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.
 

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Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the July Networks Newsletter, 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: Predatory Conferences
  • Volunteer Survey- What have we learned?
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Local Section Day- 16 November 2022
  • Our Inclusion & Diversity survey
  • Recruiting new committee members
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
04 July
04 July
11 July
12 July
14 July
26 July
28 July
31 July
31 July
31 July
31 July
31 July
01 August
01 August
July deadline for Outreach Fund
First deadline for Chemistry Week Sustainability funding

Deadline for Research Fund applications
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 July to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 July
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 August to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 4 August

Deadline for July Researcher Development Grant applications
Deadline for Local Section inserts into September Chemistry World
Analyst Emerging Investigators Lectureship 2022 close of nominations
Pioneers of Miniaturisation Lectureship 2022 close of nominations
JAAS Emerging Investigators Lectureship 2022 close of nominations
Second
deadline for Chemistry Week Sustainability funding

August Deadline for Outreach Fund
 
Upcoming Events
07 July
13 July
20 July

21 July
26 July
4 August
12 August
18 August

06 September
14 September
20 September
26 September
04 October
18 October
20 October
Member e-alerts
RSC Mentoring Training
Drop-in session on the results of the Volunteer Survey
Member e-alerts

Chemistry Careers in Sustainability
Member e-alerts

New Officers’ Drop-In session, 10am-12pm (BST)
Member e-alerts
North West Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Wales Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
North East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
South West Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
South East Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Scotland Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
Eastern Regional Steering Group Autumn Meeting
 
Spotlight: Predatory Conferences
This month in the spotlight we focus on predatory conferences, particularly tips for spotting them in funding applications.

Predatory conferences are exploitative events which are expensive and offer little or no scientific benefit to attendees. In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of predatory conferences, and in 2017 it was estimated that predatory conferences had started to outnumber legitimate ones.

Recently, a number of Member Network Committees have come across potentially predatory conferences when judging applications for travel or conference bursaries, therefore we advise that you demonstrate particular caution when assessing events that people are applying to attend. The organisers of these conferences are getting better at disguising their illegitimacy. Therefore, determining whether an event is predatory can be incredibly difficult.

Read the full article on the Networks Newsletter blog, including a list of things to look out for when assessing conferences in funding applications put together by our Grants and Events Teams.

If you have any concerns about predatory conferences please email the Networks or Grants teams at networks@rsc.org or funding@rsc.org respectively.

 
Volunteer Survey- What have we learned?

Thank you to everyone who completed the recent volunteer survey, we shared an overview of the responses with both Member Communities Board and Member Networks Committee and now we would like to share them with you. Magda van Leeuwen (Volunteer & Member Engagement Manager) and Fiona McMillan (Member Networks Manager) will present an overview of the responses on Wednesday 20 July 2022. To take into account the different time zones in which our volunteers live they will deliver this presentation twice during the day, the first session will be at 08:00 BST and the second will be at 14:00 BST.

They will be held on zoom and will last an hour we will record the sessions and will share a recording of the presentation.

To join the sessions please use the links below (Both sessions will have the same content so you only need to attend one):

Volunteer Survey – Wednesday 20 July 2022 (08:00 – 09:00 BST)
Volunteer Survey – Wednesday 20 July 2022 (14:00 – 15:00 BST)

 
Communications from across the RSC

Here are updates about events and activities from our Education Outreach, Policy & Evidence and Careers teams, as well as RSC Publishing.


RSC ITT Scholarship Scheme deadline

Our final application deadline is Friday 8 July 2022
The number of scholarships is limited. We will close the application process when we have reached capacity, so we advise you to complete your scholarship application as early as possible, to avoid disappointment.

Please note that if you are unsuccessful at any stage, you cannot reapply in the current application year.

Find out more about our teacher training scholarships


Chemistry Week 7 – 13 November 2022

Apply for a grant of up to £500 to run a Sustainability themed activity in Chemistry Week 2022.

Please also pass this on to your networks of people who might be interested. This year it is open to all in UK and ROI so do consider if, for example, there are any local community groups to you that might be interested in applying.

Find out more


Government researching innovative businesses
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is researching early-stage entrepreneurs’ finance journeys and would like your help.
If you have set up an innovative business in the last five years, please take a couple of minutes to fill out the Qualtrics link here and agree to potentially being contacted for a survey later this year, where your answers will influence and shape future government policy on access to finance.

See all of the RSC blue plaques or suggest your own on our website


Horizon Europe update
Although the scientific community in the UK and EU are strongly behind it, the UK’s association to Horizon Europe looks increasingly unlikely. To understand more about where we are now, what the RSC is doing, and what to expect over the coming months, read this update by Tanya Sheridan, Head of Policy and Evidence at the RSC.

