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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.

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All Interest Groups, Local Sections and Division Regions have access to the RSC Brand Centre to order promotional items such as pens, flyers, and even pop-up stands. Here are some things you and your committee should know to help you get started:

What is the Brand Centre?

The Brand Centre is a web-based system designed to make it easier for you to create and order materials to promote the work you do to support the Royal Society of Chemistry members in your community.

Why should I use it?

The materials on the Brand Centre have been designed to maximise the impact of your promotional activities and increase awareness of your group and the Royal Society of Chemistry within the chemical sciences community.

It is also cheaper than ordering from other external suppliers; we receive bulk order discounts from Just Digital (the company behind the Brand Centre) and pass these on to you.

What can I order?

On the Brand Centre you can:

  • Create event flyers and pop-up banners;
  • Order pre-printed materials (e.g. membership and publishing information);
  • Order promotional items like branded pens
If you want to order more expensive items (such as RSC branded tablecloths), please contact the Networks team.

If you want to order bespoke fliers or postcards for your events – something beyond the available templates – then Just Digital can provide design services and coordinate with our mailing house to send these to your members, and at the same corporate rate that they would charge the RSC.

Is it free?

Each Interest Group, Local Section and AD Region committee is allocated credit for each calendar year. The Brand Centre credit is allocated to each committee in addition to the annual grant but we do ask that you use the credit only for those items that you would be happy to use your grant to pay for.

Please note:
  • The credit will reset on 1 January of each year, any unspent credit will not be carried over.
  • We will let you know when your credit drops below £100; if you exceed your annual credit, we will deduct the additional expenditure from your next annual grant.

What about international Local Sections?

We pay the postage for the first order of the year for international Local Sections. We therefore ask our members to order only promotional items as needed and to consider combining their orders into a single shipment, if possible.

We also ask you to consider the financial and environmental impact of ordering bulky items to be shipped from the UK that could, more cost effectively, be sourced locally – for example, mugs are expensive to ship but we can provide members with the correct logo files to be printed onto mugs by a local supplier. As this is not something we could easily deduct from your credit, you can include this in your annual budget request.

How do I log in?

Go to and enter your committee’s unique username and password.

Please note:
  • Only use the login details for your committee; please do not use personal email addresses as we might not be able to invoice the correct account. If you don’t know your login details, email the Networks team and we’ll send them to you.
  • If no one has logged in recently your login details may not work, email the Networks team to get your account reactivated.

Still have questions?

Visit the Promotional items and our brand section on the Useful Forms & Documents page: There you’ll find FAQs for member networks, as well as the Brand Centre User Guide.

If you have feedback or suggestions for materials to include in the Brand Centre, please let us know!

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 3, 2020 12:51 PM GMT
Welcome to the first Networks Newsletter of 2020!

The Newsletter is our way to keep our member network committee members and representatives up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives. This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Member network developments during 2019
  • Communications from across the RSC

Upcoming Deadlines
01 January
07 January
09 January
13 January

15 January
20 January
20 January
28 January
30 January
31 January

07 February
24 February
Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 January to additional networks

Deadline for E-alerts going out on 16 January
Close of the Outreach Fund large grant applications
Nominations for 2020 RSC Prizes and Awards close
Undergraduate Research Bursaries open
Close of nominations for the Materials Horizons and Nanoscale Horizons Community Boards
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 6 February
Close of call for nominations for the
JAAS Emerging Investigator Lectureship

Deadline for 2019 Financial Reports
Deadline for
2019 Annual Reports

Upcoming Events
02 January
16 January
06 February
20 February

3-4 March
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts
#RSCPoster Twitter Conference

Spotlight: Member network developments during 2019

2019 saw many changes and developments for our member networks, from the creation of new support mechanisms and training for committee members to the development of new event policies.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog to see some of the projects we're most proud of, and if you have any ideas for 2020 please let us know!

Read about recent developments here

Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.

Celebrating member network activities
What was your favourite moment of 2019? Share it as a Community News story!

We are incredibly proud of the work of our member network volunteers and international representatives. From empowering women in Hyderabad to bringing Mission Starlight to primary schools in Wirral, we've loved seeing the variety of events and activities you've held during 2019 and the International Year of the Periodic Table!

