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- September 2022

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the August 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
  • RSC Policy team:  Priority issues for assessment by the Science-Policy Panel and how best to involve stakeholders’ expertise (Burlington Consensus 2)
  • A Sense of Belonging in the Chemical Sciences (video)
  • Communications from across the RSC
Upcoming Deadlines
05 September
05 September

06 September
08 September
19 September
30 September
30 September
01 October
03 October
03 October
September deadline for Chemistry Week Sustainability funding
September Deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for E-alerts going out to additional networks 15 September
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 15 September
Deadline for Inclusion & Diversity Fund
Deadline for Researcher Development Grant applications
Deadline for RSC Blue Plaque applications
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
Deadline for Research Enablement Grant applications
October deadline for Outreach Fund

Upcoming Events
06 September
12 September
14 September
14 September
20 September
21 September
21 September
21 September
21 September
26 September
28-29 September
04 October
05 October
18 October
20 October
North West Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Burlington Consensus 2 (see below)
Wales Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Mentoring Training
North East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Ireland Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Volunteer Survey Drop-In (08:00 – 09:00 BST and 14:00 – 15:00 BST)
National Conference for Science Technicians
Careers in pharmaceuticals panel
South West Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
3rd Commonwealth Chemistry Poster event
South East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Good foundations careers webinar
Scotland Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Eastern Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting

Priority issues for assessment by the Science-Policy Panel and how best to involve stakeholders’ expertise (Burlington Consensus 2)

We invite you to join us on Monday 12 September 2022 from 10am-2pm (BST)  to help us inform and influence the development of a new United Nations Science Policy Panel (SPP) on chemicals, waste and pollution prevention – calling on your expertise. Please pass this on to your network as this is a top policy priority for the RSC.
In March 2022, the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) 5.2 passed a resolution initiating the establishment of a science-policy panel to contribute further to the sound management of chemicals and waste and to prevent pollution. The RSC was key in influencing this outcome, with the UK an early co-sponsoring country.  
Following on from the success of the Burlington Consensus in January, at which the scientific community called strongly for the establishment of such a panel, the RSC and Defra are now hosting another open and interactive hybrid webinar session with UK and international participants. The aim of the discussion is to provide background and perspectives from the broad scientific community on how to incorporate international knowledge from all regions and the current issues of international importance that could be prioritised by the panel. The objective of the event is to garner ideas that can contribute to the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) tasked with developing the processes and mechanisms of the panel, with the goal to officially establish it in 2024.

It is hoped that a new UN independent intergovernmental science-policy platform for chemicals, waste and pollution prevention can provide the formal processes required to build relationships and foster trust between the scientific and policymaking communities around the world to create impactful action on pollution prevention. If possible, we would appreciate if you could discuss the following issues with your networks before the workshop to ensure full representation of views and concerns: 
  • Current knowledge gaps in your field/sector?
  • Issues that need public/policymaker attention? 
  • How would you be involved in such a panel? Have you been involved in similar science panels in which case how were you involved?
  • What information about the authors of a report would be needed, including conflict of interest procedures, in order for the report to be credible to all?
  • How could reports from a panel benefit your field/sector? 
We are aiming to create a diverse group of stakeholders from all areas of chemicals, waste and pollution, and we would very much value your input. Please let us know if you are available to attend by the 9 of September.

 Register for the consensus

Please feel free to get in contact at with any questions.
A Sense of Belonging in the Chemical Sciences (video)

Earlier in 2022 the RSC published a report on “A Sense of Belonging in the Chemical Sciences”. Based on surveys and interviews with chemists, the report identifies the aspects, barriers and enablers of belonging in the chemical sciences as well as outlining the RSC’s commitments to improving belonging going forwards.

Senior Programme Manager in Inclusion & Diversity Lauren Crawford presents the report in a new video available on our YouTube channel.

Watch the presentation.

You can also read the original report.

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Careers, Inclusion & Diversity and Outreach teams. Please pass on to your networks where relevant.

Mentoring training 14 September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm (UK time)
Mentors find the experience of helping another member rewarding as they help them to grow and 'address their own challenges, considering their relationships at work and thinking of the future.’ Members (MRSC) and Fellows (FRSC) are eligible to sign up to become a mentor on our mentoring scheme. There is a mentoring training session scheduled 14 September. Our mentoring page contains further information about how to sign up to become a mentor.

Find out more

ChemCareers 2022: Careers in pharmaceuticals, 21 September 12.30pm (UK time)
There are a broad range of job roles available in pharmaceuticals for chemists both inside and outside the lab, in R&D, regulatory affairs, manufacturing, quality assurance, quality control, validation all the way through to marketing, and sales. Our panel of experts will discuss their roles where the growth areas are and opportunities. Open to all RSC members.

Find out more

Apply by 19 September for the RSC’s Inclusion & Diversity Fund
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Inclusion & Diversity Fund offers grants to individuals and organisations, including members and non-members, for projects focusing on gender, disability, socio-economic background, language, race and ethnicity, the LGBT+ community, and more.

The deadline for our Inclusion & Diversity Fund is approaching. Help make the chemical sciences more inclusive and diverse and apply to our Inclusion & Diversity Fund for up to £5,000 before 19 September to help make your project a reality.

Find out more and apply

National Chemical Landmarks Scheme (RSC Blue Plaques) – last chance to apply for the 2022 round

Would you like to celebrate a person, team, organisation, innovation or discovery in the chemical sciences? Our Chemical Landmarks – awarded as distinctive blue plaques – celebrate impactful chemical science that is helping to make the world a better place. If you have an idea for a Blue Plaque you can apply until the end of September this year. Latest information and application guidance on our website.

Find out more and apply

You can also drop us a line: for an informal chat about any nomination idea.

Chemistry Week 7 – 13 November 2022

Apply for a grant of up to £500 to run a Sustainability themed activity in Chemistry Week 2022.
Please also pass this on to your networks of people who might be interested. This year it is open to all in UK and ROI so do consider if, for example, there are any local community groups to you that might be interested in applying. The final two deadlines are 5 September and 3 October.

Find out more and apply

Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. 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!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Debbie, Claire and Barney
Posted by Barnaby Slater on Nov 30, 2008 9:30 AM Europe/London

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