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 June, 2022
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
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 or 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 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 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

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  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!

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Kind regards,

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