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IYCr Legacy resolution

The conference "Crystallography for the next generation", held in Rabat, Morocco in April 2015, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, reviewed the accomplishments achieved during the International Year of Crystallography 2014, with a forward-looking focus on how to sustain momentum and build on success. 

The President of the IUCr, the Director of the Science Policy and Capacity Building Division of UNESCO, the President of the World Academy of Science and the Director of the International Council for Science-Regional Office for Africa signed a letter of commitment. This letter is published below. 

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Crystallography for the next generation

24th April, 2015

In January 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) launched a number of activities to support the United Nations Resolution A/RES/66/284 of 3 July 2012 proclaiming the International Year of Crystallography.

The significance of the International Year was summarised in a booklet entitled 'Crystallography matters!', distributed worldwide in 16 different languages. Over the course of the year, hundreds of activities, initiatives and publications brought the importance of crystallography to new audiences, actively trained new crystallographers, and raised the profile of a science that is central to so much of our understanding and interaction with the world around us.

The conference "Crystallography for the next generation", held in Rabat, Morocco in April 2015, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, reviewed with pride the accomplishments achieved during the International Year, with a forward-looking focus on how to sustain momentum and build on success. At a time when scientific endeavour is critical for societal benefit and the importance of crystallography is greater than ever, crystallography remains a science that still has lower visibility than it should.

We, the undersigned, therefore commit:

1. to enhance the stature of crystallography

  • by maintaining close liaison and representation between our individual organisations
  • by collaborating on relevant programmes of science policy at regional, international and global scales
  • by forging closer links between the IUCr and other International Scientific Unions
  • by encouraging the recognition of crystallography as an essential component of physics, materials science, chemistry and structural biology, and of its inclusion in curricula for secondary and tertiary-level education
  • by continuing to protect the integrity of science through publication of peer-reviewed journals and reference works of the highest quality;

2. to build capacity in developing regions of the world

  • by continuing implementation of the OpenLabs and related training initiatives
  • by coordinating strategic projects based on available funds and resources, such as the IUCr "Crystallography in Africa" and the IUCr-ICSU "Building Science Capacity in Africa via Crystallography" programmes, and supporting similar initiatives in Latin America and South-East Asia
  • by encouraging talented students to take advantage of opportunities such as the TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training
  • by continuing to transfer expertise through Visiting Professorship programmes and regional schools or workshops
  • by working to reduce barriers to the free movement of scientists;

3. to extend further the public understanding of science in general and crystallography in particular

  • by maintaining and expanding educational and public awareness materials and making them freely available in many languages
  • by direct engagement of practising crystallographers with active school outreach programmes such as UNESCO Associated Schools Network
  • by ongoing development of local crystal-growing activities for schoolchildren and the permanent establishment of a global coordination;

and we call upon our associates, scientific practitioners and educators worldwide to join our organisations in these efforts to sustain and build on the momentum of the International Year of Crystallography in the spirit that now "Crystallography matters ... more!"

Marvin L. Hackert President, International Union of Crystallography, IUCr
Maciej Nalecz Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO
Romain Murenzi Director, The World Academy of Sciences, TWAS
Edith Madela-Mntla Director, ICSU Regional Office for Africa, ICSU-ROA
Gregory A. Petsko President, International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, IUBMB
Bruce H.J. McKellar President, International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, IUPAP
Sergey V. Krivovichev President, International Mineralogical Association, IMA
Mark C. Cesa President, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC

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We, the undersigned, endorse the actions and goals set out in the IYCr2014 Legacy Resolution.

[274 individual signatories]

Alen Hadzovic  Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough 

Alen Hadzovic  Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough 

M G Selvi Library In-charge Guindy Campus Library, University of Madras History of Crystallography is Crystallography itself

Dr. Madan Kumar S Scientific Officer PURSE Lab, Mangalore University, Mangalore, India 

Contarino Rosario  Via Ingegnere, 59 - 95125 Catania (Italy) 

S. Natarajan  Senior Professor(Retd), School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-625 021, India. 

Cem Eren Özbilgin M.Sc Student Anadolu University 

Antra Chatterjee Research scholar Flat no. 29, B31/32, Vishnu Bhavan, Lanka Students interested in learning crystallography should be given scholarship to travel and learn the technique in world leading crystallography labs

Lars Peters Akad. OR Institut für Kristallographie, RWTH Aachen University, Germany 


Yvens Chérémond Director of the department 270 Angle Rue Mgr Guilloux et Joseph Janvier I must relay this the UNESCO representent in my country Haiti for more information about opportunity. Could you help?

Michael Dacombe  International Union of Crystallography, Chester, UK 

MARTIN GUEVARA MARTINEZ Empleado Gobierno TIZOC No. 5 Bo. San Juan San Luis Tlaxialtemalco, Xochimilco D.F CP. 16610 el papel de la cristalografia juega un importante papel en vida del ser humano, desde el ADN hasta los Cristales de naica.

André Vitor Chaves de Andrade Professor Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa - Departamento de Física - Paraná - Brazil 

Juan Martín De Paoli Docente Investigador INFIQC (CONICET-UNC) - Departamento de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Córdoba, Argentina. Asociación Argentina de Cristalografía (AACr). Latin American Crystallographic Association (LACA). 

David Marikah M.Sc in Chemistry student P.O. BOX 2459 Embu Kenya 

Helio Salim de Amorim Professor Institute of Physics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro/Brazil 

Catalina Ruiz-Pérez Full Professor Dpto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain 

Renata Diniz Professor R. José Lourenço Kelmer s/n, Campus Universitário. Bairro São Pedro. Juiz de Fora, MG, Brazil 

Evelyn Moreno-Calvo Senior postdoc C/ Ferran Romeu 43 A CP 08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès Barcelona, Spain 

Pilar García Orduña  Instituto de Síntesis Química y Catálisis Homogénea (ISQCH. CSIC-Univ. Zaragoza, Spain) 

Mois I. Aroyo  University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV), Spain 

Isabel Lopez Valero  Ctra. de Cuenca, 3 46143 Torrebaja (Valencia) Spain 

Odon Arjona Professor Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain 

Isabel Padilla  CENIM-CSIC, Spain 

Sol López-Andrés Professor Facultad de Ciencias Geológicas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Spain  

Enrique Gutiérrez Puebla Researcher Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid-CSIC. Sor Angela de la Cruz 3. 28049 Madrid. Spain. 

Angeles Monge Professor of Pesearche Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales (ICMM), Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (csic), Spain 

Miquel Àngel Cuevas-Diarte Emeritus Professor Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) 

Miguel Quiros Olozabal  Universidad de Granada, Spain 

Rosario Pedrero Marín  University of Extremadura, Elvas Avenue. E-06006. Badajoz (Spain) 

Eva Fernandez Zapico  University of Oviedo - Faculty of Chemistry - C/ Julian Claveria, 8, Spain 

Javier Cepeda Ruiz  Applied Chemistry Department, Chemistry Faculty, University of the Basque Country, Spain 

Berta Covelo  Universidade de Vigo (Spain) 

Jose A. Gavira Research Scientist Av. Las Palmeras, 4. Armilla, 19100-Spain, LEC, IACT, CSIC-UGR 

Joseba Orive Postdoctoral researcher Universidad de Chile 

Duane Choquesillo Lazarte  Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalográficos. CSIC-Universidad de Granada, Spain 

D. G. Franco  Bajas Temperaturas - Centro Atomico Bariloche, Argentina 

Alicia Trigubo  Juan Bautista de La Salle 4397, Argentina 

Yara pHD student University Federal of Ceara, Brazil 

Beatriz Pinheiro Bezerra Ph.D student Federal University of Ceara, Brazil 

Rodrigo Ichikawa  Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares - Universidade de São Paulo - Brasil  

Patricia Rosa Feliciano Post-Doc Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Juanma García-Ruiz  Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalográficos. CSIC-Universidad de Granada, Spain It was great. We need to do even better

Danilo Oliveira de Souza PhD fellow Université Lille 1, France 

Horacio Canepa Researcher CONICET-CITEDEF-UNIDEF Juan B de La Salle 4397 - Villa Martelli 1603 - Buenos Aires - ARGENTINA 

Marcia C.A. Fantini Full Professor-Crystallography Lab Coordinator Physics Institute/ Sao Paulo University (IFUSP), Brazil President of the Brazilian Crystallographic Association (ABCr) and Provisory President of Latin American Crystallographic Association (LACA)

M. Cecilia Blanco  INFIQC - Facultad de Ciencias Químicas - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba 

Irineu Mazzaro Professor Department of Physics, Federal University of Paraná - UFPR, Paraná, Brazil 

Marco Túlio Raposo Associate Professor ( retired) Natural Sciences Departmente, Federal University of São João Del Rei -MG- Brazil 

Susana Larrondo  UNIDEF-MINDEF-CONICET - Argentina 

Gabriela Aurelio Researcher Centro Atómico Bariloche The talks I gave at primary schools to young children last year inspired me to undertake a Science Workshop for school-graders... thanks IYCr2014!

Felipe Antunes Calil PhD Student Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil 

Wagner da Nova Mussel Associate Professor Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais - Departamento de Química - ICEx/UFMG 

Joane Kathelen Rustiguel Bonalumi post-doc Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas de Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil 

Claudia Cristina Gatto Professor LASIC - UnB- IQ 

Maria Cristina Nonato  Associate Professor University of São Paulo 

Adriana Serquis Researcher CONICET - Centro Atómico Bariloche - AACr - Argentina 

Alan Silva de Menezes Professor Department of Physics, Federal University of Maranhão, São Luis, Brazil 

José Luís Passmai Junior Professor Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo 

Oscar E. Piro Full Professor UNLP, Research Fellow of CONICET Departamento de Física, Ftad. de Ciencias Exactas, Univ. Nacional de La Plata (UNLP) e Instituto de Fisica de La Plata (CONICET) 

Ana Carolina Mafud Post doctoral researcher Instituto de Física de São Carlos, Universidade de São Paulo, São CArlos, SP, BRAZIL 

Alejandro Pedro Ayala Professor Universidade Federal do Ceará 

Nivaldo L Speziali  associate professor, UFNG/Brazil 

Luis Ielpi PhD Principal Investigator Fundación Instituto Leloir 

Javier Ellena Profesor São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of Sâo Paulo, São Carlos, SP, Brazil 

Sergio Baggio Professor (Retired) A. Brown 1803 Puerto Madryn Chubut ARGENTINA 

Dra. Maricel Rodriguez Postdoctoral Centro Atómico Constituyentes (CNEA-CAC) Bs As Argentina 

Raúl Bolmaro Group Leader, Deputy Director Ocampo y Esmeralda 

Griselda Narda Professor National University of San Luis, Argentina 

Sebastian Klinke Researcher Fundacion Instituto Leloir - CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

Santiago J. A. Figueroa Researcher Rua Giuseppe Maximo Scolfaro 10000- Campinas (SP) - Brazil/Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM) - Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron (LNLS) 

Vanesa Contini  UNLaR - Luis de la Fuente s/n 

Paula Abdala  ETH Zürich, Switzerland 

Iris Torriani Associate Professor of Physics Condensed Matter Physics Dept., Physics Institute - University of Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil 

Valeria C. Fuertes Investigadora-CONICET INFIQC-CONICET, Dpto. de Fisicoquímica, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina. 

Javier Santisteban Researcher Centro Atomico Bariloche, CNEA, CONICET e Instituto Balseiro, Argentina 

Patricia Mateos Group Leader of Outreach Activities   Bariloche Atomic Center, Bariloche, Argentina 

Diego Gernán Lamas  CONICET-Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. Argentinian Association of Crystallography (AACr). Latin American Crystallographic Association (LACA) 

Sebastian Suarez Graduate teaching assistant - Posdoctoral position Universidad de Buenos Aires y Asociación Argentina de Cristalografía 

Dr. Arjun Kumar Mishra Research Associate Unesco-Regional Centre for Biotechnology, Faridabad, India "Crystallography matters ... more!"

Sergey Belyakov leading researcher Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis 

Michal Sabat   Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA22904, USA 

Mariusz Jaskolski Professor Department of Crystallography, A.Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland 

Martin Martinez-Ripoll Research Professor CSIC, Spanish National Research Council 

Ranjana Rani Das Research Scholar Physics Indian Institute of Technology, Madras 


Franco Rolfo  University of Torino 

Giovanni Ferraris Emeritus professor Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Torino I am greatly disappointed by the fact that Crystallography has not been mentioned as essential component of Mineral Sciences (Minefralogy is the cradle of Crsytallography).

Miguel Gregorkiewitz prof University of Siena, Italy 

Marta Ferraroni Research Associate Department of Chemistry, University of Florence, Firenze, Italy 

Consiglia Tedesco Assistant professor University of Salerno 

Domenica Researcher Dipartimento di Chimica, Università di Torino, Via P. Giuria 7, 10125 Torino 

Marco Bruno Associate Professor University of Turin 

Massimo Moret associate professor University of Milano Bicocca - Department of Materials Science - Via R. Cozzi 55, Milano (Italy) 

Giovanni Luca Cascarano Researcher CNR-IC, Bari, Italy 

Maria Lacalamita  Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra e Geoambientali, Università degli Studi di Bari "Aldo Moro" 

Filomena Sica Associate professor Chemical Sciences Department, University of Naples Federico II 

Davide M Proserpio Associate Professor Università degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Chimica, Milano, Italy 

Andrea Lausi  Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste 

Doriano Lamba Deputy Head, Senior Scientist Istituto di Cristallografia - CNR, Trieste Outstation, Area Science Park - Basovizza S.S. n°14 Km 163,5 I-34149 Trieste (Italy) 

Michele Saviano Director Institute of Crystallography, CNR, Italy 

Merlino Stefano Past Professor of Crystallography, University of Pisa Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Via S. Maria 53, I-56126 Pisa (Italy) 

Luca Bindi Associate Professor Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Italy 

Claudia Graiff Associate Professor Università di Parma , Dipartimento di CHIMICA Viale delle Scienze 17/A 43100 PARMA 

Carlo Mealli Member of the CNR Scientific Council CNR ICCOM, Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italia 

Enrico Mugnaioli Researcher Department of Physical Sciences, Earth and Environment, University of Siena, Via Laterino 8, 53100 Siena, Italy 

Monica Dapiaggi associate professor Università degli Studi di Milano, via Botticelli 23 Milano 

Roberto Fornari Professor Dept. of Physics and Earth Sciences, Univ. of Parma (Italy) President Intern. Organisation for Crystal Growth (IOCG)

Pietro Roversi Research Associate University of Oxford, Oxford, England, United Kingdom Long Life Crystallography!

