XXIII Conference on Applied Crystallography, Poland

The International Conference on Applied Crystallography will this year be held on the 20th-24th September in the Institute of Materials Science, University of Silesia, Poland. The conference gives opportunity for scientists in the field of crystallography, materials science, solid state physics and chemistry to present their results regarding investigations of the materials used in technology and medicine.

This year’s plenary speaker is Nobel laureate Prof Dan Shechtman.

Full details can be found on the conference website.

The Dorothy Hodgkin Symposium

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

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.