CODATA Prize 2014 awarded to Professor Sydney Hall
"It is particularly fitting that a crystallographer should be so recognised during the International Year of Crystallography" is stated on the CODATA web site. Indeed, the CODATA Prize, a major biennial award which acknowledges outstanding achievement in the world of scientific and technical data, has been awarded to Professor Sydney Hall, who devised a universal self-defining text archive and retrieval (STAR) file format that evolved into the Crystallographic Information Framework (CIF), a momentous contribution in the area of data characterisation, and well known to structural chemists and biologists in particular as both a data and publications standard.
Read more on the IUCr or CODATA web site.
39 students from Colombia and Venezuela, as well as from Bolivia and Costa Rica, and 10 lecturers are ready for the kick-off of the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Colombia (Bucaramanga, 27-31 October) organized with the partnership of Rigaku and DECTRIS.
At the same time, due to unforeseen circumstances, we inform that the OpenLab Turkey in partnership with PANalytical has been cancelled. The postponement of the event is presently under discussion.
IYCr2014 in Benin
The first event to celebrate IYCr2014 in Benin will be held the University Campus of Abomey-Calavi on 12-14 November 2014 on the theme "Crystallography at the service of humanity: Issues and Challenges for the Future".
The event is part of the "Journées Scientifiques sur la Cristallographie et Applications" organized by the the Section of Benin of the West African Chemical Society (Société Ouest-Africaine de Chimie, S.O.A.CHIM.).
More than 20 countries at the IYCr2014 Pan African Summit
More than 100 senior researchers, early career researchers post-doctoral fellows and students representing more than 40 research groups from 32 universities and more than 20 countries attended the IYCr2014 Pan African Summit meeting in Bloemfontein, South Africa, 15-17 October 2014. It provided the opportunity to consider, discuss and review the status of education and research on the broadly defined discipline of Crystallography in countries in the region. A full report and a final declaration signed by the attendees will be available soon.
1,000 visits reached in a weekend
The exhibition CRISTALLI! was opened in Parma (Italy) on Saturday, 11 October, reaching one thousand visits over the first weekend. All kinds of crystals are on display, from amazing crystals of sugar weighing more than 0.5 kg to meteorites, minerals, shells and a silicon single crystal of 250 kg grown by the Czochralski method, immediately nicknamed 'the rocket'. A giant model of NaCl made of glittering balls and sticks is the kids' favourite. The exhibit will be opened till 30 November and over 2000 students from schools have already registered to visit it.
Click on the thumbnail to watch a video about the exhibition.
OpenLab Algeria postponed
Due to the tragic events occurred last September in Algeria, when a French citizen was kidnapped and murdered, the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Algeria, organized in partnership with Bruker France, will be postponed to 2015. In fact, the French government decided not to give permission to their nationals to visit Algeria for the time being. The new dates of the OpenLab will be communicated as soon as possible.
Although such risks have almost disappeared from big cities like Constantine, we understand the concerns of the French authorities and look forward to a successful OpenLab in Constantine in a few months time.
Registrations open for OpenLab Hong Kong
Registrations are open for the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Hong Kong which will be held at the HKUST Campus from 3 to 7 December 2014. The main partner of this OpenLab are Agilent Technologies and OlexSys.
The OpenLab HK offers an opportunity to provide impetus to develop the science and its practice in some of the less developed countries of the Asian region. Students from HK, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines already applied. Deadline for registration is 31 October. Participation is at no cost, however a charge of US$300 is necessary as a Residential Fee for a single room on the HKUST campus for 6 nights (2 to 7 December). Some bursaries are available to subsidise the costs of accommodation and, where possible, travel.
Through this letter, we request ...
"Through this letter, we request the IUCr and UNESCO to initiate actions to promote regional scientific collaboration including the holding of training workshops, encouraging the mobility of researchers within the region, promoting joint research projects, leveraging national bodies and institutions for financial support and facilitating regional conferences on the subject of X-ray crystallography and its applications in Latin America. We also request the IUCr to facilitate the establishment of a Latin American IYCr Cooperation Fund."
Read the full summit declaration signed by all participants in the Latin America Summit meeting from the region. All the IYCr declarations are collected at http://www.iycr2014.org/declarations.