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.

April 2011

  • Adding Colour to IYC events
  • IYC Resource Pack
  • RSC £1 million Challenge Fund
  • Science Alive – Hong Kong
  • Education Initiatives Fund
  • Notices for RSC Groups
    • Local Sections
    • International Sections
    • Interest Groups
    • From Helen Ashman
Adding local colour to IYC events

The Analytical Division  has produced two documents with information about chemists and discoveries in various regions which they are happy to share with members who want to add a bit of local colour to their IYC events. The documents can be found here and may provide ideas for events in local areas. Several events are already being planned in 2011 e.g. Rutherford and Smithson Tennant.  If anyone has any queries or requires further information, please contact Pauline Meakins on email

IYC Resource Pack

167897e05f5358fa2eccc655d76dd3a8-original-int_year_chemistry_grayscale.jpgA new resource pack has been put together containing all the information a Local Section needs to get involved in IYC 2011 and is available here. This pack provides tips for organising IYC events in your Local Section area and provides information about the various exciting projects being run by the RSC.

£1Million Challenge Fund

The RSC is calling on all members to consider what they could do with a portion of the RSC £1Million Challenge Fund. This fund, sponsored by RSC Council, is available for ideas, initiatives and innovations that will advance the chemical sciences. In the International Year of Chemistry, what better time to kick-start a new project? Activities should support the RSC’s strategy and should be above and beyond what members are able to achieve without additional funding. There is flexibility in how funds might be used; if you need funding for hands-on help, it will be considered as part of the application. However, routine administration, or replacing support that is available elsewhere, will not be eligible. There is no limit on the amounts requested, small or large. The full terms and conditions, and more information, are available on our website.

Science Alive – calling all UK academics and communicators

Every year, Science Alive invites leading UK academics and communicators in the field of science to present lectures and workshops to students and teachers in Hong Kong. This year, Science Alive focuses on scientific advances that have been achieved in the past decade and looks forward to achievements of the next decade. This exploration into the future of science marks the theme of this year's Science Alive: Tomorrow's Science.

Interested UK academics and communicators from all fields of science are invited to get involved, potential speakers can find more information here. Science Alive is jointly organised by the British Council, the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Hong Kong Science Museum, and sponsored by The Croucher Foundation.

The Education Initiatives Fund

The Education Initiatives Fund is a source of small amounts of financial support for novel educational activities in the UK. These activities should:
  • be aimed at school and college aged students.
  • contain appropriate chemical science content for the target age group.
  • be novel: in this context 'novel' should be interpreted as new to the geographical region.
The fund cannot be used to support existing activities or for room hire, catering or the purchase of equipment for institutions which should properly be funded from other sources. 
The funding year runs between 1st January to 31st December and applicants must apply in writing to the RSC Schools and Colleges Specialist at the address below by 31st October of the preceding year.  Applicants should apply by email or by post; no application form is available.
Links to further information including guidance on how to apply and judging criteria for applications can be found here.

Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.
b5d137bf5bfd0affbdc5ce6c8dffb733-original-6th.jpgInternational Symposium on Macrocyclic & Supramolecular Chemistry
3 - 7 July 2011
Universityof Sussex, Brighton, UK
Call for poster abstracts and early bird deadline:
29 April 2011
93c9bef873666fa3bb7673007df8033d-original-fd-152.jpgGold: Faraday Discussion 152
4 - 6 July 2011 
Cardiff University, UK
Call for poster abstracts and early bird deadline:
30 April 2011



MC10 2011: Tenth International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC10)
4 - 7 July 2011
University of Manchester, UK

Call for poster abstracts & early bird  deadline:  6 May 2011

2c0c917d48f8855502c8ff2a591427c5-original-medchem.jpgResidential School: Medicinal Chemistry 2011
4 - 8 July 2011
Loughborough University, UK
Registration deadline:
13 May 2011

a05201260d476d48c023deeddb1c38ae-original-67x67-molecule_isacs4.jpgChallengesin Renewable Energy (ISACS4)
5 - 8 July 2011
MIT, Boston, USA
Call for poster abstracts & early bird registration deadline:
6 May 2011
 21b4dd6557167f64fe5aa6f9a8e7cd57-original-fd153_cover-image-for-web.jpgCoherence and Control in Chemistry: Faraday Discussion 153
25 - 27 July 2011
University of Leeds, UK
Call for poster abstracts
& early bird registration deadline:                       30 May2011
Challengesin Chemical Biology (ISACS5)
26 - 29 July 2011
University of Manchester, UK
Call for poster abstracts & early bird registration deadline:
27 May 2011
Notices for RSC Groups

  • Local Sections
Can all local sections inform Helen Ashman of any changes to the Local Section Committte following the Local Section AGM's.

The Local Section Handbook 2011 is now available here.

Just a reminder that Local Sections may apply for an IYC grant of up to £500.  Please contact Pauline Meakins on  for further details.

  • International Sections
Most International Section grant requests have now been received, if you have not yet sent your International Grant Request for 2011, please contact
  • Interest Groups - Staff Support
Please note that Fiona McMillan will be on maternity leave from 21st April. All of Fiona's work with the RSC Interest Groups will be covered by Dr Andrea McGhee until Fiona returns. Andrea can be contacted by emailing

Posted by Anne Horan on Apr 28, 2011 11:29 AM Europe/London

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