Sabrina Nazzareni  Dept. Physics and Geology University of Perugia Italy 

Andrea Ienco Researcher CNR-ICCOM, Italy 

Emanuele Costa Researcher Università di Torino, Italy 

Piera Benna  Associate Professor  University of Torino 

Massimo Nespolo Professor Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France 

Massimiliano Perduca Assistant professor University of Verona - Strada le Grazie, 15 - 37134 Verona  

Collet Eric Professor University Rennes 1 

Gennaro Ventruti Researcher università di Bari 

Donatella Armentano  Permanent researcher  University of Calabria 

Giuseppe Zanotti Professor Department of Biomedical Science - University of Padua, Italy 

Marco Cammarata  Researcher CNRS, University of Rennes 1  

Andy Stewart Senior Researcher University of Limerick 

Martin Stoermer Scientist University of Queensland  

Remesh H M.Sc. Student Department of Chemistry, University of Kerala, Kariavattom Campus, Trivandrum, Kerala 695581 I am currently doing research in crystallography in conjunction with electrochemistry. I came to realize about the importance and vast world of solid state electrochemistry then. in this regard, owing to the importance of this field at present and in future, I fully support the activities of IUCr.

Breogan Pato Doldan Postdoc University of Bergen 

James (Jim) Simpson Emeritus Professor  University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand 

Hocine Merazig Professor, Head of UR-CHEMS Unité de recherche CHEMS, Frères Mentouri University 

Andreas Schönleber  Laboratory of Crystallography, University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany 

Hammouda Chebbi Assistant Professor  Preparatory Institute in the Studies of Engineers of Tunis, University of Tunis, Street Jawaher Lel Nehru 1089 Montfleury - Tunis , Tunisia, 

Dr. Amit Das Scientist Protein Crystallography Section, SSPD, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai-400085, Maharashtra, India. 

Sylvain Bernès  Instituto de Física "Luis Rivera Terrazas", BUAP, Puebla, Mexico 

William Harrison Senior lecturer University of Aberdeen, Scotland  

Matthew P. Blakeley Scientist Institut Laue-Langevin 

Amani Direm PhD student, researcher  LASPI2A, University of Khenchela, Algeria 


Rebecca Yip PhD Student HKUST 

Shahobiddin M. Adizov Senior researcher  Institute of the Chemistry of the Plant Substances of Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan many thanks all organizers!

Cheriti Abdelkrim researcher, director of POSL laboaratory Phytochemistry & Organic Synthesis Laboratory, 08000 Bechar Algeria 

Antonio L. Llamas-Saiz  Unidade de Raios X. RIAIDT. Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Spain 

S. Krishnaswamy Retired Senior Professor, School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India 2/154 south fifth street, Palkalainagar east, madurai 625021, India 

Rosario Contarino private technical supervisor Catania (Italy) 

Bun Kim Ngun Deputy Head of Department Department of Geo-resources and Geotechnical Engineering, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia / Ph.D I strongly support IUCr acitivities and thanks to IUCr for the first OpenLab in Cambodia in 2014.

Aziz Kheireddine technico sales RADACO 

Cora Lind-Kovacs Professor The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606, USA 

Judith Howard Research Professor Durham University 

Colin Groom Executive Director Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre 

Martin Fark co CEO STOE 

Friedemann Hahn  Hilpertstr. 10, 64295 Darmstadt, Germany 

Maria Gorna assistant professor University of Warsaw 

Tea Pavkov-Keller Seniour researcher ACIB co. University of Graz, 8010 Graz, Austria 

Nives Ivic postdoc Gene Center Lmu 

Hradil Klaudia head of x-ray lab Vienna University of Technology, x-ray center 

Silvia Onesti Head of Structural Biology Elettra - Sincrotrone Trieste SCpA 

Mohammed Said Mohammed PhD University of Oviedo 

Gerlind Sulzenbacher Research Engineer AFMB CNRS/AMU, Marseille, France 

Jordi Bella Lecturer Faculty of Life Sciences, Universtty of Manchester 

Marija Luic Head of the Labratory Sisiceva 26, 10010 Zagreb, Croatia 

Janusz Lipkowski professor Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw 

Till Samtleben Sales Stoe & Cie, Darmstadt, Germany 

Bouacida Sofiane  Constantine and OEB University 

Vania Andre Postdoc Instituto Superior Tecnico 

M. Teresa Duarte Full Professor Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon Portugal 

Van Meervelt Luc GST IUCr KU Leuven Belgium 

Radomir Kuzel Professor Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Prague, Czech Republic 

Marijana Dakovic Asst Prof University of Zagreb, Crotia 

Aleksandar Visnjevac  rudjer boskovic institute, zagreb, croatia 

Martin U. Schmidt Professor Goethe-University, Max-von-Laue-Str. 7, D-60438 Frankfurt am Main, Germany 

Hodeau Jean Louis CNRS Directeur de Recherche  Institut Neel CNRS 38042 Grenoble France  

Chiara Massera Associate Professor University of Parma, Dpt. Chemistry, Viale delle Scienze 17/A 43123 Parma, Italy  

Leigh Rees  2DSINTHETA 

Jose Fernandes Post-doc Universita dell' Insubria 

Masaki Takata Professor Tohoku University 

Alicja Rafalska-Lasocha  Senior Scientist Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland IYCr2014 spread the importance of crystallography among not only scientific, but also general public.

Amber L. Thompson  Chemical Crystallography, University of Oxford 

Davide Viterbo  Torino Italy 

Harriet Konishi  Oxford University Press, Clarendon Road, Oxford UK 

Pascal Roussel Research director UCCS - CNRS UMR 8181 - Villenueve dAscq - France 

Alexander Wlodawer Lab Chief National Cancer Institute, NIH, Frederick, MD, USA 

Mitchell Guss Professor Emeritus University of Sydney 

Maura Malinska postdok National Cancer Institute, ANL, USA 

Chris Frampton Professor Of Structural Chemistry Brunel University 

Marcin Stachowicz PhD student University of Warsaw Chemistry Department 

Gilberto Artioli  padova long live crystallography

Sameer Velankar Team leader Protein Data Bank in Europe, embl-european bioinnformatics institute 

Alessia Bacchi professor University of Parma 

Mike Glazer Emeritus Professor of Physics Oxford University, Physics Department The IYCr was incredibly successful and we now need urgently build upon its successes internationally

Serena C. Tarantino  Università di Pavia 

William Clegg Emeritus Professor Newcastle University 

David Walker X-ray Facility Manager University of Warwick 

Harry Powell Senior Investigator Scientist MRC-LMB, Cambridge 

Andrea Thorn Postdoc MRC-LMB, Francis Crick Av Cambridge CB2 0QH 

Orhan Buyukgungor Prof. Dr. Ondokuz Mayis University, Dept. of Physics, Samsun-Turkey.  -

Andrius Merkys PhD student Vilnius, Lithuania 

Francesco Capitelli Researcher Institute of Crystallography 

Bill Duax  Teacher  Hauptman Woodward MRI 

Semën Gorfman Research fellow University of Siegen 

Lasocha Wieslaw  Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University 

Radoslaw Kaminski Senior Research Associate Department of Chemistry, University of Warsaw 

Paul Raithby Professor of Chemsitry Univrsity of Bath 

Elspeth Garman Professor, PI, responsible for Department's Public Outreach Programme Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK 

Alexander J. Blake Professor School of Chemistry, The University of Nottingham 

Tony Savill CEO Molecular Dimensions Ltd 

Anthony Linden Professor Zurich, Switzerland 

Sine Larsen Professor University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, 2100 Copenhagen 

Carlotta Giacobbe Postdoc ESRF European Synchrotron Radiation Facility 

Simona Galli Associate Professor Universita' dell'Insubria, via Valleggio 11, 22100, Como, Italy 

Depmeier Wulf Professor emeritus Kiel University 

Rosanna Rizzi Researcher Institute of Crystallography (IC-CNR). Bari, Italy 

Moliterni Anna Researcher IC-CNR, Bari Italy 

Terese Bergfors research engineer Uppsala University 

Tiziana Boffa Ballaran Scientific staff Bayerisches Geoinstitut, University of Bayreuth 

Luciano Marchio' Prof. Dipartimento di Chimica, Universita' di Parma 

Annalisa Guerri  Dept. Chemistry - University of Florence 

Elena Boldyreva Professor Novosibirsk State University 

Eliska Skorepova PhD student UCT Prague 

Manfred Weiss Senior Scientist Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin 

Amy Sarjeant Outreach & Education Manager CCDC 

Josefina Perles Crystallographer, Director of SCXRD Lab Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Crystallography is very important for society, and we crystallographers need to make sure that they know it!

Siegbert Schmid  The University of Sidney 


Dave Billing Prof University of The Witwatersrand, South Africa 

Karl Wilhelm Tornroos Professor University of Bergen  

Paul Thaw European Sales Manager TTP Labtech Ltd 

Hiroyuki Kanda Manager of the Single Crytal Group 3-9-12 Mtsubara-chou, Akishima-shi, Tokyo 196-8666, Japan 

S.J. Maginn  CCDC, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, UK 

Eleonora Conterosito post doc Universita del Piemonte Orientale 

Marco Milanesio Researcher Universita' del Piemonte Orientale 

Manfred Wildner Assoc. Prof. Institut fuer Mineralogie und Kristallographie, Universitaet Wien 

Gautam R. Desiraju Professor Indian Institute of Science 

John R Helliwell Emeritus Professor University of Manchester, UK Thankyou IUCr for the wonderful IYCr initiative and to all concerned for organising the wide diversity of events.

Gligor Jovanovski Retired Professor Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Arhimedova 5, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia 

Amalija Golobic assistant professor Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Vecna pot 113, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia 

Galina Kuzmicheva Prof, Head of X-Ray Lab Lomonosov State University of Fine Chemical Technology, Department Material Science and Technology of Functional Materials and Snructures, Vernadsky pr 86, Moscow,119571, Russia 

Dritan Siliqi  Institute of Crystallography -CNR . Via Amendola, 122/O. Bari, Italy 

Popov Alexander scientist ESRF-The European Synchrotron 71, Avenue des Martyrs Grenoble, France 

Gabin Gbabode Associate Professor Normandie Université, Université de Rouen, Laboratoire Sciences et Méthodes Séparatives (SMS), 1 rue Lucien Tesnière F-76821 Mont-Saint-Aignan, France 

Simon Coles Associate Professor University of Southampton 

Fernando J. Lahoz Director Institute for Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis (ISQCH), CSIC/University of Zaragoza, SPAIN Without taking proper relevance, Crystallography is an esential component of Science and Technology progress.

Cinthia Antunes Correa  Prague, Czech Republic 

Emmanuel Wenger X-ray facility Engineer Université de Lorraine-CRM2 Laboratory 

Burak Veli Kabasakal  Imperial College London 

Shobha R Prabhu Assistant Professor Dept. of Physics, NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, Udupi District, Karnataka, India. 

Tamtsilia Nabila Sulfi Student Kookmin University 

Septy Sara Janny Sinaga Student Kookmin University 

Ilia Guzei  University of Wisconsin Madison 

Piero Macchi group leader Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Bern 

Andrea Sharpe Promotions Officer IUCr 

Daniel Rabinovich Professor The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Legacy activities are as important as those that took place during the IYCr.

Prerana Pai Student Delhi Private School, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates 

Santiago Garcia-Granda Professor University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain 2014 IYCr was an unique occasion to honoring the founders, educate society and inspire new generations of crystallographers. The beginning of a new era of crystallography.

Robert Krickl  Vienna, Austria 

Erivaldo Vieira da Silva Professor Garanhuns, PE- BRA Sou professor de Química na Cidade de Garanhuns, no estado de Pernambuco no Brasil. Estou desenvolvendo levantando estudos sobre a Cristalografia e os cristais.

Krzysztof Zagórski PhD Candidate Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland 

Cristóbal Verdugo Postdoc researcher Spanish National Research Council - CSIC 

Dr. Nzikahyel Simon Faculty and Frontier Crystallographer Department of Chemistry, university of Uyo, Uyo, Nigeria Its a very welcome idea/project. Nigeria must be part of this. During the IYCr2014 clossing Ceremony in Morocco, I promised to initiate the Nigeria Association of Crystallographers. Its in top gear. Carry us along.

Worawat Wattanathana Student Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University 

Vanesa Contini Delegada Regional -Asociación Argentina de Cristalografía Las Acacias 1801 

Javier Ellena Profesor São Carlos Institue of Physics - University of Sao Paulo - São Paulo - Brazil 

Thomas Terwilliger Vice President American Crystallographic Association 

Juliette Pradon Research & Applications Scientist Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre 

Dr Georgina Rosair Scientific Officer, Secretary of the European Crystallographic Association Heriot Watt University Edinburgh UK 2014 was a wonderful year for building bridges across scientific disciplines, the general public and countries using crystallography

Peter Strickland Executive Managing Editor IUCr, 5 Abbey Square, Chester, UK 

Jill Bradshaw Managing Editor of Acta B International Unionof Crystallography 

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Mariya al-Rashida Assistant Professor Department of Chemistry, Forman Christian College (A Chartered University), Lahore, Pakistan  

Haib Boughzala Professor - Vice President TCA Faculty of Science Tunis - Tunisian Crystallographic Association  

Marv Hackert Professor Dept. Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin 

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Wednesday, 22 April

17:00-17:45 Opening Ceremony

Chair: Abdelmalek Thalal, President of MCA and Chair of the conference
Welcome speeches by:
  • Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Morocco
  • Minister of National Education and Vocational Training of Morocco
  • Minister of Crafts and Social Economy of Morocco
  • Perpetual Secretary of the Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco
  • Dr Jean-Marc Berthon, Councilor for the Cultural Action and Cooperation, French Embassy in Morocco
  • Prof Marvin L. Hackert, IUCr President | Presentation pdf (1.11 MB)
  • Prof Maciej Nalecz, Director of the Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building at UNESCO
  • Dr Daniel Nyanganyura, ICSU Regional Office for Africa
  • Dr Eric Hovestreydt, Delegate of Bruker company, premium sponsor of the conference

17:45-18:15 Presentation of awards

Chair and introductory talk: Luc Van Meervelt, Coordinator of the IYCr2014 worldwide crystal-growing competition | Presentation pdf (808kB)
  • IYCr2014 worldwide crystal-growing competition;
  • Crystal growing contest organized by the Moroccan Crystallographic Association (MCA), the French Institute in Morocco and the Regional Academy of Education; | Video pdf
  • Best PhD thesis in crystallography in 2014 awarded by the MCA and the Council of Presidents of Moroccan Universities.

Awards presented by the Minister of National Education and Vocational Training of Morocco and the Councilor for the Cultural Action and Cooperation, French Embassy in Morocco

18:15-19:00 Opening Lecture

Ted Janssen (IUCr Ewald Prize 2014) Crystallography in the 21st century Abstract | Presentation pdf (3.98 MB)

T. JanssenTed Janssen
University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands

At the beginning of the 21st century, we can look back on the history, think about the present status and discuss the open problems of crystallography. The talk will start with an overview of the achievements of the past century. Due to the development of new experimental and theoretical tools crystallography has obtained the status of a central science, not only from the intellectual point of view, but also for applications. The knowledge of the structure is essential for the study of physical properties. A brief history of this development will be given with emphasis on new tools, biological systems and aperiodic crystals. Finally a number of open problems will be discussed.