Read here


Support colleagues and placement students with professional recognition

If you work with any placement students, you can encourage them to gain recognition for their year in industry by achieving Registered Scientist status. These awards demonstrate the skills and experience gained in a professional setting, so are appropriate for anyone working in any sector. In addition, by acting as a supporter for an application you’ll also be contributing to your own professional development. Email registers@rsc.org for more information.

Find out more about professional registration


Mentoring training 13 July, 10.00am – 12.00pm (UK time)

Mentors find the experience of helping another member rewarding as they help them to grow and 'address their own challenges, considering their relationships at work and thinking of the future'. If you are a Member or Fellow and are interested in becoming an RSC mentor, there is a mentoring training session scheduled 13 July. See our events page for further information.

Find out more


Are you interested in becoming a mentee?
Associate members (AMRSC), Members (MRSC) and Fellows (FRSC) have the chance to become a mentee, working alongside an experienced mentor in their field.
Benefits of being a mentee include:
• greater clarity around career goals and how to achieve them.
• gaining practical advice, encouragement and support.
• learning from the experiences of others.
• acquiring greater self-confidence and self-belief.
• pursuing personal and professional development and practical learning.
 
If you are interested in having a mentor, please email mentoring@rsc.org for further information.

Find out more


Career consultations
Our team of dedicated career and professional development advisors provide confidential professional development advice, CV reviews, redundancy support – anything related to careers. Remote career consultations with the team are available throughout the year to the following membership categories: Associate, Member and Fellow, as well as anyone with RSciTech or RSci status. Email the Careers team to find out more or visit www.rsc.org/careers

Find out more



Announcing three new RSC journals
We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of three new RSC journals: All three of these new journals are gold open access. Plus, we are paying for any article processing charges (APCs) until mid-2025, so you can initially read and publish for free.

Find out more

 
The Inclusion & Diversity survey

On Wednesday 29 June we sent you a 5-minute survey which will be anonymised and help give us a richer understanding of the diversity in our communities. Please do take the time to fill it out as it will help us make our activities, products, and services as inclusive and reflective of our community as they should be.

If you are involved in more than one activity with us, it is likely you may be asked for your diversity data more than once to protect your anonymity. We hope that you are able to contribute your data each time you are asked.


 
Local Section Day- 16 November 2022

On Wednesday 16 November 2022 (10:30 - 15:00 UK time) we would like to invite representatives of our Local Sections in the UK and Ireland to attend a Local Section Day in Burlington House, London. We will be contacting all relevant Secretaries in due course with details of how to register - up to two committee members from each Local Section may attend in person and any other committee members that wish to can join us online would be very welcome. The focus for the day will be to share experiences and to network following the restrictions of the last two years.

 
Recruiting new committee members

If you are looking to recruit new committee members can you please complete the updated call for committee form and send it to us at networks@rsc.org.  You might find this outline of the network election process useful too.

 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Debbie, Luana and Barney
Posted by Barnaby Slater on Jun 30, 2022 9:50 AM BST
Dear Colleague,

Welcome to the May Networks Newsletter, 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
  • Updated member networks Handbook
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
03 May
09 May
09 May
10 May
12 May
24 May
26 May
31 May
06 June
May deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant

Deadline for the Interest Group and Subject Community Consultation
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 May to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 May
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 June to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 2 June

Deadline for May Research Development Grant applications
June deadline for Outreach Fund
 
Upcoming Events
 
05 May
11 May
19 May
13-14 June
15 June
Member e-alerts
Retirement in Sight (Ireland) Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UKROI time
Member e-alerts
Analytical Research Forum 2022
Starting Out Right - Webinar with the CCF, 17:00 UK time
 
Updated member networks Handbook

The Networks Handbook outlines the support and guidance available to the committees and volunteers of all RSC member networks. The Networks Team update the Handbook regularly with information about resources and training available and processes for member network committees to follow, and add answers to common questions about how to do specific tasks or how to spend network funds in the FAQ section.

You can find the most up to date version at rsc.li/member-networks-handbook, please contact the Networks Team with any questions or feedback.


Find answers to your questions in the Networks Handbook


 
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.

Interest Group and Subject Community Consultation
Final deadline for responses 9 May

At the end of March we emailed our Interest Group and Subject Community Consultation survey to Interest Group committee secretaries asking for every committee to complete the survey. Please could you or a member of your committee complete the survey by 9 May at the latest if you have not already. The Division Councils are meeting soon, and we would like to be able to share as many responses with them as we possibly can.

Your response will inform the Subject Community information that members of your interest group will see via the members’ area or via Subject Community communications. However, members will be able to change their subject preferences at any time and this will not impact their membership or communications from your Interest Group.

In the same survey, we also want to understand what you might want to achieve or would be of most benefit to your Interest Group Committee by engaging with the relevant Subject Community Council and how to best enable this. Building on many of the existing types of collaboration and links between our Interest Group Committees and our (what are currently named) Division Councils, we have proposed three initial categories of engagement.

