OpenLab Cameroon @PCCr1
To coincide with the 1st Panafrican Conference on Crystallography (PCCr1), a Bruker portable X2S single-crystal diffractometer will be made available at the University of Dschang. During the days of the conference, two Bruker delegates, Eric Hovestreydt and Loïc Le Dréau, will assist for installation, demonstration and data collections and analyses. Support will be given by IUCr delegates, Claude Lecomte and Michele Zema and local organizer Patrick Kenfack.
The Bruker system is intended to remain at the University of Dschang for a period of few months after the PCCr1 conference, allowing local researchers to conduct in-house XRD single-crystal measurements. During these period, dedicated courses will be organized locally to train young students.
2016 IUCr Crystal-growing competition now open
The 2016 edition of the IUCr Crystal growing competition is now open! All schoolchildren are invited to submit their videos and convey their experience of growing crystals. This initiative was originally launched in 2014 as part of the celebrations for the International Year of Crystallography and has now reached its third edition.
Winners of the IUCr Crystal growing competition 2015 announced
All entries have been evaluated by an international judging panel based on creativity, aesthetic value, description of the working plan and experimental work, clarity of explanations and scientific background.
Gold, silver and bronze medals were assigned to each of the three categories based on the age of participants.
Two other successful OpenLabs archived
From Africa to Latin America, the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab initiative is offering high-quality educational opportunities to more and more young researchers. Last September 2015, two OpenLabs, equally successful, were held in Kenya (with CCDC) and Mexico (with PANalytical). Both events were attended by over 80 students from the hosting country as well as from neighbouring countries, in the spirit of promoting intra-regional cooperation.
Read the reports by Juliette Pradon and Patricia Gitari about the IUCr-UNESCO-CCDC OpenLab Kenya and by Luis Miguel Martinez about the IUCr-UNESCO-PANalytical OpenLab Mexico 2.
Photo galleries are available on facebook.
Exhibition Cristales featured on National Geographic
Read the article on National Geographic España magazine about the exhibition Cristales by Juanma Garcia Ruiz.
"We want to convey not only the beauty of crystals but also explain how they have contributed to the welfare of society, especially in biomedicine and in the synthesis of new materials" explains Juanma to the readers of National Geographic.
A full article describing the concept and content of the exhibition which was launched on the occasion of the International Year of Crystallography, has been recently published on the Journal of Applied Crystallography.
The importance of the IYCr2014 resolution
Read this leading article on the IUCr home page to find out why we are asking you as individuals to endorse the IYCr2014 Legacy Resolution ... and then please add your name to the list of supporters.
As of today, 11 Sept 2015, 149 people have signed the resolution.
Registrations open for OpenLab Mexico 2
Registrations are open for the second edition of the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Mexico, which will be held at Puebla on 29 Spetember to 2 October 2015. The main partner for this event is PANalytical BV. The OpenLab is organized in collaboration with the Sociedad Mexicana de Cristalografía (SMCr) and the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP).
The programme will include lectures and tutorials held by 11 national crystallography experts and special invited lecturer Dr. Cristina Hoffman, from Spallation Neutron Source, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA. A visit to a Museum and several other activities are scheduled as well.
Registration is at no cost. Accommodations at special rates are provided.
Le développement de la cristallographie en Afrique
Claude Lecomte, coordinator of the IUCr Crystallography in Africa initiative, describes the recent developments of crystallography in Africa in this article published on vol. 44-45 of Reflets de la physics, the newsletter of the Société Française de Physique (SFP). Lecomte's article is availble here in pdf format.
The issue of Reflets de la physique is entirely dedicated to crystallography and entitled "La cristallographie, science et techniques". Click on read more to see the table of content. Most of the articles are open access and can be downloaded for free.
Posted 10 Sep 2015