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 – February 2019

Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter!

This Newsletter is to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives; you are receiving the Newsletter as the role of network.

This month in the spotlight we have a special update from our Regions team about the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Coordinators and how they can support you and your members, and from Anna Aldred, our Public Engagement Officer, about International Year of the Periodic Table events and activities.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Expanding our network across the regions
  • Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
As always, full-length articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

Upcoming Administration Deadlines

8 February        Deadline for member network financial reports
12 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st February to additional networks
14 February      Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21st February
25 February      Deadline for member network Annual Reports
25 February      Deadline for application for Undergraduate Research Bursaries (students in UK or ROI only)
7 March            Registration deadline for ‘LCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses in Kenya

Upcoming Events

18–20 February  Hot-electron science and microscopic processes in plasmonics and catalysis Faraday Discussion
26 February        EU Nationals Living in the UK Webinar
5 March              2019 RSC Twitter Poster Conference
25–27 March      Artificial photosynthesis Faraday Discussion
14 May               Investment Catalyst
3–5 July             Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
8–11 July           14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)

Spotlight: Expanding our network across the regions

From improving teacher confidence and recruiting the next generation of chemistry teachers to supporting outreach activities and forming connections, find out what our Regions Team is up to and how you can get involved.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog or find your local Education Coordinator here.

Spotlight: International Year of the Periodic Table

The International Year of the Periodic Table is now underway! The official IUPAC international launch, sponsored by the RSC, took place on 29th January in Paris. RSC CEO, Robert Parker took the stage to give one of the opening addresses, take a look at the RSC news pages to learn more about this prestigious event.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog or contact Anna at with any comments or questions.

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.

International Year of the Periodic Table digital resource pack now available
If you are planning activities for the International Year of the Periodic Table, you can find information about RSC IYPT grants and resources on, and we’ve created an online digital resource pack to help you and your members celebrate #IYPT2019.

Undergraduate Research Bursaries applications open now – apply by 25 February
The Undergraduate Research Bursaries ( are now open for 2019 applications until noon 25 February, with a new increased value of £250 per week (£275 in London) for up to 8 weeks.

These research bursaries are to fund short (6-8 weeks) summer research projects for talented undergraduate chemical science students in the middle years of their course, based in the UK or ROI.

The purpose of the awards is to give experience of research to undergraduates with research potential and to encourage them to consider a career in scientific research.

For more information, please see the Undergraduate Research Bursaries webpage.

EU Nationals Living in the UK Webinar
Tuesday 26th February, 12.30-1.30pm

Hosted by Alex Russell, Principal Associate from Mills and Reeve LLP, this session will include a comprehensive overview of developments of the new settled status/pre-settled status applications, as well as common questions and difficult issues relating to this status. The session, which will include some time for questions, will also give members a brief overview of actions that members should consider now.

For more information, please visit the event website, or register for the webinar here.

Please share the details for this webinar with members in your network who may be affected.

Voice of the Future
Tuesday 12 March 2019, 8:00am, Houses of Parliament, London UK

Voice of the Future is an opportunity for scientists aged 18–35 to question the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee, Ministers and other key figures in science in Parliament about science policy issues. Check out this video from last year to see how the event works.

We are inviting early career chemists to represent the Royal Society of Chemistry at the event or to submit questions. If you or a member of your network would like to take part, please email your question to by Friday 8th February and include their full name, date of birth, email address and occupation (e.g. PhD student at the University of Nottingham).

Please remember that the best questions are usually the most concise and should not be of a detailed scientific nature but relate to science and policy.

You’ll be able to follow and contribute to the Twitter feed using #VOF2019.

14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
8–11 July 2019, Birmingham, UK

The 'MC' conference series has been shining a spotlight on materials chemistry for two decades now, and is the flagship event of our Materials Chemistry Division.

We regularly reach an audience of more than 500 delegates. So if your work aligns with any of our key themes, don’t miss this chance to showcase your research in front of a large and engaged audience. 

Key themes:
  • Magnetic, Electronic & Optical Materials
  • Energy & Environment
  • Nanomaterials & Porous Materials
  • Soft Matter & Biomaterials
Abstract submission is now open. Secure your place by registering online now:

Investment Catalyst
The Royal Society of Chemistry in partnership with the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is running an event for chemical SMEs to pitch to angel investors on 14th May in London. If your company is looking for some investment, this could be the opportunity you were looking for.

Click here to fill in the pitch application form.

To be eligible to pitch, you need to be a member of EnterprisePlus, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s dedicated service to support UK SMEs. We support over 300 SMEs by providing access to expertise, knowledge, funding and talent to facilitate growth. It’s free to join and is a very quick application process. For more info about the service (including the application form), click here.

Hands on training in analytical techniques held across Africa throughout 2019
Applications are open for two training courses to enhance the capabilities of African scientists in modern analytical techniques:
  • ‘GCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses will take place in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria throughout 2019.
  • ‘LCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ courses will take place in Kenya on 1-5 July 2019 and 19-23 August 2019. Apply online by 7 March 2019.
These training courses are Pan Africa Chemistry Network workshops supported by GSK and will cover the practical aspects of Gas or Liquid Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation.

To find out more and to apply, visit There are only 15 spaces available per course, so don’t miss out!

Nanoscale Advances: the first issue is out now
We have published the first full issue of Nanoscale Advances, our new, gold open access journal for the nanoscience community published in collaboration with the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) in Beijing, China.

Nanoscale Advances joins our established nanoscience journals, Nanoscale and Nanoscale Horizons, to offer a venue for the publication of quality, reproducible new work that makes an important advance to the existing literature.

All papers published in the journal will always be free to access. We are waiving article processing charges for the first two years, so until mid-2021 the journal will be completely free to publish in for authors, as well as free to read.

Read issue 1 now

Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship
We are delighted to announce that Professor Guo-Liang Chai has been selected by the EES Editorial Board as the winner of the 2018 “Energy & Environmental Science Readers’ Choice Lectureship”. The Lectureship is awarded annually to one outstanding early career scientist (within 10 years of receiving their PhD) who has published in the journal. The winner is selected by the EES Editorial Board from a shortlist of authors of the most-read articles from each issue of EES in the previous year.

Find more updates from RSC Publishing on the journal blogs

Latest updates on our policy work

With a programme of activities spanning research funding, mobility of scientists, open access, chemicals regulation, teacher supply, curriculum and much more, our goal is to shape the development of policy relevant to the chemical sciences.

Read about some of this month’s activities here:

Thank you for reading the RSC Networks Newsletter blog; 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, Aurora & Becky

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 31, 2019 2:06 PM Europe/London

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