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- December 2022

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.

We want to gauge the engagement of our volunteers with this newsletter. Therefore, please click on the short survey (<5 minutes) below to confirm you have opened this month’s Networks Newsletter. There is also an option in the survey to provide feedback on what we call the newsletter in the future to better emphasise the importance of the content.
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This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Free student membership
  • Your Local Section Education coordinators
  • Updates from across the RSC
Upcoming Deadlines
05 December
06 December
08 December
09 December
13 December
15 December
31 December
31 December
31 December
01 January
10 January
13 January
18 January
31 January
Deadline for Research Fund applications
e-alerts to additional networks on 15 December
e-alerts to own networks on 15 December
Register for Burlington Consensus 2
e-alerts to additional networks on 5 January 2023
e-alerts to own networks on 6 January 2023
Deadline for Researcher Development Grant applications
Deadline for ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship nominations
Deadline for Chem Soc Rev Pioneering Investigator Lectureship nominations
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
e-alerts to additional networks on 19 January 2023
e-alerts to own networks on 19 January 2023
Deadline for Industry Technician of the Year nominations
Deadline for Local Section inserts into March Chemistry World
Upcoming Events
06 December
08 December
12 December
13 December
11 January
25 January
26 January
Inclusion & Diversity Forum
Interest Group Forum
Burlington Consensus 2- A new UN Science-Policy Panel for Chemicals, Waste and Pollution Prevention
Engaging Public Audiences Using Tik Tok workshop
Managing anxiety whilst job searching and making career choices webinar
Disclosure and Reasonable adjustments for job seekers and employees webinar
Chemistry and Plants: Creative Forms of Public Engagement online workshop
Spotlight: Free Student Membership
In this month’s spotlight we want to highlight that the RSC offers free membership to undergraduate-level students and apprentices. This message has been communicated through our student networks also but feel free to pass this information on to anyone interested.
To support the next generation of chemical scientists build strong professional foundations, free RSC student membership is now available to all Undergraduate students studying in the UK/ROI and all undergraduate students studying at an RSC accredited institution internationally. This includes individuals undertaking a relevant Higher National Diploma. To become part of our membership community, please visit to complete an application and use the code CATALYST100 to waive the subscription.

Individuals undertaking an apprenticeship can also receive a free membership subscription by visiting and using the code APP100 to waive costs.

Please share this with your networks and help us to grow our community. For any further queries, please contact the membership team.

Your Local Section Education Coordinators

Thank you to all those who attended our Local Section Day online or at Burlington House on 16 November.

Many of our volunteers have been asking about who their Education Coordinator is for their area. Therefore, please find below a list of our Education Coordinators and which areas they cover. You can also find a map of them on the RSC Education website.
Rizwana Alvi East England East Anglia, Essex, Mid-Anglia
Beth Anderson Midlands East Midlands, Thames Valley
Laura-Alexandra Smith
Mid-South Scotland Edinburgh & SE Scotland, Glasgow & W Scotland, Tayside
Johanne Brolly Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Joanna Buckley
North East England Hull & E Yorkshire, Central Yorkshire, Southumbria, Huddersfield, Sheffield & District
Stephanie Sdepanian
North East England Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Teesside, Lancaster & District
Dawn Gillies
North Scotland Aberdeen & N Scotland, Mid-Scotland
Katayune Presland
North West England Cumbria, Liverpool, Manchester & District
John O'Donoghue Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Rita Buttegieg South East England Chilterns & Middlesex, Kent
Katie Nuttall South England Downland
Kate Whetter
South West England Bristol & District, Mid-
Southern Counties, Peninsula
Rebecca Laye
Wales SE Wales, N Wales, S Wales West, Mid-Wales 
Ross Christodoulou West England Birmingham & W Midlands, N Staffordshire

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Global Inclusion, Prizes, Publishing, Careers, and Education teams. Please pass on to your networks where relevant.

Chemistry and Plants: Creative Forms of Public Engagement
Would your committee like to engage public audiences in novel and creative ways? Are you keen to widen your networks’ reach in science communication?

Join Eve Barro from Chelsea Physic Garden for an online workshop from 12-1pm (UK time) 26 January on how to engage publics with chemistry through plants and botanical gardens!

Find out more and register

Inclusion and Diversity Forum on 6 December 2022 

The Inclusion and Diversity Forum will take place on 6 December. Join us for a day of talks, interactive discussions, and highlights of our recent work on race and ethnicity, and disability and accessibility.

Although in-person registration has closed, the Forum content is also being made available virtually through live and on-demand viewing to registrants. Registration is required.

Find out more and register

Industry Technician of the Year Nominations open

Every year, technical staff make outstanding contributions to the chemical sciences. With their experience and passion, the work technicians do every day supports high quality science. All this deserves to be appreciated and celebrated – and our annual award does just that.

The Industry Technician of the Year award recognises technical staff for their role in the chemical sciences. The lucky winner is selected by the Industry Prizes Working Group and will be awarded £1,000.

The award is open to anyone working in a technical role in the chemical sciences in the UK or Ireland, no matter their career stage, and they don’t have to be an RSC member to be nominated.

Nominations are now open until Wednesday 18 January at 5pm (UK time).

Submit a nomination

RSC commits to 100% Open Access
The RSC announced in October that we aim to make all fully RSC-owned journals Open Access within five years. In doing so, we become first chemistry publisher and one of the first society publishers to commit to a fully Open Access future.
In 2023 and beyond, we will engage with partners and communities to evolve the open access landscape towards a model where the author does not pay article processing charges, but rather these are covered by institutional or funder level deals.

Read the Announcement

RSC Desktop Seminar Series: Interface of Chemistry & Biology
This series is a joint collaboration of RSC Chemical Biology, RSC Advances, Chemical Science, and ChemComm featuring a range of global speakers highlighting their research at the interface of chemistry and biology.
Register to watch on demand

RSC Chemical Biology Outstanding Paper Award winners announced

The Outstanding Paper Award recognises some of the outstanding work published in the journal, as well as the authors behind those articles. We are delighted to announce the first RSC Chemical Biology Outstanding Paper 2021 is awarded to Prof. Jennifer Andexer and her research group from the University of Freiburg.
The winning paper, chosen by the journal’s editorial board highlighted a bicyclic S-adenosylmethionine regeneration system applicable with different nucleosides or nucleotides as cofactor building blocks.
Find out more

ChemCareers Webinar Programme 2023

Run by the Career Management team, and available for all membership categories, ChemCareers is a monthly webinar series providing advice, access to experts and career inspiration. Next year's ChemCareers webinars will cover a range of topics, from managing workload to careers in biotechnology. Our programme starts with our Mental Health and Careers series in January.

Read the full programme

2022 Education Prize winners announced

The winners of the 2022 Excellence in Education prizes and Horizon Prizes for Education have been announced, celebrating inspirational, innovative and dedicated people working within chemistry education.
Celebrate the Winners

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!

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Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Debbie, Claire and Barney
Posted by Barnaby Slater on Dec 1, 2022 10:44 AM Europe/London

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