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."
Registrations open for OpenLab Turkey 2
Registrations are open for the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Turkey to be held in Ankara from 3 to 6 November 2014. The main partner of this OpenLab is PANalytical. The OpenLab will deal with powder diffraction theory, data collection and treatment and will have a special focus on applications in the field of cultural heritage. Gilberto Artioli and one delegate from the company will hold the lecturing and tutorials.
Deadline for registration is 27 October. Participation is at no cost. Some bursaries are available to subsidise the costs of accommodation and, where possible, travel.
First meeting of the Pakistan Association of Crystallography
Following the success of the South Asian IYCr Summit meeting, held in Karachi on 28-30 April, the Pakistan Association of Crystallography (PAC) was founded and accepted as a new member of the IUCr at the 23rd IUCr Congress and General Assembly in Montreal.
The first formal meeting of the PAC will be held on Thursday, October 9 at the FC College, Lahore, as part of the conference "Emerging Trends in Life Sciences for Sustainable Development”. The meeting will feature a plenary lecture by Prof Samar Hasnain, Editor-in-Chief of the IUCr journals.
Posted 06 Oct 2014
Latin American Summit a success
The IUCr-UNESCO Latin American Summit took place in Campinas, Brazil from 22 to 24 September with support by Funding Agencies CNPq, CAPES, and FAPESP, sponsorship by Molecular Dimensions, Bruker, NanoTemper, Agilent, GE Healthcare, Rigaku/Dairix, FORMULATRIX, astex, ttplabtech, and INCOATEC, and Institutional Partnerships with CNPEM, LNBio, LNLS, ABCr, and IFSC.
Posted 04 Oct 2014
"I discovered a great new world of possibilities"
Lorena M.: ”The course […] was a very good experience." Lisandro O.: “As student of the course I can tell you that the experience was really rewarding. Everything was perfect and one could feel that nothing was done at random. I really enjoyed being part of it." Ivana A.: “I enjoyed the OpenLab much [more] than I had thought in the beginning. [...] I discovered a great new world of possibilities, and I realized that there are many things that I can do and I did not know." Guzmán P.: “It also was a great deal to have let everyone measure their own crystals on a diffractometer which was installed just one week before the OpenLab."