IUCr–UNESCO Summit Meetings

A major initiative of IYCr2014 to promote international cooperation and capacity building

Aims and Objectives


summits

The IUCr-UNESCO summit meetings are intended to bring together scientists from countries in three widely separated parts of the world, using a common crystallographic theme. There is a real necessity for scientists to think beyond political borders and other distinctions. Therefore the summit meetings, which will be attended by scientists in academia and industry, and by science administrators, are planned between countries which have hitherto been divided on the basis of geography, ethnicity, religion and politics. These meetings will focus on high level science, also highlighting the difficulties and problems of conducting competitive scientific research in different parts of the developing world.

There will be three summit meetings. The first is being held in Karachi (Pakistan) and will bring together scientists, policy makers, administrators from India, China and Pakistan under the umbrella of chemical crystallography and pharmaceutical sciences. The second summit is being held in Campinas (Brazil) under the theme of macromolecular crystallography and will bring together a similar group of scientists, administrators and policy makers in South and Central American countries. The third meeting will be held in Bloemfontein (South Africa) and will bring together government representatives from a large number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, and will be preceded by a satellite workshop on applications of diffraction. 

IYCr2014 South Asia Summit Declaration

The IYCr2014 South Asia Summit Declaration took the form of an Appeal letter, with 53 signatories, addressed to the President of the IUCr. This letter is published below.

[Signing the declaration]
Initial signatories of the Summit Declaration. Seated at table (from left): M. Iqbal Choudhary, Pinakpani Chakrabarti, Zhie Jie Liu, Atta-ur-Rahman.

Appeal 

29th April, 2014

Prof. Gautam Desiraju
International Union of Crystallography
UK

Dear President:

We are pleased to report that the IYCr South Asia Summit Meeting on Vistas in Structural Chemistry in Karachi, Pakistan during April 28-30, 2014, has provided us an opportunity to extensively discuss and review the status of education and research in X-ray diffraction sciences in various countries and in the region.

Over 380 senior researchers and young students from some 22 countries have participated in the event. Many of us were engaged in extensive discussions focusing on the promotion of regional and international cooperation in the field of X-ray diffraction/crystallography/drug design and discovery, in line with the objectives of the International Year of Crystallography.

Through this letter, we request the IUCr to initiate actions to promote regional scientific collaboration including joint holding of training workshops, video-based lecturing, encouraging mobility of researchers, promoting joint research projects, leveraging national bodies and institutions for financial support and facilitating regional conferences on the subject of X-ray diffraction and its applications in the South Asian and East Asian regions.

With very best regards

Sincerely yours

Download the Summit declaration in pdf format

Atta-ur-RahmanKarachi University
Pinak ChakrabartiBose Institute, India;
President, AsCA
Zhi Jie LiuShanghai Tech. University
M. Iqbal ChoudharyICCBS, Karachi, Pakistan
Siddhartha P. SarmaIISc, Bangalore
Christian BetzelUniversity Hamburg, Germany
Ram VishwakarmaI.I.I.M. CSIR
P. K. BharadwajIIT Kanpur
M. Aslam BaigNCP Islamabad
C. M. AshrafRSC Pakistan (Section Lahore)
Bohari M. YaminUniv. Kebangsann Malaysia
Ashwini NangiaUniv. Hyderabad
Kumar BiradhaIIT, Kharagpur
Kevin RobertsUniversity of Leeds, UK
Vinitha M. ThadhaniI. Chem, Sri Lanka
Sammer YousufIIEJRIC (ICCBS)
Dr M. Nawaz TahirUniversity of Sargodha
Maqsood AhmedThe Islaimia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Abdul Rauf SiddiqiCOMSATS, CIIT, Islamabad
A. RamananIIT, Delhi
S. NatarajanIISc, Bangalore
Aliya AbbasiHEJ Res. Inst. Chem. (ICCBS)
Bina S. SiddiquiHEJ Res. Inst. Chem. (ICCBS)
Fatima Z. BashaHEJ Res. Inst. Chem. (ICCBS)
Siti Fairus Mohd YusoffUniversiti Kebangsann Malaysia
Ahmed Akram AttariBiology, Bahauddin Zakariya University
Abida RehmanDept of Chemistry, Uni. of Cambridge, UK
Dr Zahid HussainDept of Chem. University of Karachi
Dr Sonia SiddiquiDr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, UoK
Dr Atia-tul-Wahab Dr Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research
Dr Sajid JahangirDept of Chemistry, Federal Urdu University
Dr Reaz UddinPanjwani Center (ICCBS)
Dr Sobia RanaDr Panjwani Center
Dr Uzma AshiqDept of Chemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan
Dr Masooda QadriDept of Chemistry
Dr Samiyah TasleemDept of Microbiology, FUUAST, Karachi
S. Abid AliHEJ
Rifat Ara JamalDepartment of Chemistry, University of Karachi
Dr Huma Aslam BhattiICCBS
Dr Moaz ur RahmanNIBGE, Pak.
Dr Mumtaz AliDept of Chemistry, University of Malakand, Pakistan
Prof. Dr Sabire BegumICCBS, Univ. of Karachi
Dr Umar FarooqCOMSATS
Dr Syed Ghulam MusharrafICCBS
Dr Farhan A. KhanCOMSATS
Dr Abdul HameedICCBS
Dr Syed Tarique MoinICCBS
On behalf of all PhD students Mujeed-ur-RahmanICCBS, Karachi, Pakistan
Dr Achyut AdhilaiICCBS, Karachi, Pakistan

Programme (last update: 14 April 2014) | Download the programme in PDF format  

Monday, April 28, 2014

9.15-10.40: Session I - Inauguration Ceremony
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: Mr. Aziz Latif Jamal, Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation

9.15 Guests seated
9.20 Mr. Aziz Latif JamalHusein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation - Welcome Remarks
9.25 Prof. Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, Director, ICCBS - Remarks
9.30 Prof. Dr. Samar S. Hasnain, Editor-in-Chief of IUCr Journals - Introduction to the Event
9.40 Ms. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director, UNESCO Islamabad - Remarks
9.45 Ms. Amina Imran Khan, Secretary General, PNC, UNESCO Islamabad - Remarks
9.50 Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director, COMSATS - Remarks
9.55 Prof. Dr. Gautam R. Desiraju, President, International Union of Crystallography - Address
10.05 Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, President, Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Chairman Organizing Committee - Address
10.15 Chief GuestInaugural Address
10.30 Dr. Sammer YousufVote of Thanks

10.40-11.00 Group Photo and Reception at the Multipurpose Hall

11.00-12.00: Session II - Metal-Organic Framework Compounds (MOF)
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: Nawaz Tahir

11.00 Chen Xiao-MingX-ray crystallographic studies on dynamic and functional coordination polymers
11.20 P. K. BharadwajSingle crystal to single crystal transformations in metal-organic frameworks
11.40 Shilun QiuMOF membrane: Synthesis, Adsorption for Green Application

12.00-13.00 PANEL DISCUSSION 

Panel Chair: S. Natarajan
Panelists: K. Biradha, Bu Xian-He, Cheng-Yong Su, R. Brakaspathy, C.G. Groom, A.A. Attari, Arif Kazmi
Core questions:
  1. What is the difference between MOFs and coordination polymers?
  2. Can the CSD handle MOFs properly?
  3. What should funding policies be for this area? In countries other than China, what should be done?
  4. What is the future? What are the directions?
  5. How can regional cooperation be fostered in the MOFs and related area?
13.00-14.00 Lunch (Multipurpose Hall, ICCBS)

14.00-15.20: Session III - Crystal Engineering and Generic Pharmaceuticals
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: G.R. Desiraju

