The session titles, plenary and prize lecture speakers can be found on the meeting website.
The Young Crystallographers Group has four bursaries available for Early Career Researchers (PhD students, postdocs, independent research Fellows) to help cover the travel and meeting costs of attending the BCA Spring Meeting 2015 in York. Full details can be found on the YCG website.
Registration and abstract submission for the 29th European Crystallographic Meeting, to be held from Aug 23rd to Aug 28th 2015 in Rovinj, Croatia, is now open! All details can be found on the ECM29 webpage.
29 October 2014 – Somerville College, Oxford
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.
To celebrate the International 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.
The closing date for ABBF applications is the 26th Sept 2014. This is for those wishing to apply for bursary funding for meetings from November onwards.
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
Nature Milestones are special supplements that aim to highlight the remarkable achievements that have shaped a given field. Nature Milestones in Crystallography, a collaborative effort between Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology, is the eleventh supplement in the series and is timed to coincide with the celebration of the 2014 International Year of Crystallography and can be found by clicking here.
In addition to the Milestone articles, which have been chosen to provide an enriching reflection on the history of the field, the supplement also includes a Timeline, which provides a chronology of key events and a reprinted Collection of relevant articles from Nature. The Milestones website also includes an extensive Library of material from across Nature Publishing Group. The selected Library articles will be available free for six months from 17 July 2014.
Congratulations to the following recipients of Arnold Beevers Bursary! These members will be using the bursaries to attend the 23rd IUCr in Montréal, Canada
Reece Hall – University of Central Lancashire
Joshua Hill – Oxford University
Alkistis Mitropoulou – Kings College London
Jerome Wicker – Oxford University
Karim Sutton – Oxford University
We look forward to reading their conference reports in Crystallography News after the event.
The BCA will have a stand at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival to explain “all things crystallography” in the Explore Zone in The Exchange at the Imperial Gardens. The event runs over the weekend, 12-8pm on Saturday 7th June and 12-6pm on Sunday 8th and is free to attend.