BCA Spring Meeting 2017 – Programme Committee

bcathumbThe BCA Spring Meeting 2017 will take place at Lancaster University on 10 – 13 April. It is already time to start planning the programme and we are therefore seeking your suggestions for plenary speakers, session titles, keynote speakers and workshops.   Please send your ideas to the relevant group representatives in the Programme Committee.

The Committee will meet on June 2nd, so we hope to receive as many suggestions as possible by the end of May. Any more general comments or suggestions for the meeting are welcome.   We hope to see you in Lancaster next April, and that you will help us now to put together the best possible programme.

ECACOMSIG (SIG9) Computing Workshop 25 – 28 August 2016

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.


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.


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!