We are very grateful for your input, which will help to inform the transition to Subject Communities. Please note that this transition will not alter financial arrangements for Interest Groups or the governance or strategic responsibilities of the Member Communities Board (including financial and legal aspects) for all member-led networks, including Interest Groups. This will also not change current links that Interest Groups have to the MCB, the Member Networks Committee or support and activities overseen by the RSC Networks Team such as the Interest Group Forum and the Networks Newsletter.


Share your committee's input by Monday 9 May



We are launching a dedicated Race & Ethnicity Unit

With the launch of our Missing Elements report in March, we committed to create a dedicated Race & Ethnicity Unit to lead systemic and structural change. Our Race and Ethnicity Unit represents our commitment in action to tackling racism and ethnic inequalities uncovered in the chemical sciences. The Unit will be established with an initial investment of £1.5M over the first three years to serve as a basis to evaluate outcomes and impact, and future needs in the community and for our future work.

We are now recruiting for a Race & Ethnicity Unit Lead to manage the team who will make recommendations to empower communities to drive racial and ethnic equality. Please share the job ad with your networks and keep an eye out for future vacancies.

Learn more about the Unit Lead role and apply online by 23 May



Celebrating our outstanding reviewers of 2021

In 2021, we were supported by a network of over 46,000 peer reviewers across 130 countries. These individuals helped us ensure that the research we publish is high quality and impactful. From this community, we are celebrating over 530 reviewers for their incredible contributions to the publishing process. They are being recognised in particular for the number, timeliness and quality of their reports.

Discover our full list of outstanding reviewers of 2021 on our website



Understanding implicit bias in decision making

Every day, our minds make snap decisions about others without us realising it. If left unchallenged, one person’s implicit bias can have a lasting impact on another’s career path. We’ve created this short video to guide decision-makers and committee members on actions we can all take to mitigate the effects of implicit bias.

Watch our video and learn how you can mitigate the effects of implicit bias



Mentoring Training
11 May, 11.00am–1.00pm (UK time)

Mentors find the experience of helping another member rewarding as they help them to grow and 'address their own challenges, considering their relationships at work and thinking of the future'. If you are a Member or Fellow and are interested in becoming an RSC mentor, there is a mentoring training session scheduled 11 May.

Learn more and register online



Outreach Fund grants of up to £10,000 available

Our Outreach Fund is currently open for grants of up to £10,000 to support chemistry-based outreach activities.

This year we are again running a rolling monthly application system Tuesday 3 May and Monday 6 June being the next deadlines. We are especially interested to receive applications that support sustainability as well as those that target under-represented audiences.

Please consider whether you could include details of the Outreach Fund in any communications you send to the members of your groups or if you know of any friends or colleagues that would be interested to hear about the Fund maybe from work or other community groups you are a part of do pass this on.

Head to the Outreach Fund page for further information or contact Geri Kitley via outreach@rsc.org if you have any questions or want to discuss an application or project.


Find out more on the Outreach Fund webpage


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent out as a tailored email communication to all member network volunteers. Please read the full version here and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you.

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on May 4, 2022 9:00 AM BST
Dear colleague,

Welcome to the April Networks Newsletter, 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
  • Updated guidance for physical events
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
04 April
08 April
08 April
12 April
25 April
27 April
30 April
03 May
09 May
April deadline for Outreach Fund
Close of Great Science Teaching Survey
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 May to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 5 May
Deadline for April Research Development Grant applications
May deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for applications to the Research Enablement Grant
 
Upcoming Events
 
07 April
20 April
21 April
05 May

11 May
19 May
Member e-alerts
Helping with Debt Webinar from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Member e-alerts

Retirement in Sight (Ireland) Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
 
Updated guidance for physical events

The current guidance for member network committees is to use a virtual first approach for all activities until Easter, but RSC staff acknowledge that for some members of our community and for some types of events there are no virtual equivalents. Members can use their own best judgement to balance risk when deciding to host physical or virtual activities, and should consider a backup plan in case of cancellations.

It is essential that no volunteer or member is put in a position where they feel unsafe or uncomfortable at a member networks event. The RSC Events Team has shared their Covid policy for events, which requests precautions such as masks, vaccinations, or negative tests for event attendees. Member network committee members can request these steps at their own events should they wish.


Take a look at the RSC Events Team Covid policy for events


 
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.

2022 Annual Report form and training material
Each committee must complete and submit an Annual Report each year - this must be received by the Networks Team before we can release your annual grant.

All member network secretaries should have already received the 2022 Annual Report form so that committees can collect and record the necessary data throughout the year. We have prepared a step-by-step pdf guide to completing the form so that all committee members can see why we request the information we do and how we use it. The guide also includes an FAQ section to answer commonly asked questions about the Annual Report form and process.

We will be offering additional training and support later in the year but please do contact the Networks Team with any questions or feedback.

