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.

June Networks Newsletter

  • Winner of the Soft Matter Lectureship
  • September Inserts for Chemistry World
  • First two RSciTech Awards
  • Staff Changes
  • Local Section Secretaries Annual Notification: Gold Badges
  • Volunteer Resource Area
  • RSC Networks Blog
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the June edition of the Networks Newsletter.  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.
Announcing Patrick Doyle as the 2012 Soft Matter Lectureship recipient
The Soft Matter Editorial Board have chosen Professor Patrick Doyle as the recipient of this year's Soft Matter Lectureship. This annual Lectureship was established by the journal in 2009 to honour a younger scientist who has made a significant contribution to the soft matter field. For more information see here.
September inserts for Chemistry World
If you wish to add an insert or programme card to the September edition of Chemistry World, please note that the deadline to send print-ready Word documents is 30 July. Templates for the programme cards are available on request from
One programme card and up to 3 inserts can be included; inserts are single or double sided, black and white and printed on A4 paper. Please send your inserts and/or programme cards to by 30 July at the latest.
First RSciTech awards presented by Secretary of State for Business, Education and Skills
As featured in the June issue of RSC News, the RSC recently secured a pilot licence from the Science Council to award two new designations, Registered Scientist (RSci) and Registered Science Technician (RSciTech). At the end of May, the first two RSC awardees were admitted to RSciTech. Harry Fox and Lee Philips were presented with their certificates by the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP at the Gatsby Charitable Foundations event Strengthening our Technician Workforce. More detail of this event will appear in the July issue of RSC News.
Local Sections and Interest Groups

*Staff Changes*

There have been a number of recent staff changes in the Memership team; Andrea McGhee has been seconded to the role of Professional Standards Specialist in the Accreditations team, Sarah Hobbs has moved to the role of Member Networks Specialist to cover Andrea's secondment.
Local Section Secretaries – annual notification -
‘Gold badges – 40 years of membership’
You may be aware that RSC members who have achieved 40 years of membership can be given a gold-coloured lapel pin badge. You can request data of members in your section who have reached 40 years of membership and we shall send you address labels and sufficient pin badges for you to distribute.
Please send your request to, clearly stating your section and ‘Gold badges’.
Volunteer Resource Area
We have now created the Volunteer Resource area on MyRSC, accessed via the knowledge centre.  This provides access to a variety of resources available to our members to help when planning and running events on behalf of the RSC.
RSC Networks Blog
The RSC member services team will be updating the Networks blog each month with reports and summaries of the activities of the various Networks.  Any RSC Section or Group wishing to have something added to this blog should email their request to
Read the latest post about Interest Group Funding.
RSC Events
The Science of Materials Summer School 1-3 July 2012 - University of Sheffield
The Science of Materials Summer School is a 3-day residential course which gives chemistry teachers access to cutting edge materials science research which they can use in their teaching. Held at Sheffield University, in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the course gives teachers exclusive access to their laboratories and equipment, and offers them the chance to learn from researchers.
The course is made up of
  • Lectures and seminars providing information about the latest advances in materials science
  • Practical experiments which can be taken away and used in school. These simple experiments present existing material as materials science and also offer opportunities for extension material for the more able pupils
  • Discussions focusing on career opportunities in materials science  
Who should attend?
The event is aimed at chemistry and science teachers who want to learn more about the latest advances in materials science and how these can be used in their day to day teaching.

Major deadlines coming up – check out the individual websites for more details and all the key dates.

Developing Expertise in Practical Chemistry - for Newly and Recently Qualified Chemistry Teachers
Dates and venues across the UK
Events approaching - register now!

Meet the Universites: Online
2 - 4 July 2012
MyRSC Online Chemistry Network
Event approaching - register now!

Challenges in Nanoscience (ISACS9)
31 August - 3 September 2012
Xiamen, China
Poster abstract and early bird deadline:
6 July 2012

Ion Specific Hofmeister Effects: Faraday Discussion 160
3  - 5 September 2012
Queen’s College, Oxford, UK
Poster abstract and early bird deadline:
6 July 2012
ICPOC21: 21st IUPAC International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry
9 - 13 September 2012
Durham University, UK
Poster abstract and early bird deadline:
13 July 2012

Lipids and Membrane Biophysics: FD161
11 - 13 September 2012
Burlington House, London, UK
Poster abstract and early bird deadline:
13 July 2012

Directing Biosynthesis III (DBIII)
19 - 21 September 2012
University of Nottingham, UK
Poster abstract and early bird deadline:
25 July 2012
Fabrication, Structure and Reactivity of Anchored Nanoparticles: Faraday Discussion 162
10 - 12 April 2013
 Seminaris CampusHotel, Berlin, Germany

Oral abstract deadline:
13 July 2012
Photo-initiated Quantum Molecular Dynamics: Faraday Discussion 163
15 - 17 April 2013 
University of Nottingham, UK
Oral abstract deadline:
20 July 2012
Posted by Sarah Hobbs on Jun 21, 2012 3:29 PM Europe/London

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