

Sarah McLusky, RSC Programme Manager, North of England and the Midlands. Sarah was most recently a freelance Science Education Consultant and has organised large scale events such as the Young People’s Programme at the British Science Festival.

Over the next twelve months we will also be doubling the number of Education Coordinators to eighteen, in order to organise activities and events on a regional basis.
If anyone has any questions regarding these roles, please contact Amanda Middleton (Manager, Regions) on

RSC Events Deadlines
Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.
Image of drugs

Overcoming the Bottlenecks in Drug Discovery and Development
20-21 March 2014
DSIN-Ranbaxy, Gurgaon, India

Poster abstract deadline:
15 February 2014

Astrochemistry of Dust, Ice and Gas (FD168)
7-9 April 2014
Leiden, The Netherlands

Poster abstract deadline:
27 January 2014

2nd International Clean Energy Conference on Clean Energy Science (ICCES2)
13-16 April 2014
Qingdao, China

Poster abstract deadline:
24 January 2014

Molecular Simulations and Visualization (FD169)
7-9 May 2014
Nottingham, UK

Poster abstract deadline:
24 February 2014

Challenges in Inorganic and Materials Chemistry (ISACS13)
1-4 July 2014
Dublin, Ireland
Oral abstract deadline:
24 February 2014

Metal ions in medical imaging: optical, radiopharmaceutical and MRI contrast (DD15)
8-10 September 2014
York, UK

Oral abstract deadline:
27 January 2014

Next-Generation Materials for Energy Chemistry (FD176)
27-29 October 2014
Xiamen, China

Oral abstract deadline:
3 February 2014
Posted by Jenifer Mizen on Jan 10, 2014 12:08 PM Europe/London

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