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

Dear all,

Thank you to all of those who attended this year’s Regional Meetings; it was lovely to get to see so many of you. We hope you enjoyed the meetings and found them useful. We will shortly be sending out a survey and it would be greatly appreciated if you could spare a few minutes to feedback to us.
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
8 June              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 14th June
27 June             Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
29 June             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6th July
13 July              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20th July
27 July              Deadline for Chemistry Week grant applications
27 July              Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3rd August
30 July              Deadline for Local Section inserts in Chemistry Week (September issue)
10 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17th August
31 August         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7th September
11 September   Deadline for Interest Group Top Up fund
Upcoming Events
5 - 7 June                      Local to you Career Consultations, Dundee St. Andrews
13-14 June                    Chemistry Means Business, Manchester
19 - 21 June                  Local to you Career Consultations, Manchester
12 July                          The Royal Society of Chemistry Annual General Meeting, Burlington House, London
14 July                          New Officers Briefing day, Burlington House, London
 20 July                          The Royal Society of Chemistry Summer party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
5 - 6 September            Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, University of Bath, Bath
14 September               Celebration of Local Sections 2017, Burlington House, London
26 September               Interest Group Forum, Burlington House, London
Communications from across the RSC
Inspirational Committee Award 2017
This year’s Inspirational Committee Award goes to:
The New Zealand Local Section committee
  • past Chair – Professor John Spencer MRSC
  • Secretary – Dr Vladimir Golovko MRSC
  • Treasurer – Dr Jóhannes Reynisson FRSC
For revitalising the New Zealand Local Section of the Royal Society of Chemistry and improving the engagement and activity of members throughout the country.
Inspirational Member Award 2017
This year’s Inspirational Member Awards go to:
  • Dr Kathryn Bell MRSC
    Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector
    Teacher – Forest Lane Community School
For her leadership of the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry Sector Education Support Group including the establishment of a coherent publicity strategy and streamlined application and review process leading to a significant increase in the number and diversity of projects supported.
  • Dr Sarah Myers MRSC
    East Midlands Local Section committee
    STEMNET Regional Networks Manager
For her dedication and enthusiasm as Secretary of the East Midlands Local Section committee and being the driving force behind additional activities established to ensure that a broad diversity of members can get involved.
  • Dr Hooshang Zavareh CChem FRSC
    Consultancy Group committee
For his dedication to the Consultancy Group committee including supporting staff in the creation of the Directory of Consultants which is of benefit to the wider chemical science community.
Chemistry at Work
We are now coming to the end of the existing Chemistry at Work programme following the last call for applications earlier in the year. After July, schools engagement events such as Chemistry at Work will be funded through our Outreach Fund which we have enhanced to provide more flexible funding opportunities for school engagement activities. The Outreach Fund is now open and the fund will cover a broad variety of formats for events engaging school students with chemistry. More details about applying and the criteria can now be found at
Chemistry Week ‘Global Science’
20 – 26 November 2017
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 June 2017.
Outreach Fund – large grants
3 July 2017
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for large grants between £2,000 and £10,000 to support schools and public engagement projects. If you have a new idea or have been developing a project that centres around enriching students’ chemistry education,  increasing public confidence to communicate chemistry or supporting members to get involved in outreach then please do get in touch or make an application for funding. For more information and to make an application please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (
Take part in our 2017 Pay and Reward survey – opens 14 June
Every response counts so your input is vital.
Did you know that as a Royal Society of Chemistry member, you have access to an authoritative employment and job satisfaction report based on the experience of thousands of professionals working in the chemical sciences?
Your participation in the Pay and Reward survey provides the vital data required to produce this biennial report.
In 2015, we had our best response rate since moving the survey online. This gave more weight to our findings and supplied our members with the evidence needed to make informed career decisions.
On 14 June, you will receive an email from ORC International, the market research agency we’re working with, containing your personal link to the survey.
Your contribution really is vital, so please take a few minutes to complete the survey when it arrives.
Local Section Day 2017
We would like each Local Section to nominate a representative of their committee to attend our celebration of Local Section activities. The invitation is for discussion at your next committee meeting and is not a direct invitation to any specific individual or Officer. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
Interest Group Forum 2017
We would like each Interest Group to nominate a representative of their committee to attend the 2017 Interest Group Forum. The forum is the new governance meeting for Interest Groups and it is important that as many groups are represented as possible. The Member Networks Committee are keen to encourage you to discuss this invitation and nominate a representative as a whole committee.
This newsletter including additional information from other departments is also available online (
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

Did you know?
The Royal Society of Chemistry covers expenses for committee members attending events that are organised centrally (e.g. New Officers Briefing Day, Regional Meeting…). The expense form is available on the RSC website ( and should be sent to
Expenses for events run by a member network should be claimed via the group treasurer.
Additional information from other departments
Last chance to join Chemistry Means Business, 13-14 June 2017, Manchester
CMB is the RSC’s annual event for the chemical science industry and comprises keynote sessions, fireside chats, panel discussions, technology pitches, as well as 1-2-1 partnering opportunities and informal networking.
Few tickets are still available. For more information about the event and tickets see
Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, 5th – 6th September at the University of Bath
Registration is now open for the Joliot-Curie Conference 2017, 5th – 6th September at the University of Bath. The conference is the must-attend event for post-doc researchers in their first or second job, who are aiming for an independent career in academic research. Delegates can:
  • Find out more about academic research careers and the different ways to access them 
  • Get information and support on issues affecting career progression in academic research 
  • Develop communication skills and gain confidence when talking about and presenting research 
  • Access support during the event through targeted group discussions and one-to-one sessions.
Registration costs £20 for RSC members and £25 for non-members. Find out more and register here:
Pan Africa Chemistry Network (PACN)
Supporting African Science – join our LinkedIn Group or follow us on Twitter #PanAfricaChem
Analytical Science Training Opportunity – in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and GSK. Apply now.
Apply now to attend a free training course in Ghana or Kenya.  All expenses covered. 
UK-Africa Collaboration Opportunities
We are collaborating with the Royal Society to fund International Exchanges between the UK and sub-Saharan Africa.  Up to £12,000 is available to fund travel and research costs.  Closing date 13th June 2017.
Newton- Utafiti Fund launched by Kenya and UK Governments to enable UK-Kenya collaboration.  For more information:

Research Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to purchse chemicals and/or equipment for your research.
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