14.00 Ashwini NangiaOverview of Pharma Patent Landscape in India
14.20 K.J. Roberts, Synthonic Engineering: Molecular Scale Tools for the Rational Design of High Quality Crystals for Pharmaceutical Formulation
14.40 Eric Hovestreydt, Double Dose: combining Single-Crystal and Powder XRD for Analysis of Pharmaceutical Materials
15.00 Ghazala SadiqInformatic approaches to solid form analysis and design

15.20-16.20 PANEL DISCUSSION 

Panel Chairs: A. Nangia, K.J. Roberts
Panelists: Abdul-Haseeb Khan, Miao Du, Humaira Mufti, A. Ramanan, K. Biradha
Core questions:
  1. Salts and co-crystals. Is it still a problem?
  2. Regulatory definition of “co-crystal”
  3. Polymorphs and pseudo-polymorphs. Are they the same?
  4. Legal questions in generic pharmaceuticals 
16.20-17.00 Tea/Coffee Break (Multipurpose Hall, ICCBS)

17.00-18.30 City Tour & Shopping Visits

20.00 Dinner (Port Grand, established in 1927 by the Royal British Navy)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

9.00-11.00: Session IV - Chemistry-Biology Interface and Drug Discovery and Designing
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: S.S. Hasnain

9.00 Zihe RaoA powerful virus inhibitor from structure-based analysis of HV71
9.15 R. VishwakarmaChallenges in new drug discovery in South Asia: Can they be overcome?
9.30 Abdul Rauf SiddiqiStructural studies of proteins involved in nitric oxide signaling pathways
9.45 Zhie-Jie LiuInhibition of MTHFS in human MCF-7 breast cancer cells and rational drug design
10.00 Sammer YousufDiscovery of anti-leishmanial leads from natural leads

10.15-11.00 PANEL DISCUSSION 

Panel Chair: S. Sivaram
Panelists: P. Chakrabarti, R. Viswakarma, D. Yogeswara Rao, Aslam Baig, M. Iqbal Choudhary, Maqsood Ahmed
Core questions:
  1. Can we afford drug design of new molecules in the SE Asian region?
  2. Role of Natural products in drug discovery and development
  3. The status of the field in the region in the international context
  4. Are there lessons to be learnt from the best practice in the region?
  5. Relevance of this discipline for economic growth and welfare of the region
  6. Challenges of informing funding policymakers for the benefits of the field
  7. Regional symposia, workshops, exchange of staff & students and shared facilities
  8. Role of national academies and IUCr for improving regional collaboration
11.00-11.15 Tea/Coffee Break (Multipurpose Hall, ICCBS)

11.15-13.00: Session V - Crystallography and complementary methods
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: Moaz ur Rahman

11.15 E. Arunan, Structure of molecular complexes in the gas phase: Are they relevant to solid state?
11.35 Bohari YaminStructural and biological studies of some calix[4]resorcinarene
11.55 S.P. Sarma, NMR structural characterization of Novel Conotoxins from Marine Snails
12.15 Atia-tul-Wahab, NMR Spectroscopy in structural biology
12.35 Maqsood Ahmed, Crystallography at high resolution: X-Rays charge density analysis of small molecules and proteins

13.00-14.00 Lunch (Multipurpose Hall, ICCBS)

14.00-15.00: Session VI - Summit Lecture
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: M. Nalecz

Atta-ur-RahmanPromotion of higher education, science and technology and international cooperation in Pakistan

15.00-17.00: Session VII - IUCr: Union & Journals
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: S.S. Hasnain

15.00 M.H. DacombeIUCr membership & what it offers
15.20 S.S. HasnainIUCr journals: Heritage & Future
15.40 G.R. DesirajuChemistry journals of IUCr. Acta B/C/E and IUCrJ. A comprehensive coverage for Chemists
16.00 Cheng-Yong SuIUCrJ Chemistry
16.15 Zhie-jie LiuIUCrJ Biology
16.30 G.R. Desiraju & S.S. HasnainDiscussion from the floor & Summing up of session

17.00-17.15 Tea/Coffee Break (Multipurpose Hall, ICCBS)

17.15-18.15: Session VIII - Mini-Talks Session
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: Vijaya Kumar 

17.15 Vinitha M. ThadhaniMethods of developing new secondary metabolites
17.25 Siti Fairus M. YusoffStructural Study of Protonated 5,5,7,12,12,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradeca-7,14-dienium Complexes with Copper Salts
17.35 Moazur RahmanFunctional and structural characterization of a MDR pump of Salmonella typhi
17.45 Sadaf IqbalCharachterization and the crystal structure  dtetermination of a papain-like systeine protease from the bulbs of Crocus sativus
17.55 Hamizah Mohd ZakiReaction of ethylenediamine and 2,4-diamino-6-methyl-1,3,5-trazine with oxalic acid in the presence of ammonium thiocyanate
18.05 Ahmed Akrem Attari, Crystallographic structure analysis of Chitinase enzyme from corms of Crocus vernus

18.30-19.15 Visit of the ICCBS Institutions

20.30 Dinner (ICCBS Lawns)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

9.00-11.00: Session IX - Summit Concluding Session
Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium, ICCBS

Chair: Atta-ur-Rahman

9.00 Zihe Rao
9.15 Shilun Qiu
9.30 S. Sivaram
9.45 Suresh Das
10.00 Aslam Baig
10.15 M. Iqbal Choudhary

10.30-11.00 Tea/Coffee Break (Multipurpose Hall, ICCBS)

11.00-12.30 PANEL DISCUSSION

Panel Chairs: G.R. Desiraju, M. Nalecz
Panelists: Chen Xiao-Ming, Zihe Rao, S. Sivaram, S. Das, Alsam Baig, M. Iqbal Choudhary, R. Brakaspathy, D. Yogeswara Rao, S.S. Hasnain, K. Byrappa, Zhie-Jie Liu, K. Lal, Jved Iqbal Akhter
Core questions:
  1. Modalities for setting up schemes for Regional Cooperation
  2. Setting up of a regional fund for increasing human mobility
  3. Regional training centre of crystallography
  4. Role of synchrotron in crystallography
  5. Can UNESCO and IUCr help?

12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Closing Ceremony (including Summit Declaration)
15.00-15.30 Closing Reception
15.30-17.00 Shopping Visit / Visits to Art Galleries

20.30 Dinner at Do Darya (Beach Resort at the Arabian Sea)

Presentations from the scientific sessions are now available to download. 

Day 1

Metal-Organic Framework Compounds (MOF)

Crystal Engineering and Generic Pharmaceuticals

Regional Development

Day 2

Chemistry-Biology Interface and Drug Discovery and Designing

Crystallography and complementary methods

IUCr: Union and Journals

Mini-Talks Session

Day 3

Summit concluding session

It is my great pleasure to invite you to attend a summit meeting on “Vistas in Structural Chemistry” which will be held between 28th and 30th April, 2014 at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan. This summit celebrates the International Year of Crystallography 2014 and is one of four that have been planned and envisaged for next year by the IUCr and UNESCO, the lead custodians for IYCr2014. Prominent scientists and science policymakers from China, India and Pakistan (including representation from industry) will come together to provide a platform for a general discussion on the present status and future of scientific research, with particular emphasis on structural chemistry in South and East Asia.