Download the 2022 Annual Report form and return by Friday 27 January 2023



Earlier deadlines for 21 April e-alerts

The RSC offices will be closed on the UK Easter bank holidays so the e-alert deadlines will be earlier than normal:
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 21 April
08 April
12 April

Complete and return the e-alert request form to networks@rsc.org



Take charge! Our Global Battery Experiment
Participation in our global battery experiment will be open throughout 2022 and allow students to explore the science behind batteries – and why they are such an important part of our bright energy future. We aim to build on the success of previous Global Experiments by using this as an opportunity to get behind a shared purpose to amplify the messages for greater reach and impact.

Should you wish to get involved, we want to provide you and your committee with support and resources to inspire schools, scouts, brownies, youth groups and family audiences in your local area to get involved with the experiment.

The support currently available to our Member Networks to participate in the Global Experiment includes:
  • 4-minute introductory video that puts the experiment into everyday context
  • Teacher Resources for Investigation 1 and Investigation 2 that can be used and adapted as part of an outreach activity
  • Battery Power worksheet which includes the history of batteries and further activities
  • Careers profiles of chemists that tell the stories of the people behind the chemistry and bring the sector to life for young people
  • Grants and funding available through the Outreach Fund, including advice and support on new ideas and writing a successful application.

Where to find updates
As we create more resources and launch further content on the Global Experiment website, we will provide you with targeted updates in the Networks Newsletter. There will also be communications to our members and wider community in Voice, on our website as well as our social media channels.

We really hope you enjoy taking part in the RSC’s global experiment for 2022!


Learn more at edu.rsc.org/global-experiment



GSK/RSC Hands-On GC-MS & LC-MS Training Courses
New dates for 2022 – extended for 1 year

Through our partnership with GSK we are delighted to announce that we are able to run the following Hands-On GC-MS (Gas Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry) and LC-MS (Liquid Chromatography with Mass Spectrometry) training courses in 2022.

Please see the timetable below for forthcoming courses. Applications are now open for all courses, please carefully note the deadlines to complete them. We hope to reschedule our GC-MS 2021 training course for Ethiopia this year. Applicants who originally applied and were successful will be given priority to attend. Full details will be provided on www.rsc.org/events/africa.
 
Course Type
GC-MS
GC-MS
LC-MS
LC-MS
LC-MS
GC-MS
Location
Kenya
Kenya
Kenya
Kenya
Ghana
Ethiopia
2021 Dates
25-29th April 2022
13-17th June 2022
4-8th July 2022
22-26th Aug 2022
23-27th May 2022
TBC – rescheduled from 2021


Email Africa@rsc.org with any enquiries



Nominations open for the RSC’s Education Prizes until 22 June
The Excellence in Education prizes celebrate inspirational, innovative and dedicated people working at all stages of education. They include prizes for individuals, teams and people who are in the early stages of their career. Meanwhile, the Horizon Prizes for Education recognise education initiatives set to make a real impact. Nominations close on 22nd June.

Find out more and nominate by 22 June



We Teach Science: the Great Science Teaching Survey
We’ve recently launched our Great Science Teaching Survey – an in-depth investigation into science teaching in the UK and Ireland, in partnership with the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Royal Society of Biology (RSB).

The survey closes on 8 April, and we want to hear from as many secondary teachers as possible, so feel free to pass on the link to your own contacts: rsc.li/WeTeachScience

Complete the survey at rsc.li/WeTeachScience by 8 April


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter is sent to all member network committee members as a tailored email each month with the full version published here. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback


Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Apr 4, 2022 2:00 PM BST
Dear ​colleague,

Welcome to the February Networks Newsletter, 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
  • 2021 activity and reporting
  • Communications from across the RSC
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
07 February
07 February
08 February
10 February
21 February
22 February
24 February
07 March
08 March
10 March
Deadline for submission of 2021 annual accounts
February deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 February

Deadline for applications for the 2022 Undergraduate Research Bursaries
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 March
March deadline for Outreach Fund
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 March to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 17 March
 
Upcoming Events
 
03 February
09 February
09 February
16 February
17 February
22 February
01-02 March
03 March
09 March
17 March
22 March
29 March
Member e-alerts
Apprenticeship Conference and Graduation Celebration, 13:00 UK time
Retirement in Sight Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
RSC's virtual IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast #GWB2022, 9:15 UK time
Member e-alerts
Work Life Blend webinar with the CCF, 13:00 UK time

#RSCPoster Twitter Conference, 12:00 UTC-12:00 UTC
Member e-alerts
Redundancy Support Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 1, 12:00 UK time
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 2, 12:00 UK time
 
2021 activity and reporting

Thank you to all of the committees who have submitted the 2021 Annual Report. We've been looking at the data from the reports received to date and it's clear that 2021 was another difficult year for our volunteers. You planned over 300 events in 2021, but several of these were cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic. 15 committees did not plan any events, and a further 27 organised a single event in 2021.

