ECA’s Computing Special Interest Group – Computing School

Between 20th – 22nd of August 2015, ECACOMSIG is organising a two day Computing Workshop on Advanced Software Development for Crystallographers, in Duga Uvala, Croatia. It will be associated with the European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM29) in Rovinj, Croatia, which is about 40km away. The Workshop will provide an opportunity for younger developers to meet and engage with senior developers and also with their peers in Crystallographic Methods development.

Full details can be found on the School website.

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.

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The Chemistry Between Them

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