Structural chemists, chemical crystallographers and those who work at the emerging structural chemistry/biology interface from China, India and Pakistan, and also neighbouring countries in South and South East Asia, will be invited to participate. The main objective of the event is to identify and celebrate cutting edge research through high level scientific talks, and also to analyze problems that impede a wider outreach and dissemination of scientific pursuits in this rapidly growing part of the world. Funding models, top down and bottom up approaches, large crystallographic facilities, regional collaborations, and an increase in individual-to-individual interactions in these countries will be among the topics that are proposed to be discussed. I will lookforward to welcoming you next year in Karachi on behalf of MoSTPakistan, ICCBS, CAS, INSA, PAS and COMSATS.

PROF. DR. ATTA-UR-RAHMAN, FRS, N.I., H.I., S.I., T.I.
Patron in Chief
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
and
President
Pakistan Academy of Sciences
This regional event will provide a platform for structural chemists and biologists from countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Vietnam to share their findings with science administrators and industry representatives, in order to develop a convergence of experiences and opinion and a greater understanding about the tremendous benefits of structural chemistry with an emphasis in drug discovery and solid form development of active pharmaceutical ingredients.

This summit meeting also aims to bring together scientists from three countries, Pakistan, India and China, having more or less same culture and common problems and aspirations, and therefore they may be able to develop common solutions.

The proposed event is envisaged with the following objectives:
  1. To provide a platform to discuss the issues and challenges faced by the researchers and pharmaceutical industry, relevant to the research in areas of chemical crystallography, structural chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences. 
  2. To provide a platform to the young researchers to interact with the leading scientists and crystallographers from three countries together with aforementioned neighboring countries in order to discuss different issues and challenges facing in these growing areas of sciences.
  3. To establish a bridge between the researchers and the related pharmaceutical industries  to address the specific problems, and needs of the high tech. pharmaceutical industrial growth in the region. 
  4. Government representatives will be invited to a discussion together with representatives from UNESCO and National and Regional Research Centers, decision-making scientists with a leading role in their respective countries, and delegates from companies, to delineate future perspectives, and possible implementation in this area of crystallography that is well developed in this region.
  5. To identify areas of common interest and to plan for a meaningful and vigorous practical collaboration between the researchers and centers.

Introduction to the scientific sessions

Structure, along with synthesis and dynamics, constitutes one of the three pillars of modern chemistry. Structural chemistry has been enriched with developments in the areas of crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. Structure is an all pervasive theme in chemistry ranging from the simplest molecules and molecular aggregates to complex biomolecular entities and their modes of action in living systems. X-ray crystallography is one of the most unambiguous ways of determining the three-dimensional structures of molecules. NMR provides a complementary methodology that is being used along with crystallography rather than as an alternative technique in the study of phenomena that are related to crystallization precursors, enzyme-receptor interactions and drug design. The synthesis of functional molecular solids, or crystal engineering, is a leading application of chemical crystallography and intensive efforts are ongoing in the design of organic and metal-organic framework solids (MOF) with Asian laboratories holding a key strategic position. Since the beginning of the 21st century, five of the Chemistry Nobel prizes have been awarded to crystallography based science (http://www.iucr.org/people/nobel-prize). These and other aspects of structural chemistry will be discussed extensively during the summit meeting.

Advisory Committee

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS
Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju
Prof. Samar Hasnain

Organizing Secretary

Prof. M. Iqbal Choudhary
H.I., S.I., T.I.
Director, ICCBS

Coordinator

Dr. Sammer Yousuf

Organizing Committee

Prof. Dr. Abdul Malik, S.I.
Prof. Dr. Ahsana Dar
Prof. Dr. Arif Kazmi
Prof. Dr. Atiya Abbasi
Prof. Dr. Bina S. Siddiqui S.I., T.I.
Prof. Dr. Fatima Basha, S.I.
Prof. Dr. I. H. Qureshi
Prof. Dr. Khalid M. Khan, T.I.
Prof. Dr. Rashida Ali
Prof. Dr. Shaheen Faizi
Prof. Dr. Viqar U. Ahmed, H.I., S.I.
Prof. Dr. Zafar Said Saify
Prof. Dr. Nurul Kabir
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Shaiq Ali
Dr. Kamran Azeem
Dr. Farzana Shaheen
Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah
Dr. Sabira Begum, P.P.
Dr. Saifullah Khan
Dr. Shabana U. Simjee
Dr. Syed Abid Ali
Dr. Zaheer-ul-haq Qasmi
Dr. Shakeel Ahmad
Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf
Dr. Asmat Salim
Dr. Muhammad Ahmad
Dr. Md. Hafizur Rahman
Dr. Talat Makhmoor
Dr. Jamshed Hashim
Dr. Atia-tul-Wahab
Dr. Sonia Siddiqui
Dr. Reaz Uddin
Dr. Hina Siddiqui
Dr. Achyut Adhikari
Dr. Saifullah
Dr. Waqar Hameed
Dr. Ayaz Ahmad
Dr. Huma Aslam Bhatti
Dr. Abdul Hameed

Management

Mr. Javed Riaz
Mr. Raheel Baig

LOCAL HOSPITALITY AND TRAVEL

The IYCr2014 South Asia meeting will be held at the scenic and secure campus of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Science at the University of Karachi. The ICCBS campus is located in the sub-urban of Karachi, some 20 km away from the city center. All participants will be accommodated at the newly furnished International Guesthouse of the ICCBS institutions, where the scientific sessions will also be held. The campus is located 20 min driving distance from the Jinnah International Airport (Karachi). Many international airlines are routinely operating flights to and from the Airport.

APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION

In addition to the invited delegates from CAS, PAS and INSA, the meeting will be opened to structural chemists of the region. Those wishing to take part in the meeting are required to use the downloadable application form, available on ICCBS website (www.iccs.edu) and submit it via e-mail or fax to contact person by October 30, 2013.
Selected participants will be informed by November 30, 2013 about acceptance of their participation in the meeting. The size of the meeting will be limited to 150 with approximately half will be expected to be invited by the above-mentioned organizations. Participants will be responsible for their travel costs. 

PROF. DR. M. IQBAL CHOUDHARY, H.I., S.I., T.I.
Director
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
University of Karachi, Karachi-75270, Pakistan
Tel: 021 99261701, 99261702, Fax: 021 99261713, 34819018
E-mail: iqbal.choudhary@iccs.edu

IYCr2014 Latin America Summit Declaration

The IYCr2014 Latin America Summit Declaration took the form of an Appeal letter, with 67 signatories, addressed to the President of the IUCr, Prof Marv Hackert and to the Regional Director of UNESCO, Prof Lidia Brito. This letter is published below.

[2014: Latin American Summit Meeting on Biological crystallography and complementary methods: Petition]
Initial signatories of the Summit Declaration. Seated at table (from left): Carlos Aguilar, Adriana Rojas, Richard Garratt, Alejandro Buschiazzo, Raul Padron, Alejandro Vila. Standing: Marvin Hackert (left) and Samar Hasnain (right).

Appeal 

24th September, 2014

Prof. Marvin Hackert
President, International Union of Crystallography

Prof. Lidia Brito
Regional Director, UNESCO


Dear Colleagues

We are pleased to report that the IYCr Latin America Summit Meeting on Biological Crystallography in Campinas, Brazil during September 22-24, 2014, has provided us an opportunity to extensively discuss and review the status of education and research in X-ray diffraction sciences in various countries in the region.

Over 100 senior researchers, early career researchers, post-doctoral fellows and students from 12 countries have participated in the event including a number of well established scientists in the North (Europe and USA) with origins in the region. The reflections from these scientists regarding the level of regional collaboration indicated that this is clearly sub-optimal, suggesting the need to take immediate action.

