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.

Member Networks Newsletter March 2023

Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the February Networks Newsletter, our way to provide key dates for RSC activities, services and new initiatives to our member network committee members and representatives.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadline
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Hybrid Events Drop-In (video)
  • Diversity and Inclusivity resources for committees
  • Communications from across the RSC
Upcoming Deadlines
06 March
07 March
09 March
27 March
28 March
30 March
31 March
31 March
01 April
14 April
17 April
17 April
March deadline for Outreach Fund applications
Deadline for e-alerts going out to additional Networks on 16 March
Analytical Research Forum Oral abstract deadline
Analytical Research Forum Poster abstract deadline
Deadline for e-alerts going out on 6 April to additional Networks
Deadline for Broadening Horizons programme applications
Deadline for Chemical Sciences in Sustainability essay competition
Deadline for Researcher Development Grant applications
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications 
Deadline for LGBT+ Inclusion in STEM grant applications
Deadline for Emerging Technologies Competition entries
Analytical Research Forum early bird registration deadline
Upcoming Events
09 March
15 March
05 April
26 April
27 April
08 June
Managing career setbacks and redefining success in your career webinar
From laboratory to entrepreneur - building a company from your research
Mentoring training 9.00am – 11.00am (UK time)
What is burnout, what to do about it and how to avoid it webinar
Grant Holder Perspectives: Tales from the Outreach Fund webinar
Analytical Research Forum
Spotlight: Hybrid Events Drop-In (video)
In this month’s Spotlight we summarise the discussions and best practices from January’s drop-in session.
On 19 January we held a Hybrid Events Drop-in session to share experience and best practice for hybrid meeting planning between our members. The session started with talks from our panellists:
  • Dr Ben Lichman (Chemical Biology and Bioorganic Group)
  • Dr Julia Sarju (National Association of Disabled Staff Networks STEMM Action Group)
  • Mr Oliver Thomas (Peninsula Local Section)
  • Dr Miguel Jorge (Porous Materials interest Group)
Watch the panellists’ talks
This was followed by a discussion session amongst attendees sharing best practice and advice for organising virtual, hybrid and in-person events. The biggest take-home message was that each of these formats have their strengths and weaknesses and to carefully consider the aims and audience for your event before deciding on a format.
A summary of the discussion will be uploaded to the Useful Forms and Documents page in the coming week.
If you have any questions about hybrid events or want to share some best practice you’ve experienced please contact us at
Diversity and Inclusivity resources for committees

Learn how to make your activities more inclusive and accessible for your members with our inclusivity quick guides. Whether you chair a committee, create communications, or organise events, our quick guides support you to help us make chemistry welcoming to everyone.
Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Chemist Community Fund, Publishing, Industry, Careers, Outreach and Policy teams. Please pass on to your networks where relevant.

Boost student career prospects with our Broadening Horizons in the Chemical Sciences programme

Our Broadening Horizons programme provides students and graduates from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds with the chance to explore career opportunities in the chemical sciences, receive valuable mentorship and industry experience with the help of leading industry partners.

Help us build on the success of the first cohort by encouraging your eligible students and graduates to apply before 30 March 2023.

Find out more

Access funding to improve LGBT+ inclusion in STEM

We have joined up with Science and Innovation Network (SIN) to address LGBT+ underrepresentation in STEM, with over £600,000 in funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Our new grant project will offer 5–7 grants to pilot research studies, to actively study why LGBT+ groups are underrepresented in STEM – and how we can improve retention.

Please apply by 5pm (UK time) 14 April 2023.

Find out more and apply

ChemCareers 2023: From laboratory to entrepreneur - building a company from your research

On 15 March 12.30pm (UK time), entrepreneurs and the Royal Society of Chemistry entrepreneurship manager will be discussing their career paths and the topic of building a company based from your research. There will be a chance to ask questions and the webinar will cover:
  • what entrepreneurship is
  • the skills and attributes required
  • routes into setting up a company
  • sources of support and guidance

Find out more and register

Grant Holder Perspectives: Tales from the Outreach Fund, 27 April
Are you interested in applying to the RSC Outreach Fund, but not sure if it’s for you? Would you like to learn more directly from some of our grant holders?
Three of our grant holders are hosting this month’s online public engagement workshop (from 11am-1pm UK time on 27 April) from our series: Diverse Engagement for Diverse Publics. Come along with your questions or just to listen to our grant holders’ experiences of the Outreach Fund.
As a reminder the Outreach Fund is open with deadlines throughout the year to support chemistry engagement activities for both schools and public audiences.
If you have any questions get in touch with Geri Kitley via
Register for the workshop.

RSC participates in UN working group

The United Nations hosted an Open-Ended Working Group meeting in Bangkok, Thailand from 29 Jan – 3 Feb on the establishment of a Science Policy Panel (SPP) on Chemicals, Waste and the Prevention of Pollution. The RSC is participating independently in this process as an accredited UNEP organisation and is a member of the ‘Scientific and Technology Community.’

The meeting aim was for governments to discuss the ‘Scope’ and ‘Function’ of the future new science policy panel (SPP) for chemicals, waste and the prevention of pollution, and how the work to establish the panel would be organised over the next 2 years. 130 member nation states were in attendance and discussed these two areas of Scope and Function over 5 long days of negotiation; the outputs were achieved as draft texts which will be discussed back at member state level in the intersessional period, to be agreed at the next OEWG 2 meeting later in Q4 2023.  

Read a recent Chemistry world article on the SPP

Photos by IISD/ENB | Natalia Mroz

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 Mar 1, 2023 1:52 PM Europe/London

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