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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Archive for May, 2022
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, 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 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.

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Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona and Debbie

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