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 June 2018

Dear all,

The first week of June every year is Volunteers Week run by NCVO, which is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity. We want to take the opportunity to say a big THANK YOU to you, some of our most engaged members, who give up your time and without which we would not be able to provide these networks to our members.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines
11 June            Deadline registrations for New Officers’ Briefing Day
12 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st June to additional networks
14 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st June
26 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th July to additional networks
28 June            Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5th July
10 July             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th July to additional networks
12 July             Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19th July

Upcoming Events
18 June              New Officers’ Briefing Day, Burlington House, London
11 July               Royal Society of Chemistry AGM, Burlington House, London
18 July               RSC Summer Party, Royal Academy of Arts, London
26-30 August      7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress, Liverpool
30-31 August      RSC Early Career symposium, Liverpool

Communications from across the RSC
As most people are now aware the General Data Protection Regulation was introduced on 25 May 2018.
Links to the updated handbook, rules and GDPR guidelines and resources were sent to all Chairs, Secretaries and Treasurers of all of our member networks along with our International Representatives, Early Career Representative and Academic Representatives on Friday 18 May 2018. If you have any queries about GDPR relating to the work of our member networks please refer to the guidelines and if necessary email

Recognising our volunteers
We have been highlighting the 2018 winners of our Awards for Service and Inspirational Member and Committee Awards both on our website and through our normal social media channels. This year saw an increase in the number of excellent nominations received for these awards which is a testament to the wonderful work of our members.
Full information about the award winners is available in the news section of our website.

Volunteers Week 1-7 June
We would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to thank those around you and acknowledge the time that they give. This could be other members of your committee or you know someone that is involved with outreach events for example. If you use Twitter then please do thank them using #Time4Chem and link to us @RoySocChem, or just say thank you personally to those individuals.
Do you know anyone that is interested in volunteering with us? If you do please direct them to our new volunteering pages.

New members campaign
As part of the new 1st year membership pathway, introduced in March, all new members are sent a communication at 4 weeks of membership that highlights the Interest Groups and encourages new members to subscribe.  This communication is tailored by membership category so is clear as to the number of groups each recipient is able to subscribe.  This has been sent out twice so far and we have seen a good response from new members wanting to taking up groups.
In addition to the new members campaign, we are due to run a campaign to existing members in July.  This will be targeted by category and encourage those who have not subscribed to the number of groups they are able to.  We will expect this to create a good uptake in subscribers to the Interest Groups and raise the awareness of the groups among our members.

UK & European small companies & universities, developing chemistry-driven technology working in health, energy, environment, food & drink and materials & enabling technologies

The RSC Emerging Technologies Competition is open for applications.

Since 2013, the Competition has turned 36 promising ideas into…
  • Collaborations with multinationals
  • License deals
  • £31 million in follow-on equity investment and grant funding
Apply from 2 May until 2 July

Outreach Fund – Small Grants
Our Outreach Fund is currently open to applications for small grants (up to £2,000) 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 applications please use the following link to the Outreach pages on our website (

ECS2018 5th RSC Early Career Symposium 30–31 August 2018 Liverpool, UK
Standard registration deadline – 16 July 2018
Poster abstract deadline – 18 June 2018

Hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry's Early Career Network, this symposium aims to bring together early-career chemists from all sectors, in order to connect with emerging leaders and the latest advances in the chemical sciences. There will be three parallel sessions, covering Organic and Biochemistry, Physical and Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic and Materials Chemistry, as well as a session focused on outreach and impact. Sessions will include invited speakers representing emerging talent from industry and academia. Abstracts for poster presentations are welcome from academic and industrial chemists taking the first steps in their careers. EuCheMS attendees can get a discount on registration and there are travel grants available. Join us in Liverpool, in August 2018. Secure your place by registering online now: 

Looking to speak to a Career Specialist?
Appointments are available via Skype, phone or in person around the UK (selected dates), in London and Cambridge. They can help you with updating your CV, job search strategies or if you are at a crossroads and need some guidance from a qualified specialist. Appointments are available to our Associates, Members and Fellows. Search for appointments ( or email us at to help with your career management.

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

Posted by Stephanie Comte on Jun 1, 2018 10:38 AM Europe/London

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