BCA Spring Meeting 2015 – date for the diaries

Posted April 11, 2014 By Scott McKellar

After the success of the BCA spring meeting 2014, we are pleased to announcebcathumb that the BCA spring meeting 2015 will be held at the University of York on Monday 30th March – Thursday 2nd April.


BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting 2014

Posted March 21, 2014 By Scott McKellar


A note for the diaries – The BCA Industrial Group meeting will this year be held on the 12th November at the Royal Institution in London.

More information will be available in the near future.


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.


IUCr Commission on Crystallographic Computing

Posted May 20, 2014 By Scott McKellar

The 2014 IUCr Crystallographic Computing School will take place at La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, Canada from the 29th July to the 4th August.

It will introduce modern methods of programming crystallographic calculations in a series of lectures and in-depth tutorials by leading crystallographic software developers.  The teachers are drawn from across the crystallographic world and include experts in protein, small-molecule and powder crystallography.  More details can be found here.


Protein Data Bank passes 100K structure milestone

Posted May 15, 2014 By Scott McKellar

The Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) is proud to announce that it has released to the community its 100,000th structure. Established in 1971, this central, public archive of experimentally-determined protein and nucleic acid structures has reached this important milestone during the International Year of Crystallography thanks to the efforts of structural biologists throughout the world.

More information can be found here.wwpdb_logo



States of Matter on BBC Radio 4

Posted April 4, 2014 By Scott McKellar

As part of the Radio 4 ‘In Our Time’ series, Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the science of matter and the states in which it can exist. Among the discussion of exotic states and phases, crystals (including incommensurate systems) are discussed. The link to listen again can be found here.


The Worldwide Protein Data Bank (wwPDB) recently released validation reports for all X-ray structures in the PDB archive. This resource will help end users of structural data to better assess the quality of structures and to select appropriate models. A standalone server has also been launched allowing crystallographers to check their structures prior to deposition and publication. The link can be found here.

The new validation reports are sure to become an indispensable resource for all X-ray crystallographers. Most importantly, we hope they will be really useful for all the end users of structural models,  who increasingly need to critically assess and compare PDB entries,”  -  Anastassis Perrakis, Netherlands Cancer Institute