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19:00 Welcome cocktail offered by the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco

Thursday, 23 April

08:30-10:30 Session 1: Building capacity in crystallography

Chair: Claude Lecomte | Presentation pdf (380 kB)

08:30-08:40 Gautam R. Desiraju, IUCr Immediate Past President

(video message)
08:40-08-55 Marvin L. Hackert, International Union of Crystallography, President Presentation pdf (2.79 MB)
08:55-09:10 Andreas Roodt, European Crystallographic Association, President Presentation pdf (1.42 MB)
09:10-09:25 Cora Lind-Kovacs, American Crystallographic Association, Delegate Presentation pdf (1.07 MB)
09:25-09:40 Jennifer L. Martin, Asian Crystallographic Association, Vice President Presentation pdf (2.42 MB)
09:40-09:55 Diego G. Lamas, Latin American Crystallographic Association, Vice President Presentation pdf (1.40 MB)
09:55-10:30 KEYNOTE: Samar S. Hasnain, Bringing nations together Presentation pdf (3.27 MB)

10:30-11:00 Tea/Coffee break

11:00-13:00 Session 2: Symmetry

Chair and introductory talk: Abdelmalek Thalal

11:00-11:15 Abdelmalek Thalal Introduction  
11:15-12:00 KEYNOTE: Denis Gratias Symmetry and Crystallography Abstract | Presentation pdf (6.41 MB)

D. GratiasDenis Gratias and Marianne Quiquandon
IRCP Chimie-ParisTech 11 rue P. et M. Curie 75005 Paris, France.

The introduction  by Janner and Janssen[1] in the 70s of N-dimensional crystallography for describing incommensurate phases and, later, quasicrystals, has generated an important research activity on the new meaning to give to basic concepts like space symmetries, both orientational and translational. In fact none of the incommensurate phases and quasicrystals show symmetries that superimpose exactly the object onto itself so that this concept should take another signification in these compounds. The present talk will first give a very short reminder of group action theory and its application to N-dimensional crystallography. Then, following Bienenstock and Ewald [2] and more recently Mermin [3], it will be shown that the concept of symmetry in N-dimensional crystallography is much better understood in reciprocal space (where experimentalists usually determine the space group) than in direct space. There, the usual notion of superimposing an object on itself by symmetry is  replaced by the more subtle notion of equivalence where two objects are equivalent with respect to a given property if they are undistinguishable under any physical measurements of that property.

[1] A. Janner and T. Janssen (1977), Phys. Rev B15, 643; see also P.M. de Wolff (1974), Acta Cryst. A30, 777.
[2] A. Bienenstock and P. P. Ewald (1962), Acta Cryst. 15, 1253.
[3] D. Mermin (1999) in Quasicrystals - the state of the art (second edition), ed. D.P. DiVincenzo and P.J. Steinhardt, World Scientific, Series on Directions in Condensed Matter Physics, vol 16,pp. 137-195.

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12:00-12:30 Metin Arik Mathematical mosaics, Islamic Art and Quasicrystals Abstract | Presentation pdf (5.57 MB)

D. GratiasThe use of local fivefold symmetry in Islamic tilings started in the 11th century. Examples of such tilings are discussed and the rules employed in these tilings are presented. It is demonstrated how a periodic pattern can be transformed into a locally aperiodic Penrose tiling pattern which most efficiently solves the difficult problem of the mathematical aperiodic tiling. Most remarkably, these tilings match with crystal diffraction patterns which exhibit fivefold symmetry. Inevitably, this topic reminds us of the flowering of scientific brilliance in Islam from the ninth to the thirteenth century - a period often described as the "golden age" of Islamic science.

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12:30-13:00 Ashwini Nangia Polymorphs and cocrystals in pharmaceutical development Abstract | Presentation pdf (5.74 MB)

A. NangiaAshwini Nangia

School of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, India

About 40% of marketed drugs have low solubility, and almost double that number of drug candidates (80-90%) will fail in late stage R&D pipeline due to poor solubility. A drug's behaviour depends on much more than the molecular structure. This talk will cover solubility improvement strategies based on supramolecular modification of APIs through hydrogen bonding and crystal design.

  • Crystal engineering and supramolecular synthon rules for API-coformer pairing based on CSD statistics
  • Formation of cocrystal, eutectic or solid solution depending on symmetry and shape of partner molecules
  • X-ray crystal structures of API cocrystals and salts and their relationship in solubility enhancement
  • A few case studies of BCS class II/IV drugs
  • Drawing conclusions and thoughts on how to thicken the pipeline of drugs
Representative case studies from our group:
(1) Solubility Advantage of Amorphous Drugs and Pharmaceutical Cocrystals. Cryst. Growth Des. 2011, 2662-2679.
(2) New Polymorphs of Curcumin. Chem. Comm. 2011, 5013-5015.
(3) Fast Dissolving Curcumin Cocrystals. Cryst. Growth Des. 2011, 4135-4145.
(4) Stable Cocrystals of Temozolomide. Chem. - An Asian J. 2012, 2274-2285.
(5) Solid-State Form Screen of Cardiosulfa. Chem. - An Asian J. 2013, 1551-1568.
(6) Andrographolide: Solving Chemical Instability and Poor Solubility by Means of Cocrystals. Chem.- An Asian J. 2013, 3032-3041.
(7) Eutectics as Improved Pharmaceutical Materials. Chem. Commun. 2014, 906-923.
(8) Acemetacin Cocrystals and Salts. IUCrJ 2014, 136-150.
(9) A Novel Curcumin-Artemisinin Coamorphous Solid. RSC Adv. 2014, 58357-58361.
(10) Salts and Co-crystals of Theobromine. J. Chem. Sci. 2014, 1249-1264.
(11) Pentamorphs of Acedapsone. Cryst. Growth Des. 2014,
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13:00-14:30 Lunch sponsored by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Morocco

14:30-16:30 Session 3: New opportunities in crystallography education

Chair and introductory talk: Michele Zema and Cora Lind-Kovacs

14:30-14:40 Michele Zema The OpenLab and OpenFactory projects Presentation pdf (550 kB)
14:40-15:00 KEYNOTE: Gilberto Artioli OpenLabs in Ghana and Turkey Presentation pdf (1.76 MB)
15:00-15:20 Gérard Fauvet (Bruker France) Travelling lab initiative and other activities in Africa Abstract | Presentation pdf (664 kB)

G. FauvetGérard Fauvet, Bruker France

Bruker enthusiastically supports the IUCr initiatives and activities around IYCr2014 in assisting and organizing OpenLabs and Travelling Labs. It has been a great opportunity to meet many students around our instruments; in particular, the Travelling Lab in Morocco has been very successful thanks to the engagement and the organization of the AMC. Similar initiatives are scheduled in Algeria and Tunisia soon after the Rabat conference.

For several years, we have been also proud of our co-work with IUCr, through its "Crystallography in Africa" initiative, for organizing the free supplying and commissioning of diffractometers to some Sub-Saharan Universities.

Bruker and the IUCr are fully engaged together on several projects that we do intend to realize; our company kept numerous pre-owned instruments in good shape which could satisfy several laboratories ready for receiving such equipment, and we would be happy to evaluate any further opportunities.

We do want that the above-mentioned diffractometers are fully accessible to students, in order to give them an experience that will undoubtedly be very rewarding for their future career and especially toward industrial analysis.

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15:20-15:35 Dubravka Sisak Jung (Dectris) Open Factory: Detecting the future Abstract | Presentation pdf (4.5 MB)

G. FauvetDubravka Sisak Jung

Although the arrival of new materials and modern instrumentation significantly broadened the field of crystallography, it also created a significant regional gap in crystallography education. While these advances were successfully exploited in developed countries, they caused developing and less-privileged countries to lag even further behind. These differences could only be overcome with the joint forces of academia, instrumentation manufacturers and large-scale facilities.

DECTRIS, a leading manufacturer of X-ray detectors, contributed to this initiative twofold: with financial support of crystallography teaching, enabling admission-free participation, and by addressing the needs of a specific region, with a special focus on Africa. The outcomes of these efforts will be illustrated by the example of OpenFactory, a crystallography school organized by IUCr, IYCr, DECTRIS, STOE and Xenocs. This admission-free school gathered 20 international participants, of which 7 came from African countries, working in various fields of research. After being introduced to the basics of crystallography, diffraction and scattering, this theoretical knowledge was put into practice at STOE's and Xenocs' application laboratories. Such a hands-on experience with modern hardware and software enabled a solid foundation for further research of the participants. The international environment and the variety of research fields, scientific backgrounds and interests opened up possibilities for future projects and collaborations. The outcomes of these projects and DECTRIS' support will be briefly addressed.

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15:35-15:50 Abdellah Boukhris The travelling lab in Morocco Presentation pdf (1.72 MB)
15:50-16:05 Graciela Diaz de Delgado, OpenLabs in Venezuela and Colombia Presentation pdf (2.7 MB)
16:05-16:20 Leopoldo Suescun OpenLabs in Uruguay Presentation pdf (3.21 MB)
16:20-16:30 Ian Williams OpenLabs in South East Asia Presentation pdf (650 kB)

16:30-17:00 Tea/Coffee break

17:00-19:00 Session 4: Preparing for the future

Chair: Samar S. Hasnain

17:00-17:10 Richard Garratt Crystallography in Brazil and the outcomes of the IYCr Latin America Summit meeting Presentation pdf (1.28 MB)
17:10-17:20 M. Iqbal Choudhary Outcomes of the IYCr South Asia Summit meeting Presentation pdf (921 kB)
17:20-18:00 Delegates of countries accepted as members of the IUCr in 2014 introduce activities and projects in their country
  Algeria Hocine Merazig  
  Cameroon Patrice Kenfack Presentation pdf (536 kB)
  Costa Rica Andrea Mariela Araya Sibaja Abstract | Presentation pdf (291 kB)

Becoming a member of IUCr as a seed to the growth of crystallography in Costa Rica and in Central America
Andrea Mariela Araya-Sibaja, Universidad de Costa Ricaand José Roberto Vega-Baudrit, LANOTEC-CeNAT-CONARE

In Costa Rica, crystallography is still a very weak and unknown area; although we have excellent solid-state complementary techniques, the primary tool for crystallographic analysis is scarce. There are only three relatively new X-ray powder diffractometers; one of them is a desktop type. In general, they support research in many fields including geology, chemistry basics and applied agronomy, archeology, physics of surfaces, pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles, nanomaterials and other new materials. Nevertheless, at this moment in Costa Rica and throughout Central America there is no single-crystal X-ray diffractometer. In addition, crystallography has been limited to the use of X-ray diffraction as a simple solid-state characterization technique. Indeed, crystallography is generally referred to as diffractometry. The users are in some sense unconscious; they do not realize what crystallography is and how much can be done in this area.

What is Costa Rica doing in crystallography? Efforts have been made to improve our situation in crystallography. Last year in the frame of the IYCr celebration, we carried out four concrete actions:

  1. The first School of Crystallization and Polymorphism, Costa Rica 2014 supported by the IUCr.
  2. The National Competition Essay was dedicated to crystallography and was organized by the Foundation for the National Center for Science and Technology (CIENTEC).
  3. The conformation of the Costa Rican Union of Crystallography (UCCr) promoted by the National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LANOTEC).
  4. The membership of Costa Rica to the IUCr supported by the National Center of Advanced Technology (CeNAT).

Currently, LANOTEC is promoting an important project for the region, the creation of the Central American node of crystallographic analysis of materials. This node aims to development crystallography in the region, contributing to sustainable development together with research and innovation. This project has the support of the Central American System for Research and Postgraduate (SICAR) that we already have in the region. This project became even more important after the first School of Crystallization and Polymorphism, Costa Rica 2014 by the significant Central American participation that we had.

What we expect as a member of the IUCr? As a result of the first School of Crystallization and Polymorphism, Costa Rica 2014, we conformed a group of local researchers on chemistry, material science and nanotechnology (supported by Professor Silvia Cuffini from Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil). This group obtained a local grant for a project research in crystallo-graphy. The project will support formal studies in crystallography and it is expected to attract young scientists to form the human resource that we need. This important step to improve crystallography in our country was possible by the IUCr. Hence, our expectations of being members are quite high. We expected to promote and strengthen international cooperation in crystallography with contributions from members of the IUCr; mainly to form our own human resource to build up crystallography in the country. Hence, we hope to continue with schools and participation in OpenLabs and even better, organize a regional OpenLab in Costa Rica. Thus, encourage the study and dissemination of crystallography not only in Costa Rica but also in the region and, produce international publication of crystallographic investigation of Costa Rica and Central America.

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  Morocco Abdelmalek Thalal  
  Pakistan Maqsood Ahmed Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.39 MB)

M. AhmedCrystallography in Pakistan: Current Status and Future Prospects
Maqsood Ahmed, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan;
Iqbal Choudhary;

Crystallography is rapidly expanding in Pakistan. Interestingly, neutron diffraction techniques came much earlier than X-ray diffraction. The establishment of nuclear reactors in the early 1970s at Nilore, Islamabad gave physicists a chance to extensively exploit neutron diffraction methods and a series of papers were published in Acta Crystallographica, notably on Debye-Waller factors. The first single-crystal X-ray diffractometer (SCXRD) was installed at HEJ, University of Karachi in 1986. In 2008 and in 2010, two new SCXRD laboratories were established at universities in Lahore and Sargodha, which have published hundreds of new structures and trained a large number of students, thanks to generous funding by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Similarly, powder diffraction instruments have been installed at a number of universities and research centers in Pakistan. In 2011, the Pakistan Crystallographic Association was established through a sponsorship by the IUCr. In 2014, Pakistan served as a regional hub to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography. A South Asia summit meeting was held in Karachi which gathered delegates from around 40 countries. An OpenLab was conducted in which lectures and hands-on training was provided to 50 students from eight nationalities through funding from the IUCr and UNESCO. In the same year, Pakistan achieved another milestone by getting regular membership of the IUCr. In 2015, two new SCXRD laboratories are being established at public sector universities in Bahawalpur and Faisalabad. A couple of groups are working on protein crystallography, and one of them has recently collected their first diffraction data of a membrane protein at ELETTRA, Italy. Pakistan is also a partner in the under-construction SESAME synchrotron in Jordan. It is strongly encouraging through all means to produce a critical mass of crystallographers in the country.

Single-crystal X-ray diffraction facilities in Pakistan: (A) Small Molecular Structural Chemistry:
Currently in Pakistan three Single-Crystal X-ray Diffraction facilities, equipped with Bruker single-crystal X-ray diffractometers, are functioning. These facilities are located in:

  1. H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry (International Center of Biological & Chemical Sciences, University of Karachi)
  2. Chemistry Department, GC University, Lahore
  3. Department of Physics, University of Sargodha.
All of these this facilities are offering service to other academic institutes and Industries throughout Pakistan and many international collaborators for single-crystal X-ray crystallographic studies of small organic (natural and synthetic), including metal complexes.

(B) Macromolecular Structural Chemistry:
Structural biology using X-ray diffraction has been initiated. The National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD) have established the protein expression and crystallization set-up. Both institutions are collaborating with various laboratories of the world for crystallographic data.