You can find templates and tips for news stories on the Communication section on the Useful Forms and Documents page:

Download the template and share your Community News story

A new way to submit your RSC event registration requests
As part of our commitment to provide online registration support to RSC member networks for both free and paying events, we are replacing our registration request form with a more accessible online version

The aim of the update is to make sure that we continue to provide you with a smooth, efficient experience while managing the increasing volume of requests coming through to us.

Important features
The system is GDPR compliant and any Interest Group, Local Section or Division Region committee member can use the system to take registrations for both free-to-attend and paying events, either as an organiser or co-organiser with another organisation.

This service is free to use, but for paying events 2.5% of the final income will go to cover the credit card processing fee charged to us by Worldpay. The final income will be transferred to the group account within two weeks of the completion on the event. If you need this earlier, you can highlight it when submitting your request.

Start using the system now
The new online system is now live –
use this link to submit your requests.

To help you switch over to the new system, we will continue to accept forms via email until the end of the year. From 31 January 2020, all requests will need to be through the online form.

Please note that we will still require the 2-week notice period.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

Try the new event services request form here

2020 Undergraduate Research Bursaries open in January
Our Undergraduate Research Bursaries will be open for applications on Monday 20 January with a deadline of 24 February.

If you need that extra pair of hands over the summer or want to explore a new project, apply with a student by 2pm on 24 February 2020.

Learn more here

#RSCPoster Twitter Conference – coming soon!
The #RSCPoster Twitter Conference is an online event held entirely over Twitter to bring members from across the scientific research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.

The unique format removes traditional barriers associated with normal conferences such as the costs of travelling and attendance, to connect all researchers across the globe, from students to Nobel prize winners for free.

This year’s event will be held for 24 hours from 12:00 UTC 3 March to 12:00 UTC 4 March 2020.

Find out how you can get involved

RSC Environmental Science journals offer double-blind peer review
In response to growing interest from our community, we are proud to share that our Environmental Science journals now offer authors the choice of single- or double-blind peer review for submitted manuscripts. Find out more at

The choice of which peer review model should be used for each manuscript will be completely up to the authors, but authors who choose this option will be responsible for ensuring their submission is anonymised; we have prepared a checklist to help.

Why is this important?
Advocates of double-blind review suggest that it can reduce the impact of biases, both obvious and subtle, conscious or unconscious, on peer review. These biases could be based on gender, ethnicity, author affiliation, and so on, and unfairly disadvantage members of our community.

Read our report about gender bias in publishing in the chemical sciences

Royal Society of Chemistry Prizes and Awards
You have two weeks left to make your nominations for the Royal Society of Chemistry prizes and awards programme. Don’t miss out on this chance to recognise individuals and teams making a positive impact for the chemical sciences.

You can nominate or be nominated until 5pm (UK time) 15 January 2020.

Who do you know that’s deserving of some recognition?

Nominate them today

Engage school students with the chemistry of energy
The Energy Zone of I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here is an online STEM engagement competition that gets chemists from industry, academia, research and technical roles talking with curious school students. It’s running 9–20 March for British Science Week and RSC members are invited to apply now!

Taking part is an enjoyable and easy way to get involved in STEM engagement. You'll develop your communication skills and gain a fresh perspective on your work, through showing students what it’s really like to be a chemist, and be in with a chance of winning £500 for engagement activities.

Apply for Energy Zone by Monday 27 January

Introducing RSC Chemical Biology
We are delighted to announce RSC Chemical Biology, a new gold open access journal for agenda-setting research of interest to the broad chemical biology community.

Led by Editorial Board Chair Hiroaki Suga (University of Tokyo), the journal welcomes contributions from across the breadth of chemical biology – from the development of new techniques and tools, to studies furthering the understanding and/or manipulation of biological processes at the molecular level. We also encourage translational research that bridges chemistry and chemical biology to medicine.

In the interest of transparency and open science, RSC Chemical Biology will be the first RSC journal to offer our authors the option of transparent peer review, and with article processing charges waived until mid-2022, your work will receive the global visibility that comes with publishing your work gold open access, at no cost to you.

Learn more about RSC Chem Bio and our transparent peer review process

Thank you for reading!

A tailored version of this Newsletter is sent to all members of RSC Interest Group, Local Section, and Division Region committees, and International Representatives.

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 6, 2020 10:00 AM GMT
2019 saw many changes and developments for our member networks, from the creation of new support mechanisms and training for committee members to the development of new event policies.

Here are some of our highlights from 2019:
What would you like us to do for you in 2020? Let us know!

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 6, 2020 10:00 AM GMT
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