So far 104 committees have returned their 2021 Annual Reports (out of 129). The 2021 Cashbook and 2022 budget is due by Monday 7 February. The Annual Report and Financial Report are the formal reporting mechanisms for member network activity and accounts. All member networks must submit an Annual Report and Financial Report each year, even if you have no activity or expenditure to report. Please note, under rule 7.9 of the Rules for Member Networks, we will not release the 2022 grant for your committee until we have received both the Annual Report and Financial Report.

The Networks Team will use the information in these reports to develop resources and support for member network volunteers. We will also present the data from these reports to Member Communities Board and our Board of Trustees and share a summary with members during the AGM to demonstrate the reach and impact of our member networks. All member network accounts are consolidated into the RSC's year-end financial statements, in line with our legal obligation to report how we use charitable funds.

We appreciate that you may have other pressures on your time at the moment, please let us know if your committee needs additional support to complete the 2021 reports. For our international representatives, please let us know if you planned or hosted activities for RSC members in your region that you would like to be included in our analysis and shared with the members.

Contact the Networks Team for reporting information or support

 
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.


RSC Elections: Nominate by 7 February                       
We are currently accepting nominations for our next RSC President, Member Communities Board, Professional Standards Board, Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and new Subject Communities. Those elected will serve from the AGM in July 2022.

If you are interested in one of the roles or know a potential candidate, you can put yourself forward or propose a member for the role through the online nomination form. Nominations require the names of two additional RSC members who are willing to second your nomination; these members will be contacted to provide a short supporting statement. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee who will prepare a shortlist of successful candidates who meet the requirements to fulfil the role to be put forward for election.

Read the role descriptors
Learn more about the vacancies



Hybrid events drop in: slides and resources
For those of you who couldn't make the drop in session on hybrid activities on 25 January, you can watch the recording online and download the slides from the session:
We would also like to share these resources for committees planning events in 2022:


Free platforms and resources – when a tick box is actually a contract
If you are organising an activity, please ensure that any contracts are reviewed by the RSC legal team by completing and returning the contract and MCB approval form along with the contracts.

All contracts must be signed by the RSC and not a member of the committee – this ensures that our volunteers are protected from any legal issues or liability.

Some networks have asked about using platforms that are free, often only requiring your name and email address and to tick a box agreeing to a user agreement. Before you sign up, please look at the terms and conditions which are usually shown as a link below the sign-up form. Please check where the data is transferred: if the data remains in Europe, then it is acceptable, but if the data is transferred outside of Europe, then we need to involve the RSC legal team. The RSC legal team are always happy to review terms and conditions, please contact networks@rsc.org.

If in doubt, email the Networks Team for guidance



New call for committees template
We are updating the process for member network elections in response to recent changes to the rules for member networks. We are introducing an online form to standardise supporting statements for nominees and have created a new template for calls for nominations for committee members that includes information about current committee members and criteria for new members.

Download the new call for committee members template



Sustainability speakers
As part of our Chemistry, Sustainability & Circular Economy (CSCE) campaign, the Member Engagement Team has begun to curate a list of individuals who would be suitable and willing to be approached to deliver lectures, demonstrations and /or careers talks on a sustainability related theme to a range of audiences, including schools, the public and academia. We hope that this list will help to support our Member Networks with CSCE related activity.

Email outreach@rsc.org for a copy of the list



Interest Group membership up over 20%
The membership of Interest Groups rose by more than 20% over 2021. We think the increase is due to the brilliant work by the Interest Group committees running activities and encouraging membership, but this may also be related to the development of the membership area of the RSC website that now allows members to easily choose which Interest Groups they would like to join.

E-alerts to members: As there are so many new members in our Interest Groups you might want to send an e-alert to your membership to explain how they can keep up to date with the network (maybe via e-alerts, social media, own website etc), explain who is on the committee, what future activities you have planned and how to get involved as a volunteer.

Demographic report: With the increase in members, you can learn more about your members by requesting a demographic report from the Networks Team. The anonymised report contains information on your members such as the number, age, gender, location, membership type, job type, etc.

Contact the Networks Team for support getting to know your members



#RSCPoster: 1 March 2022 12:00 UTC – 2 March 2022, 12:00 UTC
Get ready for another 24 hours of sharing, networking, and engaging with the global chemistry community!

This first of its kind virtual poster event was founded by the analytical chemistry community back in 2015 as an exciting way for researchers to present their scientific findings. Since then, the conference has evolved to invite posters from all topics within the chemical sciences and to encompass new directions we are adding a new Digital Chemistry category for the 2022 event.

Following on from 2021, to provide a more immersive virtual experience, we are continuing with #RSCPosterPitch and #RSCPosterLive webinar series as part of our #RSCPoster Twitter conference.