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  Turkey Süheyla Özbey Abstract

S. OzbeyCrystallography in Turkey
Süheyla Özbey
Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey;

Molecular structure determination started in the mid-1960s in Turkey, but crystallography related to mineralogy and powder diffraction was practised long ago. Crystal geometry and optics were taught in the Geology and Mineralogy Departments to prepare students for microscopic investigation of crystalline materials. In some departments, X-ray powder diffractometers were used for materials identification. In Physics and Chemistry Departments, crystal symmetry, physical and chemical properties of crystals were taught without structure analysis. In 1970, a molecular structure determination laboratory was established in the Department of Physics at Hacettepe University in Ankara and in 1992, the first four-circle diffractometer was installed at the same department, the only one in Turkey. Since then, this laboratory has become the leading centre of X-ray crystallography in the country. Today, most universities and research institutions in Turkey have groups pursuing molecular structure determination by crystallography.

Some laboratories running X-ray diffraction facilities exist as research infrastructure of the Applied Physics and Material Science Departments. In addition to these, there are many industrial institutions in Turkey including labs that perform powder diffraction for materials characterization and quality control.

Protein crystallography only started in the 2000s, but unfortunately still remains a less studied area in Turkey. In Biology or Chemistry Departments of some universities, the areas of specialization include molecular biology and cloning, protein isolation and characterization and 3D structure determination using synchrotron X-ray solution scattering and diffraction techniques. The Turkish Crystallographic Association (TCA) was established in 2001 to promote crystallography, raise scientific awareness and train young researchers. The TCA organizes biennial national meetings and workshops on different areas of crystallography. The Association is a member representing Turkey in the European Crystallographic Association and the IUCr.

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  Uruguay Leopoldo Suescun Abstract | Video pdf

L. SuescunCrystallography in Uruguay
Leopoldo Suescun
Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay;

Uruguay is a country with a small population (~3.5 M), a very small scientific community (~1500 professional researchers including social sciences), only one State-run University and two Scientific Research Institutes (both in the biological sciences). In our small community, only two or three dozen professors or researchers are crystallographers or frequent users of crystallography. This group of crystallographers, together with a growing number of undergraduate and graduate students, are part of the "Red Uruguaya de Cristalografía" that had its first meeting on 12 December 2014 with the participation of 40 people (25 posters, 6 young scientists selected talks). In the academic community there are well-established groups performing physical, chemical and biological crystallography. All these groups own some piece of equipment and develop research in cooperation within or outside the region and routinely use synchrotron facilities in the Americas (Brazil, USA) and/or Europe (France). There is frequent use of crystallography (mainly powder diffraction) by geologists also in academia, but no expert mineralogist or geologist using X-ray diffraction as the main characterization technique. Regarding equipment, there are three powder diffractometers in operation in the State University (Universidad de la República), one recently acquired single-crystal diffractometer devoted to small-molecule crystallography (also at UdelaR) and one devoted to protein crystallography (at Institut Pasteur de Montevideo) accompanied by the required automated crystal growth and evaluation equipment. There is also one texture diffractometer in operation (UdelaR). All this equipment is available to academia and industry. Powder diffraction is routinely used by industry in the pharmaceutical, mineralogical and food sectors with the main purpose of qualitative analysis, quality control of imported goods or characterization of defective products. Some use for conservation of cultural heritage has also been registered. Training in crystallography is routinely given at UdelaR in a specific Crystallography course, mainly for chemistry and biology students; however, basic concepts and overview of application of X-ray diffraction are also included in Materials Science, Chemical Physics or Chemistry courses in at least half a dozen graduate and undergraduate courses.

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  Venezuela Graciela Diaz de Delgado Abstract

G. Diaz de DelgadoDevelopment and status of crystallography in Venezuela
Graciela Díaz de Delgado and José Miguel Delgado
Universidad de Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela;

The pioneering work of Ernesto Galloni in Argentina in the 1930s can be considered a starting point for crystallography in Latin America. Interest and experience with X-rays in Venezuela dates back to just a few months after their discovery. The news of the discovery of X-rays by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen in 1895 was received in Venezuela with great enthusiasm, especially by the medical community. Antonio Pedro Mora, Venezuelan chemist and inventor, presented on 26 April 1896 an X-ray generator which he designed and built with the help of Guillermo Delgado Palacios, a physician and chemist. By the end of 1899, the first commercial X-ray machine (Edison) was purchased in Maracaibo and was used intensively for medical purposes. Mora was the founder in August of 1895 of Chemistry studies at the School of Engineering of Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas and was Director of the "Laboratorio Nacional", a laboratory founded in 1890 by the prominent chemist Vicente Marcano. This laboratory became an important center for analytical services and part of the work included studies of minerals from different regions of the country by conventional methods used in mineralogy. People working in this lab were also instrumental in creating the first School of Chemistry in the country at UCV.

Since science undergraduate degree programs in Venezuelan Universities have required carrying out a research project for two semesters, writing a thesis and making a public presentation of the work before a committee, chemistry and physics degree programs incorporated characterization by powder and single crystal diffraction. Even after graduate degree programs started and began to consolidate, undergraduate degree research in Crystallography maintains its importance. In 1967, Argentinians Mario Amzel, Leo Becka and Sergio Baggio were hired to work at UCV and started supervising undergraduate degree theses based on crystallographic work. Eldrys Rodulfo de Gil, after graduation from UCV and University of Wisconsin, founded the Crystallography Laboratory of ULA (Mérida, Venezuela), which last year celebrated its 45th anniversary. In recent years, this laboratory has been central to teaching the new generation of crystallographers in Venezuela and in neighboring countries such as Colombia. Several crystallography laboratories in the country address a variety of structural and characterization problems. Among them are the research laboratories at IVIC (Caracas and Maracaibo), UCV and USB in Caracas, UDO-Cumaná, UNEXPO-PO, as well as the laboratories in the oil (PDVSA-INTEVEP) and aluminum industries.

In this contribution, a general review of the current studies being carried out in Venezuela using diffraction techniques will be presented. In spite of some difficulties and economic hardships, Venezuelan crystallographers continue to work enthusiastically on materials with applications in catalysis, organic and organometallic synthesis, pharmaceutically related compounds and natural products, among other materials.

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18:00-19:00 Open discussion

Core questions:

  1. Why should a country become a member of IUCr and of a Regional Associate and what are the modalities and benefits?
  2. How do the IUCr facilitate intra-regional cooperation?
  3. What actions should be undertaken to facilitate the process?
  4. Can international institutions (e.g., UNESCO, ICSU, TWAS) help?
  5. What educational and technical support do the IUCr provide?
  6. How else can Regional Associates work with the IUCr to further promote crystallography?

Friday, 24 April

08:30-10:30 Session 5: Phosphates

Chair: Amalhay Mohamed

08:30-09:00 Abdelaziz El Jazouli Crystal Chemistry, Properties and Applications of Phosphates Abstract | Presentation pdf (2.16 MB)

A. El JazouliAbdelaziz El Jazouli
Chemistry Department - URAC17, Faculty of Sciences Ben M'Sik, University Hassan II, Casablanca
Chemistry Department, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The main aim of crystal chemistry is to determine the relationship between crystal structure and physical properties of crystalline materials. It describes the principles governing the distribution of atoms within the structure and the nature of the chemical bonding. From this analysis the nature of the material such as insulator, semiconductor, conductor and iono-covalent character can be determined, and its physical and chemical properties can be inferred. Assuming the definition of Corbridge [1], "normal" phosphates refer to compounds in which the P atoms are tetrahedrally surrounded by four oxygen atoms. [PO4] tetrahedra can be isolated or connected to each other by sharing corners to form condensed phosphates [2]. The various crystal structures of the phosphates lead to the materials with applications in several industrial fields. To illustrate the relationships between crystal structure and properties of phosphates, this presentation will focus on examples of compounds in which [PO4] tetrahedra are connected with [MOn] polyhedra (where M is a metal). Most of these phosphates have found applications as cathodes for rechargeable lithium ion batteries, low thermal expansion ceramics, composite ceramics, non-linear optics, lasers, LEDs, and, last but not least, biomaterials [3].

[1] D. E. C. Corbridge, Phosphorus, An Outline of its Chemistry, Biochemistry and Technology, Elsevier Ed. Amsterdam (1985).
[2] M. T. Averbuch-Pouchot and A. Durif, Topics in Phosphate Chemistry, World Scientific Ed. Singapore (1996).
[3] "Les Phosphates à l'aube du XXIème siècle", Collectif book, Coordination: G. Le Flem, Ed. OCP (2013).

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09:00-09:30 Lhoussaine Omari Overview of Phosphate Industry Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.18 MB)

L. OmariPhosphate, which is the first source of all products containing phosphorus, is mainly used as fertilizer. At the beginning of the last century, demand for phosphates and fertilizers increased rapidly because of the growth in world population. Many phosphate industries have been developed to ensure global food security. This talk will give an overview of OCP's experience in the phosphate industry, which started with mining operations in Khouribga and continues with the transformation of phosphate at Safi and Jorf Lasfar chemical platforms. We will also present OCP's activities and mixed products of phosphates and derivatives like DAP (binary fertilizer), TSP (full phosphate fertilizer), MAP (binary fertilizer consisting of phosphorus and nitrogen agents) and NPK (ternary fertilizer).  OCP also makes products based on high performance and a sustainable agriculture approach. The last part will be reserved to the OCP innovation and R&D. We will give information about:

  • R&D strategy and organization able to give researchers the necessary flexibility to deploy the R&D program.
  • Overview of R&D topics and R&D program.
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09:30-10:00 Alain Ibanez Solution growths of remarkable phosphate crystals: From lab researches to industrial applications Abstract

A. IbanezA. Ibanez, J. Zaccaro and B. Ménaert
Institut Néel, CNRS and University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France;

We will present the growth of several families of phosphate crystals, which exhibit remarkable properties such as high nonlinear optical efficiencies and piezoelectricity. As phosphate materials do not melt congruently due generally to partial decompositions at high temperatures, their crystal growth is performed below their melting temperature by involving solvents. We will first introduce different types of standard methods for the crystal growth of phosphates in solution at low (close to room temperature) and high temperatures (up to 1000 °C). Indeed, through several examples taken from our studies at CNRS-Grenoble, we will illustrate techniques such as slow cooling, temperature gradient and flux methods for the growth of hybrid organic inorganic salts, potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP) and crystals of the potassium titanyl phosphate family (KTP). The growth of these crystals is motivated by their remarkable properties for nonlinear optics based on their non-centrosymmetric structures that allow the development of highly efficient optical frequency conversion devices like optical parametric oscillators. In addition to these standard solution growth techniques, some more particular ones will be also presented. Indeed, solution crystal growth at low temperature, carried out under typical conditions at low supersaturations of the solutions (relative supersaturations σ of around 1%), exhibit low growth rates, less than 1 mm/day. By applying an overheating and/or an ultrasonic treatment of the solution, it is possible to inhibit the spurious nucleation that takes place at higher supersaturations. Thus, through this type of treatment of the solution during the crystal growth process, higher supersaturations can be applied, σ around 10-30%, and thus increase significantly the growth rates, over 1 cm/day. These rapid crystal growths will be illustrated in the cases of potassium dihydrogen phosphate and hybrid organic-inorganic salts.

Finally, hydrothermal techniques will be presented in the case of aluminium and gallium orthophosphate crystals, which are isomorphous to α-quartz. These crystals exhibit promising piezoelectric properties for the development of resonators and physical sensors under extreme conditions (high temperatures and pressures). Moreover, for all of these phosphate crystal growths, we will give examples of industrial processes, particularly for the growth of KDP, KTP and GaPO4 crystals.

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10:00-10:30 G. Michael Blackburn Phosphate - The Giver of Life Abstract | Presentation pdf (4.2 MB)

G.M. BlackburnG. Michael Blackburn, Matthew W. Bowler, Yi Jin and Jon Waltho
Krebs Institute, Molecular Biology, University of Sheffield, UK;

Scientific enquiry about the origin of life on earth has taken many forms over many centuries. My focus on the uniqueness of phosphorus follows a challenging and original statement by my Cambridge mentor Lord Todd FRS, Nobel Laureate in Kyoto in 1982: "Where there's Life there's Phosphorus".

In this IYCr Legacy Lecture, I shall seek to justify my lecture title claim from both ends. From a prebiotic beginning I shall ask: How did planet Earth get enough phosphorus to support life? There is no place more appropriate than Morocco from where to survey whether earth has sufficient reserves of phosphorus to sustain life into the next millennium. Then from today's knowledge of the amazing diversity of functions for phosphate in cellular organization and activity, I shall ask: How do we now perceive the uniqueness of phosphate for its multiple roles in life? Today, we know that the central paradox of phosphate in the biosphere is the contrast between the amazing stability of phosphate esters that is fundamental for their role in the integrity of our genes set against the secure compartmentalization of key metabolites to avoid life-threatening dispersal in our hydrosphere. Phosphate gives DNA its amazing stability, with a half-life of the phosphate diester backbone greater than the life of our universe. That contrasts with the remarkable power of enzymatic phosphorylation/dephosphorylation to make possible the control of cellular behaviour on the millisecond time scale needed for cellular activity. [I shall ask, if time permits, whether there was any alternative to phosphate for evolution of terrestrial life.]

Above all, I shall explore how evolution has developed enzymes capable of reducing the inherent stability of phosphate esters by a factor approaching 1021. They embody a power of catalysis unsurpassed anywhere else in life, as wonderfully revealed in thousands of protein structures having phosphate ligands (the Protein Data Bank has 4145 structure entries for PO4 to date).

Reference: M.W. Bowler et al., New Journal of Chemistry, 2010, 34, 784-794.

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10:30-11:00 Tea/Coffee break

11:00-15:45 Session 6: The IUCr "Crystallography in Africa" initiative

Chair: Claude Lecomte

11:00-11:10 Claude Lecomte Introduction
11:10-11:30 Séraphin Kati-Coulibaly (Director Enseignement Supérieur et Recherche) Cote d’Ivoire Abstract | Presentation pdf (732 kB)

S. Kati-CoulibalyCrystallography in Ivory Coast

The Laboratory of Crystallography and Molecular Physics (LaCPM) of the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny of Cocody (Ivory Coast) was created in 1974 by Professor Jacques Lapasset. Since this date, the activities of research and teaching are led in our university and precisely within the department of physics. It is necessary to note that our university has never had a diffractometer. All our measurements have been done either in Marseille or in Montpellier. Today, we do our measurements in Marseille and in Nancy. Currently, our laboratory is composed of two professors, four masters of conferences, four attending masters, a helper and an engineer. There are five students in thesis and five in master. A first team leads his activities of research on the structural determination of derivatives of benzimidazole and the modelling of their biological activities and also on the modelling of the electronic density of coumarin. A second team works on potassium deficiency in oil palms and nitrogen and water deficiency in corn by laser-induced fluorescence. The third team works on the quantification of the electronic states of diatomic molecules such as NaK.

With IYCr, Ivory Coast is going to receive thanks to IUCr and Bruker, a single-crystal diffractometer and a powder diffractometer. With this acquisition, Ivory Coast will become a centre of excellence for crystallographic studies in West Africa. It opens new perspectives in the domain of the mining research because Ivory Coast possesses important layers. In the domain of the pharmacopeia of Ivory Coast, these devices will bring an answer to the problem of the structural determination of the active molecules of our plants.