Many of us were engaged in extensive discussions focusing on the promotion of regional and international cooperation in the field of X-ray crystallography and complementary methods, in line with the objectives of the International Year of Crystallography.  These discussions were consistent with recent efforts leading to the founding of the Latin American Crystallographic Association (LACA).  The venue, being the home of the first synchrotron light source in the southern hemisphere, was fitting, and served also to highlight the ambitions of the region in constructing one of the world's most sophisticated, 4th generation light source, Sirius, before the end of the decade.

Through this letter, we request the IUCr and UNESCO to initiate actions to promote regional scientific collaboration including the holding of training workshops, encouraging the mobility of researchers within the region, promoting joint research projects, leveraging national bodies and institutions for financial support and facilitating regional conferences on the subject of X-ray crystallography and its applications in Latin America. 

We also request the IUCr to facilitate the establishment of a "Latin American IYCr Cooperation Fund". We, as a community representative of our region, commit to persuade our academies, funding agencies and/or governments to provide annual contributions which are commensurate with each country’s economic reality. Our aim is to raise US $100K per annum for this fund. We request IUCr to provide encouragement by making an initial commitment of US $20K per annum for 3 years. We request IUCr/UNESCO to manage these funds.

The funds will be used for a variety of actions including: 

  1. increasing collaboration and cooperation among scientists of the region,
  2. providing seed money for up to 2 projects per annum involving a minimum of 2 countries in the region, at least one of which should be well established in crystallography
  3. funding for short term visits (up to 3 months), primarily aimed towards an  Early Career Researcher, 
  4. training workshops at centres of excellence or emerging centres in the region, 
  5. enabling the sharing of facilities within the region. 

Signed by all those present from the region

Mauricio BáezUniversidad de Chile, Chile
Daniel Guerra (Giraldez)Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
Ricardo Cabrera (Paucar)Universidad de Chile, Chile
Sebastián KlinkeInstituto Leloir, Argentina
Alexei SoaresBrookhaven National Lab., USA
M. (Marcelo) CostabelUniversidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina
A. MechalyInstitut Pasteur, Uruguay
Claudener S. TeixeiraUniversidade (Federal) do Ceará, Brazil
João Paulo (Fernandes)Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
Juliana (Coutinho Gonçalves)Universidade Federal de Espirito Santo, Brazil
Bruna CamposLNBIO, Brazil
João BarbosaUniversidade de Brasília, Brazil
Bruno RochaUniversidade Fed. Ceará, Brazil
Plínio DelatorreUniversidade Fed. da Paraíba, Brazil
Lucia ChemesInstituto Leloir - UBA, Argentina
Carolina WilsonICB-USP / LNBio, Brazil
Carlos AguilarUniversidad Nacional de San Luis, Argentina
Luis BriebaLangebio - Cinvestav, Mexico
Ana Carolina ZeriLNBio / CNPEM, Brazil
Alejandro VilaIBR - Rosario, Argentina
A. BuschiazzoInst. Pasteur Montevideo, Uruguay
Iris TorrianiUniversity of Campinas, Brazil
Marcio DiasICB - USP, Brazil
David NevesUniversidade de Brasília, Brazil
Marin van HeelUniv. of Leiden, The Netherlands
Raúl PadronCentro de Biologia Estructural (CBE) - IVIC, Venezuela
Adriana RojasCIC bioGUNE, Spain
Eduardo HorjalesIFSC / USP, Brazil
Rodrigo PortugalLNNano / CNPEM, Brazil
Marcos NavarroUSP - IFSC, Brazil
Leopoldo SuescunUniversidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay
João Renato MunizPhysics Institute of São Carlos, Brazil
Rafael VC GuidoPhysics Institute of São Carlos, Brazil
Andre LB AmbrosioLNBio / CNPEM, Brazil
Roberto SalinasInstitute of Chemistry, USP, Brazil
Adela Rodriguez RomeroInstituto de Química, UNAM, Mexico
Enrique Rudiño PiñeraInstituto de Biotecnologia, UNAM, Mexico
Pedro AlzariInstitut Pasteur, Paris, France
Maximiliano FigueroaCIGAR, University of Liege, Belgium
Santiago JA FigueroaLNLS - CNPEM, Brazil
Jorge IulekUniversidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Brazil
Robson (Rodrigo Miranda)Univ. Est. de Ponta Grossa, Brazil
Kishore Reddy (Mandapati)UNICAMP, Brazil
Miguel Angel MartínezUniversidad Nacional de Asunción, Paraguay
Anna LurcICB - USP, Brazil
Ivan Rosa e SilvaIFSC - USP, Brazil
Guilherme Henrique Marchi SalvadorIBB - UNESP - Botucatu, Brazil
Fabio F. CardosoIBB - UNESP - Botucatu, Brazil
Diego LeonardoIFSC - USP, Brazil
Patricia FelicianoFCFRP - USP, Brazil
Matías FuentealbaUniversidad de Chile, Chile
Alain Monsalve (Mera)IFSC - USP, Brazil
Ariadna Juarez (Martinez)IBT - UNAM - UACM, Mexico
Igor Monteze FerreiraLNBio - CNPEM, Brazil
Valeria ScorsatoIQ - UniCAMP, Brazil
Alma Yazmin Fuentes PascacioCINVESTAV - LANGEBIO, Mexico
Maria Natalia LisaInstitut Pasteur, Paris, France
Amanda BernardesIFSC - USP, Brazil
Adriana RojasCIC bioGUNE, Spain
Juan FauteuilleCEA, France
Felipe TrajtenbergInstitut Pasteur, Monevideo, Uruguay
Germán SeroIQ - USP (São Paulo), Brazil
Camila C. PascoalLNBio / CNPEM, Brazil
Anwar UllahUNESP / IBILCE, Brazil
Agnes (Machado)Universidad Ponta Grossa, Brazil
Lisandro OteroLeloir Insitute Foundation, Argentina
Richard GarattUSP - Inst Física São Carlo, Brazil

Monday, September 22, 2014

08:00 - 08:45 Registration at the LNLS entrance hall
08:45 - 09:00 Kleber Franchini Welcoming remarks

Session I: Introduction

Chair: Glaucius Oliva

09:00 - 09:30 Marvin Hackert (IUCr President) IYCr2014 and the summit meetings

Session II: Historical Perspective on Protein Crystallography in Latin America

Chair: Richard Garratt (BRA)

09:30 - 10:00 Glaucius Oliva (IFSC/USP) From Laue to present Latin America
10:00 - 10:30 Antonio José Roque (LNLS) The future in Latin America: Sirius Project
10:30 - 11:00 Kleber Franchini (LNBio) Structural Biology and multidisciplinarity at the LNBio

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

Session III: Biological Crystallography 1

Chair: Adela Rodríguez-Romero (MEX)

11:30 - 12:00 Alejandro Buschiazzo (URU) Novel insights into bacterial signaling: the ‘one sequence ‐ multiple structures’ perspective
12:00 - 12:30 Sebastian Klinke (ARG) S-SAD phasing of monoclinic histidine kinase from Brucella abortus at low resolution using true redundancy and multiple crystal data collection
12:30 - 13:00 Chuck Farah (BRA) The Physiological Function of the Xanthomonas Type IV Secretion System

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch at the campus

Session IV: Biological Crystallography 2

Chair: Marcos Fontes (BRA)

14:30 - 15:00 Luis Brieba (MEX) Crystallographic and protein engineering studies of Triosephosphate isomerase
15:00 - 15:30 Marta Bunster (CHI) How different techniques such as Spectroscopy, proteomics, and in silico approaches, are associated to X-ray crystallography to obtain structural information in a complex system, the Phycobilisome
15:30 - 16:00 Maria Cristina Nonato (BRA) Decoding cellular information with tandem-repeat galectins

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break

Chair: Glaucius Oliva (BRA)

16:30 - 17:00 Marvin Hackert (IUCr President) Tautomerase Superfamily – good things come in small packages
17:00 - 18:00 Keynote Lecture: Ada Yonath Can structures lead to advanced therapeutics?

