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.

December Networks Newsletter

Dear all,

Welcome to the last Networks Newsletter of 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your hard work this year. We look to working with you all again next year and we wish you a very merry festive season.
Upcoming Administration Deadlines
12 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st December to additional networks
14 December    Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st December
   9 January        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January to additional networks
11 January         Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th January
15 January         Deadline for Outreach Grant (small) applications
30 January         Deadline for March Chemistry World inserts
  9 February        Deadline for financial reports – all networks
14 February       Deadline for annual reports
  9 February       Deadline for RSC Groups Financial Reports
14 February       Deadline for RSC Groups annual reports
   3 April              Deadline for Interest Group top up funding application
Upcoming Events
   5 December     London - Local to You Career Consultations
22-23 January     Local to you career consultations, Reading
25 January           Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, London
5-7 February        Local to you career consultations, Lancaster
21 February         Regional Meeting – London
21 February         South East Regional Steering Group meeting, London
22 February         Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, Newcastle
27-1 March          Local to you career consultations, Edinburgh
28 February         Regional Meeting – Belfast
28 February         Ireland Regional Steering Group meeting, Belfast
Communications from across the RSC
Regional Meetings 2018
The Regional Meetings 2018 will be held in February and March. Venues are still subject to confirmation but once we have received confirmation the meetings will be on the events database and registration information will be circulated to all members in the UK and Ireland.

Please be aware that from this year we are refocussing the purpose of these meetings to be a networking opportunity for all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the vicinity who wish to attend. We will still be having a presentation from a member of the Leadership Team outlining our activities and strategy.

There will be an opportunity to meet with staff if you have any committee specific business to discuss but this will not be in a public forum. Please remember that you can contact us at any time for support simply by emailing As committee members, unless you are attending a Regional Steering Group meeting on the same day, we will be inviting you to attend the meeting which is geographically closest to you. Registration for other meetings is welcomed if you happen to be in the area and would like to attend.
  • London Regional Meeting, Burlington House, 21 February 2018
  • Ireland Regional Meeting, Belfast, 28 February 2018
  • Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff, 5 March 2018
  • North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool, 7 March 2018
  • North East Regional Meeting, Leeds, 8 March 2018
  • Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich, 14 March 2018
  • South West Regional Meeting, Exeter, 15 March 2018
  • Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham, 19 March 2018
  • South East Regional Meeting, Oxford, 20 March 2018
  • Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh, 28 March 2018
Brand Centre
We are planning to further develop brand centre and will be reviewing the current templates in early 2018. If there are things which you routinely want which aren’t provided currently please do let us know by emailing

Following a number of enquires we would like to clarify the following:
  • Brand centre credit can only be used for the editable items and promotional items available on the brand centre.
  • Any bespoke design requests for materials should be paid for from the funds held by the committee.
  • Justdigital are happy to support our networks by producing bespoke materials at the same discounted prices negotiated by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Any enquires about your brand centre credit should be sent to
  • Any technical or delivery enquiries should be sent directly to

Interest Groups top up funding
All Interest Groups can apply for top up funding to help them run events, provide travel for speakers and other adhoc activities. The top up fund is non-competitive and all applications will be sent to Member Networks Committee for discussion at the May committee meeting. The Networks team will inform the secretary of the Interest Group of the outcome. For funding in 2018 the deadline for applications is Tuesday, 3 April and for funding in 2019 the deadline is Tuesday, 18 September. For more information or an application form, please contact Nic Bygrave

ChemCareers webinars
Did you miss one of the Career Management team’s webinars in 2017? You can watch all our previous webinars on our YouTube channel on topics such as preparing for a successful interview, how to get the most out of LinkedIn, careers in academic research and many more.

Annual Reports 2017
The link to the annual report from ( including additional information will be sent to all group secretaries shortly. We have updated the form following feedback from members so please do not use last year’s form.

7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress 2018
26–30 August 2018
ACC Liverpool, UK

The EuCheMS Chemistry Congress has a longstanding reputation for nurturing scientific discussion, and we are honoured to be hosting it next year.
2018’s theme is molecular frontiers and global challenges, and participants can look forward to an exciting five days full of opportunities to share ideas and strengthen connections.
Keep up to date with the latest on abstract submissions, registration details and sponsorship opportunities by registering your interest for the conference now.

Get more details and register for updates:

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
Season’s greetings and a happy New Year,

the networks elves
Fiona, Nic & Stephanie

Did you know?
The Yule Log was originally an entire tree that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony and burned over the 12 days of Christmas. A Chocolate Yule Log or 'bûche de Noël' is now a popular Christmas desert, made of a chocolate sponge roll layered with cream.

Additional information from other departments
Pan Africa Chemistry Network  - Seminars in Kenya and Ethiopia
These events are led by our community to enable networking, share ideas and skills.
To stay up to date with our work in Africa, please join our Newsletter:
Posted by Stephanie Comte on Dec 1, 2017 9:03 AM Europe/London

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