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 2019

Dear ​colleague,

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

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • News from the RSC Networks team
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work

Upcoming Deadlines
01 October
01 October
07 October
08 October
10 October
14 October

21 October
29 October
31 October
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications 
Nominations for RSC Prizes and Awards are open
Close of applications for Research Fund
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 October to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 October
Deadline for IYPT Member Grants

Close of applications for Researcher Mobility Grants
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 November to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 7 November


Upcoming Events
03 October
17 October
24 October
07 November
19 November
21 November
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Social media training for member networks: finding and planning content
Member e-alerts
Social media for training for member networks: scheduling your content
Member e-alerts


News from the RSC Networks team

This month we would like to update you about ongoing changes to the Networks team.

As many of you know, Becky joined us in October last year as the maternity cover for Nic Bygrave.

Nic was due to come back to the team in October, but instead she has decided to take a break and spend more time with her three boys. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Nic for her time on the Networks team and wish her luck for the future.

Unfortunately, Becky will also be leaving us in October. Becky joined us after completing her PhD in molecular biology and over the last year has worked with many of you on everything from your annual grants to contract queries. Becky is hoping to return to a lab-based position – although after she takes some time to paint her new chicken coop! Becky has passed on her well wishes to all of our committee members and we will miss her dearly.

All of this means that from 1 October 2019 there is a vacancy on the Networks team. As you are the members that our team engages and works with, we would encourage you to share the job ad and to encourage suitable candidates to apply before Sunday 13 October.

Read the job ad and apply here


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.

Nominate now for 2020 Prizes and Awards
Do you know someone working in the chemical sciences who deserves recognition?

Nominations are now open for our 2020 Prizes and Awards, in which we celebrate the outstanding work being carried out in every corner of our diverse community.

With awards for teams and individuals, educators, technicians, and people working across every area of the chemical sciences, there is something for everybody.

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 RSC 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.

To find out more, and to make your nominations before 17:00 GMT on 15 January 2020.

Learn more about the 2020 Prizes and Awards here

Social media training for member networks
We are working with our Digital Communications team to produce three tailored webinars to support our member network volunteers. You can find information about the content and presenters on the Events Database or register using the links below.

The first webinar, Social Media for beginners, was on Tuesday 17 September, and focussed on the different types of social media and how to use them. You can download the slides and Q&A handouts downloaded from the event page or watch the video here.

You can register for the second and third webinars by clicking on the links below:

Register for our Finding and Planning Content webinar on 24 October

Register for our Scheduling your Content webinar on 19 November

Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway! We will share the video link, slides and resources with anyone who has registered after the webinar, so even if you’re not free on that day please do sign up!

IYPT grants – final deadline 14 October
There is still time to apply for for our IYPT grants to support IYPT - including activity for Chemistry Week!

Committees of Local Sections, Interest Groups and International Sections can apply for a member networks grant (up to £1,000) to support a range of activity including schools and public engagement events or periodic table themed events for members in a particular area.
There are also individual member grants available (up to £500) so please pass on to members you know or include details of them in any e-alerts you send or events and meetings you have coming up.

Apply by 14 October

Grants for Mobility Aids from the Chemists’ Community Fund
The Chemists’ Community Fund are able to offer assistance for RSC Members, their partners or dependents for mobility aids that will help with daily life such as wheelchairs, mobility scooters or stair lifts. A grant from the Chemists’ Community Fund enabled RSC Member Genevieve Ososki to purchase a sit-to-stand wheelchair, enabling her to carry out laboratory experiments safely.

Contact for more information.

Read Genevieve's story

Personal Brexit Advice on Immigration Status
If an RSC Member, their partner or dependents are in need of legal advice relating to personal immigration matters, the Chemists’ Community Fund may be able to offer help through a free legal advice referral.

With Brexit approaching this may be relevant to those with questions around their personal status under the UK Governments Settled Status Scheme. (Our legal advice service is available to our members in the UK or EU countries, free of charge, following a very simple application process.)

Learn more about our Legal Advice referrals

Riches of the Natural World: Sustainable Use of Africa’s Natural Products and Materials
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 5–7 November

The annual Pan Africa Chemistry Network Congress will take place in Addis Ababa from 5–7 November 2019. The theme of this flagship congress is natural resources and their sustainable management in Africa, and will include scientific sessions on natural products, raw materials and biomaterials, and climate change and water resources.

Registration opens 7 October 2019 and closes 29 October 2019.

Learn more here

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.

Enhancing UK prosperity through R&D investment
As the Chancellor prepared to outline a one-year Spending Review ahead of the UK's exit from the EU, we called on the UK government to safeguard the UK's outstanding national research and innovation capacity by investing in the chemical sciences. As long as no deal is still a prospect, it is vital that the government steps up and establishes a transparent, easy to access contingency fund to support the full breadth of research that is currently funded by the EU

See what our Director for Science and Communities had to say about the one-year spending plan.

Read our funding asks to support the chemical sciences over the next year

RSC Brexit Preparedness pages
The UK Government has stated that the UK is leaving the EU on 31 October 2019 and maintain they are committed to leaving with a deal in place. However, the prospect of the UK leaving the EU with no deal in place remains, meaning being prepared is all the more important.

To help our community prepare for the UK leaving the EU in both circumstances, we have updated our Brexit Preparedness pages. This information is relevant for individuals, employers and businesses dealing in chemicals regulations.

We also strongly advise you check regularly the signposted Government pages for updates.

Prepare for Brexit here


Thank you for reading!

This is the full version of the Networks Newsletter. Bespoke versions of this Newsletter have been sent to our Interest Group, Local Section, and International Section committee members and all RSC International Representatives.

Please get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Aurora

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Oct 1, 2019 10:30 AM Europe/London

Share this |

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Linked More...

Leave a comment?

You must be signed in to leave a comment on MyRSC blogs.

Register free for an account at