18:00 - 20:30 Poster Session 1 + Social Gathering

23rd September 2014

Session V: A View from Abroad: Latin Americans Working Overseas

Chair: Samar Hasnain (IUCr)

09:00 - 09:30 Pedro Alzari (FRA) Some structural insights into mycobacterial signalling mechanisms
09:30 - 10:00 Alexei Soares (USA) X-rays and sound pulses: acoustic methods in crystallography and drug discovery
10:00 - 10:30 Adriana Rojas (ESP) Structural and biophysical studies of human Methionine Adenosyltransferases
10:30 - 11:00 Juan Fontecilla-Camps (FRA) Structure-function relationships of anaerobic metalloenzymes

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:00 Lidia Brito (UNESCO) UNESCO and the International Year of Cristallography

Session VI: 12:00 - 13:20 Round-table

Chair: Samar Hasnain (IUCr)

Participants: Pedro Alzari, Alexei Soares, Adriana Rojas and Juan Fontecilla-Camps

13:20 - 14:00 Lunch at the campus

Session VII: Biological Crystallography 3

Chair: Sergio Pantano (URU)

14:30 - 15:00 Miguel Angel Martínez Cabrera (PAR) Progress in the field of Chemistry of Natural Products in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Nacional University of Asunción
15:00 - 15:30 Ricardo Cabrera (CHI) Different ways to bind cofactors: allosteric ATP inhibition and NAD(P) binding selectivity
15:30 - 16:00 Ronaldo Nagem (BRA) Structural characterization of the enzymes in the naphthalene degradation pathway: filling the gaps

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break

Session VIII: Complementary Techniques 1

Chair: Roberto Salinas (BRA)

16:30 - 17:00 Jerson Lima da Silva (BRA) Unraveling Problems in Protein Misfolding Diseases using Structural Biology and Bioimaging
17:00 - 17:30 Alejandro Vila (ARG) Unraveling the mechanism of assembly of the CuA center in cytochrome oxidases
17:30 - 18:00 Daniel Guerra (PER) Structure and dynamics of protein-DNA interactions in transcription initiation complexes of Escherichia coli
18:00 - 18:30 Raul Padrón (VEN) The molecular basis of the relaxation and activation of tarantula striated muscle thick filament is revealed by the disclosure of the myosin interacting-heads motif structure

18:30 - 21:00 Poster Session 2 + Social Gathering

24th September 2014

Session IX: Biological Crystallography 4

Chair: Rafael V. Guido (BRA)

09:00 - 09:30 Marcos Navarro (BRA) Insights into c-di-GMP-mediated transcriptional mechanisms involved in biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
09:30 - 10:00 Enrique Rudino-Pinera (MEX) Using X-rays to describe electronic fluxes in REDOX enzymes
10:00 - 10:30 Andrea Dessen (BRA) Bacterial mimicry of eukaryotic innate immunity
10:30 - 11:00 Gonzalo Prat Gay (ARG) Intrinsic disorder and unstructural biology

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

Session X: Complementary Techniques 2

Chair: Marcelo Costabel (ARG)

11:30 - 12:00 Ana Carolina Zeri (BRA) NMR in structural biology: Beyond the structures
12:00 - 12:30 Rodrigo Portugal (BRA) A Cryo-Electron Microscopy Facility for Single Particle Analysis at the National Center for Energy and Materials Research
12:30 - 12:45 Alejandro Buschiazzo (URU) Centro de Biología Estuctural del Mercosur (CeBEM)
12:45 - 13:00 Iris Torriani Latin American Crystallography Association (LACA)
13:00 - 13:10 Samar Hasnain Closing Remarks

13:10 - 14:30 Lunch at the campus


Structural Biology has been chosen as the theme for the Latin American summit. Under the auspices of UNESCO and the IUCr, the summit meeting intends to provide a forum for stimulating the application of crystallography to complex biological phenomena. The meeting will consist of a series of scientific presentations by invited scientists from the region and will serve as a showcase for the progress which has been made in protein crystallography and related subjects over the course of the last 25 years. The relatively small number of participants (around 100) should guarantee a friendly environment conducive to discussing the scientific future of the region and specifically the contribution that crystallography can make to that future. It is hoped to have representatives from Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela and Mexico amongst others.

The importance of creating greater integration with the wider scientific community will be emphasized by the participation of world-class Latin American scientists who have had successful careers outside of the region as well as by the opening lecture to be given by Nobel Laureate Ada Yonath.

See more at: http://pages.cnpem.br/iycr2014-lasummit

We would like to warmly invite you to attend the IYCr2014 summit meeting on “Biological Crystallography and Complementary Methods” to be held at the Brazilian National Synchrotron Laboratory (LNLS) in Campinas, Brazil, from the 22nd to the 24th of September 2014. This summit is part of a series of such meetings being held in developing countries around the world during 2014, each with its own specific theme. As you are aware, 2014 was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations as the International Year of Crystallography in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize in physics to Max Von Laue for his seminal work on the phenomenon of X-ray diffraction by crystals. This was followed a year later by a similar recognition given to the William and Lawrence Bragg. The choice of venue for the Latin American summit seems particularly appropriate given the ongoing construction of the new Brazilian synchrotron SIRIUS which represents the potential of the region to become a major player in structural biology in the future.

Glaucius Oliva, Chairman

See more at: http://pages.cnpem.br/iycr2014-lasummit

Organizing Committee 

Glaucius Oliva, Chairman (IFSC, USP)
Antônio José Roque (LNLS, CNPEM)
Kleber Gomes Franchini (LNBio, CNPEM)
Iris Torriani (Unicamp, IUCr, ABCr)
Richard Garratt (IFSC, USP)
Andre LB Ambrosio (LNBio, CNPEM)

See more at: http://pages.cnpem.br/iycr2014-lasummit/organizing-committee/

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The National Centre for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM) is the new name of the Brazilian Association for Synchrotron Light Technology (ABTLuS). It is responsible for the four National Science Laboratories LNLS, CTBE, LNBio and LNNano.
The Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS) operates the only Synchrotron Light Source in Latin America. Designed and built with Brazilian technology, LNLS was inaugurated in 1997 with open facilities to the scientific and business community across the country and abroad.
The Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) is a national laboratory that aims at contributing to the maintenance of Brazilian leadership in the sustainable production of ethanol from sugarcane. 
The Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio) is dedicated to cutting-edge research and innovation focused on biotechnology and drugs development. - See more at: http://lnbio.cnpem.br/about-us/#sthash.qbgPJ9FD.dpuf
The Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano) was created in 2011, incorporating the laboratories of Electron Microscopy (LME), Laboratory for Surface Science (LCS) and Thin Films and Microfabrication (LMF), which until that time had been associated with LNLS. In 2012, the laboratories of Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory (CPM) and Nanostructured Soft Materials (LMN) were added to the purview of LNNano.
Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação - Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI).
The Federal Government of Brazil.
 

The event is expected to accommodate approximately 100 participants and expects to receive delegates from many Latin American countries who will be specifically invited by the organizing committee because of their important contributions to structural biology.

The remainder of places will be available for researchers, students and other interested parties to apply.

Depending on the demand it may not be possible to accept all applications.