We work in collaboration with the Organic Chemistry laboratory, the Chemistry laboratory of the inorganic materials, the laboratory of the Pharmaceutical Sciences and the laboratory of Biochemistry of our university. We also work with the Organic Chemistry laboratory of the University of Ouagadougou and with the laboratory of crystallography, magnetic resonance and modelling of Nancy. A laboratory of mine and geology exists in our university. There is also a society for the mining development in Ivory Coast. We will be able to reinforce our collaboration with these two structures.

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11:30-11:50 Anaclet Fomethe (Rector of U. Dschang) Cameroon Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.8 MB)

A. FometheCrystallography in Cameroon

Crystallography underpins most experimental sciences. In this view, the Ministry of Higher Education in Cameroon has given by law to the academic orientation in Cameroon a particular importance to this discipline. Priority was given to the training of young physicists, chemists, biologists and students of earth sciences. However, with the economic crisis that has disrupted the development of African countries and particularly Cameroon in the 1990s, the lack of equipment has had an impact on the skills targeted by these teachings and scientific research. In this context, the IUCr Crystallography in Africa initiative and the activities for celebration of the IYCr have been welcome.

In this initiative, arrangements were made by the University of Dschang (Cameroon) to contribute to achieve the mission of the IUCr. Some of these achievements are the creation in 2012 of the Cameroonian Crystallography Association (CCA) and the establishment of a partnership between the University of Dschang, IUCr and Bruker AXS. The first actions of this partnership were the installation of a powder diffractometer D5000 at the University of Dschang in 2014, the organization of two schools and sub-regional workshops at the University of Dschang. Could be also mentioned the reinforcement of the capacities of some researchers and professors from Cameroon and from other countries in Sub Saharan Africa in well-equipped laboratories, and through the attendance of schools and high-level seminars. The impact of these actions is already visible on the training of young students at the University of Dschang. These benefits are also expected in the materials and mining industries throughout the sub-region. A project is currently under study for the installation of a single-crystal diffractometer and other equipment to create later, a sub-regional center for analyses at the University of Dschang.

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11:50-12:10 Habib Boughzala Activities in Tunisia and presentation of NACC2 Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.5 MB)

H. BoughzalaCrystallography in Tunisia
Habib Boughzala
Université El Manar, Tunis, Tunisia;

The first laboratory of crystallography in Tunisia was created in 1979 in the Faculty of Science of Tunis by Prof Tahar Jouini. In the 1990s many other labs were created in Sfax, Monastir, Bizerte, etc. with modest diffraction equipment working on several fields, for example apatite, cements, zeolites, phosphates, arsenates, hybrids, organics and organometallics.

Actually, if the industry is quite devoid of diffraction hardware, X-ray facilities are mainly installed in the university. In the north, the Faculty of Science of Bizerte is endowed with Bruker Mach3 and D8 diffractometers. In the capital Tunis a CAD4 and a D8 are installed in the chemistry department and a PANalytical powder diffractometer in the Geology Department. In Monastir, a Mach3 is installed in the Chemistry Department. The south of the country is also equipped by a Bruker D8, a Siemens D5000 and a Bruker CCD diffractometer. More recently, a Siemens D5000 is running in the Physics Department in the Faculty of Science of Gabes.

On the other hand, crystallography is present in fundamental teaching since 1st year university and the teacher's level is good. The Tunisian Crystallographic Association (TCA) organizes every 2 years the Tunisian Crystallographic Meeting, and the Tunisian Chemical Society (SCT) organizes also a biennial Solid State Meeting.

Nowadays, more than 100 confirmed Tunisian crystallographers are distributed in a dozen labs and struggling - along with a total absence of political will - to promote science and particularly purchase new (or used) diffraction hardware. Furthermore, maintenance and management of the heavy equipment is poor. Access to the European diffraction facilities (e.g. ESRF, PSI) is becoming more and more difficult. Only tentative partnership programmes between Tunisian and foreign labs can give some satisfaction to young Tunisian researchers.

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12:10-12:30 Andreas Roodt Outcomes of IYCr African Summit meeting Presentation pdf (2.46 MB)

12:30-13:00 Delegates of African countries attending the conference give a short overview of the local situation about crystallography (5 minutes each):

  Hocine Merazig Algeria Abstract

H. MerazigActivities of Algerian crystallographers in 2014-2015
Hocine Merazig, University of Constantine 1, Algeria;

Following the example of many countries of the world, Algeria has actively participated in the celebration of the IYCr. The IYCr was inaugurated by the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, an act that shows the importance that our highest authorities accord to crystallography. Photos from the opening session will be broadcast on our university website.

The Algerian Association of Crystallography acts tirelessly to promote crystallography in Algeria. Thus, in order to make this discipline known to a large public and to attract young talent, open-door days, aimed at high school and university students, were held at the University of Constantine in April and May 2014 by the Algerian Crystallography Association. The atmosphere was relaxed, the discussions were candid and the students' interest in the subject was evident. Minicompetitions were organized. The audience was large and the experience was successful. The General Secretary at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research was present at this event. He expressed his satisfaction and said he was impressed by the ambient dynamism.

A caravan "discovering the crystal" travelled all around the country in the autumn of 2014. A poster exhibition, demonstrations and lectures have punctuated the visits to several university cities, both those where crystallography is already well implanted and those where crystallography is in an emerging phase. The Secretary General at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, whose interest in these events is very high, strongly encouraged the continuation of such initiatives.

Continuing its public awareness programme, the Algerian Association of Crystallography, under the auspices of the IUCr, Bruker and UNESCO, is organizing an OpenLab from 9 to 14 May 2015 at the University of Constantine. Lectures on crystallography, from the founding concepts to the more complex concepts, and an initiation in the use of computer equipment and in the use of data-processing programs will be presented in this school.

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Patricia W. Gitari Kenya Abstract | Presentation pdf (322 kB)

P. GitariCurrent situation of crystallography in Kenya
Patricia W. Gitari
University of Nairobi, Kenya;

In Kenya, X-ray diffractometers are few, mainly in Government laboratories, for example, Geology and Mines; privately and publicly funded research centres; and in a few academic institutions. Crystallographic techniques in the country mainly have applications in determination of bulk mineral assemblages in rocks, clays, ores, particulates and metallurgical products. Tertiary institutions have adopted crystallography in science curricula, including physics, biology, chemistry, geology and metallurgy. These courses have proven to be very popular with both undergraduate and postgraduate students due to the dynamic nature of the technique. However, research activities have been hindered by a lack of modern equipment and poor maintenance of the existing ones.

The Government of Kenya has committed to a substantial increase in funding of science, technology, innovation with the enactment of STI (Act No. 28 of 2013). However, with most research activities leaning towards solving problems that have a direct impact on the socio-economic status of the citizens, a large percentage of funding is allocated to agriculture, health, water and sanitation. This is largely due to the fact that scientists have not made enough effort to sensitise policy makers to the role of crystallography in the achievement of development goals of the country.

One solution to this low awareness of crystallography in Kenya is to encourage international collaboration within the region and beyond. The East African Community (EAC) is the regional intergovernmental organisation of the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda. An initiative driven by the East African countries would reach a much wider population, and consolidation of resources will reduce the overall cost of equipping and maintaining centres of excellence.

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Abdelmalek Thalal Morocco Abstract

A. ThalalCrystallography in Morocco
Abdelmalek Thalal
Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakech, Morocco;

In Morocco a major effort has been made during the last decade to develop and promote science education and scientific research in general, especially crystallography. Analysis and characterization centers have been established at several universities to optimize equipment and create synergy between researchers [1].

Morocco has a notable scientific and human potential in this field. About more than 400 researchers have direct or indirect connections with crystallography. They use X-rays, the scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy as means of investigation equipment. Researchers are working in physics, chemistry, geology and biology laboratories in universities, engineering colleges and other institutes of technology [2].

Crystallography is taught from the second academic year. Students receive, each year, basic knowledge in crystallography; a large number of them graduate in physics or chemistry. A significant number continue their postgraduate studies in Masters and PhD in the areas using crystallography [3].

Research in crystallography covers a broad spectrum of activity, particularly in materials science and inorganic chemistry. Over the last years, crystallography has begun to attract researchers working in the field of organic chemistry, biochemistry and medicinal chemistry. Moreover, recently crystallography has become an important part of research on art and cultural heritage [2].

In 2002, Moroccan crystallographers gathered to found the Moroccan Association of Crystallography. This association is a network for all its adherents; it contributes to the effort of equipment and maintenance, organizes schools and conferences and provides to the Moroccan universities the main scientific journals in crystallography. It also contributes to the training of young researchers, both in theoretical and practical crystallography and in crystallographic software. The Moroccan Crystallographic Association has been a member of the European Crystallographic Association since 2002, and recently member of the IUCr. It participates actively in the program "Crystallography in Africa" launched by the IUCr. The Moroccan Crystallographic Association, which spearheaded the IYCr2014 project, has celebrated the International Year of Crystallography by organizing the First African School of Crystallography, three OpenLabs for French-speaking Africans, crystallization contests in schools and several large public conferences.


[1] Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research
[2] Sources: archive Moroccan universities
[3] Moroccan Institute for Scientific and Technical Information

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Magatte Camara Senegal
J.J. Anguilé Gabon
Karimat El Sayed Egypt Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.05 MB)

K. El-SayedCrystallographic activities in Egypt during IYCr2014
Karimat El-Sayed
Ain-Shams University, Cairo, Egypt;

Crystallography started in Egypt in 1952 thanks to three great crystallographers working in three places: Alexandria University, the National Research Center and Assuit University. In 1976, crystallographers were able to establish the Egyptian Committee on Crystallography and in 1978, Egypt became a member of the IUCr. In 1995, the Egyptian Society of Crystallography and its Applications (ESCA) was founded.

Today we have many crystallographers, who are specialized in almost all fields of crystallography (powder diffraction, single crystal diffraction, protein crystallography, EXAFS, X-ray spectroscopy), and they are using synchrotron radiation in their work.

During IYCr2014, we were able to arrange four activities:

  1. Symposium on XRD and Structural Characterization of Materials at El-Minia University (12-13 March)
  2. Training Course on Crystal Growth for secondary school teachers at the National Research Center (9-10 September)
  3. Symposium on the Structural Role of Crystallography in Pharmacological Sciences at the National Research Center(24 September)
  4. Workshop on Synchrotron Radiation in Nanomaterials Research at Hergada (15-18 November).
More details on these activities are available on the IYCr2014 website.
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13:00-14:30 Lunch sponsored by Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Morocco

14:30-14:45 Colin Groom (CCDC) The collaborative research project of CCDC with DR Congo Abstract |Presentation pdf (948 kB)

C. GroomCrystallographic teaching and research experiences in DR Congo
Colin Groom and Juliette J. M. Pradon
Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Cambridge, UK;

Crystallographers have done a superb job in publishing the results of their endeavours and making resulting structures available to all. This has been aided by domain specific databases, such as the Protein Data Bank and Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) - the world's repository for organic and organometallic small-molecule crystal structures. Powerful software has also been developed to allow structures to be accessed, searched and analysed - leading to a myriad of research opportunities, both for well-funded universities and those operating in more challenging environments.

One such institute is the University of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The structural chemistry research group, coordinated by Professor Zéphirin G. Yav, has collaborated with the CCDC for several years, using the CSD System in teaching and research. Visits from CCDC staff to the University of Kinshasa have helped train educators and students in structural chemistry, and the joint appointment of graduate students has led to successful research projects on the use of the CSD system and other computational chemistry resources to study intermolecular interactions involving the element selenium.

This presentation, timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the CSD, will show how structural chemistry research can be successful in difficult environments.

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14:45-15:45 Open discussion (Chairs: Claude Lecomte and Jean Paul Ngome Abiaga)

Core questions:

  1. What activities can be started to spark interest in crystallography in emerging countries?
  2. What support do the IUCr provide to young African researchers?
  3. How to build a network of researchers and facilities within the continent?
  4. How can the industry and international institutions help?
  5. How can we work more effectively with University administrations and reduce times for installations of crystallographic instrumentation?
  6. What is the role of SESAME and other large-scale facilities for Africa and what are the possibilities of access for African researchers?

15:45-17:00 Session 7: Outreach activities at large-scale facilities

Chair: Susan Schorr and Jennifer L. Martin

15:45-15:50 Masaki Takata (Spring-8 and Secretery-General of Cheiron Schools) The Cheiron School and the role of large scale facilities in facilitating crystallography development Presentation pdf (4.63 MB)
15:50-16:20 Giorgio Paolucci (Scientific Director of SESAME) SESAME: X-rays for the Middle East Abstract | Presentation pdf (3.57 MB)

G. PaolucciG. Paolucci
SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)
Allan, Jordan;

SESAME is an international research organization located in Jordan, in the Middle East. Based on a synchrotron radiation source, it will allow scientists from the region to access a world-class research infrastructure to boost their research and scientific knowledge. At the same time its international nature will allow scientists with different cultures, different religions and different experiences to interact with each other. It is therefore an excellent opportunity for regional development. Foreseen applications in crystallography will be highlighted. The organisational structure of SESAME will also be described, emphasising how this project is expected to enhance cooperation and mutual comprehension in the Middle East.

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/em>16:20-16:35 Areej Abuhammad (U. Jordan) Protein crystallography in Jordan: using a bright light for a bright future Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.62 MB)

A. AbuhammadAreej Abuhammad
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Crystallography is the most powerful method for 3D structure determination at an atomic level. The basic principles of X-ray crystallography were discovered by Max von Laue and the Braggs father and son. Since then, this method seemed appealing to determine the 3D structures of important biological molecules. The development and implementation of high-energy synchrotron radiation sources have allowed advances on this field.

An effort to transfer the cutting-edge technology of crystallography to Jordan started in 2014. A national project to establish the Protein Crystallisation Facility has been implemented to be a cornerstone of crystallography. Jordan has the potential to be a research centre in this field as it has two big radiation facilities under construction: The Synchrotron Facility [Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME)] and the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR).

As is the case in most developing counties, scientific research funding is not a priority in Jordan due to limited resources and escalating development challenges. To develop research related to crystallography it is necessary to have very expensive equipment, which is usually beyond the capability of individual researchers. Because of that, many researchers are reluctant to carry out studies on this field. Therefore, a national facility can be envisioned as an innovative, synergistic research centre that will help researchers to carry out experiments and undergo training. However, establishing such a facility would benefit from the support of international organizations.

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16:35-16:50 Alison Edwards (ANSTO) ANSTO - A bright future going forward with crystallography Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.11 MB)

A. EdwardsAlison Edwards
Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization
Lucas Heights, NSW, Australia;

With the completion of our second major instrument building program - the NBI2 - ANSTO is looking to the future of our neutron scattering facilities and the potential to extend operations through the building of a second guide hall at the OPAL reactor as envisaged in the original site planning. The International Year of Crystallography opened up many additional opportunities for ANSTO to build on its links with one of our main user communities; crystallography, in its many and diverse forms, underpins a significant proportion of our instruments. The Year also provided opportunities for our staff to take our science to the community at local, regional and global levels. While we have already established a program with scientists from Taiwan building and operating one of our neutron beam instruments - SIKA, a cold beam triple axis spectrometer - we are now looking at opportunities to extend this type of international collaboration which can facilitate broader access to specialist techniques such as neutron scattering. The strengthened connections between crystallographers is a wonderful legacy which we hope will support our science and scientists in an exciting future.

