ESR Spectroscopy Group Call for Committee

The RSC ESR Spectroscopy Group has new openings on its committee for general members. This is an exciting opportunity for members of our community to contribute actively to the organisation of our group’s events and activities.

Membership of the committee is open to all members of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a fantastic professional development opportunity. Our committee members enjoy the opportunity to give something back to the wider community and welcome the chance to influence and take part in organising our programme of activities. Many employers value this type of volunteering role and actively support staff involvement. We offer training for all our volunteers and the Networks Team is always available to offer guidance and support.

As a committee we oversee organisation of the Annual International Meeting of the ESR Spectroscopy Group, a well-established conference in the ESR / EPR community calendar that has now been running for well over 50 years. While organisation of each conference is led by one or more local organisers co-opted onto the committee, the general members of the committee are involved in organisation of the programme including selecting invited and keynote speakers and the award of the prestigious Bruker lectureship. All committee members also assess applications and talks for the JEOL student lecture competition, and entries for the Bruker thesis prize competition, which can involve during the final round of assessment some committee members reading a number of doctoral theses in full. The officers of the committee, the chair, secretary and treasurer, are also appointed from the existing committee, so the general member role is an important way of gaining experience of committee activities prior to taking on one of these roles. Committee members are expected to act in accordance with the Royal Charter and Bylaws of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

The current committee has specific international and industry representative roles to ensure representation of these groups, and an even gender balance, which we are keen to maintain. As such we have not identified any specific gaps in our committee but are keen to highlight that membership is open to all members of the ESR community regardless of job role and is not restricted to academic staff.

We are an inclusive organisation, and we aim to ensure that our committees are representative of the breadth and diversity of our community. We welcome and strongly encourage all our members – regardless of membership category, age, demographic or experience – to consider this opportunity.

If a ballot is required the information you submit will be used on the ballot form. Please indicate below if you do not wish for your employer to be shown on the ballot form.

If you would like to volunteer for the committee, please submit your nomination through this form by 31st August 2022 at 5pm.


1. Name


2. E-mail address (this will not be shared publicly and will only be used to contact you about this process)


3. Job Role


4. Employer


5. If a ballot is required are you happy for your employers details to be displayed? *


6. Why do you want to join the committee? (No more than 100 words)


7. What skills and perspectives will you bring to the committee? (No more than 100 words)


8. Is there a specific role on the committee that interests you? (No more than 50 words)


9. I have read and understand the RSC's Volunteer Principles. *


10. I confirm that I am a current member of the RSC and the ESR Spectroscopy Group. *