Learn more and register now at rsc.li/poster



Work Life Blend webinar with the Chemists’ Community Fund
The Chemists’ Community Fund is hosting a free wellbeing webinar this month to help you balance your responsibilities and find the time for what’s important.

Our speaker is Lucy Whitehall from Transform and Thrive, and she is a positive psychology coach and wellbeing trainer. Join us to explore the concept of balance, gain clarity on your current position, and take steps towards achieving the work-life blend you want.


Please do share this within your networks.

Find out more and register online



New gold open access journals publish their first issues
Looking for the latest innovative Open Access research on energy science, environmental research or sensors, sensing devices and systems?

Read the first advance articles in our new journals:

Energy Advances
Environmental Science: Advances
Sensors & Diagnostics


The RSC is covering authors’ APC charges to publish in these journals until mid-2024, making all three currently free to publish in.

See all of our Open Access journals



Changes to the Researcher Development Grants
The Researcher Development Grants now formally supports travel to conferences and other in-person activities, though applicants are still advised to exercise caution. We have also doubled the maximum grant amount to £500 to reflect the additional costs associated with in-person activities. Applications are processed monthly.

Learn more or apply at rsc.li/researcher-development-grant



ChemCareers webinar series: Job searching and disability
This three-part webinar series is designed to support disabled people, or those who support disabled people by providing practical advice and information around job searching, understanding disclosure, access requirements and highlighting support available to employers to support disabled employees. Our panel will include specialists from RNIB, Dyslexia Scotland, the National Autistic Society, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire and more. BSL interpretation and live captions will be available, and recording will be available to view afterwards.

Sign up for the series



Standing up for Science
In partnership with the Voice of Young Science programme 2022, we’re offering Standing Up For Science workshops to our early career community, helping you to make your voice heard in public debates about science. The first workshop of 2022 will be taking place in person in Manchester on 1 April 2022. 

Learn more and apply by 17:00 UK time, Monday 21 February 2021


 
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Posted by Aurora Walshe on Feb 17, 2022 2:03 PM GMT
Dear ​colleague,

Welcome to the first Networks Newsletter of 2022!

The Networks 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: Change to the member network rules
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work
 
Upcoming Deadlines
 
11 January
13 January
18 January
25 January
27 January
28 January
31 January
07 February
07 February
07 February
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 January to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 20 January
Close of nominations for 2022 RSC Volunteer Recognition Prizes
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 February to additional networks
Deadline for E-alerts going out on 3 February

Deadline for submission of 2021 Annual Report
Deadline for March Chemistry World Local Section inserts
Deadline for submission of 2021 annual accounts
February deadline for Outreach Fund
Close of nominations for elections to Subject Community Councils
 
Upcoming Events
 
06 January
11 January
20 January
25 January
01 February
03 February
09 February
17 February
01–02 March
22 March
29 March
Member e-alerts
Training for Treasurers, 10:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Hybrid Meetings & Events drop-in session, 10:30 UK time
Training to become an RSC Mentor, 11:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
Retirement in Sight Workshop from the CCF, 17:00 UK time
Member e-alerts
#RSCPoster Twitter conference
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 1, 12:00 UK time
Public Engagement Workshops – How to be Engaging 2, 12:00 UK time
 
Spotlight: Change to the member network rules

Following a recommendation from the Member Networks Committee and approval from the Member Communities Board, we have updated the rules for our member networks. These supersede all previous versions of the member network rules.

Please note that the change relates to the inclusion of appointed members for our committees – as explained in the notes associated with this rule, the appointed member position can only be used in accordance with the rules and that this is in line with the governance of all RSC boards and committees.

If you have any queries please don't hesitate to contact the team.

Read the updated member network rules


 
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.


Reviewing contracts – how long does the process take?
If your network is planning any events for 2022 please ensure any contracts are reviewed by the RSC Legal team. Here is some guidance on how long the contract review process can take:
  1. Submission
    Network submits a completed legal and MCB form with any contracts to the Networks team.
  2. Instruction (two working days)
    Networks team review the form and instruct RSC Legal team.
  3. Review (two working weeks)
    The RSC Legal team will review the contract.
  4. MCB approval (two working weeks)
    If a single contract is over £10K, or the total event value is over £15K, approval from Member Communities Board (MCB) approval panel is required. If MCB approval is required, approval is sought at the same time as the RSC Legal team are instructed. The MCB approval panel are given two weeks to respond. Please be mindful that the MCB panel are volunteers who are involved in our member networks in addition to the Board, as such, we ask that you provide as much time as possible for them to review your request.
  5. Negotiation (varies – usually up to six weeks)
    The RSC Legal team will contact the other party to negotiate terms. The length of time to negotiate is primarily dictated by the work flow and turnaround time of the third party not RSC staff.
  6. Signing (five working days)
    Once the contract is approved the Networks team will ask the other party and authorised RSC staff to sign the contract via DocuSign. A copy of the countersigned contract is sent to the organiser.
We appreciate that networks are often keen to progress with their event, but please allow sufficient time for the contract(s) to be reviewed.

