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November Networks Newsletter

  • RSC ChemNet
  • IYC Challenge Competition – The Results!
  • TeenTech Awards
  • SET For Britain - 2013 Poster Competition
  • Out Now! Chocolate as Medicine
  • General Assembly 2012 – Expenses Deadline Friday 7th December 2012
  • Deadline -  January Chemistry World Inserts
  • Careers Hubs
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the November 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 ChemNet
**ChemNet is now free to join for all 14-18 year old chemistry students**

Do you know a student who would like to find out more about the world of chemistry? Tell them about RSC ChemNet, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s student network.
Through RSC ChemNet students get free access to:
  • our student magazine, The Mole
  • expert advice on tricky topics and practicals from Dr ChemNet
  • thousands of resources to support their studies
  • events and guidance to discover more about university choices and a career in chemistry
Students can join RSC ChemNet for free at
IYC Challenge Competition – The Results!
We had over 55 entries for the competition from about 60 groups and all of the entries were fantastic. We hope to produce a report at the start of 2013 to celebrate all of the activities which have taken place using the IYC Challenge funding and we hope to make all of the resources produced as part of the challenge available to everyone.
The RSC President Lesley Yellowlees was overwhelmed with the quality and breadth of the projects and announced the results of the competition in her presidential address on Saturday 10th November 2012 at the RSC General Assembly. Due to the quality of entries there were three prizes (each £10k) awarded. The first two prizes were awarded to UK based projects and the third to an international project.
The winners were:
1. Chemical Information and Computer Applications Group in collaboration with the Historical Group – these two Interest Groups have worked together along with the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre have set up a permanent exhibition at Catalyst on the origin of the elements and have supported the running of workshops at the weekend to allow families to take part rather than just school groups.
2. Speciality Chemicals Sector – this Interest Group has produced a resource relating to a zinc seam in North Wales for local schools so that the pupils can learn more about zinc and it's everyday uses as well as testing the soil in their playgrounds and gardens. This resource will be useful for schools in other areas.
3. Beijing Local Section – this Local Section are running Saturday science workshops based in migrant schools on the edge of Beijing for the children of migrant workers from the countryside who are denied access to normal state schooling. The schools set up for migrant children have poor facilities and teach no science so this is an amazing opportunity for children to learn the excitement of science.

A new nationwide competition for talented teenagers - The TeenTech Awards – will be officially launched at an event in Surrey.  Thousands of pounds in cash prizes for schools are on offer and the top prize is a visit to Buckingham Palace.  The contest covering science, technology, engineering and maths, is rolling out to all pupils between the age of 11 and 16. Students will be invited to put forward compelling ideas showing high levels of global collaboration with business, industry and the education sector.
The launch will be held at TeenTech Surrey on Wednesday 14th November. Three hundred pupils will attend the one-day event in Guildford - where scientists offer them a powerful insight into how science can be fun through interactive events.  The event not only engages pupil imagination; it also helps to encourage new connections between schools and employers.
To find out more information visit the TeenTech website  

SET For Britain - 2013 Poster Competition
To encourage, support and promote Britain's future scientific and technological leaders, applications are invited from early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers and technologists who wish to exhibit posters in one of the following three areas:
  • Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Physics)
  • Engineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Science
Each section has a separate poster exhibition and judging session during the day, ending with a reception and prize-giving, all held in the House of Commons on Monday 18 March 2013 between noon and 9 pm [during National Science and Engineering Week 2013].
Full details of the competition and exhibition including the application form can be found on the SET for BRITAIN website. 

Out Now! Chocolate as Medicine

Love Chocolate? Ever wondered about its benefits?
Chocolate as Medicine uncovers the benefits behind one of our most revered tastes…
This stunning new book describes, for the first time, the topic of ‘Chocolate as Medicine’ from a historical perspective but also explores the benefits of cocoa, its positive health effects and the myths around why chocolate was thought to be bad for you (avoidance in diabetes, bringing out spots, obesity etc).  Written by unique collaboration between a historian of science and a practicing scientist with expertise in cocoa and chocolate, it includes a historical perspective on the development of medicinal uses of cocoa, an introduction to the chemistry and physiology involved, and ends with its suggestions for chocolates future uses in medicine. It will appeal to food scientists, cocoa researchers, ethnobotanists, historians and medical scientists, as well as people with a general interest in this science. Order you copy now! Visit

General Assembly 2012 – Expenses Deadline Friday 7th December 2012
It was wonderful to see you all at the General Assembly last week. The discussions I attended were vibrant and full of enthusiasm and I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. In case you didn’t pick up an expenses form at the registration desk please find below the links to the relevant forms.
As I’m sure you can understand the expenses for the General Assembly are associated with a 2012 budget and therefore we ask that all expense claims are submitted by Friday 7th December 2012.

Expenses Form - RSC Members - UK Bank Account
Expenses Form - Non-Members - UK Bank Account
Expenses Form - RSC Members - Non-UK Bank Account
Expenses Form - Non-Members - Non-UK Bank Account

Please either return by post to:

Fiona McMillan
Royal Society of Chemistry
Thomas Graham House
Science Park
Milton Road

or scan the completed form and receipts and email them to

Deadline - January inserts for Chemistry World

If you wish to add an insert to the January edition of Chemistry World, please note that the deadline to send print-ready Word documents is 30 November. 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 30 November at the latest.

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

Whether you are actively job seeking or just reviewing your options, an appointment with the RSC’s Careers Consultant at your forthcoming local One to One careers hub offers the opportunity to discuss: planning and managing your career; job search strategies; CVs; application forms and interviews. All consultations are free and are completely confidential. We also offer a selection of sessions including: 20 minute appointments (e.g. for CV advice or job searching information) and 45 minute appointments (for a more in-depth careers consultation).

Mixer Meetings

Mixer meetings are organised at the same time as the careers hubs. We will be running an ‘Industry Hour’ where speakers talk about their careers in industry to increase awareness of local companies to local members, as well as consultations. The aim is to include local sections much more so that we can get the best careers and networking opportunities for members in their own section.

Upcoming dates

Manchester Careers Hub
26 November 2012 17:00 - 28 November 2012 19:00
Mixer meeting 27 November

Bangor Careers Hub
30 November 2012 09:00 - 19:00
Mixer meeting 29 November

For more information about the Careers Hubs please contact Charlotte Ashley-Roberts (email or telephone 01223 420066).
Or alternatively visit the RSC events website.

11th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC11)

8-11 July 2013
University of Warwick, UK
Oral abstracts still accepted until 30 November 2012

Self Assembly of Biopolymers: Faraday Discussion 166

16-18 September 2013
 University of Bristol, UK
Oral abstract deadline:
23 November 2012

Mesostructure and Dynamics in Liquids and Solutions: Faraday Discussion 167
18-20 September 2013
University of Bristol, UK
Oral abstract deadline:
23 November 2012
Posted by Holly Salisbury on Nov 20, 2012 3:05 PM Europe/London

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