BCA Spring Meeting 2015

Posted September 26, 2014 By Scott McKellar

york logoWe 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.

The session titles, plenary and prize lecture speakers can be found on the meeting website: http://york2015.crystallography.org.uk/


BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting 2014

Posted March 21, 2014 By Scott McKellar


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 elizabeth.shotton@diamond.ac.uk (please do not register online if you are interested in this route).

To register for the event, please click here.


British Biophysical Society Symposium – 11th December 2014

Posted October 16, 2014 By Scott McKellar

“CompDifPat_logo_2014_redlementary Non-diffraction Techniques in Structural Biology” will take place in London on the 11th December 2014, organized by the British Biophysical Society to celebrate the end of the International Year of crystallography 2014. The BBS website contains detailed information about the symposium and registration.


The Dorothy Hodgkin Symposium

Posted October 14, 2014 By Richard Cooper

UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography will join Somerville College this October to host a symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the award of Professor Dorothy Hodgkin’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The Symposium will take place on Wednesday 29th October and will feature a number of distinguished speakers, among them Professor (Sir) Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2009. The day will kick off with a screening of Hidden Glory: Dorothy Hodgkin in her own words, a filmed performance of a short, one-woman play about the life and work of Dorothy Hodgkin, followed by Q&A with the playwright Georgina Ferry.  Guests will then be welcomed by Dr Alice Prochaska, Principal of Somerville College and Dr Wendy Watson-Wright, Assistant Director General of UNESCO.  The academic programme includes a keynote talk and a panel discussion on how crystallography will continue to help solve the world’s great medical problems, after which there will be a drinks reception and a dinner in Hall.

More details are available on the Somerville College website.


Illuminating Atoms Exhibition

Posted September 25, 2014 By Scott McKellar

To celebrate the International DifPat_logo_2014_red 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.



ABBF Bursary Applications

Posted September 11, 2014 By Alex Griffin

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.




The Chemistry Between Them

Posted August 18, 2014 By Richard Cooper

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 – Crystallography

Posted July 22, 2014 By Scott McKellar

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 NatureNature MaterialsNature 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.

DifPat_logo_2014_redIn 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.


Bursary Recipients for the IUCr 2014

Posted July 2, 2014 By Alex Griffin

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.


Crystallography at the Cheltenham Science Festival

Posted June 4, 2014 By Richard Cooper

cheltenhamThe 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.


I’m a Crystallographer, Get Me Out of Here

Posted May 22, 2014 By Richard Cooper

lynneBCA 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.