BCA Spring Meeting, 4-7 April 2016 – Register Now

BCA 2016 logoRegistration and abstract submission for the BCA Spring Meeting in Nottingham is now open! Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird rates.

The Workshop topic of the 2016 Spring Meeting will be “Crystallisation – Tips and Tricks“. Apart from some invited speakers, the Programme Committee are looking for contributions from delegates. If you have some practical experience and know a few things about the wider area of crystallisation, please submit your Workshop proposal on the BCA Spring Meeting registration form. For more information, please contact Horst Puschmann

CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists

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.

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Would You Publish This?

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. 

2016 American Crystallographic Association Fankuchen Award

The ACA Fankuchen Award, given every three years, was created to recognize contributions to crystallographic research by one who is known to be an effective teacher of crystallography. The 2016 award has been awarded to Prof Elspeth Garman, from the University of Oxford and past president of the BCA. She will be presented with it at the 2016 ACA meeting in Denver, Colorado. Congratulations Elspeth!

‘Biggest ever’ crystal model built in Vienna

On the week of the hundredth anniversary of the Bragg’s Nobel prize in physics for originating the technique of X-ray crystallography, the world’s biggest crystal structure model is being assembled in Vienna’s city hall. It shows the repeating lattice of sodium and chloride ions found in a crystal of salt (NaCl). Standing more than three metres tall, the model shows the ionic (and iconic) structure that would make up a crystal of table salt 0.0000096mm across. The model builder, Dr Robert Krickl, has also been interviewed on the BBC’s Science in Action.

BCA Industrial Group Meeting – 12th November 2015

bcaindustrialRegistration is now open for the BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting entitled “Cracking Challenging Crystals” which will be held at Astra Zeneca, Macclesfield on Thursday 12th November 2015.

There are a number of free students places available, if you are interested in applying for one of these please e-mail Elizabeth Shotton. A programme for the meeting and more information about how to register are detailed on the website.