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 - November 2021

Dear colleague,

Welcome to the November 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
  • Spotlight: Catch up on Chemistry and COP26
  • Communications from across the RSC
Upcoming Deadlines
02 November
03 November
09 November
11 November
14 November
23 November
25 November
30 November
13 December
November deadline for Outreach Fund (final round of 2021)
Opening of nominations for 2022 Volunteer Recognition Awards
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 November to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 18 November
Deadline for Technician Skills Development Grant applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 December to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 December

Deadline for Local Section inserts into January Chemistry World
Deadline for Research Fund applications
Upcoming Events
01-12 November
01-12 November

04 November
09 November
11 November
11 November

18 November
18 November
23 November
25 November
02 December
08 December
26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)
Chemistry Week 2021
Member e-alerts
'Starting Out Right' Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Interest Group Forum, 11:15 – 13:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 1, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 2, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Taking Chemistry to Market’ webinar, 13:00 UK time
Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop 3, 13:00–14:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021, 14:00–17:00 UK time
Spotlight: Catch up on Chemistry and COP26

The RSC have brought together experts working in climate and energy policy to discuss the key role of the chemical sciences in tackling climate change and sustainability, as well as showcasing careers and SMEs in the sector.

You can find the series of event recordings and related videos on our dedicated YouTube playlist, which will be updated regularly. We will be highlighting the content and linking to the key themes throughout COP26.

Check out our Chemistry and COP26 YouTube playlist
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.

2022 Prizes open for nominations on 3 November

Our 2022 RSC Prizes will open for nominations on Wednesday 3 November. This includes our Volunteer Recognition Prizes, which celebrate those who go above and beyond to form communities and support and inspire others. This is your chance to recognise an individual or committee who has initiated a novel way to engage with or support your community.

Details about all RSC Prizes will be shared with members soon.

Nominate an individual or committee from 3 November

Free Affiliate membership offer extended for 2022

Attendees of online member network events who aren’t already RSC members can apply for free 2022 Affiliate membership. We have prepared slides for you to use to promote the offer during your events, these can be tailored to you and your committee.

Affiliate membership doesn’t require a formal chemical science qualification and the application process doesn't need a transcript or CV, so this is an easy way to encourage those who share our passion for chemistry to join our community and experience the benefits of membership for themselves.

Download the slides from the Useful Forms and Documents page

Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity Forum 2021 will take place virtually on 8 December from 2pm (UK time).

The Forum will continue last year’s focus on race and ethnicity, discussing how we can move forward in tackling the barriers faced by chemists from minoritised ethnic groups. The Forum will also highlight the recently launched report A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences.

In addition, the Forum will also feature:
  • a keynote speaker
  • a panel discussion focusing on influencing change
  • the awarding of the 2021 Inclusion and Diversity Prize
  • poster presentations and selected flash presentations of community-driven projects supported by the Inclusion and Diversity Fund

Throughout the event, attention will be drawn to the importance of sponsorship and allyship, mentorship, availability of role models and building an inclusive global chemistry community.

Learn more and register at

Energy price increases

Many households will pay some of the highest energy bills for the past decade this winter, with increasing fuel prices and a rise in the UK energy price cap. If current events are having a financial impact on you as the colder weather starts to set in, and an increase in day-to-day living costs is causing worry, contact the Chemists’ Community Fund team to find out about grants and services that could be available to you.

Any contact with the Chemists’ Community Fund remains strictly confidential.

Get more information about how the Fund can help you

A sense of belonging in the chemical sciences

Every chemist deserves to feel like they belong.

Read our new research, and watch our discussion video, on what a sense of belonging means to the chemical sciences community, based on in-depth discussions with chemists from the UK and around the world at

Please share this report with your networks.

Read the report at

New A future in chemistry profiles!

We have recently launched a series of profiles on our A future in chemistry website showing how members are using chemistry to build a better, more sustainable world. Some of our new profiles include:
  • A section leader in the wind division of AkzoNobel, who creates coatings that increase the lifespan of wind turbine blades.
  • The head of research and sustainability at Ananas Anam, a company that converts wasted pineapple leaves into Piñatex – a fibre that can be used as a leather substitute.
  • A research fellow with the Faraday Institution who is working on recovering lithium from used car batteries.
  • The marketing development manager with BASF, who helps companies to make more sustainable choices with their packaging.
  • The CEO of ViridiCO2, who is using a catalyst to convert waste carbon dioxide into polymers that can be used in merchandise.

Please contact the Careers Team if your role is tackling sustainability.

Read the job profiles on A Future in Chemistry

Taking Chemistry to Market

Interested in commercialising your research? Get advice from the experts.

Commonwealth Chemistry and Chemistry World are coming together to host ‘Taking Chemistry to Market’ a free-to-attend webinar on 23 November 2021, 13:00 GMT, that is designed to enhance your knowledge of this non-technical area.

Hear from an expert panel about their experiences turning their knowledge, skills and research in the chemical sciences into exciting businesses around the world. You can submit your own questions to the panel, both live and ahead of time. If you are unable to attend, register anyway to receive a recording to watch at your own convenience after the event.

Learn more and register for the webinar online

Energy Advances open for your energy submissions

More than ever, collaborations that cross the scientific community are forming to tackle global energy sustainability concerns. Your ideas could be part of the solution.

Energy Advances is a multidisciplinary, inclusive home to advances across the spectrum of energy science – from central concepts to exciting research at the nexus of subdisciplines.

Editor-in-Chief: Volker Presser, Saarland University, Germany

Gold open access, with APCs waived until mid-2024

Find out more and submit now:

RSC Advances open call for submissions

RSC Advances is delighted to announce a new themed collection titled ‘New Insights into Biomolecular systems from Large-Scale Simulations’. This collection is Guest Edited by Professor Stacey Wetmore (University of Lethbridge), Professor Megan O’Mara (Australian National University) and Dr Sarah Rauscher (University of Toronto).

Both Papers and Review articles will be considered for this issue. All submissions will be subject to an initial assessment by Associate Editors and, if suitable for the journal, they will be subject to rigorous peer review to meet the usual high standards of RSC Advances.

Learn more on the RSC Advances blog

Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent to all member network volunteers monthly as a tailored communication, but the full version can be found here each month. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

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Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora, and Debbie

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Nov 1, 2021 2:00 PM Europe/London

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