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North Melbourne VIC 3051
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2016/17 Executive Committee Members


Chair Elect

Dr David Turner Dr Milena Dryza



Dr Richard Thwaites Brittany Howard
richard.thwaites@bigpond.com bhoward@fbrice.com.au

Immediate Past President and Committee

A/Prof Kay Latham

Information for Schools & Teachers

Interested in RACI School Membership? Click here for more information.

Victorian Centenary of Federation

Teaching Awards in Chemistry

The winner of the 2015 Victorian Centenary of Federation Teacher of the Year Award is Helen Tachas of Carey Baptist Grammar School.

Outstanding Laboratory Technician of the Year

The winner of the 2016 Outstanding Laboratory Technician of the Year Award is Sioe See Voltare From Melbourne University.

Schools Competitions and Results

Titration Stakes Competition - registrations for 2017 Now Open!

Please Click Here to Register for the 2017 Vic Branch Titration Competition
Registrations close Friday 31 March 2017.
Results due Friday 30 June 2017.
Top Victorian schools will be eligible to take part in the National finals later in the year.

Click here for the 2016 Victorian Titration Stakes Competition winners.
The top thirty-one teams are competing in the National Titration Competition and results should be available soon.

The Top Victorian Team in the National Competition is Balwyn High School

Crystal Growing Competition

Registrations for the 2017 Art and Science of Crystal Growing Competition will open in Term 2.
Registrations close Friday 30 June 2017.
Results due Friday 22 September 2017.

Please Click Here to Register

For more Information please Click Here

Please Click Here for the 2016 Victorian Crystal Growing Competition winners and photos of the winning crystals.
Congratulations to all the Victorian students whose crystals were put forward to the National Competition - Fantastic work!

Hartung Lecture

The Hartung lectures aim to inspire students in year 9 -12 and promises to be an engaging and educational experience

As part of our Centenary Year, we have as our Guest Lecturer Sir Martyn Poliakoff!

Sir Martyn Poliakoff is a well renowned British chemist working on gaining insights into fundamental chemistry and on developing environmentally acceptable processes and materials. The core themes of his work are supercritical fluids, infrared spectroscopy and lasers.

As well as carrying out research at the University of Nottingham, he is a popular lecturer, teaching a number of modules including green chemistry, where much of his research lies. He is also known for his leading role in ‘The Periodic Table of Videos’

WHERE & WHEN – Federation University Ballarat - 20 July 2017 – 10.30am

- Federation University Gippsland – 21 July - 11am

- Melbourne Convention Centre – 27 July - TBC

Please Click Here for the Flyer

To register your School please contact Melissa Johnson Vic Branch Coordinator - raci-vic@raci.org.au

VIC Chemistry and Art Competition

The aim of the competition is to demonstrate creative ways of linking art and science, particularly chemistry. Students are asked to create a two dimensional image no greater than A4 size.

The subject matter must be something scientific related to chemistry. Remember that chemistry is often called “the enabling science” so entries covering a broad range of topics will be accepted.

The competition will be judged in three categories based on the age of the students:

  • Prep to Year 3
  • Year 4 to Year 6
  • High School (Years 7 to 12)

Click here for further information on the competition for 2016.

Please Click Here for the 2016 Winning and Highly Commended Entries

Bioactive Discovery & Development Group

Chemical Education Group

Food, Nutrition & Analytical Chemistry Group

Health, Safety & Environment Group

Inorganic Chemistry Group

Organic Chemistry Group

Peptide Users Group

Polymer Group

Women In Chemistry Group

About Women in Chemistry

Women In Chemistry (WINC) is an informal group of women who are working, have worked or are hoping to work in areas related to chemistry.

We are affiliated as a sub-committee of the Victorian Branch of the RACI, although membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) is not required for participation in WINC activities.

There are no formalities attached to membership of the network. Current members range in age and experience through students at university, school teachers, technicians, senior women in university and industrial research to unemployed or retired women.

News and Events

The RACI Centenary breakfast event is a highlight of the WinC events calendar and will include a themed panel discussion alongside an opportunity to network more broadly.

A delicious finger food breakfast will be provided. This is an inclusive event and the participation of others working alongside the field of chemistry is encouraged.

Come along and hear 3 inspirational stories of transition from working within a lab to a career beyond the bench.

Dr Joanne Alcindor: Chemist and entrepreneur. Founder of the early stage drug development company, MecRx, which is working on new treatments for cancer and novel mechanism of action antibiotics.

Assoc Prof Jan Tennent: CEO of Biomedical Research Victoria. BioMedVic is an internationally recognised “bio-cluster” that fosters world-class biomedical research and advocates for a coordinated government strategy for investment in research and for capturing the clinical and economic benefits of health and biomedical innovation.

Dr Anna Bellamy-McIntyre: Manager, BTA R&D and Technology Incentives at EY. EY's team of R&D tax and grant professionals are experienced in assisting small, medium and large companies in Australia operating in a wide variety of industries.

MC - Dr David R. Turner: Chair of Vic branch RACI. Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Monash University

Where; CSIRO Clayton

Time: 7.15am - 9.30am Registrations open at 7.15am for a 7.30am start

Cost: RACI Member / Non Members - $10 RACI Student Members/ Student Non Members - $5

Please Click Here to Register

Women in Chemistry at the RACI Centenary Congress

An informal dinner hosted by the Victorian Women in Chemistry “WinC” Group during the RACI Centenary Congress. All members of the chemistry community are welcome to attend, this event is not exclusively for women or for RACI congress delegates.

Date: Monday 24 July 2017
Time: 7.00pm
Venue: Meat Market South Wharf - 53 South Wharf Promenade (near to the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre)
Tickets: AUD $35-55 per person (Inc GST) with drinks at your own cost

Please Click Here to Register

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Supporting Women in Chemistry at the RACI Centenary Congress

Thursday 27 July 2017

Join us for a discussion on how we can support equity and diversity for the benefit of chemical science in Australia. Hear from Dr. Marguerite Evans‐Galea (Industry Mentoring Network in STEM), Dr. Annabella Newton (Victorian Women in Chemistry “WinC” Group) and Dr. Katherine Locock (RACI Equity Committee), with plenty of opportunity for questions to our panel.  

Time:   12.30 pm ‐ 1.30 pm

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (see registration desk)

Tickets: Free event, please register on arrival

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Please Click Here for the Women in Chemistry Newsletter

Click here for an archive of previous News and Events.

Committee 2017


Dr Nahid Chalyavi


Deputy Chair

 Dr Alessia Belgi



Dr Susan Northfield


Treasurer and Immediate Past President

Dr Belinda Abbott 



Platinum: Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Platinum: CSIRO

Gold: Agilent

Young Chemists Group