We are pleased to announce that the BCA spring meeting 2015 will be held at the University of York on Monday 30th March – Thursday 2nd April. Abstract submission will open in November.
Following the success of the format used for the last couple of years, the PCG-SCMP Winter meeting will take place at the Cosener’s House, Abingdon, 10th-11th November 2014 (lunchtime to-lunchtime), in conjunction with the ISIS Crystallography Users Meeting.
Registration for the meeting is free. For participants working at UK-based research institutions who attend both meetings or the Users meeting only, the usual allowable travel costs and overnight accommodation will be reimbursed. A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked at the Cosener’s House for the meeting, which will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The meeting has been very popular the last few years, so please register early to avoid missing out, as unfortunately the number of attendees is limited by the seminar room size.
The meeting is themed “100 Years of Physical Crystallography”. We hope that the meeting will be of interest to a wide audience, from experienced researchers to PhD students. This year continues the focus on the work of early career researchers so PhD students and postdocs are encouraged to submit abstracts for oral presentations.
A poster session will take place in the evening of 10th November 2014.
This year’s Industrial Group Autumn Meeting will be held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London on Wednesday 12th November. The meeting will celebrate industrial science during this International Year of Crystallography with talks covering a wide range of crystallographic topics. There will also be a lecture from one of the RI’s historians on the history of the RI and the Bragg’s work.
Registration is now open. To view the programme, please click here.
There are a number of free student places available. To apply, please contact the IG officers via Elizabeth Shotton at firstname.lastname@example.org (please do not register online if you are interested in this route).
To register for the event, please click here.
To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography, Illuminating Atoms presents a selection of photographs by Max Alexander portraying the inspirational work of crystallographers. Through portrait and documentary photography, Max shows us the life of scientists at the cutting edge of discovery, including some of the world class facilities they use. The exhibition will be open from the 4th November until the 7th December at the Royal Albert Hall in London. And it is free! More details can be found on the venue website.
The closing date for ABBF applications is the 26th Sept 2014. This is for those wishing to apply for bursary funding for meetings from November onwards.
To encourage promising graduate students to pursue crystallography-oriented research, the International Centre for Diffraction Data (ICDD) has established the Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Fund. Multiple recipients are selected on a competitive basis, each receiving an award of $2,500. More details can be found here. The application deadline is the 22nd October 2014.
The Chemistry Between Them, a new play by Adam Ganz will be broadcast on Radio 4 on Wednesday 20th August at 14:15. The play examines the life-long friendship between Nobel Prize winning crystallographer Professor Dorothy Hodgkin and her former Somerville College student Margaret Thatcher. Despite their different political viewpoints, the pair corresponded regularly. The events in the play are set during a visit by Dorothy to Chequers in 1983 during which she is set on pushing the case for nuclear disarmament.
Guardian Article: Margaret Thatcher’s Surprising Relationship with Dorothy Hodgkin
Radio 4 website: The Chemistry Between Them
Nature Milestones are special supplements that aim to highlight the remarkable achievements that have shaped a given field. Nature Milestones in Crystallography, a collaborative effort between Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, is the eleventh supplement in the series and is timed to coincide with the celebration of the 2014 International Year of Crystallography and can be found by clicking here.
In addition to the Milestone articles, which have been chosen to provide an enriching reflection on the history of the field, the supplement also includes a Timeline, which provides a chronology of key events and a reprinted Collection of relevant articles from Nature. The Milestones website also includes an extensive Library of material from across Nature Publishing Group. The selected Library articles will be available free for six months from 17 July 2014.
Congratulations to the following recipients of Arnold Beevers Bursary! These members will be using the bursaries to attend the 23rd IUCr in Montréal, Canada
Reece Hall – University of Central Lancashire
Joshua Hill – Oxford University
Alkistis Mitropoulou – Kings College London
Jerome Wicker – Oxford University
Karim Sutton – Oxford University
We look forward to reading their conference reports in Crystallography News after the event.
The BCA will have a stand at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival to explain “all things crystallography” in the Explore Zone in The Exchange at the Imperial Gardens. The event runs over the weekend, 12-8pm on Saturday 7th June and 12-6pm on Sunday 8th and is free to attend.
BCA member Lynne Thomas is joining the ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ competition this June in the Diamond Zone. Hoping to inspire school students about science, Lynne stands to win £500 towards science communication if she isn’t ‘voted off’. I’m a Scientist is an X Factor style competition for scientists, where students are the judges. Scientists set up a profile on the I’m a Scientist website then answer questions and have live online discussions with school science students.
Lynne, a Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath commented: “I’m really excited to be involved and to have another opportunity to raise the awareness of crystallography during IYCr2014. I’m not sure I entirely appreciate what I have let myself in for though!”. Recent competitions have engaged tens of thousands of students from more than 6,000 schools across the UK. The video below gives more details.
You can follow Lynne’s progress from 16th-27th June on the I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here website.