As many of you will know, we did not hold our Spring Meeting in 2013, due to the European Crystallography Meeting which was held in Warwick in August, but we are now looking forward to reverting to our usual spring meeting slot in 2014.
The Programme Committee is preparing an exciting set of talks under the theme “Crystallography@100”. Details of the scientific programme will be regularly updated here with further information about the venue and social programme.
We are inviting you to register now for next year’s Spring Meeting. Please register now and take advantage of the Early Bird Rate.
Dame Kathleen Lonsdale was a pioneering crystallographer who discovered that the benzene ring is flat. Excerpts from her 1967 interview for BBC Radio4′s Woman’s Hour, plus discussion with Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow about Dame Lonsdale’s life and career, featured on today’s episode of Woman’s Hour, which can be heard here. The discussion begins at 20:48 into the programme.
Crystallography is a scientific field noted for its female pioneers. In an article here, which is part of the Nature crystallography special, Georgina Ferry celebrates the egalitarian, collaborative culture that has so far produced two female Nobel prizewinners.
The exhibition took place in the Helen Martin Studio of the Warwick Arts Centre and coincided with the 28th European Crystallography Meeting. Information and photos from the exhibition is available at http://www.amg122.com/twobraggs/.
The first International Summer School of Crystallography will be held from May 11th-17th at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science at DESY, in Hamburg. Prof. Carmelo Giacovazzo will lecture on the basics of crystallography, as well as, the basics of modern phasing methods in protein crystallography covering basic mathematical understanding of crystallographic point and space groups, diffraction experiments, structure factor calculations, systematic absences, determination of space groups and many additional topics. Participants will also learn modern applications of protein crystallography using advanced light sources, such as 3rd generation synchrotron and XFELs.
As we prepare for the International Year of Crystallography an article on the BBC website contrasts the importance of the role that the subject has played in the last 100 years of scientific progress, with its relatively low public profile; a profile that the IYCr is aiming to raise significantly.
The field of crystallography began 100 years ago with father-and-son team William and Lawrence Bragg. With the help of archive footage from the Royal Institution, Patience Thomson presents an intimate portrait of her Nobel prizewinning father, William Bragg. Professor Stephen Curry demonstrates how important the Braggs’ discovery was. The film was funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council and produced for the Royal Institution as part of the Ri Crystallography Collection.
In celebration of the Bragg centenary, a short animated film has been released which details the journey of X-ray crystallography from the work of Max von Laue right up to the present day. The film was produced for the Royal Institution as part of the Ri Crystallography Collection. Funded by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, produced by animation company 12foot6 and narrated by Prof. Stephen Curry, it is well worth 3 minutes of your time!
As part of their Crystallography Collection, the Ri Channel has created a series of 4-5 short films based around crystallography. These will be released over the coming months (and two will feature the previous President of the BCA, Prof. Elspeth Garman).
The Chemical Crystallography Group of the BCA will hold its autumn meeting on the on the theme of “Increasing Complexity in Crystal Engineering of Materials“. The meeting will be co-hosted with the Directed Assembly Grand Challenge and we wish to address questions such as “how to increase the complexity of organic molecular materials?”, “how can we engineer complex materials with more than 2 or 3 building blocks?” and “can we begin to predict this degree of complexity?”.
Our strong lineup of confirmed speakers is:
Prof Harry Anderson FRS (Oxford).
Prof Howard Colquhoun (Reading).
Prof Euan Brechin (Edinburgh).
Dr Jonathan Nitschke (Cambridge).
Mr James McKenzie (Sheffield).
Prof Andy Cooper (Liverpool).
Registration and further details will be available on the CCG website in due course.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday 20th November at Leeds Metropolitan University Rose Bowl Conference Centre (http://www.leedsmet.ac.uk/conferencing/the-rose-bowl.htm) – I do hope you can join us!