January 2010


Welcome to 2010

Well, the office has been open for business this week and fortunately it has been quiet enough for it to be  a good opportunity to tidy up a few remaining things from 2009 and make some preparations for the year ahead.  Over the next few weeks we will be letting you know about the many events coming up, so stay tuned. If you are planning or are aware of any chemitry related events over the next month please let the NSW Branch office know so that these events may be also communicated to our members.
I trust that our members have enjoyed the christmas and new year holiday period - and are looking forward to a busy year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Edwina Hine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        NSW Branch Co-ordinator

NSW RACI Branch office hours 2010

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday the office is open.   

It will be easiest to contact the coordinator through the email -I can check the mail even even I am not in the office

Contaminated Site Assessment Remediation and Management (CSARM) Short Courses

Module A:Ground Rules for Contaminated Sites

11th February – 13th February 2010

This module is one of six in the series developed with the support of Contaminated Sites Section of DECCW. The modules are designed to provide opportunities for professionals working in or intending to enter the field of contaminated site assessment, remediation and management (CSARM) to update and enhance their knowledge in this multi-disciplinary area.

Course presenters
Mr N Johnston (Manager Contaminated Sites, Specialised Regulation, DECCW);
Mr E Wong (Head, Contaminated Sites Policy Unit, Specialised Regulation, DECCW);
J Burchett (QC);
Mr B Ryall ( Principal, Ryall Environmental Pty Ltd)
Dr B Markey ( Senior Environmental Scientist, contaminated land Management Group, Sydney Water);
Ms K Lloyd ( Director Environmental Solutions, WSP Environmental Pty Ltd)
Ms E Laginestra (Macquarie University);
Assoc Prof K Bubna-Litic (Faculty of Law, UTS);
 Adj Prof M Burchett (Faculty of Science, UTS);

Who should attend
All professionals involved in CSARM
o Environmental consultants
o Aspiring site auditors
o Local government officers
o Allied professionals

Course description
The aims of this module are to outline the significance of contaminated site assessment in decision making through an understanding of the legislative framework of contaminated land management in NSW, the existing guidelines and the current technical and scientific approaches to CSARM. These concepts are illustrated through formal presentations and through case studies and site visit that illustrate their application in CSARM.
Anonymous feedback from participants in student satisfaction surveys conducted in 2009: It was an incredible opportunity to have experts in their respective fields ..enjoyed the discussions/debates and diversity of presenters and participants The best aspects of the module included consideration of the legislative changes – CLM Act; the case studies; roles and views of different key stakeholders

Module A Program

Day 1 Thursday 11th February 9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Putting CSARM into context - introduction and overview of global and local developments
Responsibilities of professionals working on contaminated sites in NSW – legal and regulatory
Case study and site visit to illustrate recommended approaches to CSARM

Day 2 Friday 12th February 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Legislative framework for contaminated sites – international and national context
The implications of CLM Act amendment – a critique
Case studies demonstrating applications of legal and regulatory frameworks

Day 3 Saturday 13th February 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
How to undertake a reliable investigation and risk assessment of contaminated site
Future directions for sustainable reuse of contaminated sites
Overview of the module

Legislative framework
Legal and regulatory responsibilities of professionals working on contaminated sites
Understanding “risk of environmental harm” as driving force in CSARM
Implications of CLM Act amendment 2009

Expected Outcomes
an up-to-date understanding of the relevant Acts and Guidelines;
an understanding of the implications and applications of the frameworks for professional practice of contaminated site management and reporting requirements;
from the analysis and evaluation of a number of case studies,
an understanding of ‘risk of environmental harm’ as a driving force in CSARM.

Course Accreditation
UTS Certificate of Attendance; UTS Certificate of Attainment (on completion of assessment); Recognition of Prior Learning for UTS Master of Science (Contaminated Site Management); Credit towards Professional Development programs affiliated with Environment Institute Australia New Zealand, Environmental Health Australia and Engineers Australia

Cost: Course fees per module (GST incl.):
$1200 full price, $950 early bird registration (Closes 22nd January 2010) Fee includes course notes, tuition, site visit, refreshments and lunches. Discounts available for multiple modules, UTS Alumni and members of allied professional societies

Module A - full details

2010 Module calandar

Contact information:
Marea Martlew
Project Officer, University of Technology, Sydney
marea.martlew@uts.edu.au +61 2 9514 1766


11th Australasian Polymer Summer School (11APSS)
The 11th Australasian Polymer Summer School which will be held at Queens College, University of Melbourne which is located at 1‐17 College Cres, Parkville, Melbourne.
The conference will run from Tuesday 16 Feb to Friday 19 Feb 2010 and all food and lodging is provided in the registration cost.

