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.

February 2011

  • International Year of Chemistry – Official Launch
  • Room Booking at The Chemistry Centre for RSC Groups - New Resource Pack
  • Student Industry Placements
  • General Chemistry – A Brilliant New Chemistry Text from RSC Books
  • New Website Launched for Chemistry World Jobs
  • RSC Events deadlines
  • Notices for RSC Groups
    • Dates for your Diary
    • Local Sections
    • International Sections and International Representatives
    • Volunteer Visitors
    • RSC Representatives in Industry
International Year of Chemistry – Official Launch

43f9c8d73a5f85b960facf4ad910f959-original-int_year_chemistry_cmyk.jpgInternational Year of Chemistry was officially launched on 27 & 28 January in Paris.  Events and activities are now in full swing with lots of events being planned throughout 2011. Please encourage your local schools and teachers to get involved in the Global Experiment.

Just a reminder to Local Sections to please inform Pauline Meakins of the name and contact details of the Local Section IYC Co-ordinator.  This will enable us to communicate updates on support materials and connect teachers and organisations who are interested in getting involved in IYC in your area.  We would be happy to add names of IYC co-ordinators of other groups to this list. We now have IYC materials available for events. We will circulate details soon and post information on the IYC 2011 website and MyRSC. IYC grants of up to £500 are available to Local Sections only for the organisation of IYC activities, please contact Pauline Meakins

Room Booking at The Chemistry Centre for RSC Groups - New Resource Pack

A new resource pack for all RSC Groups using The Chemistry Centre is now available here. The pack contains guidelines for use of The Chemistry Centre as well as more information about the facilities available for RSC Groups.
If you intend to use The Chemistry Centre for either events or committee meetings, even if you have held events there in the past, please read the pack as it contains important information about deadlines and booking requirements.

Student Industry Placements
on Chemistry World Jobs

Industrial placements and internships are considered to have a major impact on increasing employability. They provide a valuable opportunity for students to experience what it is like to work in industry as well as providing an important and well-founded mechanism for chemistry departments to forge links with industry
As a result, through the employer engagement strand of the National HE STEM Programme. For the next 18 months the RSC is sponsoring the advertisement of industrial placements, so they can be provided for free on the newly launched Chemistry World Jobs site.

If any members come across companies offering industrial placements or get any enquiries regarding this opportunity please contact

General Chemistry – A Brilliant New Chemistry Text from RSC Books


The RSC is delighted to announce a new import from University Science Books, USA. General Chemistry, Fourth Edition, takes an atoms-first approach from beginning to end.  In the tradition of McQuarrie's many previous works, it promises to be another ground-breaking text.  This superb new textbook combines the clear writing and wonderful problems that have made McQuarrie famous among chemistry professors and students worldwide.  Presented in an elegant design with all-new illustrations, it is available in a soft-cover edition to offer professors a fresh choice at an outstanding value (RRP: £49.95).
For years, Donald McQuarrie's chemistry textbooks have been famous among students and professors alike for their wonderful problems.  The Solutions Manual to Accompany General Chemistry, Fourth Edition (RRP: £24.95) restates even-numbered chapter-ending problems from the textbook and goes on to provide detailed solutions.  For students studying independently or in groups, this solutions manual will be tremendously useful to help students perfect their problem-solving skills and to master the covered concepts. For more information, or to order today, please visit RSC books.
Recent Reviews
"McQuarrie is a genius."
Harry Gray, Caltech
"Atoms First seems to be the flavor of the year in chemistry textbooks, but many of them seem to be little more than rearrangement of the chapters.  It takes a master like McQuarrie to go back to the drawing board and create a logical development from smallest to largest that makes sense to students."
Hal Harris, University of Missouri-St Louis
"McQuarrie's book is extremely well-written, the order of topics is logical, and it does a great job with both introductory material and more advanced concepts.  Students of all skill levels will be able to learn from this book."
Mark Kearley, Florida State University

New Website Launched for Chemistry World Jobs

Chemistry WorldJobs, has launched a new website, providing jobseekers with the best source of quality jobs in all sectors of the chemical sciences. A Chemistry World job account enables jobseekers to upload their CV, receive the latest job alerts and apply online to find their ideal career move. Key industry employers, universities and specialist industry recruiters can upload latest job vacancies, placements and post-graduate opportunities. Produced by the RSC, which with 47,000 members represents the largest organisation in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences, Chemistry World Jobs is well placed to become the first port of call for recruiters and jobseekers in the chemical sciences in the UK, Europe and beyond.