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16:50-17:00 Florence Porcher (LLB) Crystallography at the LLB-Orphée neutron source: Celebrating 2014 and looking forward Abstract | Presentation pdf (873 kB)

F. PorcherFlorence Porcher
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, UMR12 CEA-CNRS, CEA/Saclay, France;

The Laboratoire Léon Brillouin (LLB) is the French research center in charge of developing neutron science in the country. Sitting in Saclay, approximately 25 km from Paris, it operates some 20 state-of-the-art neutron scattering instruments around the 14 MW Orphée reactor.

As a service institute, the LLB makes its facilities and expertise available to visiting scientists. Every year, it welcomes some 600 researchers from over 20 countries who come to Saclay to perform experiments on the spectrometers. Research focuses primarily on fundamental science including condensed matter physics and chemistry, soft matter, life and materials sciences ... but can also deal with the R&D departments of private industrial partners. About half of the spectrometers are in fact diffractometers with research topics ranging from fuel cells to (multi)ferroics, superconductors, guest-host systems, metallurgy, nano-objects and spintronics.

In charge of the French contribution to the future European neutron source, ESS, in Sweden, LLB will be partner for the design and construction of instruments, among which a new generation of time-of-flight diffractometers which will also open new perspectives in neutron crystallography.

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17:00-17:30 Tea/Coffee break

17:30-19:00 Session 8: Initiatives and opportunities at the IUCr

Chair: Jonathan Agbenyega

17:30-17:45 Jonathan Agbenyega IUCr meeting the changing needs: the future of scholarly communications Abstract | Presentation pdf (1.89 MB)

J. AgbenyegaJonathan Agbenyega
International Union of Crystallography, Chester, UK;

The 155 now famous crystallographers that took part in the first formal meeting of the IUCr at Harvard University in July 1948 probably represented only part of the crystallographic community at that time.

It is thought that the World Directory of Crystallographers and of Other Scientists Employing Crystallographic Methods (WDC) must have been conceived as an organizational tool in the early days to facilitate international contacts and to keep track of the growing number of crystallographers all over the world. Back in 1957, the number of crystallographers in the directory was not very large, 2255 coming from 52 countries, and amongst these original crystallographers there was a strong feeling of belonging to a single family.

This feeling of belonging still remains today and we have well over 12,000 searchable entries; however, many other variables have changed, and the IUCr as a scholarly Union needs to embrace these changes and develop new tools and functionality to ensure we continue to deliver a valuable service to our community in the 21st century.

Our publishing partner, John Wiley and Sons, recently conducted a membership survey which was sent to over 1.2 million research professionals, across 75 disciplines. It was sent both to members and non-members of societies and scholarly associations. In scope and scale, it is unprecedented in the academic and scholarly association market. The goal of this project is to learn more about how research professionals such as yourself view scholarly associations such as the IUCr, how you interact with them and how we can provide you with the services you need to conduct your research efficiently and communicate your results to the widest possible audience. Wiley plans to repeat this study annually in order to gather trends in the market and changes in behaviour over time.

With a greater knowledge of crystallographers' needs and expectations, the WDC will be better placed to work towards becoming more valued and relevant. And, by knowing more about why you refresh, join, or do not join, scholarly associations, we can continue to grow and provide for our communities.

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17:45-18:15 Brian McMahon Knowledge resources for the crystallographers of tomorrow Abstract | Presentation pdf (5.8 MB)

B. McMahonBrian McMahon
International Union of Crystallography, Chester, UK;

Among the aims of an International Scientific Union must be the safeguarding and onward transmission of the knowledge that is both the result of scientific inquiry and the basis for future explorations. As Isaac Newton put it, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." The IUCr makes these aims explicit in its mission statement ( promote international publication of crystallographic research, ... facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols, and ... form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences. Much effort has been spent by the IUCr since its beginnings in 1947 to realise these aims. Alone among Scientific Unions, it publishes a range of primary research journals, and is responsible for International Tables for Crystallography, a series of reference books that encapsulate both fundamental data and best scientific practice in crystallography and related structural sciences. A dedicated Commission is responsible for Crystallographic Nomenclature, and other standardisation efforts are the responsibility of all Commissions and the Committee responsible for maintaining the CIF information exchange and archival standard. In the computer age, electronic resources are increasingly important, not only for archiving and providing access to scientific results, but also for facilitating the peer review and data validation processes, and for allowing access to, and reuse of, the experimental data supporting crystal structures and other scientific outcomes. The IUCr web sites also provide facilities for the community of crystallographers to contact and interact with each other, using appropriate social media and other tools. The public outreach activities of the IUCr during the International Year of Crystallography have opened new avenues for communication and education. Meanwhile the accession of new member countries to the IUCr continues to bring younger scientific communities together worldwide. As the scientific world expands, the IUCr remains committed to its mission of preserving and sharing knowledge, and of passing it on to the generations of scientists yet to come.

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18:15-19:00 Open discussion

Core questions:

  1. What do the IUCr do to give access (publishing and reading) to crystallographic information?
  2. What do the IUCr do to communicate science?
  3. What do the IUCr do to connect researchers and how can the WDC be improved?
  4. How can the IUCr Newsletter become a vehicle for researchers to keep up to date with what is happening in the wider community?
  5. Should the IUCr reinforce relationships with other societies (e.g., IUPAC, IUPAP, IUBMB, etc) to widen the community and improve interactions?
19:00-19:10 Michele Zema Concluding remarks and opening of the IYCr Legacy initiative Presentation pdf (972 kB)

Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr

Rabat, Morocco

22 April - 24 April 2015

The conference "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr" was held at the prestigious venue of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The conference was jointly organised by the International Union of Crystallography and the Moroccan Crystallographic Association, under the auspices and with the support of: UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; ICSU ROA, International Council for Science - Regional Office for Africa; TWAS, The World Academy of Science. In keeping with the desire to continue many of the initiatives undertaken during IYCr2014, the "IYCr legacy" conference was held in lieu of a "Closing" ceremony for the International Year of Crystallography. The conference reviewed all the activities associated with IYCr - all that has been (and is being) done, what was successful, what was not so successful, etc. - and discussed how to transform the activities into long-term sustainable actions.

Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.
Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.
Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.
Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.
Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology.
Opening ceremony
Front row: Diego G. Lamas, Leopoldo Suescun, Graciela Diaz de Delgado, Giorgio Paolucci, Samar S. Hasnain, Richard Garratt. Second row: Ted Janssen, G. Michael Blackburn.
Opening ceremony
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Marvin L. Hackert (at rostrum).
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Marvin L. Hackert.
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Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga (at rostrum).
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Jean-Paul Ngome Abiaga.
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Daniel Nyanganyura.
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Eric Hovestreydt.
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Luc Van Meervelt (at rostrum).
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Luc Van Meervelt announcing laureates of the IYCr2014 worldwide crystal growing competition.
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Claude Lecomte.
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Ted Janssen. Crystallography in the 21st century.
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Ted Janssen. Crystallography in the 21st century.
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Ted Janssen. Crystallography in the 21st century.
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Ted Janssen. Crystallography in the 21st century.
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Abdelmalek Thalal.
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Cora Lind-Kovacs.
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Jennifer L. Martin.
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It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the conference "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr", which will be held at the prestigious venue of the Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco in Rabat on 22-24 April 2015.

In keeping with our desire to continue many of the initiatives undertaken this past year, the "IYCr legacy" conference will be held in lieu of a "Closing" ceremony for the International Year of Crystallography. This conference is aimed at reviewing all the activities associated with IYCr - all that has been (and is being) done, what was successful, what was not so successful, etc. - and discussing how to transform the activities into long-term sustainable actions.

The presence of all parties involved in the capacity building actions taken during IYCr2014 and of all those interested in a broader dissemination of crystallography is fundamental for planning the activities for 2015 and beyond that will continue to grow a larger and larger crystallographic community, increase awareness of our discipline and improve educational opportunities for students of all levels.

Abdelmalek Thalal
Michele Zema
Claude Lecomte

Co-chairs of the conference 

IUCr: Marvin Hackert
President, International Union of Crystallography
TWAS: Romain Murenzi
Director, The World Academy of Sciences
UNESCO: Maciej Nalecz
Director, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO
ICSU: Edith Madela-Mntla
Director, International Council for Science Regional Office for Africa

Welcome message from the IUCr President

On behalf of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and the thousands of crystallographers it represents, I welcome you to this conference - "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr". I would like to express our gratitude to the co-organizers - Abdelmalek Thalal, Claude Lecomte, Michele Zema; the Moroccan Crystallographic Association; and the Academie Hassan II des Science & Techniques for hosting us in Rabat, Morocco. The IUCr is also proud and grateful for the support and cooperation of UNESCO, ICSU, TWAS and our industrial partners in putting this conference together. We are also grateful to the Moroccan delegation to the United Nations for their efforts to make our dream of an IYCr a reality.

This conference - "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr" - serves multiple purposes. In one sense it is the formal closing of IYCr2014, and an opportunity to review and celebrate all the good things that have happened during IYCr2014. Over the course of this conference we will have the opportunity to proudly look back at some of the many activities that have taken place over the past two years, with a special focus on crystallography in Northern Africa. However, this conference is also the opening of the IYCr Legacy - a plan to continue and build on the successes of IYCr2014. There is no reason we should stop promoting crystallography just because our International Year has run its course.

One of the goals for this conference will be to plot a course going forward, recognizing that it takes time, talent and resources to support these wonderful activities. The IUCr is exploring ways of generating funds for this purpose, such as the creation of the IYCr Legacy Fund, and welcomes opportunities to partner with others to fund future IYCr2014 Legacy activities.

My heartfelt thanks again to the organizers for putting together this wonderful program at such a great venue. I look forward to the conference, and the opportunity to work with many of you to build the Legacy of IYCr. 

Marvin L. Hackert

Welcome message from the Director of TWAS

On behalf of TWAS, The World Academy of Sciences, it is my pleasure to welcome all participants in the "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr" conference, and to be with you through this letter. Because of other commitments, I regret that I cannot be there with you in person.

The International Year of Crystallography has made great achievements: It has raised awareness about a fundamental discipline which is scarcely known to the public, rarely a government priority, and too often forgotten by school and academic curricula. It has provided high-quality educational opportunities to students from the developing countries through the OpenLab initiative. And it has stimulated international cooperation in science through three excellent summit meetings in South-East Asia, Latin America and Africa.

With the belief that developing nations, by building strength in science and engineering, can build the knowledge and skill to address such challenges as hunger, disease and poverty, TWAS shares the same objectives as those pursued by the IUCr and UNESCO during IYCr2014. Therefore, TWAS is looking forward to the "legacy" of IYCr2014 and to being partner of the crystallographic community on this initiative.

In 2013, I met with IUCr officials Claude Lecomte, Luc Van Meervelt and Michele Zema, together with Jean Paul Ngome from UNESCO, in the preparation of activities for IYCr2014. In that meeting, we agreed that crystallography should be a prime field for focus and investment by policymakers and educators in developing nations.

TWAS and its partners offer nearly 500 fellowships per year to scientists in the developing world who want to pursue PhDs and post-doctoral research. TWAS prizes and awards are among the most prestigious given for scientific work in the developing world. The Academy distributes more than USD1.5 million in research grants every year to individual scientists and research groups. It supports visiting scientists and provides funding for regional and international science meetings. I am hopeful that more young crystallographers will take advantage of these opportunities.

Therefore I offer my congratulations on the achievements reached so far and wish every success to this conference and to the future activities connected with the IYCr legacy initiative.

Romain Murenzi

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Welcome message from the Director of the Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building of UNESCO

2014 celebrated the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014). The year's objectives were to render crystallography accessible to everyone, and to raise awareness about the innovations achieved through crystallography and the way these applications permeate our daily lives.

Crystallography is indispensable for nurturing the scientific innovation that all countries need for their sustainable development and to build greener societies and economies. During the IYCr2014 and beyond, UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography join forces to shine a spotlight on crystallography and to provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing in the various areas of crystallography, particularly for countries lacking expertise in this field. In this regard, a number of open laboratories in crystallography were organized throughout the year in developing countries in order to show how crystallography works.

The message of the IYCr2014 is clear: the basic sciences, especially crystallography, are not beyond the reach of any country; crystallography brings together all scientific disciplines, making it the perfect driver to promote quality science education and to train the scientists of tomorrow. Through the International Year of Crystallography and the follow-up initiatives, the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP) is harnessing the considerable socio-economic benefits that crystallography can bring to the citizens of the world.

Let the efforts that were made in 2014 continue to bear fruit. Let us continue to work on the goals of the IYCr2014, which may truly be manifested in the future of the basic sciences around the world. I wish you all a fruitful "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr" Conference.

Maciej Nalecz

Welcome message from the Director of ICSU ROA

The International Council for Science (ICSU) Regional Office for Africa (ICSU ROA) is mandated to promote, facilitate and coordinate activities of the ICSU family in Africa, thus fulfilling ICSU's mission of strengthening international science for the benefit of society on the continent. Since its inauguration in September 2005, ICSU ROA has been engaged in activities designed to showcase ICSU's work in strengthening partnerships in international research collaboration, science for policy and advocating the universality of science. The Office aims to promote the development and strengthening of science in the context of regional priorities, and endeavours to bring international scientific activities and programmes, especially those of the ICSU family, closer to the African scientists through collaborative ventures.

ICSU ROA supports the activities and planned programmes of International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) on the continent as IUCr is one of the active ICSU International Scientific Unions in Africa. The implementation of these activities is trans-disciplinary in nature; it is also designed to cut through national and continental boundaries, while taking into account the need to foster the enhancement of science in Africa by establishing and formalising an African Crystallography Association (AfCA) - a structure that will be a fully recognized affiliate of IUCr. ICSU ROA has supported a number of IUCr programmes in the region and will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. The involvement of ICSU ROA in future activities of IUCr will include providing organisational support prior, during and after IUCr related events in the region; supporting the establishment of AfCA; as well as facilitating the interactions of regional and international crystallography communities (including those of AfCA) with other scientists, relevant networks and stakeholders in Africa through sharing of information. The Regional Office will be happy to be a partner in IUCr initiatives where it will play a pivotal role of providing guidance in identifying action agenda items as well as relevant experts and scientists from different corners of the region. As part of its commitment to promote smooth implementation of IUCr activities/programmes on the continent, the Office will avail its staff for any service that may be required, within its resource and capacity limits. ICSU ROA is prepared to support and endorse (to potential funders) proposals submitted by IUCr as well as direct the crystallography community to potential sources for funding for its programmes. The Office will also readily share information about the regional activities where IUCr can contribute, in order to maximise the scientific impact of these on the continent. ICSU ROA is honoured to take part during this "IYCr legacy" conference. The past year's activities went a long way to promote the discipline of crystallography. The Office looks forward to a fruitful collaboration with IUCr for the implementation of future scientific activities on the continent, and to the further expansion of the discipline to have a footprint on the majority of countries on the continent.