These meetings are coordinated and subsidized by the RACI Polymer Division and the CRC for Polymers.  The meetings are designed to introduce a range of new and divergent areas of polymers to an audience of undergraduates, research students and research fellows/industrial researchers/educators because we know that they will have had a variety of chemistry, physics, engineering or biological backgrounds and some may have not attended formal polymer courses. These summer schools aim to address these problems.

At the 11APSS meeting, the speakers and topics will be:

A/Prof Sébastien Perrier, Key Centre for Polymers & Colloids, University of Sydney "Introduction to polymers: a chemists perspective”

A/Prof Peter Fredericks, School of Physical & Chemical Sciences Queensland University of Technology “Studying Polymer Materials by Vibrational Spectroscopy: Applications in
Synthesis, Processing, Modification and Degradation"

A/Prof Michael J Monteiro, Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland "Living radical polymerization in solution"

Professor Robert G Gilbert, Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences, University of Queensland “Synthesis, structure and property relations for branched polymers: from adhesives to food”

A/Prof Per B Zetterlund, Centre for Advanced Macromolecular Design (CAMD), School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, University of New South Wales "Radical Polymerization in Dispersed Systems"

A/Prof Graham Edward, Department of Materials Engineering, Monash University "Polymer Orientation: Causes, Characterization and Consequences"

A visit to the Australian Synchrotron has also been arranged.

Please see the attached brochure, program and registration form

More Information


Further information is available at:

(click on the "Education" tab and then "Polymer summer school")

We are delighted to invite  you to Chemeca 2010, the annual Conference hosted by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in Australia (IChemE)  , Engineers Australia (EA)  , the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI)   and the Society of Chemical Engineers New Zealand (SCENZ)
These bodies represent over 100,000 engineers and chemists working across the world. Chemeca 2010  will interest all those who contribute to the advancement of technology  and the process industries, including scientists, engineers,  manufacturers, suppliers and service professionals. Chemeca 2010  will not only be a showcase for new knowledge but also a forum to  discuss current issues. It is an excellent opportunity to listen to and  share our vision with leaders of the profession from industry and  academia. Chemeca 2010 also provides the opportunity for the technology and service providers to promote their products and services to the sector. 

Abstract Submission now open!

Key Submission Dates: Abstracts1 March 2010 Peer-reviewed papers31 May 2010 Final papers16 August 2010

Other news in Chemistry

  It is not uncommon for chemistry related issues to hit the headlines of the popular media. So how has chemistry been reported during this week?

Well I am afraid the general public may not have such a favourable view of some of our work after this week!

I was in two minds whether I should draw these  stories to your attention - but after hearing some of our members where actually contacted by some media outlets regarding these reports - I thought you may like to be kept in the loop - as to what people in the community are  hearing about.

Last Sunday it was reported  "Drug gangs recruit uni students" :CHEMISTRY students at some of the State's most prestigious universities are being propositioned to "cook" drugs by criminals offering large sums of money for their expertise. The full story can be found at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/sunday-telegraph/drug-gangs-recruit-uni-students/story-e6frewt0-1225817650191

Many of you could have also heard news report regarding chemicals in Baby Bottles and then later in the week Cling Wrap

Stories regarding these topics include

BPA in food packaging “does not pose a significant health risk”: FSANZ

Consumer group calls for phase out of certain plastic food packaging

Chemical fears over baby products, food wrap

Now, I am not writing of these topics to give a personal opinion on them, rather just to generate thought on how we as chemists may contribute to such debates and contribute solutions to similar issues.

As we consider ways to engage with the general public next year during International Year of Chemistry could we use such issues and concerns to communicate the good that chemistry can do for society?

I would encourage all members - if they wish to share their thoughts on these issues and any other relevant chemistry ones to submit  these for publication in this newsletter. Alternatively why not use the RACI Facebook page to discuss your ideas and thoughts?  This week I have posted some questions regarding " The publics perception of 'top chemists' " after reading some blog posts on the ABC Science Education Forum . As we prepare for the IYC I would encourage all of you to consider ways we can engage with the wider community through our work as chemists

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