Previous Events 2013

A list of previous events held in the Thames Valley local section in 2013.


Retired Members Pub Lunches (June-October 2013)

Retired Members Pub Lunch at Boulter's Lock
This year's retired members pub lunches have been based at Zoology themed pubs!  These lunches are held across the Thames Valley throughout the sunnier months, so that retired members can gather together over a meal and drink.

  • Thurs 27 Jun -  The Lamb Inn, Wantage
  • Wed 10 Jul - Roebuck, Drayton
  • Thurs 25 Jul - Three Frogs, Wokingham
  • Wed 7 Aug - Trout, Wolvercote
  • Thurs 22 Aug - Perch and Pike, South Stoke
  • Wed 4 Sep - Stag, Ascot
  • Thurs 19 Sep - Cunning Man, Burghfield
  • Wed 2 Oct - Woodpecker, Wash Water, Newbury
  • Thurs 17 Oct - The Swan, Basingstoke
  • Wed 30 Oct - The Red Lion, Blewbury  

Mixer Meeting & Careers Surgery (23 September 2013)

A mixer, 'industry hour' and 1-2-1 careers surgery organised by RSC HQ, held at the Holiday Inn, Peartree, Oxford.  Mixer Meetings are informal events which encourage RSC members within a local area to network with one another.  They offer an ideal opportunity to introduce non-members to the RSC, and bring many organisations and institutions together.  You may also find it useful to bring a quantity of business cards along with you.  The meetings are very informal and a buffet is provided along with wine, beer and soft drinks which are available throughout the evening.

Mixer Meeting - Zero Degrees, Reading (11 September 2013)

Zero Degrees
ZERODEGREES has received many awards for the quality and range of own-brewed beers coupled with tasty wood-fired pizzas and other gourmet dishes made using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.  

This free informal networking event saw over 30 people attend, with members and their guests invited from across the Thames Valley and Chilterns & Middlesex Local Sections.  The evening started at 6.30pm with a welcome drink and buffet, with a tour of the brewery also included for those interested.

Guest Evening - 'Everyday Chemistry' (14 June 2013)

Dr John Oversby
This year's Guest Evening was hosted by Dr John Oversby who gave a fun and entertaining talk which illuminated the unexpected and the familiar…… those who were not chemists understood that chemistry is indeed everywhere, and the chemists appreciated a rather whacky way of seeing their discipline!  The evening, attended by over 20 members and their guests, was held at Johnson Matthey Technology Centre, Sonning Common; and included a drinks reception, and a buffet dinner.

CCFE and Diamond Light Source Tours (15 May 2013 and 01/02 June 2013)

CCFE / Diamond
This year, RSC members within the Thames Valley were made aware of available public tours around both CCFE (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy) and the Diamond Light Source: 'Inside Diamond - Public Open Days'.  These tours sell out quickly, and so 15 spaces were reserved for RSC members for the CCFE evening tour, and an early bird email sent out to members for the 'Inside Diamond' open days.

Mixer Meeting - Oxford (11 April 2013)

A mixer organised by RSC HQ, held at The Magdalene Centre on the Oxford Science Park.  Members enjoyed this opportunity to mix with other RSC Members, and representatives from the RSC, as well as some bonus benefits for attending (including discounts on new membership subscriptions).  The mixer also included food and drink.

AGM, Mixer and Silversmithing Lecture (19 March 2013)

John Huddleston
This years AGM was held at the School of Chemistry, University of Reading.  The evening began with a opportunity to mix with other RSC members, and the RSC Thames Valley Committee, over a buffet dinner and drinks.  

The AGM followed, and then an enjoyable and enlightening lecture given by John Huddleston on the art of Silversmithing.  The lecture proved very interesting sparking a number of questions, and an opportunity to see some of John's pieces.  For more information about John and his silverware and jewellery please visit his website.

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Joint Lecture: 'Functional foods: good science or marketing hype?' (7 March 2013)

Prof Bob Rastell
This year's Joint Lecture with the local Branch of The Royal Society of Chemistry was organised by the Society of Biology Thames Valley Branch, and was held at the Harbourne Building, Univeristy of Reading. 

The event was well attended with around 30 people, with the evening starting off with light refreshments.  The topic was mostly on health benefits with good bacteria in food such as yogurt drinks and spreads. A good discussion followed at the end. The speaker was Professor Bob Rastell, who is Head of the Department of Food and Nutritional Studies at Reading, and his main research interest is the development of biotechnological manufacturing methods for functional food ingredients.

Family Lecture: 'As if by Magic' by Dr Andrew Szydlo (6 February 2013)

Andrew Szydlo

This years family lecture titled 'As if by Magic' was given by Dr Andrew Szydlo, and took place at the School of Chemistry, University of Reading.  

The lecture theatre was packed out with over 130 attendees, enjoying flashes and bangs.  The lecture was aimed at the families of RSC members, particularly primary school to early secondary school age.