Congratulations on what has been achieved so far.

Edith Madela-Mntla

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Co-chairs of the conference

Abdelmalek Thalal
President of the Moroccan Crystallographic Association
Cadi Ayyad University, Faculty of Sciences
Semlalia, Marrakech - Morocco
Michele Zema
Project Manager for IYCr2014
International Union of Crystallography, Chester, UK
and University of Pavia, Italy
Claude Lecomte
CNRS and Jean Barriol Institute
Université de Lorraine
Nancy, France

Local Organizing Committee

Abdelmalek Thalal (Chair), University Cadi Ayyad - Marrakech
Abderrazzak Assani, University Mohammed V – Rabat
Moha Berraho, University Cadi Ayyad – Marrakech
Abdellah Boukhris, University Ibnou Zohr – Agadir
Lahcen El Ammari, University Mohammed V – Rabat
Mohamed El Azhari, University Cadi Ayyad – Marrakech
El Mokhtar Essassi, University Mohammed V – Rabat
Abdeslam Hoummada, Academy Hassan II of Sciences and Technology - Rabat
Amane Oueriagli, University Cadi Ayyad - Marrakech
Salah Eddine Qebbaj, University Mohammed Premier - Oujda
Mohamed Saadi, University Mohammed V - Rabat
Driss Zakaria, University Chouaïb Doukkali – El Jadida

Confirmed speakers and panelists

Session on Symmetry

Ted Janssen, U. Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Denis Gratias, CNRS, Châtillon, France
Ashwini Nangia, U. Hyderabad, India
Metin Arik, Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey 

Session on Phosphates

G. Michael Blackburn, U. Sheffield, UK
Alain Ibanez, Institut Neél, CNRS, Grenoble, France
Abdelaziz El Jazouli, U. Casablanca, Morocco
Rachid Boulif, OCP group, Morocco

Sessions on IYCr outreach activities

Marvin L. Hackert, U. Texas, Austin, Texas, US - IUCr President
Maciej Nalecz, UNESCO-IBSP, Paris, France - Director of the Division for Science Policy and Capacity Building at UNESCO
Jean Paul Ngome-Abiaga, UNESCO-IBSP, Paris, France - UNESCO delegate
Daniel Nyanganyura, ICSU Regional Office for Africa, Pretoria, South Africa - ICSU Regional Office for Africa
Gautam R. Desiraju, IIS Bangalore, India - IUCr Immediate Past President (video message)
Cora Lind-Kovacs, U. Toledo, US - ACA delegate
Jennifer L. Martin, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia - AsCA Vice President
Andreas Roodt, U. Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa - ECA President
Diego G. Lamas, U. Comahue, Buenos Aires, Argentina - LACA Vice President
Luc Van Meervelt, U. Leuven, Belgium - IUCr General Secretary and Tresurer; Coordinator of the IYCr crystal growing competition
Samar S. Hasnain, U. Liverpool, UK - IUCr Journals Editor-in-Chief
Giorgio Paolucci, SESAME, Allan, Jordan - SESAME Scientific Director
Masaki Takata, Spring-8, Japan, Deputy Director of RIKEN SPring-8 Center
Alison Edwards, ANSTO, Lucas Heights, Australia - ANSTO Delegate
Florence Porcher, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, France - LLB Delegate
Colin Groom, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Cambridge, UK - CCDC Executive Director
Gerard Fauvet, Bruker, Paris, France - Director General Bruker AXS France
Dubravka Sisak Jung, DECTRIS, Baden, Switzerland - DECTRIS Delegate
Areej Abuhammad, U. Jordan, Amman, Jordan
Leopoldo Suescun, U. Montevideo, Uruguay
Richard Garratt, U. São Paulo, Brazil
Ian Williams, HKUST, Hong Kong
Gilberto Artioli, U. Padova, Italy
Graciela Diaz de Delgado, U. Los Andes, Mérida, Venezuela
Abdellah Boukhris, U. Agadir, Morocco

Session on the IUCr Initiative in Africa

Anaclet Fomethe, Rector, U. Dschang, Cameroon
Kati Coulibaly, Directeur de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 
Patrice Kenfack, U. Dschang, Cameroon
Rita Kakou-Yao, U. Cocody, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire
Hocine Merazig, U. Constantine, Algeria
Habib Boughzala, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
Patricia W. Gitari, U. Nairobi, Kenya
Nzikahyel Simon, University of Uyo, Nigeria
Karimat El Sayed, AinShams University, Cairo, Egypt
Jean Jacques Anguilè, Gabon
Magatte Camara, Senegal

Delegates to the IYCr legacy conference

The following registrations have been received. This list does not include delegates who have asked to be excluded from this public list. If you have registered and do not see your name here, you may check your registration status by sending an email to

