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 October 2018

Dear all,

Welcome to the October edition of the networks newsletter.

Networks Team – Changes

As you may be aware, Nic Bygrave will be going on maternity leave in October. We are delighted to announce that Becky Winsbury will be joining the team on 1 October to cover Nic’s absence. Becky is currently finishing her PhD at the John Innes Centre with Rob Field.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

2 October          Deadline for the International Exchange Awards
9 October          Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th October to additional networks
11 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18th October
22 October        Deadline for Researcher Mobility Grant applications
23 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st November to additional networks
25 October        Deadline for E-alerts going out on 1st November
6 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th November to additional networks
8 November      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15th November

Upcoming Events

1 October          Nominations for our 2019 Prizes and Awards open
5 October          Planning for Retirement webinar
15 October        Chemistry Means Business
18 October        Mentor training session (academics only)
30–31 Oct         Member Networks Conference
1 November      International Local Sections – additional Member Networks Conference meeting
6 November      Women’s retention and progression report launch
6–8 Nov            Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress, Nairobi, Kenya
19–25 Nov        Chemistry Week: ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’

Communications from across the RSC

Funding available: International Exchange Awards – in partnership with the Royal Society
Up to £12,000 is available over 2 years to fund research and travel costs to support collaborations between UK scientists and those in sub-Saharan Africa.

Deadline for applications is 3pm Tuesday 2nd October; for more information see

Funding available: Researcher Mobility Grants
Submit your applications to the Researcher Mobility Grant by 22 October for your chance to be awarded up to £5000. We support PhD students and early career researchers seeking to develop their research and careers through collaborative projects.

See for more details and to apply.

Wellbeing Workshops
Throughout 2018 our Chemists’ Community Fund have been supporting Local Sections with a series of Wellbeing and Resilience workshops. The events have been very well received, with 98% of delegates recommending the workshop to a friend or colleague and comments have included: “It was a highly informative and very interactive session. Trevor’s knowledge of the subject was beyond question but his way of getting over a particular point was sensitive. I would definitely recommend this to my colleagues.”

If your committee would be interested in hosting a workshop in 2019 or you would like further information then please contact Lara at

Speak with a qualified Careers Specialist
Appointments are still available for booking for our autumn hubs around the UK. During October and November, the team will be visiting Manchester, Newcastle, Coventry and Bristol. Appointments are available at our London office fortnightly (book online) and on request by phone, video conference or in Cambridge throughout the week early morning and evenings on specific dates.

If you’re a member of our professional categories and thinking about making a big or little change, want to take stock of where you are or anything career-related email We’re here to help.

Nominate now for 2019 prizes and awards
Nominations are now open for our 2019 prizes and awards, in which we celebrate the outstanding work being carried out in every corner of our diverse community. We proactively support and celebrate diversity in the chemical sciences and we encourage nominations of people from underrepresented groups. Our winners are selected based on excellence and any member can make a nomination. This is your opportunity to ensure that our prizes and awards reflect the breadth of achievement across the chemical sciences.

We have made changes to the eligibility criteria for our early- and mid-career stage awards this year. To find out more, and to make your nominations before 15 January 2019, visit

Planning for Retirement webinar
5 October 2018, 12:30–14:00

Planning on retiring within the next 5 years, or simply considering your options and wanting to plan ahead? On 5 October at 12:30 hear from retirement advisors Later Life who provide advice on the many aspects of retirement. Please note the webinar will not provide specific financial advice, but will highlight aspects that you need to consider.

Sign up online.

Chemistry Means Business 2018
Monday 15 October 2018, 08:30–23:00

Chemistry Means Business is our annual flagship event for industry, connecting start-ups, small and medium enterprises, multinational organisations, and academic entrepreneurs from across the UK and Europe. This year’s one-day programme is rich in opportunities to find, make and cultivate business relationships that will open new avenues for development and shape your future direction.

The registration deadline is Monday 8 October. More information can be found on the event website.

Mentor Training (academics only)
For all members in academia interested in mentoring the Career Management Team are running an additional Mentor training session on 18 October in London.

We are often asked by mentees for an academic mentor to help guide them in the early stages of their career, but currently only have a handful of mentors available to us that meet this criteria. If you are interested then please register online or pass this information onto a colleague who you think might be interested.

Report launch: Women’s retention and progression in the chemical sciences
Monday 6 November 2018, 17:00–21:00

This new research is the next step of our commitment to accelerating the pace of change on gender. We explore the barriers leading to attrition and lack of progression that result in gender imbalance at the highest levels of academia in UK chemical sciences and make recommendations for action.

The registration deadline is Monday 29 October. More information can be found on the event website.

Managing resources through chemistry: Wealth not waste 
Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress 6–8 November 2018, Nairobi, Kenya

Topics include green chemistry, biomaterials, natural products, waste reduction and processing and a session looking at the issue of plastic waste. Registration is free, all are welcome to attend from around the globe.

Registration will open in early October – this event always fills up, so register soon so you don’t miss out:

Chemistry Week ‘Community Outreach – Chemistry for Everyone’
19–25 November 2018

If your group is doing something to celebrate Chemistry Week we want to hear about it. Tell us your story or tweet us @RoySocChem using #Time4Chem.

To find out more about Chemistry Week go to

Joliot-Curie Webinar Series 2018
For all post-docs looking for an independent career in academic research – join our free interactive webinars this December and hear from our panels of experts. The webinars will help you to:
  • Find out more about academic research careers and the different ways to access them
  • Get information and support on issues affecting your career progression in academic research
  • Ask our experts live online for hints, tips and practical guidance on a range of essential topics for aspiring academics
All webinars will include an interactive question and answer session.

Full details of the programme, panel speakers and information about how to register can be found here:


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 & Aurora

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Sep 28, 2018 11:11 AM Europe/London

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