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Brexit and the UK Industrial Strategy - the Role of Science and Innovation

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Join us on 7 December to explore the role that science and innovation played in creating an industrial powerhouse and the lessons that may be applicable to the UK today as it seeks to develop a new Industrial Strategy for a post-Brexit world.

SCI Mentoring Programme Update September 2016

SCI Mentoring Scheme

In July we brought you news about the development of the SCI Mentoring Programme - a new benefit for SCI Members which is being launched this year. Since our previous announcement, we have been working hard with both our mentoring consultant, Karen Parker, and the SCI Mentoring Matching Panel, led by Professor Jenny Mordue of SCI’s Early Careers Committee, to deliver training and to facilitate mentor/mentee matches.

SCI's New Trustees

Belgrave Square, London

at the 135th SCI AGM seven Members were elected to join the Board of Trustees, of which two are new. The new members are Dr Jan Ramakers and Dr David Witty. They are also joined by Mr Maarten Heybroek who has recently been invited to join as a co-opted trustee.

Chlorine as a Chemical Weapon

Child being trated after a chloring gas attack

As you may have read, usage of Chlorine as a chemical weapon was confirmed recently in the report of the UN Joint Investigative Mechanism. Prof Alastair Hay (Leeds University), incoming Chair of the Chemical Weapons Advisory Group (CWAC), wrote to the Times and the Guardian in the last couple of weeks sharing his concerns and calling for the UK Government to take action. With our charitable objective being to advance the science of applied chemistry and related sciences for the public benefit, we call on all our members to support this and reinforce that chemicals should be used to help mankind.

David Reid 1941-2016

David Reid

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of SCI Trustee David Reid. David passed away peacefully at his home in the United States on 15 August 2016.

The SCI 2017 McBain Award - submit your nomination now

McBain Medal

Nominations are now open for the 2017 McBain Medal. This is an early-career award for young researchers working in colloid and interface science in the UK and the award winner will be announced in early 2017 with the McBain Lecture being given at a symposium held at SCI, London in March 2017. Nomination deadline: 15 November 2016.

Apply Now for an SCI Travel Bursary for Travel to a Conference or Study Visit in 2017

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Are you a PhD student or post-doctoral researcher? Are you planning to travel to a conference or site visit, and in need of funds? Then look no further than the SCI Travel Bursary scheme! SCI offers travel bursaries of up to £1,500 which contribute towards the development of PhD students and post-doctoral researchers.

Meet our new Trustees - AGM 2016 Review

Belgrave Square, London

Dr Alan Baylis, Chair of the Board of Trustees, welcomed Members to the 135th SCI AGM on Wednesday 6 July 2016. Elections were held for ordinary Members of the Board of Trustees and the AGM also noted the unopposed election of various positions on SCI committees. We look forward to working with our new Trustees and Standing Committee Members to deliver our strategy and drive SCI forward.

The SCI 'Carbon in Industry' Award and Lecture 2016

Activated Carbon

This prestigious award has been established by the Society of Chemical Industry and it will be given for the sixth time in 2016. Nominations are now requested without the knowledge of the candidate and with a supporting 250 - 500 word citation. Deadline for nominations is 4pm BST on the 1 September 2016.

Introducing the 2016-18 SCI Scholars


SCI is pleased to announce the 2016 - 2018 Scholars. For over thirty years, SCI has supported and recognised the excellence of early career people, by aiding their studies in the form of an SCI Scholarship, which not only give the recipients financial assistance, but enable them to broaden their network and strengthen their skills and knowledge.