Family name Given name Country Affiliation
Bouzbib Mohammed Morocco FSR
Chrif Marouane Morocco fs Rabat Agdal
Sbihi Kaoutar Morocco Faculté des sciences Rabat AGDAL
Maryam Elmarouani Morocco FSR
Hammi Maryama Morocco Faculty of Sciences - University Mohammed V - Rabat
Breida Majda Morocco Chimie de l'environnement
Meziani Djaafar Algeria Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of the Chemistry, U.S.T.H.B., BP 32 El-Alia, Algiers 16111, Algeria
Bagtache Radia Algeria Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of the Chemistry, U.S.T.H.B., BP 32 El-Alia, Algiers 16111, Algeria
Azzouzi Mohamee Morocco FSR
Manasse Nihorimbere Morocco FSR Rabat
Kerroum Younes Morocco Faculty of Sciences Rabat
Boulhaoua Mohammed Morocco faculty of science rabat university mohammed 5
Fahim Ismail Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie-Physique des Matériaux, Faculté des Sciences Ben M'sik, Université Hassan II de Casablanca
Marrouche Abdelkhalek Morocco Faculty of Sciences Ibn Zohr University
El Azhari Mohamed Morocco Faculté des Sciences et Techniques UCAM
El Ghandouri Abdelhak Morocco LPTA FSDM fes
Mansori Mohammed Morocco Université Cadi Ayyad
Boudar Noureddine Morocco faculté  des sciences ben m'sick casa
Belkyal Imane Morocco Faculté des Sciences et Techniques UCAM
El Ammari Lahcen Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide Appliquée Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V
Jesudoss J. Helda Malarkodi India Royal university of Bhutan
Mestiri Imen Tunisia PhD studient
Guzei Ilia United States University of Wisconsin Madison
Sebhaoui Jihad Morocco Faculté des Sciences de Rabat
Anouar Fatna Morocco Chemistry and Environment
Izzaouihda Safia Morocco FSR
El Hattabi Latifa Morocco FSR Rabat
Thalal Abdelmalek Morocco Université Cadi Ayyad - Marrakech
El Bouari Abdeslam Morocco Université Hassan II de Casablanca, Faculté des Sciences Ben M'sik
Ouzidan Younes Morocco université sidi mohamed ben abdellah
Diouri Abdeljebbar Morocco Faculté des Sciences de Rabat
Ould Mohamed Cheikh Morocco Physique
Elouadi Brahim France Université de La Rochelle
Echihi Siham Morocco faculty of science-university chouaib doukkali Eljadida
Bourazmi Hind Morocco Faculty of sciences-University Mohammed V-Rabat
Mirinioui Fatima-Ezzahra Morocco Université hassan 1er Settat
Bouhoud Jihane Morocco Faculté du science
Laachir Abdelhakim Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination et d’Analytique (LCCA), Faculte´ des Sciences, Universite´ Chouaib Doukkali, BP 20, M-24000 El Jadida
Tamraoui Youssef Morocco Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux, des Milieux et de la modélisation (LS3M), FPK Khouribga, Université Hassan 1er, Morocco
Louihi Said Morocco doctorant chercheur à l'université hassan 1er settat
Karbou Saadia Morocco PhD Student Univ. Hassan II FSAC Casa.
Abououalid Hicham Morocco Mascir
Aaouine Khadija Morocco chimie
Lhimr Siham Morocco chimie
El Aoufir Yasmina Morocco Faculty of sciences-University Ibnou Tofail- Kénitra
Bouzian younos Morocco faculté de sciences rabat agdal
Ngoune Jean Cameroon The University of Dschang
Tigha My Rachid Morocco Université Hassan II de Casablanca, Faculté des sciences Ben M'sik
Elalouani Marouane Morocco Faculté des Sciences Rabat
Ajjammouri Tarik Morocco mascir
Yameen Muhammad Pakistan University
Essaghouani Abde Hanine Morocco FSR
Hamdi Najlaa Morocco University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah
Boujrhal Fatima Zahra Morocco FST/Béni Mellal
Tiotsop Maurice Cameroon PhD Student
Tereshchenko Elena Russia Federation NRC Kurchatov Institute
Cheikhrouhou Abdelwaheb Tunisia Faculty of Sciences of Sfax
Alekseeva Olga Russia Federation Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography
Hamlich Meryem Morocco Chemistry and Environment
Blagov Alexander Russia Federation A.V..Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography
Marchenkov Nikita Russia Federation A.V.Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography
Harkati Souad Morocco Chemistry and Environment
Saja Souad Morocco
Tchoffo Martin Cameroon Mesoscopic and Multilayer Structure Laboratory ,University of Dschang
El Qacimi Nourelyakine Morocco Environmental Chemistry
Hodeau Jean-Louis France CNRS - Institut Neel, Grenoble
Omari Lhaj el Hachemi Morocco LPTA FSDM Fez
Damiyine Brahim Morocco Chimestry
Nourdine Boukabcha Algeria pro
El Aakib Hind Morocco Laboratoire de Physique du Solide et Couches Minces - FSSM
Kartah Badr Eddine Morocco University Mohammed V, Faculty of Sciences Rabat
Bensalah Hiba Morocco Materials, Membranes and Environnement
Derouich Ghizlane Morocco Chimie de l'environnement
Abkar Rachid Morocco Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux, des Milieux et de la modélisation (LS3M)
Tijani Najib Morocco Faculty of sciences
Abderrahim El Hat Morocco Faculty of Sciences RABAT
Moujdi Sara Morocco university mohamed V
Mazkour Aimad Morocco Faculté des sciences Rabat
Belmokhtar Noureddine Morocco FST of Tangier
Arejdal Mestapha Morocco Doctorant en Laboratoire de Magnétisme et Haute Energie
Talbi Meryeme Morocco Laboratory of  Chemistry Applied and Environment, University Hassan 1 Settat, Morocco
Amine Moukapir Morocco Faculty of Sciences Ben M'sik, University of Hassan II Mohmmedia-Casablanca
Chaik Mounir Morocco fssm
Ait Kerroum Mohamed Alae Morocco Phd student at Faculty of Sciences Rabat
Essyed Ahmed Morocco PhD student at the University Mohammed V, Rabat
Edwards Alison Australia Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization
Ait Tamerd Mohamed Morocco Faculté des sciences Rabat
Jamma Mustapha Morocco UM5R
Lamas Diego German Argentina CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Gral. San Martín
Makhlouk Radouan Morocco Laboratoire de Physique de haute Energie et de l’Etat Condensé, Faculty of Science, University Hassan II Ain Chock, Casablanca, Morocco
Chabbou Zineb Morocco Laboratory of High energy physics and condensed matter, Departement of Physics, Faculty of Sciences I, University Hassan II Ain chock, Casablanca  
Beloued Nadia Morocco Laboratoire de Physique de haute Energie et de l’Etat Condensé, Faculty of Science, University Hassan II Ain Chock, Casablanca, Morocco
Zaroual Aziz Morocco chimie
Bakkali Houdaifa Morocco faculty of sciences and techniques of tangier
Naceur Abouloula Cheyma Morocco fssm, uca
Boukheir Sofia Morocco Université Cadi Ayyad
Zouhair Fatima Zahrae Morocco Laboratory of Agroresources and Process Engineering, University Ibn Tofail Faculté of Sciences
Nyanganyura Daniel South Africa ICSU ROA
Ibanez Alain France Institut Néel, CNRS
Kati-Coulibaly Séraphine Ivory Coast Director Enseignement Supérieur et Recherche of Cote d’Ivoire
Ngome Abiaga Jean-Paul France UNESCO
Boukhris Abdellah Morocco Université Ibn Zohr, Agadir
Hasnain Samar S. United Kingdom University of Liverpool
Nangia Ahwini India University of Hyderabad
Fomethe Anaclet Cameroon University of Dschang
El Sayed Karimat Egypt AinShams University, Cairo
Naji Abdennasser Morocco AMAQUEN Institute
Paolucci Giorgio Jordan SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)
Porcher Florence France Laboratoire Léon Brillouin
Arik Metin Turkey ogaziçi University, Istanbul
Jung Daniel Y. Switzerland ETH
Rouchdi Mustapha Morocco Faculté des Sciences de Rabat
Sisak Jung Dubravka Switzerland DECTRIS Ltd.
Azrour Mohamed Morocco FST Errachidia
Hadouchi Mohammed Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide Appliquée ,Faculté des Sciences Rabat
Nid-Bahami Abdelaaziz Morocco FSR
El Mekkaoui Najlae Morocco Faculty of Sciences - University Mohammed V - Rabat
Taibi M'hamed Morocco Univesity of Mohammed V Rabat
Boujibar Ouassim Morocco LMVR,FST-Tanger, Maroc
Adardour Mohamed Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire
Ben Soumane Yahya Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie Moléculaire
Oulad Elhmaidi Zakaria Morocco Mohammed V University- Rabat
Chafi Fatima Zahra Morocco Fsr
Haj Abdallah Anissa Tunisia Association Tunisienne de Cristallographie
Ouaatta Said Morocco Faculté des sciences Rabat
Dardouri Rachida Morocco FST-Fès
Bensaid Hanane Morocco université Hassan II  casablanca
Dyakova Yulia Russia Federation Institute of Crystallography RAS
El Kasmi Achraf Germany Bielefeld University
Aboulhassane Abderrahmane Morocco univ el jadida
Bounou Yassine Morocco univ el jadida
Hami Wafa Morocco faculty of science-university cadi ayyad
Haddad Amor Tunisia Institut Supérieur des Sciences Appliquées et Technologie de Mahdia
Maza Soumeya Algeria Université des frères mentouri Constantine1
Arbind Arbind Prasad India Indian Institute of Technology,Guwahati
Kandri Rodi Youssef Morocco FST Fès
El Ouasif Latifa Morocco Faculté des Sciences de Rabat
Ellouz Mohamed Morocco Faculté des sciences Rabat
Souikny Ahmed Morocco University of Abdelmalek Essaadi
Arhzaf Said Morocco university Moulay Ismail-Meknes-Morocco
Moubarik Yassine Morocco phD Student
Saputra Andri Indonesia Student at Polytechic Institute of Nuclear Technology
Jahid Mohcine Morocco 2624277611
Hlimi Zakia Morocco unnivesité Hassan I,settat
Mahhouti Zakaria Morocco MAScIR and FSR
Abraime Brahim Morocco Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science Innovation and Research- MASciR
El Hat Abderrahim Morocco University of Mohammed V, Faculty of Sciences
El Maalam Khadija Morocco Faculté des sciences et la Fondation MASCIR - Rabat
Ben Ali Meriem Morocco Mascir
Benhiti Ridouan Morocco Ibn Tofail University
Mouflih Khadija Morocco FSR Rabat
Tahiri Nabiha Morocco Cadi Ayyad University, Faculty of Sciences Semlalia
Ait Laasri Hicham Morocco Faculté des Sciences Semlalia-Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech
Sajieddine Mohammed Morocco Univ. Sultan Moulay Slimane, Béni-Mellal
Cheikhrouhou-Koubaa Wissem Tunisia Faculty of Sciences of Sfax
Rakitina Tatiana Russia Federation NRC "Kurchatov Institute"
Stremoukhov Sergey Russia Federation National Research Centre "Kurchatov Institute"
Essalhy Said Morocco doctorant faculté des sciences rabat
Martin Jennifer Australia University of Queensland
Višnjevac Aleksandar Croatia Ruđer Bošković Institute
Lehmann Christian W Germany Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung
Lipkowski Janusz Poland Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Faculty of Maathematics and natural Sciences
Berraho Moha Morocco Cadi Ayyad University
Janssen Ted Netherlands University of Nijmegen
Gratias Denis France IRCP, UMR 8249, ENSCP PARIS
Đaković Marijana Croatia University of Zagreb
Ben Smida Youssef Tunisia faculté des sciences de Tunis
Heinemann Udo Germany Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine Berlin
Ramasami Ponnadurai Mauritius University of Mauritius
Suescun Leopoldo Uruguay Universidad de la República, Facultad de Química
Camara Magatte Senegal Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor
Adiguzel Osman Turkey Firat University
Dardar Fatima Ezzahraa Morocco Solid state chemistry
Crystal Govindan India professor
Hassine Ayoub Morocco University Hassan II of Casablanca
Van Meervelt Luc Belgium KU Leuven
Boughzala Habib Tunisia Faculty of Sciences Tunis
Lind-Kovacs Cora United States The University of Toledo
Ahmed Maqsood Pakistan Department of Chemistry, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, 63100, Pakistan.
Yaacoubi Hind Morocco LCOCE, Faculté des Sciences Ben M'Sik Casablanca
Schorr Susan Germany Helmholtz Centre Berlin for Materials and Energy
Tarantino Serena C. Italy University of Pavia
Hovestreydt Eric Germany Bruker
Agbenyega Jonathan United Kingdom IUCr
Tinant Bernard Belgium Universite Catholique Louvain
Ghanemi Soumia Algeria university
Moughaoui Fatiha Morocco Faculté des Sciences Ben M'sik, Université HassanII Casablanca
Amardo Nadia Morocco Faculté des Sciences Ben M'sik, Université HassanII Casablanca
Loubbidi Leila Morocco Faculté des Sciences Ben M'sik, Université HassanII Casablanca
Özgen Özen Turkey Turkish National Crystallographic Association
Garratt Richard Brazil University of São Paulo
Yao Kakou Rita Carolina Angora Ivory Coast unversité félix houphouët- boigny
Cheriti Abdelkrim Algeria POSL Laboratory
Hamsi Nour El Houda Morocco Faculté des sciences de Rabat
Khmiyas Jamal Morocco Université Mohammed V - Facultè des sciences Rabat
Depmeier Wulf Germany Kiel University
Doudouh Abdelatif France Laboratoire CRM2 univérsité de Lorraine
Pradon Juliette United Kingdom Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC)
Artioli Gilberto Italy University of Padova
Garcia-Granda Santiago Spain University Oviedo
Chebbi Hammouda Tunisia University of Monastir, Tunisia
de Boissieu Marc France CNRS SIMAP
Siddiqui Kafeel Ahmad India Faculty of Chemical Science, Shri Ramswaroop Memorial University, Lucknow-Deva Road, Barabanki-225003, U.P., India
Jamal Eddine Oumaima Morocco universite hassan 2, mohamadia/ faculte des sciences ben m'sik casablanca
Kumar Dilip India CSIR-IGIB
Saha Abhisek India Tufanganj college Under University Of North Bengal,Derjeeling,India
Ajarroud Asmaa Morocco crystallography
Guesmi Abderrahmen Tunisia Université Tunis El Manar
Elhachmi Abdelhadi Morocco HASSAN 1er  (FST SETTAT)
Lecomte Claude France CRM2 , Universite de Lorraine
Amami Mongi Saudi Arabia king khaled university
Soury Raoudha Tunisia Etudiant
Abuhammad Areej Jordan University of Jordan
Kheireddine Aziz Morocco Laboratory of chemistry and physics of materials - university of Hassan II de casablanca
Shankar Madan Kumar India University of Mysore
Kruashvili Lali Georgia I.Beritashvili center of Experimental Biomedicine
Pochkhidze Nino Georgia Ilia State University, I.Beritashvili center of Experimental Biomedicine
Orayech Brahim Spain Universityt of the basque country
Hackert Marvin United States University of Texas at Austin
Ramli Youssef Morocco Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Rabat Institute, Mohammed V University-Rabat
Lamrhari Samiha Morocco Université Hassan II Casablanca/ FSBM
Raji Marya Morocco MASCIR
Bellemjid Najwa Morocco applied Chemistry
Kuzel Radomir Czech Republic Charles University in Prague
Mouhammed Tourar Morocco Faculté des sciences Rabat
Sharpe Andrea United Kingdom IUCr
Lamrous Laila Morocco CHEMISTRY : Solid materials
El Jazouli Abdelaziz Morocco Hassan II University-Casablanca (Morocco) and Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC (USA)
Blackburn George Michael United Kingdom University of Sheffield
Simon Nzikahyel Nigeria Dept. of Chemistry, University of uyo, Nigeria
Anefnaf Ikram Morocco university mohammed v rabat-agdal
Idrissi Noury Salma Morocco Université Mohammed V Faculté des Sciences Rabat Agdal
Abudunia Absulmalik Morocco Mohammed V University
El Fal Mohammed Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie Organique Hétérocyclique, URAC 21, Pole de Compétences Pharmacochimie, Université  Mohammed V
Ayed Brahim Tunisia Faculté des Sciences de Gabès, université de Gabès Tunisie
Ahmina Wafaa Morocco university mohammed v rabat-agdal
Benhsina Elhassan Morocco University Mehemmed V Rabat
Bouraima Adam Gabon Université des Sciences et Techniques de Masuku
Sekkati Mouaad Morocco faculty of science - université mohammed v - agdal rabat
Debbabi Mongi Tunisia Association Tunisienne de Crystalligraphie
Benmoussa Dounia Morocco ESITH
Tadout Mohamed Morocco Faculté des sciences rabat
Kenfack Tsobnang Patrice Cameroon University of Yaoundé I
Fettouche Souad Morocco ESITH
Karim Chourti Morocco universite mohamed I Oujda
Ettayk Anouar Morocco faculté des sciences ain chock , laboratoire physique des hautes énergies et informatique scientique
Jaouani Hajar Morocco ESITH
Makala Himesh India SASTRA University
Djuraev Jamoliddin Uzbekistan Student
Sair Said Morocco universite hassan II faculté des sciences ben m'sik
El Aamrani Moulay Abdelaziz Morocco Laboratoire des Sciences des Matériaux, des milieux et de la modélisation (LS3M), FPK, Khouribga. Université Hassane I
Bougdid Yahya Morocco Université Mohammed 5 Rabat
Mekhzoum Mohamed El Mehdi Morocco MASCIR
Asmaa Marchoud Morocco university hassan II- faculty of science ben m'ssik
Farnane Youssef Morocco faculté des sciences agdal
Ouhammou Badr Morocco fsk
Tanane Omar Morocco Laboratoire Physico-chimie des matériaux appliqués faculté des Sciences Ben M'SIK Université Hassan II de Casablanca
Radid Mohamed Morocco Hassan II University
Nassiri Abdelhaq Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie des Matériaux et de l’Environnement (FST Marrakech)
Mouahid Fatima Ezzohra Morocco Association Marocaine de Cristallographie
Sebbar Nada Kheira Morocco chimie
Gourai Khadija Morocco Faculty of Science Ben M'Sik
Allam Khadija Morocco faculty of science  Ben M'sik
Elasri Ouahid Morocco Université Mohamed Premier, Laboratoire de biologie des plantes et microorganismes
Sayah Jamal Morocco Faculty of Sciences Oujda Morocco
El Hayal Zineb Morocco FSR
Ed-Daoudy Nisrine Morocco FSR
Abdouss Jaouad Morocco University of SIDI MOHAMMED BEN ABDELLAH FEZ
Manzali Rajae Morocco Techniques Analysis and Quality Control
Jilal Issam Morocco UMP Oujda
Yamni Khalid Morocco Faculy of sciences Meknès
Lgaz Hassane Morocco Ibn Tofail University, F. of science
Bourmada Dalel Algeria université de khenchela
Saouti Abdelkbir Morocco Laboratoire Génie des procédés et environnement
Izanzar Ilyasse Morocco Laboratoire de Chimie des Matériaux et de l'Environnement FSTG Marrakech
Karym Halima Morocco Faculté de sciences Ben M'sik Université Hassan II
Alhakmi Ghaleb Morocco FSR
Harmouzi Asmaa Morocco universite My Ismail meknes
El Alaoui-Belghiti Hanan Morocco université chouaib doukkali. Faculté des sciences;  Departement de chimie. El Jadida.
Fakhreddine Rachid Morocco faculté des sciences ben m'sik
Aboulkassim Abdeljabar Morocco Physique
Moutatouia Meryem Morocco Université Hassan II
Laknifli Abdellatif Morocco FPTaroudant, University Ibn Zohr
Mohammed Ahmed Reham Sudan Khartoum University
Ibrahim Rana Sudan Khartoum University
Abdalrahman Randa Mustafa Sudan botonest
Saadi Mohamed Morocco Université Mohammed V- Rabat
Mustafa Moomen Talal Mohammed Sudan sudanese
Abdelrahman Mohamed Salah Mohamed Sudan Sudanese
Abdallah Omnia Sudan sudanese
Abdelrhman Marwa Sudan female
Aharbil Youssef Morocco PhD Student
Zakaria Driss Morocco Universty Chouaib DOUKKALI
Belhabra Mustafa Morocco Université Hassan II Casablanca , faculté  des sciences ben M'sik ,département de chimie
Fauvet Gérard France Bruker AXS SAS
Ahmed Awad Musa Ibrahim Sudan sudanese
Zaraq Asmaa Morocco université hassan II casablanca faculté des sciences Ben M'sik
Deschamps Dominique France RDM-ROW Publications
Naimi Youssef Morocco Faculty of Sciences of Ben M'sik, Hassan II Universiy of Casabalanca
Tbib Bouazza Morocco university
Ait Haddouch Mohammed Morocco university hassan 2 casablanca faculty of science ben m'sik , chemistry department
Benmokhtar Said Morocco University Hassan II of Casablanca, Faculty of Sciences Ben M'Sik Casablanca
Elbahari Ghizlane Morocco Université Hassan II Casa faculté des sciences ben m'sik
Roodt Andreas South Africa Univ of the Free State
Diaz de Delgado Graciela Venezuela Universidad de Los Andes
Nasr Samia Tunisia chemistry
Celik Omer Turkey TUCR
Harmaoui Abdallah Morocco Etudiant chercheur en chimie organique hétérocyclique
Padmanabhan Srinivasan India Anna University :University College of Engineering:Panruti
Bachar Abdellatif Morocco Faculté des sciences Ben M'sik
Qabaqous Omar Morocco chimie
Abdelgader Noon Sudan Sudanese
Chari Abdelwahed Morocco Laboratoire de Physico-Chimie des Matériaux Appliques (LPCMA), Faculté des Sciences Ben MSik, Université Hassan II de Casablanca, Maroc.
Kassou Said Morocco PhD student Physics Laboratory of Materials and Modeling Systems( LP2MS) Physics Department Faculty  of sciences Moulay Ismail University Meknes
Rayyam Ismail Morocco Faculté des Sciences Ben M'Sik
El Mrabet Rajae Morocco Faculté des sciences Meknés
Asnaoui Hassan Morocco Faculté des sciences Meknés
Ali Abdalgaffar Alhag Abdalgaffar Sudan mining engineer
Gitari Patricia Kenya University of Nairobi
Es-soufi Hicham Morocco faculté des sciences Meknés
Ouahbi Hicham Morocco Université Hassan II Casablanca/ FSBM
Baba Abderrahim Morocco universite hassan ii casablanca morocco
Benkhaldoun Zouhair Morocco Université Cadi Ayyad, Oukaimeden Observatory
Jaffal Soufiane Morocco University Hassan II of Casablanca
Khouchaf Asmea Morocco University Hassan II of Casablanca
Boulif Rachid Morocco OCP-SA
El Qortobi Najwa Morocco University of Hassan II Casablanca
Jebrane Yassine Morocco University Hassan II of Casablanca
El Mokhtari Kawtar Morocco University of Hassan II Casablanca
Zema Michele United Kingdom IUCr

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The success of this event strongly depends on the involvement of the entire crystallographic enterprise, including delegates from academia, industry, research and governmental institutions. It is only though a joint effort that we can build sustainable actions to build capacity and improve the educational offer to the next generation of crystallographers.

Please feel free to contact the organizers at if you are interested in taking part in this conference as a sponsor.

Opportunities will include: 

  • a 10-minute slot in the programme for an oral contribution;
  • exhibition space for the duration of the conference (size and furniture to be communicated soon);
  • your company logo on all materials related to the conference;
  • distribution of promotional material and giveaways in the delegate bags or common stands;
  • welcome reception refreshments, lunches, conference dinner (with signage).
Looking forward to welcoming you in Rabat


Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology
Km 11, Avenue Mohammed VI
Rabat, Morocco
Web site:

How to get to Rabat

Rabat is the capital and the third largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco. One of the country’s four imperial cities. The urban population of Rabat is approximately 650,000 (2010), with a total metropolitan population of over 1.8 million. It is located on the Atlantic Ocean and the river Bou Regreg. The city is an attractive destination that was recently awarded second place in "Top Travel Destinations of 2013”.

Rabat is accessible by plane through the Rabat-Salé International Airport. Alternatively, the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca is less than 2 hours away by train.


Since there are no restaurants nearby the conference venue, the Organizing Committee is providing lunches on 23 and 24 April. This will be at 20 Euros/person and vouchers can be bought at the registration desk.

Arranging your travel and stay in Rabat ?

The Organizing Committee has made an agreement with the Habti Voyage Tourist Agency to help participants arrange their flights and accommodation. Please feel free to contact them. Do not forget to mention you are participating in the IYCr Legacy Conference and copy Prof. Thalal in all the correspondence with the agency.

159, Bd, Med V, Gueliz - Marrakech - 4000 - Morocco
Phone:  +212 524431250 / +212 661628193
FAX: +212 524431697
Email: and (always use both addresses)
Web site: 

Tourist information 

guide_cover Download the brochure "Rabat in Morocco" of the Moroccan National Tourist Office