See more at: http://pages.cnpem.br/iycr2014-lasummit/how-to-participate

Contact for correspondence and further enquiries

Event organizers at iycr2014-lasummit@lnls.br

IYCr2014 Pan African and South African Summit Declaration

The IYCr2014 Pan African and South African Summit Declaration took the form of an Appeal letter, with 73 signatories, addressed to the President of the IUCr, the Director of the Science Policy and Capacity Building Division of UNESCO, the President of the European Crystallographic Association, The Commissioner of Human Resources, Science and Technology of the Africa Union, all African Government Ministries of Science and Technology, Higher Education, Scientific research and Education. This letter is published below.

[2014: Pan African and South African Summit Meeting: Petition]
Initial signatories of the Summit Declaration. Seated at table (from left): Patricia W. Gitari (Kenya), Habib Boughzala (Tunisia), Abdelmalek Thalal (Morocco), Zephirin Yav (DR Congo). Standing: Michele Zema (IYCr2014 Project Manager at IUCr; Italy), Jean Paul Ngome-Abiaga (UNESCO; Gabon), Santiago García-Granda (IUCr; Spain), Andreas Roodt (South Africa; organizer of the Summit meeting).

Appeal 

17th October, 2014

In celebration of 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr) as declared by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA; resolution A/RES/66/28), the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and UNESCO are leading the year-long activities. 

With this document we are pleased to briefly report on the successful 'Pan African Summit of the International Year of Crystallography 2014' (IYCr2014Africa) in Bloemfontein, South Africa, 15-17 October 2014. It provided the opportunity to consider, discuss and review the status of education and research on the broadly defined discipline of Crystallography in countries in the region. 

The conference and summit meeting was attended by more than 100 senior researchers, early career researchers, post-doctoral fellows and students representing more than 40 research groups from 32 universities and more than 20 countries, primarily from Africa and Europe, and included decision makers. The delegates were in agreement that there is clearly a sub-optimal level of regional collaboration which requires immediate action. It is our view that supporting the broad discipline of Crystallography will significantly contribute to promoting science in general. 

We therefore request through this letter that the IUCr and UNESCO, supported by the European Crystallographic Association (ECA), but also in particular governments of African Countries and via the African Union and the International Council for Scientific Unions (ICSU), all initiate and support further actions to promote regional scientific collaboration. These include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • pro-actively continue with programmes to ensure that the legacy of the International Year of Crystallography and particularly the promotion of science is preserved; 
  • over time provide basic diffraction equipment for crystallographers in all countries in the region to allow research activity in Crystallography and balanced partnership collaboration across Africa and beyond; 
  • facilitate the establishment of National Committees of Crystallography in African Countries and support the activities of the existing ones; 
  • introduce a scientific visa to ensure mobility of researchers between African nations. Such a visa would allow for the exchange and collaboration between African countries and the sharing of scientific resources and expertise, to address common developmental targets, for the benefit of all.
    This scientific visa should be free of charge, be valid for at least a year, and should be issued quickly once certified by appropriate higher education and research bodies; 
  • support training workshops; 
  • encourage the mobility of researchers within the region; 
  • promote joint research projects; 
  • leverage national bodies, institutions and international funding agencies for financial support; 
  • facilitate regional conferences on the subject of Crystallography and its applications in Africa; 
  • assist in the promotion of Crystallography and science in education programmes; 
  • provide the very poor countries with minimal infra structure and materials for research such as powerful computers for data analyses and servers; 
  • assist in creating a database, listing African crystallographers; 
  • establish a public awareness and engagement programme that will create fact-based understanding of Crystallography through awareness, dialogue and education in the region. 

We further request that the IUCr and UNESCO facilitate the establishment of an African IYCr Cooperation Fund. As a community, we commit to engaging our local academies, funding agencies and/ or governments to provide annual contributions commensurate with each country's economic status. The aim is to raise 80 000 to 100 000 Euro per annum for this fund. We request the IUCr to commit to seed-funding of US$ 20 000 per annum for a three-year period. We further request the IUCr to manage these funds, or any local institution (such as AfCA, once established) nominated by the IUCr. 

The funds will support actions such as: 

  • increasing collaboration and cooperation among scientists in Africa; 
  • providing seed money for up to two projects per annum initially, involving a minimum of 2 countries in the region, of which at least one should be well established in Crystallography; 
  • funding for short term visits of up to 3 months for early career researchers; 
  • supporting training workshops at established centres of Crystallopgraphy or at emerging centres in the region; 
  • enabling the sharing of facilities within the region. 

We envisage the formation of an African Crystallographic Association (AfCA) to support and expand upon the actions above. A steering committee for this has been established at IYCr2014Africa in Bloemfontein. 

These actions will enable Crystallography to be used in the promotion of science in the region and reiterate the need for immediate and well defined action. 

Signed by those present,

Catharine EsterhuysenAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Thomas Auf der HeydeDep. Dir. GeneralDept of S + T, South Africa
Prof. Mike LeeManager, CHRTEMNMMU, South Africa
Prof. Peter Mangwala KimpendeAss. ProfessorUniversity of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Merrill WichtSnr LecturerCape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa
Pulen MolekoMSc StudentNelson Mandela Metropolitan University, NMMU, South Africa
Serah KimaniPostdoctoral FellowUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
Pheeello NkoeMSc StudentUFS, South Africa
Birama TraorePhD student, TeacherUniversity of Bamako, Mali
Daniel MarakeMScUFS, South Africa
Dr Ilana EngelbrechtPost-DocUFS, South Africa
Valentine AnyeMSc StudentUniversity of the Northern Cape, South Africa
Daniel NdimaMSc StudentUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa
Helene WahlPhD StudentStellenbosch University, South Africa
Pheello I NkoeMSc StudentUFS, South Africa
Pari AntalisMDBruker SA, South Africa
Laza AndriamanantenaPhD StudentUniversity of Antananarivo, Madagascar
Jérémie MuswemaPhD StudentUniversity of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Patricia W. GitariLecturerUniversity of Nairobi, Kenya
Prosper KanyankogoteVice-Chair, UNIKINUniversity of Kinshasa, Kinshasa, DRC
Cliffor NtuiMSc StudentCameroon/University of Pretoria, South Africa
Habib BoughzalaProfessorTunis University, Tunisia
Dr Jean-Paul Ngome AbiagaDeputy Executive Secretary, IBSP, UNESCOGabon
R. E. KroonLecturerUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
T. N. HillPostdoctoral FellowUniversity of Witwatersrand, South Africa
O. T. AlexanderMSc StudentUniversity of Free State, South Africa
Susan BourneProfessorUniversity of Cape Town, South Africa
Pennie MokolokoloMScUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Wolf-Dieter SchubertPhDUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa
Kina MullerPhD StudentUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Orde MunroProf.Univ. of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Vincent J. SmithDrStellenbosch University, South Africa
Emile EngelPhD StudentStellenbosch University, South Africa
Dina RabePhD StudentUniversity of Antananarivo, Madagascar
Thato TaoanaMSc StudentUniversity of Free State, South Africa
Mthuthuzeli ZamxakaScience CommunicatorSAASTA/NRF, South Africa
Zephirin G. YavPhD ProfessorUniversity of Kinshasa, D. R. Congo
Mthawalenga NdenganeMSc StudentUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa
Abdelmalek ThalalProfessorUniversity Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech, Morocco
Theuns MullerDoctorNamibia/UFS
Marietjie Schutte-SmithDoctorUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Alice BrinkDoctorUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Carla PretoriusPhD StudentUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Jeanet ConradieProfessorUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Delia HaynesAssociate ProfessorUniversity of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Johan VenterSenior LecturerUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Truidie VenterProfessional OfficerUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Ronica RamsontManagementUFS, South Africa
Laura van LaerenPhD candidateStellenbosch University, South Africa
Daniel MarakeMSc StudentUniversity of the Free State, South Africa
Didi BibelayiPhD StudentUniversity of Kinshasa, D. R. Congo
Jean NgouneLecturerUniversity of Dschang, Cameroon
Lungelo MandyoliMSc StudentUniversity of Pretoria, South Africa
Traore BiramaTeacher and PhD studentUniversity of Bamako, Mali
Mohammed ElmakkiPhDSudan/University of the Free State, South Africa
John BradleyProfessorRADMASTE, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Tsietse TsotetsiPhDUFS, South Africa
Paul S. Esclem BunguPhDCameroon/ UFS, South Africa
Daniel NyanganyuraPhDICSU ROA, South Africa
Marija ZbačnikPost DocUniversity of Zagreb, Croatia / UFS, South Africa
Priscilla MensahResearcherGhana/UFS, South Africa
Andreas RoodtProf.UFS, South Africa
David G. BillingProf.Wits, South Africa
Clive L. OliverLecturerUCT, South Africa
J. C. A. BoeyensExtraordinary Prof.Univ. of Pretoria, South Africa
Bernard Omondi OwagaLecturerKenya/UKZN South Africa
Jason van RooyenProf.Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa
Emile EngelPhD StudentUniversity of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Esna du PlessisSnr Scientist (PXRD)SASOL, South Africa
Thuso MapotsanePhD StudentBotswana/University of Pretoria, South Africa
Nagarajan LogonathanPost DocIndia/Univ. of Free State, South Africa
Marisca EsterhuysenMScUFS, South Africa
Mohammed ElmakkiPhDSudan/UFS, South Africa
  
