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

BCA Biological Structures Group Winter Meeting 2015 – “Reactive Macromolecules”

BSGThe BSG winter meeting will take place on the 16th December 2015 at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. The meeting will explore the latest research in macromolecular catalysis as  revealed by crystallographic structures. The program will include sessions on  enzymes involved in signalling through to co-factor bearing enzymes and their  chemical mechanism. Speakers include Dr Roberto Steiner (King’s College), Prof E. Yvonne Jones (Oxford), Dr Karl Payne (Manchester), Dr Tom Clarke (East Anglia) and Dr Mathew Martin (Newcastle). Full details can be found on the meeting website.


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.

The PANalytical award 2015

74bc61a2-7856-4c39-b464-fa4e74af3ba0The PANalytical Award seeks to encourage and provide support for excellent young scientists who are at the beginning of their careers. The award recognizes and praises groundbreaking research that required the use of a laboratory X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence or X-ray scattering instrument as the primary analytical technique. As such, recipients will not be limited to any brand of instrument, but rather to research that utilized an X-ray source to reach their conclusions. The annual award consists of a € 5 000 cash (or equivalent amount in the local currency) prize, a trophy and a certificate. Further information can be found on the PANalytical website.  The deadline for submissions is  December 01st 2015.


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.