President's Letter - February 2021
Written by Dr Susan Northfield, MRACI
Published 5 February 2021
Dear RACI Victorian Branch community,
Welcome to a new year with the Victorian Branch of the RACI. We hope you had the opportunity to visit with family and friends when possible during the end of year break.
This year we are excited to start moving back to some in-person events, along with many virtual events like we held last year. We anticipate that this mixture of event formats will be a feature of our events for years to come – not because of COVID-19, but for the opportunities that come from a virtual format. Last year we were able to host events across multiple states, invite speakers from interstate to our events, and even international guests and speakers could attend. That networking aspect was a value-add to our Branch and our members, and that realisation has led us to expand our event offerings in 2021.
When you do attend an event in-person this year, you will find that we have enacted COVID-safe measures, including the use of a RACI-VIC QR code. Please make sure you scan in with this code at every event you attend – it will be clearly marked for your convenience.
The Branch have been busy over the break to help prepare for event management in 2021. I want to thank all members of the Branch committee for their contributions, and a special thanks to our Branch coordinator, Alyce. Thanks also go to the Chairs of all our Groups. They have met with the Branch already to prepare their Groups for running events this year and are eager to get started.
I recommend that all RACI members in Victoria take the time to look at what events our Groups advertise throughout the year. They always put together fantastic offerings that span across all chemistry disciplines. There is something for everyone.
Finally, I want to draw your attention to some national RACI news. Firstly, the RACI are launching their very own podcast! This will be launching soon, and we’ll provide details as they come. Please take the time to support this new initiative, being run by three fantastic RACI member volunteers. Finally, you may be aware that the RACI routinely requests volunteers from our members to help with ongoing projects. If you are interested and available, you can view the current opportunities here: https://www.raci.org.au/RACI/Web/Careers/Volunteer%20Opportunities.aspx
Best wishes to you all!
Dr Susan Northfield
RACI VIC Branch President
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