And finally, please do not sign any contracts. We ensure RSC staff sign the contract(s) to protect our members from inadvertently becoming personally liable for any damages or loss. Members are not authorised to sign any contracts for RSC activities.

Contact the Networks team if you have any questions about the process



2021 Annual Report: deadline and support available
The 2021 Annual Report must be submitted to networks@rsc.org by Friday 28 January.

You can download the form from the Useful Forms & Documents page. There you'll also find a step-by-step pdf guide and a 15 minute video explaining how to complete the form and what we do with the information we ask you for.

We are currently updating the 2022 form and would welcome any feedback you have about the 2021 form or process. We will share the 2022 form with committees in early 2022 so that you can complete it throughout the year.

Send us your feedback or submit your form



Training for Treasurers
11 January 2022, 10.00am – 11.00am

We are running an online training session for Treasurers of RSC Interest Groups and Local Sections based in the UK or Ireland on 11 January 2022 at 10.00 – 11.00.

The session will be run by Richard Putnam from our Finance Team who is the person behind
NetworksFinance@rsc.org and supports all of our volunteer Treasurers, and Debbie Dekker from our Networks Team who supports our volunteers with their grants and legal matters. In the session we will cover:
  • The responsibilities of the Treasurer
  • Your network bank account – Bankline
  • Completing the cashbook – processing expenses, invoices etc
  • Annual accounts – including an overview of the new process of using DocuSign
  • Funding for networks
  • FAQ
  • Resources for Treasurers

We’ll be happy to answer any questions from Treasurers at the session. The session will be recorded and available on demand.

Register now online



Anti-bribery training for volunteers
As a UK organisation, the UK 2010 Bribery Act applies to all RSC volunteers and activities around the world. To learn how this affects you, you can:
Find the training options on the Useful Forms & Documents page



RSC Elections: Subject Community Council
We are accepting nominations for elections to our new Subject Community Councils until Monday 7 February 2022. Those elected will serve from the AGM in July 2022.

There are vacancies for President of the following Subject Communities:
  • Analytical Science
  • Chemistry Biology Interface
  • Education
  • Environment, Sustainability & Energy
Those elected will serve as President Elect for one-year from the AGM in July 2022 and take office as President for a three-year term until the AGM in July 2026, followed by one-year as Immediate Past President until the AGM in July 2027.

There are vacancies for two elected members of the following Subject Community Councils:
  • Analytical Science
  • Chemistry Biology Interface
  • Dalton (Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Education
  • Environment Sustainability & Energy
  • Faraday (Physical Chemistry)
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
Those elected will take office from the AGM in July 2022, for a three-year term, until the AGM in July 2025.
 
Read the role descriptors Nominate by 7 February



New year, new Brand Centre allocation
Every member network has a dedicated annual budget on the RSC Brand Centre to use on promotional items – this budget reset on 1 January.

Key things to remember:
  • Local Sections and Interest Groups receive £400 annually, AD Regions receive £300 (funded by the ACTF)
  • Postage is included in the allocation - please note that as there is no payment step postage will be added after you order has been placed
  • If you've not logged in for a while your account might have been paused – contact the Networks team to have it reset
  • Any 2021 overspend will be taken out of the 2022 member network grants
  • FAQ and other resources are available on the Useful Forms and Documents page

Log in to the Brand Centre here



Two weeks to nominate for RSC Prizes
Time is running out for you to make your nominations for our 2022 Prizes – make sure you send us your nominations by 17:00 GMT 18 January 2022.

Prizes open for nominations are:
  • Research & Innovation Prizes: celebrating exceptional people advancing the chemical sciences across industry and academia
  • Volunteer Recognition Prizes: celebrating people who go above and beyond to form communities and support and inspire others
  • Inclusion & Diversity Prize: now an annual prize, celebrating people improving access and progression for all in the chemical sciences
  • Horizon Prizes: now in their second year, celebrating discoveries and innovations that push the boundaries of science

If there is somebody or something that you think is brilliant, make sure you put them forward. All of the RSC’s prize committees want to see the very best candidates representing the full breadth and diversity of our community.

Explore prizes and nominate



Implicit bias and fair decision-making
Many of us have been made aware that our minds make snap decisions about others without us realising it, and that one person’s implicit bias can have a lasting impact on another person’s career path.

We are very grateful to members of our community for their enthusiasm in joining in with our effort to recognise and begin to address bias where it occurs. In fact, our members have been asking us: what next?

To begin answering this question, the RSC Inclusion and Diversity team has created this 90-second animated video as a resource for members of boards, committees, and funding and interview panels – anyone whose decisions make an impact on others’ careers in the chemical sciences. The video suggests some small actions we can all take to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on our decision-making.

