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.

August Networks Newsletter

  • RSC Leadership Team Changes
  • Burlington House Room Charges for Committee Meetings
  • Announcement: Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • New Edition: Maths for Chemists
  • Call for Higher Education Resources
  • RSC Christmas Cards
  • Networks Blog
  • RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the August 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.
RSC Leadership Team Changes
RSC chief executive Robert Parker has decided to restructure the leadership team as part of a broader strategy to enable an already successful RSC to achieve even greater things. 
Council approved the decision, and RSC president Lesley Yellowlees said in a message to staff: “All the Trustees were very enthusiastic about [Robert’s strategy] and we all gave it our 100% backing – I’m certain that you too will support it.” 
Following the reorganisation, Neville Reed (Managing Director of Science, Education and Industry), Jackie Mitchell (Director, HR & OD) and Wynne Beaumont (Finance Director) have left the organisation.  For further detail on the new management structure of the RSC, please see the Leadership Team page on our website.  
RSC Group Committee Meetings in Burlington House
We are delighted to announce that following a review of the charges for RSC Groups using the Chemistry Centre, no room charge will be made for committee meetings from Monday 27 August 2012. As promised at the General Assembly 2011, Helen Pain has reviewed all of the room charges at the Chemistry Centre. RSC Groups will still receive the same significant discount on room rates for non-committee meetings and all catering will be charged in the usual way.
To ensure that you are not charged you must state that the room is for a committee meeting at the time of booking. All bookings and enquiries regarding the Chemistry Centre should be made via email to

We have an exciting announcement regarding: Journal of Materials Chemistry
Journal of Materials Chemistry will shortly be closing to new submissions and, from 2013, will be published as three separate and new journals:
Journal of Materials Chemistry A (Materials for Energy and Sustainability); Journal of Materials Chemistry B (Materials for Biology and Medicine); Journal of Materials Chemistry C (Materials for Electronic and Optical Devices).
For further information on these new journals, please see here.

Are students finding differentiation difficult? Integration impossible? Help is on its way...
The new edition of Maths for Chemists (RRP: £24.95), combines Volumes I and II of the hugely successful Tutorial Chemistry Texts, to provide an excellent resource for all undergraduate chemistry students particularly focussing on the needs of students who may not have studied mathematics beyond GCSE level (or equivalent). The text is introductory in nature and adopts a sympathetic approach for students who need support and understanding in working with the diverse mathematical tools required in a typical chemistry degree course. It provides a concise account of the basic principles underlying a given subject, embodying an independent-learning philosophy and including worked examples. For more details on this exciting new title, or to order your copy today, please visit the website (

Call for Higher Education Resources
The Royal Society of Chemistry is sourcing Higher Education resources from the chemistry teaching community. This is in collaboration with the Higher Education Academy as part of their Open Education Resources programme. If you or any of your contacts and colleagues have any suitable resources you are willing to share on our e-platform Learn Chemistry, please contact Rosalind Onions at
RSC Christmas Cards
If you wish to order RSC Christmas cards to send out to selected members of your section, please send an email request to by 28 September. Please include the selection criteria of the members (e.g. over 70 or retired) and we will arrange to dispatch the cards and address labels to you at the end of October.

Networks Blog

Visit the Networks Blog to find out about and see pictures from events that RSC Networks are running!  You can now read about the activities by the South Africa North International Section for which they have recently been awarded an RSC President's Award.  Coming soon will be a report on the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) and their contribution to the EuCheMS congress in Prague this year, as well as a series of events from the International Section in Deccan, India!

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

RSC Organic Division Poster Symposium
Monday 3rd December 2012

The Chemistry Centre, Burlington House, London
Good news for Organic Chemistry PhD students… the UK’s foremost Organic Chemistry Poster Symposium will take place again this year! The symposium offers a chance for final year organic chemistry PhD students to showcase their research to their peers, leading academics and industrial chemists. The symposium is open to all branches of organic chemistry. There will be a first prize of £500, a £500 “selected by Industry Prize” and two runner-up prizes of £250. If you wish to submit your abstract, please view details on how to apply on our webpage
Closing date for abstract submissions is Wednesday 3rd October.
We would like to thank F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Ltd. for their generous support of this event.

1st Polymer Chemistry International Symposium

4 - 7 September 2012
Tsinghua University, Suzhou University and
Fudan University, China
Events date approaching!
UK-India Symposium on Molecular Materials Chemistry
10-11 September 2012
The Chemistry Centre, London, UK
13 September 2012
                             University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Final registration deadline:
5 September 2012

Posted by Sarah Hobbs on Sep 3, 2012 11:57 AM Europe/London

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