RSC Events deadlines

22 March 2011
Sandwich, Kent, UK


This one-day symposium, brought to you by the RSC and Pfizer, is aimed at both experienced practitioners and researchers/industrialists interested in learning more about the benefits and intricacies of utilising NMR and vibrational spectroscopic technologies for enhancing process development knowledge. Registration here - deadline 14 March 2011


30 March 2011
Queen’s University Belfast
Registration - deadline 22 March 2011

6 - 8 April 2011
Basel, Switzerland
 Last chance to register - deadline 4 March


10 - 13 April 2011
Dalian, China
Last chance to register- deadline 11 March

11-14 April 2011
University of Manchester, UK
 Last chance to register - deadline 4 March

18 - 20 April 2011
Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxon, UK
Last chance to register   - deadline18 March 2011

3-7 July 2011
Brighton, UK

Congratulations to the winner of the inaugural Cram Lehn Pedersen Prize 2011, Professor Amar Flood, Indiana University, USA.  This prize, sponsored by ChemComm, recognises significant, original and independent work in supramolecular chemistry by emerging investigators. Professor Flood will deliver his prize lecture as one of the four plenary lectures at 6-ISMSC. Registration now open! Call for poster abstracts - deadline 29 April 2011

4-8 July 2011
Early bird registration - deadline 1 April 2011

11-14 July 2011
ChurchillCollege, University of Cambridge, UK

The Synthesis in Organic Chemistry Symposium traditionally provides an international showcase for the core area of organic chemistry - synthesis - covering all aspects of contemporary organic synthesis and providing a forum for the ever more exciting methodologies and strategies that continue to emerge. 
Registration now open - benefit from early bird discounts

Call for poster abstracts- deadline14 March

25-27 July 2011
University of Manchester, UK

7d4740abc0264890140f86465a5af6b5-original-arf_011113_banner_150x300.jpgThe annual Analytical Research Forum (ARF) is the premier Analytical Science meeting of the RSC. The meeting is primarily for early-stage analytical science researchers (industrial scientists, PhD students and postdoctoral fellows) to present their latest results in the context of the wider analytical science community. 
The programme will feature both poster sessions and lectures, including oral presentations from students, medal winners and international leaders in the field. Registration now open!
  2-5 September 2011
Beijing, China
Oral abstracts - deadline 18 March 2011
Notices for RSC Groups

  • Dates for your Diary
The dates for the General Assembly 2011 have been announced 11-12 November 2011 in Birmingham, UK. More information will be available in due course.

  • Local Sections
Please can all local sections confirm if they have a Local Section Benevolent Fund representative and who that person is? Please send this information to Helen Ashman.

  • International Sections and International Representatives
The RSC-West India Section launched the International Year of Chemistry by organising a Women Scientists’ Symposium in honour of Madame Curie on February 10, 2011 in Mumbai. Prominent women scientists from India delivered a series of engaging and inspiring talks that exposed students to a breadth of research in the Chemical Sciences.
If any of the International Sections are holding events for IYC 2011 that they would like to appear in the Network Newsletter, please contact the Networks Team.

  • Volunteer Visitors
The Volunteer Visitor Networks Conference is occurring on Monday 13 June, if you have not already replied regarding this, please contact The Events Team.

  • RSC Representatives in Industry
The recent RSC Membership survey indicated that members in industry would like more support and contact from the RSC.  In response to this we would like to arrange visits to companies where there is an RSC Representative in place.
Visits will take the format that you feel would work for your organisation, and provide a chance to bring existing members up to date with the latest developments, services and benefits from the RSC as well as the opportunity to present us with feedback. We also take this opportunity to speak to potential new members. 
If you would like to set up a site visit to your organisation, please contact the Membership recruitment team

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 Anne Horan on Mar 22, 2011 9:47 AM Europe/London

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