  
The meeting in Bloemfontein will consist of a 2.5-day Conference (12 - 15 Oct), followed by a 2-day Summit (15 - 17 Oct).
 
(i) The program for the Conference (12 - 15 Oct) will focus on the current state of crystallography in Africa, as presented in some 15 keynote lectures, but also by some 15 young scientists in particular from the English, French and Arab speaking African colleagues.
 
There will also be ample time for presentation of research at Poster Sessions by students and young scientists, and selected poster presenters will further get the opportunity to present their work on short 'flash' presentations of a few minutes each.
 
(ii) The program for the Summit (15 - 17 Oct) will focus on how to use crystallography as potential vehicle to expand science in Africa. We particularly there need the inputs from both established and young scientists, but also policy makers, who will discuss strategies on possible actions.

Dear Participant, 

I would like to invite you on behalf of the president of the IUCr, Prof Gautam Desiraju and Dr Maciej Nalecz  (UNESCO, Director, Executive Secretary of IBSP, International Basic Sciences Programme) to attend the Pan African Conference and Summit meeting in Bloemfontein, which has the ambitious theme of: 'Crystallography as vehicle to promote science in Africa and beyond'.  

You probably know by now that 2014 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Crystallography. For an indication of the significant world-wide activities, you are referred to the IUCr website, http://www.iycr2014.org/ 

As part of the celebrations, three world summit meetings are held during 2014, i.e. in Karachi (Pakistan), Campinas (Brazil) and Bloemfontein (South Africa). The meeting in Bloemfontein will consist of a 2.5-day Conference (12-15 Oct), followed by a 2-day Summit (15-17 Oct). 

(i) At the Conference, we will discuss the current state of crystallography in Africa, as presented in some 15 keynote lectures, but also by some 15 young scientists in particular from the English, French and Arab speaking African colleagues. There will also be ample time for presentation of research at poster sessions by students and young scientists, and selected poster presenters will further get the opportunity to present their work on short 'flash' presentations of a few minutes. 

(ii) At the Summit, we will focus on how to use crystallography as potential vehicle to expand science in Africa. We particularly there need the inputs from both established and young scientists, but also policy makers.  

Significant support has been secured from the South African Government's Department of Science and Technology, the International Union of Crystallography and UFS Chemistry, under the auspices of the European Crystallographic Association (ECA). Please join us at this event in Bloemfontein to contribute to planning, method design and appropriate action and interaction as a unit to assist and use crystallography to contribute to expand science in Africa. 

I look forward to welcoming you here in Bloemfontein 12-17 October 2014. 

Kind African Regards,

Andreas

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Andreas Roodt
Chair: IYCr2014Africa
President: European Crystallographic Association
Univ. of the Free State
Bloemfontein 9300,  South Africa
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Sunday, October 12, 2014

12:00-17:30 Registration

18:00-20:15 Session I - Opening
Bains Game Lodge

Monday, October 13, 2014

08:00-10:30 Session II
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: A. Roodt (UFS)

08:00-08:40 KN1 L. Barbour (US) Establishing crystallography at the Univ of Stellenbosch
08.40-09:00 Y1 D. Haynes (US) Towards functional materials from multi-component Xtals
09:00-09:30 KN2 D. Billing (Wits) Powder XRD in South Africa
09:30-09:50 Y2 M. Fernandez (Wits) Opportunities for young Crystallographer at Wits & in SA
09:50-10:20 KN3 A. Thalal (UCA) Crystallography In Morocco
10:20-10:30 FPY1 Young Scientists 2x Flash Posters (4+1min each)

10:30-11:00 Tea

11:00-12:40 Session III
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: D. Billing (WITS)

11:00-11:30 KN4 S. Bourne (UCT) Adventures in Chemical Crystallography
11:30-11:50 Y3 A. Brink (UFS) Crystallography in South Africa: thoughts from the young
11:50-12:20 KN5 J. v Rooyen (UCT) From humble beginnings (Electron Microscopy)
12:20-12:40 FPY2 Young Scientists 4x Flash Posters (4+1min each)

12:40-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session IV
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: A. Thalal (UCA, Morocco)

14:00-14:30 KN6 J. Ngoune (Dschang) New 3D Coord Polymer Based on the Cu3(1,2,3-
14:30-15:00 KN7 M. Tredoux (UFS) Mineralogy: Nanoparticles in Geology
15:00-15:30 KN8 H. Boughzala (TEMU) Crystallography in Tunisia: history and future

15:30-16:00 Tea

16:00-18:30 Session V
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: J. Conradie (UFS) 

16:00-16:30 KN9 Z. Yav (UKin, DRC) Crystallography in the D. R. Congo
16:30-16:45 Y4 B. Kennedy (UFS) Identifying Minerals in Nanoparticles
16:45-17:05 Y5 S. Kimani (UCT) Biological Crystallography in Chemistry and More 
17:05-17:25 Y6 C. Oliver (UCT) Challenges for a young crystallographer at UCT
17:30-17:40 FPY3 Young Scientists 3x Flash Posters (4+1min each)

17:40-18:30 POSTER SESSION 1

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

08:15-10:30 Session VI
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: W.D. Schubert (UP)

08:15-09:00 KN10 C. Esterhuysen (US) Building Crystallography at US as female scientist
09:00-09:20 KN11 O. Munro (UKZN) History and Current Status of XRD Science in UKZN
09:20-09:50 Y7 B. Omondi (UKZN) Challenges for a young Crystallographer at UJ/UKZN
09:50-10:20 KN12 H.G. Visser (UFS) History of Crystallography at UFS: Past, Present, Future
10:20-10:30 FPY4 Young Scientists 2x Flash Posters (4+1min each)

10:30-11:00 Tea 

11:00-13:00 Session VII
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS  

Chair: D. Visser (UFS)

