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.

December Networks Newsletter

  • New Learn Chemistry microsite
  • SET for Britain 2013 - deadline approaching!
  • Out now – Research Project Success
  • General Assembly 2012
  • First meeting - Member Networks Committee
  • Regional Meetings 2013
  • Annual Report forms
  • RSC Events
Dear Member,
Welcome to the December 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.


New Higher Education Microsite on Learn Chemistry


The RSC has launched a Higher Education (HE) microsite on Learn Chemistry to provide a new home for HE resources and information. It includes information about networking, careers, professional development, courses, finances, and a resource page which hosts resources produced specifically for HE. These include resources produced as part of the National HE STEM Programme, and focus on subject-contextualised and interactive learning.
There is also an Open Education Resource (OER) section, which hosts and recommends externally produced HE resources with a ‘Learn Chemistry approved’ stamp. With support from the Higher Education Academy and JISC, the RSC has established a process to source high quality OERs from external platforms and bring them onto Learn Chemistry.
The Higher Education microsite on Learn Chemistry has expanded to include and direct users to other RSC information. It provides an easy to access home for all Higher Education information and resources for both lecturers and students. Visit to find out more.

SET For Britain - 2013 Poster Competition
Deadline approaching!

As we told you in the November Newsletter, 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
The deadline for application is 24th December 2012

The exhibition, judging session, reception and prize-giving, will all be held in the House of Commons on Monday 18 March 2013 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.

Research Project Success – the ultimate guide to the what, when and how! 
Guidebook, project atlas, reference book and instruction manual. If you are a student within the physical, engineering and life sciences about to embark on a project – whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level – then this is the book for you. It will introduce you to the core components common to almost every project within the physical, engineering and life sciences (problem assessment and contextualisation, literature review practices, sources and citation, data presentation, reporting styles, data analysis and error etc.) and offers guidance as to how best to steer a course to project success. Not only does it provide all the project fundamentals a student may need – no matter the course – but, it also, links these components together by means of a simple and readily accessible  project road map to highlight to the student “what to do”, “when to do it” and “how to solve it” procedures. This book offers  a concise, no-nonsense project reference guide for students. Be ahead in 2013. For more information or to order you copy now visit
The General Assembly
Celebrating your success

187 delegates representing local and international sections, and interest groups attended the 2012 General Assembly in Birmingham to share their ideas and to celebrate the success of their activities with each other, RSC staff and Council members.
Plenary lectures from BBC Radio 4’s science programme presenter Quentin Cooper and the chief executive officer of Chemistry Innovation, Carol Boyer Spooner, launched the proceedings. An address from RSC chief executive Robert Parker introduced the new vision and strategy for the RSC, facilitating council and staff led discussions on how to best achieve the new goals.
The IYC Challenge exhibition stand allowed delegates to find out more about what individual groups did with their grants and Professor Lesley Yellowlees announced the winners in her Presidential address on Saturday 10 November. One winner became three as it was too difficult to pick just one (RSC News and the November Newsletter). Inspired by the members who took part, the RSC will continue the IYC legacy by making additional £1,000 grants available to member groups with a project in mind that they cannot support with existing funds.
Celebrating the RSC prize and award winners for 2012, the General Assembly saw the RSC recognise the success of its members and individuals in the wider chemical science community through RSC Prizes, industry and education awards, and the Awards for Service .
Read more about the General Assembly in RSC News’ December issue and find out how to nominate for next year’s awards and apply for grants.
Member Networks Committee First Meeting – 9th November 2012
The Member Networks Committee held their first meeting at the General Assembly this year. The committee is made up of the Chairs of the ten regional steering groups and, as we discovered, includes some incredibly active members many of whom have been involved in more than one of the networks and a number of RSC boards. Following discussions of how the committee fits into the RSC governance structure the committee considered possible funding structures for regional activities and common issues of concern from the regional steering groups. Many regions and networks are experiencing difficulties with encouraging new members to join committees, attendance at events and younger member involvement including interacting with student chemical societies. Overall the discussions were positive and it was agreed that this committee hopes to be able to find ways in which all of the networks can successfully tackle these issues. The Member Networks Committee will meet once a year with electronic discussions throughout the year.
If you have any issues you would like to be raised please see for your local contacts for your regional steering group. If you have any questions about the new regional structure please contact

Regional Meetings 2013

The dates and venues for the Regional Meetings 2013 have been set and published in the December issue of RSC News and on our website. Invitations will be sent out shortly to all RSC board and committee members. All RSC members are welcome to attend these meetings. If you know of any non-committee members of the RSC in your region who would be interested in attending the meeting please ask them to email us for more information.

Annual Report forms
Annual report forms, for both the activity and financial reports, will be sent to all interest group and local section secretaries and treasurers soon.

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

Spinks Symposium: Regenerative Medicine
28 January 2013
The Chemistry Centre, London, UK
Abstract and early bird registration deadline: 21 December 2012

11th International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC11)
8-11 July 2013
University of Warwick, UK
Oral abstract deadline: 7 December 2012

Fabrication, Structure and Reactivity of Anchored Nanoparticles: Faraday Discussion 162
10-12 April 2013
 Seminaris CampusHotel, Berlin, Germany

Registration open!

23rd International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry
23-25 July 2013
University of Oxford, UK

Registration open!
Posted by Holly Salisbury on Dec 5, 2012 2:27 PM Europe/London

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