RSC IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast 2023

14 February 2023, London, United Kingdom

The Royal Society of Chemistry Inclusion and Diversity team will be hosting an in-person event for the 2023 IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast (GWB 2023).
The theme of the IUPAC GWB 2023 is “Breaking barriers in sciences” as part of the UNESCO International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development.
This event will be a celebration of women in the chemical sciences, and their contributions and successes. We invite you to join us to hear from our panellists about their work in science towards sustainable development – and their motivations to pursue this work. There will also be time for meet-and-greet networking with other attendees
The IUPAC Global Women’s Breakfast is held close to the United Nations Day of Women and Girls in Science. The RSC is proud to be one of the main sponsors of IUPAC GWB 2023.
All are welcome to join regardless of gender identity. Registration is free and open to all.
For those who cannot join in person, the panel discussion will be livestreamed.

9:30-10:00 Arrival and breakfast
     Grab yourself a pastry and find a seat
10:00-10:10 Welcome and introduction to IUPAC GWB 2023
Dr Helen Pain CSci CChem FRSC (RSC Chief Executive)
10:10-11:00 Panel discussion
     Symiah Barnett AMRSC (Loughborough University)
     Dr Asel Sartbaeva MRSC (University of Bath)
     Dr Liz Rowsell OBE CChem FRSC (Johnson Matthey)
Chair: Professor Gill Reid CChem FRSE FRSC (University of Southampton and RSC President)
11:00-11:10 Closing remarks
Dr Helen Pain CSci CChem FRSC
11:10-12:00 Meet-and-greet networking – tea & coffee
Other GWB 2023 events
​We encourage you to attend a GWB 2023 event organised locally, if there is one near you. Find all other GWB 2023 events in the UK and Ireland, or worldwide by using the link on the page.
Registration is free but required for in-person attendance and virtual viewing. The number of in-person registrations is limited
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Grants for Carers

Grants for carers have been introduced following the Royal Society of Chemistry Breaking the barriers report where 78% of chemists working in UK academia felt that managing parenting and/or caring responsibilities has an impact on women’s retention and progression. This fund is not limited to women scientists and welcomes applications from anyone with caring responsibilities. These grants have been supported by The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemists’ Community Fund.

You can apply for up to a maximum of £1200/year to assist with additional financial costs that you incur for care usually provided by you whilst you attend a chemistry related meeting, conference or workshop or a professional development event.

Caring responsibilities are wide and varied, and so each application will be individually assessed, examples of applications that we will consider include:
  • paying for extra home help or nursing care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • additional medical/respite care for a dependent whilst you will not be present
  • travel expenses for a relative to travel with you to care for dependents whilst you attend a meeting or event
  • paying for extended hours with a care worker/childminder/play scheme to cover time when you will arrive home later than normal.

You are eligible to apply if: 
  • you are a chemist
  • you will incur additional caring expenses whilst attending a chemistry-related meeting, conference, event or workshop or a professional development event
  • you will use these funds to cover the cost of care that you usually provide 
  • you are based in the UK or Ireland or if not, you will normally have held three years RSC membership (past or current).

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