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 2019

Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the spotlight we have information about the new process for awarding long-standing members their 40-year Gold Badges.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Administration Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: New Process for Awarding 40-year Gold Badges
  • Communications from across the RSC

As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.


Upcoming Administration Deadlines

10 June     Close of applications for the Research Fund
11 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 June to additional networks
13 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 June
16 June     Close of applications for the Inclusion & Diversity Fund
25 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 July to additional networks
27 June     Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 July
01 July      Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications


Upcoming Events

06 June     Member e-alerts
20 June     Member e-alerts
3–5 July    Indo-UK Researcher Links Workshop on Waste Water Management, Chandigarh
04 July      Member e-alerts
8–11 July  14th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC14)
18 July      Member e-alerts
11–12 September          2019 Joliot Curie Conference

You can find all of our member network events here:


Spotlight: New Process for Awarding 40-year Gold Badges
As many of you know, any member who has been a part of the RSC for forty years is entitled to a Gold Badge. Until recently, there was no clear process in how the gold badges were sent to members, making it difficult to keep track of who had received their badge and who hadn’t, and resulting in many members not receiving their badge.

Going forward, our Membership team will write to members who are in their fortieth year of membership to offer them a formal letter of recognition and Gold Badge.

Our Membership team will work with UK and ROI Local Sections and ask UK and ROI members if they would like to receive these at a Local Section event.

To find out more about the new process, read the full blog post, or please contact our Membership team at if you have any queries concerning Gold Badges.


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.

Brand refresh update
We will be sending out the new Interest Group, Local Section and division region logos later this month, along with guidance on how to use them. 

If you need just the Royal Society of Chemistry logo, you can now download it from, which also tells you more about the brand refresh, and includes our new brand video.

Regional Celebrations 2019
Our 2019 Regional Celebration events are an opportunity to recognise the efforts and professional successes of local members and celebrate the International Year of the Periodic Table.

Check out for the Regional Celebration nearest you and register for a chance to network with RSC staff and other members in your local area. Refreshments and food will be provided. For more information contact Geri at

Get involved: Pay and Reward survey
On 12 June, we will be asking you to contribute to the centenary edition of the Pay and Reward survey, a report that provides valuable information about the pay and benefits in different areas of the chemical sciences allowing you to make evidence-based about your career.

In its 100th year, we want this report to be the most accurate, comprehensive and helpful yet, so we hope you will take part in this significant project. We will send you a personal link to the survey by email so keep an eye on your inbox.

Inclusion & Diversity Fund is open for applications
The 2019 Inclusion & Diversity Fund closes on Sunday 16 June

What do raising the profile of female scientists, adapting resources for students with disabilities,
and research into inequality in the chemistry community have in common?

They are all supported by our Inclusion & Diversity Fund. Your project could be, too. Grants are available up to £5000.

For details, visit

Chemists’ Community Fund Volunteer training
On Wednesday 26 June there will be training for Chemists’ Community Fund Local Section Coordinators and Ambassadors in the form of an online webinar. Any questions can be sent to the Fund office ahead of this date and we will endeavour to include this in the training session, and there will be options to ask questions and get involved throughout the webinar.

If you are a Local Section Coordinator or Ambassador, please do register for the webinar here.

‘GCMS Training: A Hands On Approach’ workshop
Lagos, Nigeria, 18–22 November

This Pan Africa Chemistry Network training course, supported by GSK, will cover the practical aspects of Gas Chromatography, method development, quantitative analysis and spectral interpretation of GC-MS.

Submission deadline is 11 July. To find out more and apply, visit – only 15 spaces available.

Registration is now open for the Joliot Curie Conference 2019
11 – 12 September at the University of Nottingham

The Joliot-Curie Conference is the annual must-attend event dedicated to supporting the aspirations of early career post-doctoral researchers who are aspiring to an independent career in academic research, particularly those who are under-represented in academia.

Come and hear from our panels of eminent academics, take part in one-to-one sessions and workshops and explore career topics that are relevant to everyone.

Find out more, see the latest programme and register online here:


We welcome any feedback you have on what you would like included in this newsletter; please email any suggestions to

Please feel free to encourage other members of your committee to read the Networks Newsletter blog.

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jun 3, 2019 10:29 AM Europe/London

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