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.

December 2010

The December Networks Newsletter is now available. Click 'more' below for further details.

  • International Year of Chemistry – Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time
  • Prizes and Awards – Rewarding Excellence and Dedication
  • Health and Safety Committee for RSC Events
  • RSC Development Plans: Working together
  • Christmas Stocking Fillers from RSC Books
  • RSC ChemNet Ambassadors
  • RSC Events Deadlines
  • Notices for RSC Networks
    • Local Sections
    • International Sections and International Representatives
    • Volunteer Visitors
    • RSC Representatives
International Year of Chemistry – Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time

International Year of Chemistry (IYC 2011) will be officially launched in Paris on 27/28 January. However, on 18 January, global networking breakfast events under the title of Women Sharing a Chemical Moment in Time will be taking place around the world and with the aid of modern technology and social networking sites it is hoped that many of these meetings will link up to form a chemical handshake around the world. This event is to highlight the importance of the role of women chemists and coincides with the centenary anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2011. It is hoped to show video footage of some of these meetings at the launch in Paris.

The RSC will be holding its own breakfast event at the Chemistry Centre in London and would like to encourage Local Sections and members to organise similar breakfasts around the country which could also link up. The organisers have stressed that while these events are aimed at women, they are not totally exclusive to men!

For more information, please visit the IYC website or contact Pauline Meakins.

Prizes and Awards – Rewarding Excellence and Dedication

Our Prizes and Awards recognise achievements by individuals, teams and organisations in advancing the chemical sciences. There are over 60 Prizes and Awards available covering all areas of the chemical sciences so whether you work in business, industry, research or education recognition is open to everyone.

In recognition of their achievement award winners receive up to £5000 prize money.

Nomination categories include:

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to advancing the chemical sciences? Visit the awards website for further details or to nominate yourself or a colleague.

Nominations close 31 January 2011

Health and Safety Committee for RSC Events

In July 2011 the position of Interest Groups Representative on this committee will become vacant. This committee meets three times a year and is responsible for health and safety at all RSC events. If you are part of an RSC Interest Group committee and would like to be considered for the position please email: by 9am Monday 31st January.

RSC Development Plans: Working together

As you are no doubt aware, external funding plays a pivotal role in the RSC’s charitable work. In recognition of this fact, the RSC Development team has grown this year to meet the increasing demand for new and emerging projects. Since joining the RSC, both Linden Smith and Kathryn Westmore have employed their fundraising skills to increase the RSC’s access to funds.

Creating a new development strategy for the RSC; the Development team aim to build funding areas including; individual giving, legacies & bequests and trust and foundations. The team are focussed on engagement and support of new donors as well as and maintaining strong networks and building relationships with existing supporters and benefactors.

Links to the US and other international networks has also resulted in exploratory meetings to identify potential new areas of growth with corporate partners and individuals. Visiting the States in November, Linden was warmly received by the East Coast section. Talking about the RSC’s Roadmap, plans for International Year or chemistry as well as the Development plans, she also paved the way for building closer links with members. “It was a great opportunity to raise the profile of the RSC and find out about more about the types of activities supported in the US. We have also identified other ways to help our members help us. It was an important visit and a rare opportunity to thank our US members for already maintaining strong networks and being essential ambassadors for the Society.”

To find out more about the development team please contact Linden Smith or Katherine Westmore.

Christmas Stocking Fillers from RSC Books

The RSC publishes a range of general science titles - ideal as Christmas stocking fillers. Science of Chocolate, (2nd Edition) takes the reader on the journey of chocolate, to discover how confectionery is made and will appeal to those with a fascination for chocolate. Perfect for chocolate enthusiasts! The Chemistry and Biology of Winemaking is ideal for anyone interested in the process of winemaking and will be of particular use for those with an interest in the chemical and biological sciences. Other titles of general interest include award-winning science writer John Emsley’s latest title; A Healthy, Wealthy, Sustainable World. This layperson's guide explains the roles of chemistry in areas of life ranging from the entirely personal to the global. Look out for other exciting titles such as Crime Scene to Court (3rd Edition), and Forensic Enforcement – both titles suitable for CSI enthusiasts! For more information on any of these titles please visit

RSC ChemNet Ambassadors

ChemNet Ambassadors play a vital role as part of the RSC’s outreach to post-16 chemistry students by visiting schools/colleges where chemistry is taught at “A” level or equivalent to deliver a presentation about careers in chemistry and about RSC ChemNet.

Whilst we have a good supply of Ambassadors in many areas of the UK we are still short of coverage in other areas, particularly Central Southern England, the South-West and the North-West. This is voluntary, unpaid work but the RSC covers reasonable travelling expenses. Most Ambassadors only do one or two visits so the time commitment is generally not too great. Interested? Send us an email and put ChemNet Ambassador as your subject. We will then be in touch with details of a training evening.

RSC Events deadlines

20 January 2011
Burlington House, London, UK

This meeting will be a focal point to discuss the critical issues that underpin the future of antibiotics; the clinical impact of hospital acquired infection; the development of new classes of antibacterials, the identification of novel targets, and the solutions to the scientific and commercial obstacles to antibiotic research. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear international experts from big pharma, spin-out start ups, academics and national reference laboratories provide an over-arching view of the field. Registration is still open – but hurry!

6 - 8 April 2011
Basel, Switzerland

Registration now open! Early bird deadline – 4 February
Bursary applications – deadline 31 January 2011
Call for poster abstracts – deadline 4 February 2011

10 - 13 April 2011
Dalian, China
Call for poster abstracts – deadline 31 January

  • The International Symposia on Advancing the Chemical Sciences (ISACS) is set to return in 2011. Continuing its support of the RSC flagship journal Chemical Science, this significant new global symposia series is ambitious in its scale and coverage. Submit abstracts for ISACS online now.
5-8 July 2011, Boston, USA
Call for oral abstracts – deadline 21 January
26-29 July 2011, Manchester, UK
Call for oral abstracts –deadline 21 January

2-5 September 2011, Beijing, China
Call for oral abstracts – deadline 18 March

Notices for RSC Networks

  • Local Sections

March inserts for Chemistry World

If you wish to add an insert to the March edition of Chemistry World, please note that the deadline to send print-ready Word documents is 4 February. Up to 3 inserts can be included; they are single or double sided, black and white and printed on A4 paper. Please send your inserts to by 4 February at the latest.

Top of the Bench

Thanks to all the Local Sections who have organised Top of the Bench regional heats. We have been thrilled with the response this year and a great final looks to be taking shape for March. Please note that the Networks team are unable to offer funding for the regional heats, and the event should be budgeted within the Local Section funds.

  • International Sections and International Representatives

Season’s Greetings from the Networks Team!

The Networks team would like to thank all our International Sections and International Reps for your hard work this year. Best wishes for a lovely holiday season around the world!

  • Volunteer Visitors

Merry Christmas!

Thanks to all our Volunteer Visitors for your hard work and dedication this year. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • RSC Representatives

RSC Notice Board

Don’t forget if you do not have an RSC Notice Board at your workplace, then you can request materials to set up a Notice Board by contacting the Networks Team.

If you are no longer the Rep at your company or, if you want to get more involved, or, if you require any other information about being a Rep, please contact Sarah Harrison.

If you require copies of flyers or further information associated with items in this newsletter, please contact us.

Any comments or ideas?

Contact the Networks Team on: 01223 432197 or E-mail: or write to the Networks Team, Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0FW

Posted by Sophie Boldon on Jan 19, 2011 2:42 PM Europe/London

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