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.

Networks Newsletter March 2017

Dear All,

Here in Cambridge the snowdrops are abundant and the crocuses are beginning to appear. Spring is here and we are looking forward to our regional meetings in May.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  9 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16th March
27 March          Deadline for Interest Group Top-up funding
27 March           Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
30 March          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th April
13 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th April
21 April             Deadline for Awards for Service and Inspirational Member & Inspirational Committee
27 April             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4th May
27 April              Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications

11 May               Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th May
Upcoming Events
6 - 7 March                  Local to you Career Consultations, Nottingham – waiting list
9 March                        Early Career Network committee meeting, London
13 March                      India Regional Meeting / ISub Regional Steering Group meeting, Bangalore
13 - 15 March              Local to you Career Consultations, Swansea
16 March                      South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London
20 March                      North East Regional Steering Group meeting, York
23 March                      South West Regional Steering Group meeting, Bristol & Southampton
27 - 29 March              Local to you Career Consultations, York– waiting list
30 March                      Ireland Regional Steering Group meeting, Belfast
24 - 25 April                 Local to you Career Consultations, Bournemouth
26 April                         Member Network committee meeting, London
8 - 10 May                    Local to you Career Consultations, Glasgow
5 - 7 June                     Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
19 - 21 June                Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
14 September             Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September             Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
Communications from across the RSC
Nominations for Awards Recognising our Members
The deadline for nominations for our Awards for Service and Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards is 21 April 2017.
Any member can submit a nomination for any of these awards. Guidelines and nomination forms are available online:
2017 Grant Payments
Thank you to all the groups that have completed the financial reports for 2017.
A reminder that we cannot pay your 2017 grant until we have received all of your financial reports for 2016. If there is any reason, which you have not already communicated to us, for your committee’s reports to be delayed please let us know as soon as possible by email -
The grants can be released when the following information has been received and approved by our Finance Team:
  • Completed electronic financial report signed by the auditor, Chair and Treasurer
  • Bank statement
  • A hardcopy financial report signed by the auditor, Chair and Treasurer
As Interest Group as well as International Local Section grants are all linked it is for everyone’s benefit that we ask for these reports to be submitted as soon as possible.
Events for our committees
Further to our discussions at the 2016 General Assembly we are in the process of organising two new events for our member networks in 2017.
We aim to celebrate the work and activities of our Local Sections on 14 September in Burlington House in London.
The Interest Group Forum - our new governance forum - will also be in Burlington House on 26 September 2017.
Further information will be sent to Secretaries in due course.
New Officers Briefing day
This year’s New Officers’ Briefing Day will be held on 14 July 2017 at Burlington House, London. This is a great opportunity to find out about best practices and network with other committee members.
Please feel free to pass this invite on to any members of your committee that may be interested in taking up an Officer position in the future; we understand that knowledge of the role and responsibilities will be a key factor in deciding to take up such a position.
For the first time, this year we would also like to invite those members who represent the Chemists’ Community Fund on our Local Section committees.
Chemistry Week – 20 – 26 November 2017
We are pleased to announce that this year’s theme for Chemistry Week is ‘Global Science’ to celebrate the global nature of Chemistry and the success that comes from collaborations and our International community. We want to support you with activities and events in Chemistry Week, from inspiring the next generation, with personal stories about where chemistry has taken you, to celebrating the diversity of discovery within our community. Grants of up to £750 are now available and all applications will be considered whether you need £50 to purchase consumables or £500 for venue hire and catering, simply apply using the following link Chemistry Week grants ( We are running a rolling application process with deadlines on the 27th of every month until September or once all funds have been fully allocated. The next deadline is 27 March 2017.

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the newsletter online.
We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to
Kind regards,
The Networks Team
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

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Additional information from other departments
Take part in the 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists
The 2nd Employment Survey for European Chemists (ESEC2), which is being run by the European Chemistry Thematic Network Association (ECTN) and by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS).
The survey, which is completely anonymous, will be open  from 1 March until 31 March 2017, and its main objective is to create a clear snapshot of the chemistry labour market. This snapshot will allow an analysis of educational offer and labour market needs, gender balance, salary differences, etc. As the situation of chemistry greatly differs from country to country (as the previous iteration of this survey shows) please make sure you take part so that we gather enough information from the UK to allow a specific analysis of data. 
In the 2013 EuCheMS survey, the UK provided the second highest number of survey respondents and we’d like to be just as well represented in 2017. It only takes around 10 minutes to complete and is open until the end of March.
Complete the survey now.
Analytical Science Training for Africa
There are opportunities for African scientists to attend our GC-MS Training courses, run in partnership with GSK.  In 2017 we will be running courses in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria – full details and how to apply can be found here:
Archive for Africa
The entire Royal Society of Chemistry archive from 1841-2007 is available free of charge to many countries in Africa.  Our entire eBook catalogue is also available to those in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria.  If your institution does not already have access, please ask your library to register here:
Faraday Joint Interest Group Conference 2017 – Oral Abstract deadline 14 March
This meeting is the first of its kind, and aims to bring the UK Physical Chemistry community together once every 2-3 years to highlight excellent research.
Please visit the event’s webpage for all information, to register and to submit your abstract:
11-13 April 2017
University of Warwick

McBain Medal: Assembly and pattern formation in complex soft materials
27 March 2017
SCI Belgrave Sq, London, UK
This one day meeting in London will focus on recent advances in colloid and interfacial science as a route to materials and processes with societal value, with distinguished speakers both from industry and academia. The meeting will close with the McBain Lecture, awarded annually by the RSC/SCI Joint Colloids Group to recognize a rising star in colloid and interface science. This year’s awardee is Dr João Cabral from Imperial College London, for his outstanding work on the thermodynamics and assembly of colloid and polymer mixtures, and the design of functional materials via interfacial instabilities. An enthusiast of scattering, his team and collaborators have pioneered the use of neutron and X-rays to study flow processing of complex fluids in complex microfluidic flows.


Posted by Stephanie Comte on Mar 3, 2017 9:50 AM Europe/London

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