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.

July Networks Newsletter

Dear all,

Welcome to the July edition of the networks newsletter.  If you haven’t yet registered for the New Officer’s Briefing Day, now is the time to get in touch. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow officers and the networks team.
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 July               Deadline for registration for the New Officers’ Briefing day
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
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
The 2017 Pay and Reward survey needs you
We use the Pay and Reward survey to gather evidence to help you effectively plan and manage your career. Would working in a different area of the chemical sciences affect your pay? How might taking break alter your career prospects? Do you need information to help you benchmark against data such as gender pay-gap and provide more meaningful interpretation and evidence for diversity initiatives?
The more responses we get to the survey, the more accurately you’ll be able to assess the answers to these questions and more. The survey is open until 9 July and your response is vital.
Last week, you should have received an email from ORC International, the market research agency we’re working with, containing your personal link to the survey. If you haven’t received your email invitation to the survey then please know. Once the results are analysed, you will be sent your own digital copy of the full report. Thank you for your help!
Christmas Cards
We will soon be contacting our Local Sections in the UK and Ireland to confirm the demographic to which they wish to send Christmas cards this year. Unfortunately we are not able to offer any electronic Christmas cards this year – please be aware that this was a decision outwith the control of the Networks Team.
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.

RSC AGM 2017
The Royal Society of Chemistry Annual General Meeting will take place on 12 July 2017 at 17:00 in Burlington House, London. All members are invited to attend, no registration is necessary. Our AGM is an opportunity to hear about recent developments in our work and to meet the new President Elect and Honorary Treasurer. The meeting will be followed by a reception, to which all participants are invited.
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?
We currently have over 1’240 individual members on the committees of our member networks worldwide?
They are all part of one of our 35 Local Sections in the UK and Ireland, 23 int. Local Sections, 71 Interest Groups, 8 Analytical Division Regions and 2 Education Division Regions.
In addition we have many more active members in our Early Career Network and our governance boards and committees too.
Additional information from other departments

Analytical Science Training Opportunity – in partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry and GSK.
Apply now to attend a free training course in Ethiopia or Nigeria.  All expenses covered. 
Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, 2-6th October 2017 (Deadline 3rd August)
Nigeria, University of Lagos, 20-24th November 2017 (Deadline 7th September)
Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) Meeting,
with the Tanzanian Chemical Society Conference, Arusha, Tanzania, 11-15th September 2017.  Supported by the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Register now and submit your abstract.

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.

Research Fund
Grants of up to £4,000 are available to purchase chemicals and/or equipment for your research.
For more information about our work in Africa, please see, join our LinkedIn Group or contact
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Jul 10, 2017 12:35 PM Europe/London

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