With your support, we can help to make chemistry truly for everyone. You can find the video
on the Inclusion & Diversity Resources page or click the button below to watch it on YouTube.


Watch our implicit bias and fair decision-making video on YouTube



ChemCareers webinar series: Job searching and disability
This 3-part webinar series is designed to support disabled people, or those who support disabled people, by providing practical advice and information around job searching, understanding disclosure, access requirements and highlighting support available to employers to support disabled employees. Our panel will include specialists from RNIB, Dyslexia Scotland, the National Autistic Society, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire and more. BSL interpretation and live captions will be available, and recording will be available to view afterwards.
See all of the upcoming ChemCareers webinars on our wesite



Save the date: #RSCPoster is back
1 March 2022 12:00 UTC – 2 March 2022, 12:00 UTC

The #RSCPoster Twitter conference is back! Get ready for another 24 hours of sharing, networking, and engaging with the global chemistry community.

This first of its kind virtual poster event was founded by the analytical community back in 2015 as an exciting way for researchers to present their scientific findings. Since then, the conference has evolved to invite posters from all topics within the chemical sciences and to encompass new directions we are adding a new Digital Chemistry category for the 2022 event. Join researchers at every career stage from undergraduate to head of an institute.

Following on from 2021, to provide a more immersive virtual experience, we are continuing with #RSCPosterPitch and #RSCPosterLive as part of our #RSCPoster Twitter conference.

For #RSCPosterPitch, submit an optional 1–2 minute video to present to the judges alongside your poster – just like you would do at a physical conference. We are hoping this will be an opportunity to showcase your creative side and your passion for your subject, and the best pitches win prizes.

#RSCPosterLive is a series of live webinars accompanying the main event, discussing some of the important issues faced by chemists at every career stage.


Find out more now at rsc.li/poster, registration opens in January



Develop transferable skills in your post-graduate researchers
PhD students are now eligible to apply to become a Chartered Chemist (CChem). Share the benefits with postgraduate and post-doctoral researchers in your networks:
  • CChem helps our members develop a comprehensive range of transferable skills that are essential for a successful career in the chemical sciences.
  • Our members use the evidence they gather for CChem to help shape CVs and job applications, as well as providing a good foundation for interview preparation.
  • Our CChem members can apply and develop their knowledge, work with high levels of professionalism, communicate and influence others, make an impact in their institution and proactively support the chemical science community.

As our highest professional recognition award, CChem is internationally recognised and valued by employers across academia and industry.

Learn more and apply online 



Public Engagement and Outreach Workshops
After the success of a series of three workshops in November for RSC Members on the topic of Making the Most of Your Engagement, delivered by award winning science communicator Jamie Gallagher, we are delighted to announce that a recording of each workshop session is now available for all current RSC members to view via the RSC Members' Area.

More public engagement and outreach workshops will be announced in the coming weeks, keep an eye on the RSC website for more details!

Watch the Making the Most of Your Engagement workshop recordings

Click here for future workshop information



Latest issue of Analytical Matters now available online
Find out about the latest Analytical Division activities including:
  • Get involved with the new Analytical Science Community Council
  • Nominate for the 2022 prizes
  • Register for the Schools’ Analyst Competition 2022
  • Submit your abstracts for the 2022 Analytical Research Forum
  • Read the latest AMC Technical Briefs

If you have any items you wish to be included in the next newsletter please email analyticalmatters@rsc.org by 28 February 2022.

Read the newsletter online


 
Latest updates on our policy work

With a programme of activities spanning research funding, mobility of scientists, open access, chemicals regulation, teacher supply, curriculum and much more, our goal is to shape the development of policy relevant to the chemical sciences.


Support our campaign for a global panel on chemical pollution
Chemical pollution is an urgent, critical issue for humanity, on equal footing with biodiversity loss and climate change. It is a global problem but there is no truly effective independent global scientific advice mechanism to help mitigate and eliminate the harmful effects – both known and yet to be discovered – of poorly managed chemicals, waste and pollution.

We are now actively campaigning to influence a key United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in February 2022, to call for a new global science-policy interface for chemical pollution and to ensure the topic stays high on the UNEA agenda.


We are asking organisations to support our cause and join us in our declaration. Learn more in our letter from the RSC President, Professor Tom Welton, and our declaration, which we aim to share at the key session of the UNEA in February 2022.

Share our declaration and encourage relevant organisations to sign up


 
Thank you for reading!

This Newsletter has been tailored to you, but the full version can be found on the Networks Newsletter blog. Please read the online version and get in touch with suggestions for what you would like included or feedback about what we've sent you!

Send us your feedback

Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora and Debbie

 
Posted by Aurora Walshe on Jan 4, 2022 2:00 PM GMT