BCA Spring Meeting 2017

Posted September 6, 2016 By Scott McKellar

CaptureThe BCA Spring Meeting 2017 will be held at Lancaster University from Monday 10th – Thursday 13th April. We hope to see you there! Please see the conference website for details.


bsglogoThe Biological Structures Group winter meeting will be held on Monday December 19th 2016 at Birkbeck College London starting at 11.00 am.

The aim of the meeting is to glimpse at some of the contemporary approaches for assembling individual molecular structures into a bigger picture of biological systems, be they structural, metabolic, functional, disease-related or such-like.

The meeting doubles as a career celebration event for the many ex-students, colleagues and collaborators of Prof Steve Wood whose research in Sussex, Birkbeck, Southampton and more recently UCL spans some 5 decades.

The closing date for registration is Friday 9th December 2016.

As usual, the registration fee will include one year’s membership of the BCA.

More details and online registration can be found here:



10-11th November, Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire.


Disordered or amorphous materials are commonplace across formulation sciences, metals and glasses. While our understanding of amorphous solids has advanced there remain challenges in the reliable preparation, processing and manufacturing of such materials. This year’s BCA Industrial Group autumn meeting focuses on the challenges to materials characterisation presented by such solids. Split over two days, the first day will feature presentations from a number of experts across these fields. The second day will be dedicated to a workshop on the practise of measuring and interpretation of Pair Distribution Functions using the newly commissioned PDF beamline at the Diamond Light Source.

Confirmed speakers include Bruno Hancock (Pfizer), Yaroslav Khimuak (UAE), Katie Ryan (SSPC) and Shen Qi (UEA).

The two-day meeting will be hosted a the Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire and has kindly been sponsored by Diamond and Pfizer. Early bird registration fees are available until the 14th October and reduced fees for students are also available. Some student bursaries are also available, please contact the chair Cheryl.doherty@pfizer.com if you wish to apply.

The IG AGM will also be held during this meeting, including elections to committee positions. For more information on this please contact us.

Early bird rates apply and registration is open now: https://registrations.hg3conferences.co.uk/bcaig16


Calling Students!

Are you working on disordered or amorphous materials? Does your work have industrial relevance? The IG committee are offering two bursaries to cover a full registration and overnight accommodation at this meeting. We ask that you provide an abstract and plan to present a short (~10 minutes plus questions) presentation on your work during the meeting. Theme and industrial relevance are desirable but not absolutely essential. Please send your name, institution, title and abstract to Cheryl.doherty@pfizer.com.

Outreach communication

We are offering an additional bursary (registration plus overnight accommodation) for someone keen to share their enthusiasm with a wider audience. This bursary will be awarded to a lucky communicator in exchange for a short blog entry for our website on the meeting, plus a longer write up to go in the Crystallography News. Apply by sending your name and institution along with any supporting comments on your interests and previous experience to  Cheryl.doherty@pfizer.com.



Posted September 20, 2016 By Richard Cooper

iccossThe 23rd International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State will be held at the Wallenberg Conference Centre at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Stellenbosch, South Africa from 2nd to 7th April 2017. The conference web site is here: http://iccoss2017.co.za/. Registration is now open. The deadline for abstract submission is 28th October 2016.


ECACOMSIG (SIG9) Computing Workshop 25 – 28 August 2016

Posted May 17, 2016 By Scott McKellar

The registration details are now in place for the European Crystallographic Association’s Computing Special Interest Group’s  “Methods in Crystallographic Computing” workshop before ECM30 (though attendance is not dependent on registration for ECM30). The Workshop will be held in Freudentstadt in the Black Forest from 25-28 August. There is a bus transfer arranged to Basel which will arrive in good time for the opening ceremony of ECM30 on 28th August.



Third European Crystallography School (ECS3)

Posted April 21, 2016 By Alex Griffin

The BCA encourages students interested in crystallography to register for the European Crystallography School  – held in Croatia, Sept 2016.

Remember that, if eligible, you may apply for an ABBF bursary to help cover some of the costs.


European Crystallography School 2016

Posted February 29, 2016 By Scott McKellar

eca-logo-e1447351790153The third European Crystallography School (ECS3) will take place from Sept 25th- Oct 2nd 2016 in Croatia. There are bursaries available and the  deadline for applying for these is March 23rd, 2016. Further details can be found in the attached flyer and at the ECS website.




30th Meeting of the European Crystallographic Association

Posted February 15, 2016 By Scott McKellar

ECM30_Basel2016Registration and abstract submission is now open for ECM30 in Basel on 28th August – 1st September 2016. Please see the attached flyer for a full list of microsymposia and speakers.


CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists

Posted February 5, 2016 By Scott McKellar

CCGlogo2The Chemical Crystallography Group is pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists is Dr Mark Warren (Diamond Light Source).

His research in the field of photocrystallography, including inventive application of Crystal Engineering concepts and development of experimental techniques & equipment, has enabled Mark to stand out as one of the most talented young crystallographers in the community.

Mark will give a prize lecture on his work at the upcoming BCA Spring Meeting in Nottingham (4th-7th April 2016) where he will also be presented with his prize.



Would You Publish This?

Posted January 26, 2016 By Scott McKellar

It’s not too late to contribute to the CCG-YCG discussion session “Would You Publish This?” at the BCA Spring Meeting 2016 in Nottingham. Only 1-3 slides  are required and can be submitted up to two weeks before the meeting, depending on availability. Simply send an email to the chairs Pascal Parois or Jorge Sotelo as soon as possible.

BCA 2016 logoFollowing last year’s success, this interactive, informal session of unusual format is aimed for discussing problematic crystal structures that can be hard to interpret and publish. After an opening talk on the challenge of publishing difficult structures, anyone present can briefly describe one or more structural results that raise the session title question for the audience to discuss, with the aim of constructive rather than negative criticism.