11:00-11:20 Y8 P. Mangwala (UKin) Structure Elucidation of Physalins Isolated from Physalis
11:20-11:50 KN13 E. du Plessis (Sasol) XRD in Industry: applications at SASOL
11:50-12:10 Y9 R. Forbes (Sasol) Young Scientist's perspective of XRD at Sasol
12:10-12:40 KN14 M. Lee (NMMU) Electron microscopy at the Atomic level
12:40-13:00 I1 D. Levendis (Wits) High Pressure Crystallography

13:00-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:45 Session VIII
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: J. Dillen

14:15-14:45 KN15 A. Venter (NECSA) Neutron Diffraction in South Africa
14:45-15:20 KN16 P. Comba (Heidelberg) Structure and Function: From Crystallography to
15:20-15:45 FPY4 Young Scientists 3x Flash Posters (4+1min each)

15:45-17:15 Tea and POSTER SESSION 2

17:15-18:00 Meeting of the SA Crystallographic Society
Chair: C. Esterhuysen

19:00 Dinner 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 

08:15-10:00 Session IX
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: H. Boughzala (TEMU, Tunisia)

08:15-08:45 KN17 T. Kroon (UFS) Crystallography and Physics in the South African context
08:45-09:15 KN18 W.D. Schubert (UP) Biological XRD at UP (SA)
09:15-09:45 I2 M. Ntwaeaborwa (UFS) SAASta NRF: Nanomaterials programme
09:45-10:00 FPY5 Young Scientists 3x Flash Posters (4+1min each)

10:00-10:30 Tea 

10:30-12:00 Session X
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: D. Levendis (WITS)

10:30-11:00 S1 J.C.A. Boeyens (UP) Establishing Crystallography at the CSIR and WITS
11:00-11:30 S2 L.R. Nassimbeni (UCT) Crystallography at the University of Cape Town
11:30-12:00 A. Roodt (UFS) Closing

12:00-13:30 Lunch

 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

12:00-14:00 Arrival and Registration at C.R. Swart Auditorium, UFS Campus

14:00-15:30 Session I
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: A. Roodt (UFS)

Welcome speeches:  Rectorate (UFS); T. Auf der Heyde (SA DST); S. Garcia-Granda (IUCr Exec Comm); G. Pillay (SA NRF); J.P. Ngome Abiaga (UNESCO); M. Zema (IYCr2014 of IUCr); A. Roodt (ECA)

15:30-16:15 Tea

16:15-18:00 Session II
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: M. Zema (Italy/IUCr)

16:15-16:45 SK1 S. Garcia-Granda (Spain) History of Crystallography
17:00-18:00 POSTER SESSION 3

19:00 Dinner

Thursday, October 16, 2014

08:15-10:00 Session III
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: S. Garcia-Granda (Spain/IUCr)

08:15-09:00 SK2 P. Kanyankogote (DRC) Crystallography/ Science in DRC & Central Africa
09:00-09:30 SK3 A. Thalal (Morocco) & H. Bougzala (Tunisia) Overview: Crystallography/ Science in Arabic Africa
09:30-10:00 SK4 P. Steynberg (Sasol) Crystallography/Science in Industry

10:00-10:30 Tea

10:30-11:20 Session IV
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chairs: C. Esterhuyse & A. Roodt

10:30-11:00 SK5 M. Zema (Italy/IUCr) Activities of IYCr2014
11.00-11.20 SK6 J.P. Ngome-Abiaga (UNESCO) UNESCO initiatives in Africa

11:25-12:45 PANEL DISCUSSION 1: 'Current state of Crystallography / Science in Africa'
UFS Senate Hall

Panelists: Auf der Heyde (SA DST); Kanyankogote (DRC); Zema (IUCr); Pillay (SA NRF); SAASta (NRF); Steynberg (Sasol); Venter (NECSA); Ngome-Abiaga (UNESCO); Taylor (UFS); Antalis (Bruker); Thalal (Morocco); Garcia–Granda (IUCr)

Young Scientists: Haynes (US; SA); Gitari (Kenia); Mangwala (DRC); Muller (Namibia); Simon (Nigeria); Traore (Mali); Dina (Madagascar); Brink (UFS)

Core questions:
1. What is the current state?
2. What has Morocco & Tunisia done differently?
3. How was current activity in Francophore countries started?
4. Is it important for Industry?
5. Is it important for Suppliers of Equipment?
6. What has South Africa done differently?

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:00 Session V
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: J. Venter (UFS)

14:00-14:20 SI1 V. Smith (US; SA) TBA
14:20-14:40 SI2 P. Gitari (Kenia) Establishing Crystallography & Nanotechnology in Kenya
14:40-15:00 SI3 T. Muller (Namibia) XRD & kinetics: nitrosyl, cyanide & acetonitrile complexes

15:00-15:30 Tea

15:30-18:15 Session VI
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: M. Ntwaeaborwa (UFS)

15:30-16:00 SI4 M. Zamxaka (SAASTa) SAASTa's role in advancement of Science in SA
16:00-16:15 SI5 R. Dina (Madagascar) Piezoelectric materials from Madagascar by XRD
16:15-16:45 S16 P. Mensah (UFS) Some perspectives from Science in Ghana
16:45-17:00 FPY4 Young Scientists 6x Flash Posters (4+1min each)
17:10-18:15 POSTER SESSION 4

19:00 Dinner

Friday, October 17, 2014

08:15-10:00 Session VII
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: TBA

08:15-08:50 SK6 J. Bradley (WITS) Crystallography for All
08:50-09:15 SK7 P. Antalis (Bruker) From Supplier to OpenLabs in Africa
09:15-09:35 SK8 D. Billing (WITS) Publishing in IUCr Journals
09:35-10:00 SK9 D. Nyanganyura (ICSU Africa) ICSU Africa: Action plan and science activities

10:00-10:30 Tea

10:30-11:30 PANEL DISCUSSION 2: 'Way forward for crystallography/ Science in Africa'
UFS Senate Hall

Panelists: Ngome Abiaga (UNESCO); Bougzala (Tunisia); Taylor (UFS); Schubert (UP; SA); Kanyankogote (DRC); Zema (IUCr); Ngoune (Cameroon); SAASTa (NRF); Mensah (UFS)

Young Scientists: Brink (UFS); Traore (Mali); Aziz (Sudan); Pretorius (UFS); Nibret (Ethiopia); Laza (Madagascar); Gitari (Kenia); Bungu (UFS & Cameroon); Muswema (DRC)

Core questions:
1. Modalities for setting up schemes for Regional Cooperation
2. Setting up of a regional fund for increasing human mobility
3. Regional training centre(s) of crystallography
4. Role of synchrotron /neutron in crystallography
5. Can UNESCO and IUCr help
6. Formation of AfCA (African Crystallographic Association)

11:30-12:15 Session IX
CR Swart Auditorium, UFS 

Chair: A. Roodt

11:30-12:15 Conclusion / Declaration / Formation AfCA

12:20-14:00 Lunch

Organizing Committee

Andreas Roodt (chair), roodta@ufs.ac.za, General and Programme

Marietjie Schutte-Smith, chemar@ufs.ac.za, Secretary

Truidie Venter, entergjs@ufs.ac.za, Abstract and local webpage 

Venue

The IYCr2014 Pan African and South African Summit meeting will be held in C.R. Swart building on the campus of the University of the Free State, which is indicated by the number 44 on the campus map.

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Accommodation

Attendees of IYCr2014Africa will be accommodated at Bains Game Lodge, 5 km west of the University of the Free State.  

Andreas Roodt
Chair: IYCr2014Africa
President: European Crystallographic Association
Distinguished Professor & Chairperson: UFS Chemistry
http://www.ufs.ac.za/IYCr2014Africa
Bloemfontein 9300, South Africa
Tel  ++27-51-401 9212
Fax ++27-51-444 6384