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.

February Networks Newsletter

Dear all,

Welcome to the February edition of the networks newsletter. We are looking forward to meeting some of you during the upcoming Regional Meetings. If you haven’t yet registered for your nearest Regional Meeting, now is the time to get in touch. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with fellow members and staff.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
6 February        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th February to additional networks
8 January          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th February
9 February        Deadline for financial reports
14 February      Deadline for annual reports
20 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st March to additional networks
22 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st March
6 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March to additional networks
8 March            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th March
19 March          Deadline Nominations for Inspirational Member and Inspirational Committee Awards

Upcoming Events
5-7 February       Local to you career consultations, Lancaster
7 February          Improve Your Understanding of Wellbeing and Resilience workshop, London 
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
5 March              Wales Regional Meeting, Cardiff         
7 March              North West Regional Meeting, Liverpool
8 March              North East Regional Meeting, Leeds
14 March            Eastern Regional Meeting, Norwich
15 March            South West Regional Meeting, Exeter
19 March            Midlands Regional Meeting, Birmingham
20 March            South East Regional Meeting, Oxford
28 March            Scotland Regional Meeting, Edinburgh

Communications from across the RSC

New Deputy Chief Executive (Head of House)
We are delighted to announce that Paul Lewis has been appointed as our new Deputy Chief Executive (Head of House) and will join the organisation on Friday 23 March.
An experienced senior leader in the private and not-for-profit sectors, Paul joins us from City & Guilds where he has been Executive Director, International and Strategy. He has substantial leadership experience in the Education, Skills and Knowledge sectors with specialist Government-to-Government and international operating expertise.
He has been selected through a rigorous process. Our President, John Holman, commented: “Having been closely involved in the selection of Paul Lewis as one of our two Deputy Chief Executives, I am very pleased that he has accepted the job. Paul's wide experience is exactly what we need, particularly because he will be responsible for our portfolio of publications, which is such an important part of what the Royal Society of Chemistry does to support the worldwide chemistry community.”
He will work with Robert Parker (CEO) and Helen Pain (DCEO (Head of Profession)) to deliver our mission.  Paul’s focus will be on developing and maintaining our position as a leading, high-quality publisher and knowledge provider, which is core to our Royal Charter and strategic ambitions and will work closely with Helen and the wider Leadership Team to deliver our strategy collaboratively.
Regional Meetings 2018
As you should all now be aware, the 2018 regional meetings are coming up in February and March. As mentioned in previous newsletters, these meetings are now primarily networking events for all RSC members in the area.
The meetings are now filling up – London is now full – if you would like to attend any of the other meetings please register as soon as possible.
  • London Regional Meeting, Burlington House, 21 February 2018 - Full
  • 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

Deadline extension for EuCheMS Chemistry Congress
 26–30 August 2018, ACC Liverpool, UK
To give more of you the chance to present your work at this high profile congress, we will be accepting oral abstracts until 19 February.
Those of you presenting research will contribute to the big questions under discussion at this year’s congress, on the theme of molecular frontiers and global challenges.
Registration is now open. Attending will bring opportunities to network and strengthen connections, hear experts talk about cutting-edge research in seven key scientific areas, and take part in a series of workshops, lectures, symposia and panel discussions organised by the EuCheMS community. Other highlights include a programme dedicated to the European Young Chemists' Network.
[Submit your oral abstract]
New Guidance Launched For CCF Applications
Previous feedback has revealed that Members can be apprehensive in speaking with the Chemists’ Community Fund. In order to move some way in overcoming this hurdle the Fund team have spoken with a previous beneficiary to discuss what others can expect when liaising and applying to the Fund. The case study, which is available under the heading ‘What can you expect if you apply to the CCF?’ on this page - , could be used as a signpost for Members who may be interested in the CCF.
Have your say on Royal Society of Chemistry activities and shape our future by taking part in our 2018 survey
On 22 January you received an invitation to take part in the 2018 Membership survey. Your input is vital, and we’d like to know your thoughts on:
  • how valuable you find each of the services and benefits we offer you;
  • ways you would like to get involved with our future strategy and activities; and
  • the extent to which you feel part of a worldwide scientific community.
 You make a genuine difference and your feedback from previous surveys has directly influenced our plans and your membership. Use the unique link we have emailed to you to share your views before the survey closes on 11 February.

Chartered Manager
Interested in finding out more about becoming a Chartered Manager through the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Management Institute? We recently hosted a webinar with the CMI to provide an overview of the route to becoming Chartered Manager, how to apply, the benefits, process and the costs. This webinar is available to watch again on our YouTube channel. If you are interested in finding out more please contact
A Future in Chemistry printed booklets no longer available on the Brand Centre
The RSC’s Future In Chemistry website is a rich, illustrated online guide to the varied careers in chemistry for 14 to 18 year olds. It contains options at 14, options at 16, job profiles and information about further study. Please let others know about the site but please do not use the A Future in Chemistry printed booklets which are now out of date. We recommend recycling them.

Submit your story to Community News
Are you organising or taking part in an event? Or do you have a story about something else you’ve done, or something that happened to you, relating to chemistry? If so we want to hear from you! Drop us a message at, with an outline of your story, and we’ll be in touch. Writing talent is not required! If selected, your story will appear on our news site at, and may be selected for our quarterly print magazine, Voice.
Pan Africa Chemistry Network
  1. Analytical Science Training 2018: GCMS and LCMS courses now available. Applications welcomed from researchers across Africa.
  2. Funding Available: International Exchange Awards with the Royal Society. Up to £12,000 available to fund travel and research costs for collabroations between UK and sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).  Deadline: 13th March 2018.
 Please join our newsletter to stay up to date with our activities in Africa:
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?
Attendance at Regional Meetings is not limited to one member per committee. We would love to see as many of you as possible at the meetings.

Posted by Stephanie Comte on Feb 2, 2018 6:30 AM Europe/London

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