Crystallography in Africa

The Cameroon Crystallography Association and the University of Dschang, invite you to participate in the First Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr1) from 6th to 10th October 2016 in the city of Dschang, Cameroon. The conference is organized under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon and the subject is “Crystallography for Sustainable development in Africa”. About 300 people from around the world are expected.

A cutting-edge program of this great conference involves:
  • Two plenary sessions of Profs. Gautam R. Desiraju (India) and Ron Lifshitz (Israel)
  • Keynotes of eminent crystallographers
  • Lectures and posters sessions
  • Two round tables devoted to “Crystallography as vehicle to promote Science in Africa and beyond” and to “Equipments for African crystallography laboratories”
The topics of the conference are organized around seven microsymposia:
  • Inorganic Materials and Mining Industry,
  • Inorganic Materials and Industry Minerals,
  • Crystal engineering and structural chemistry: function through design (2 sessions),
  • Crystallography data bases,
  • Crystallography for life sciences,
  • Large Facilities for emerging countries.
The program also includes exhibitions, workshop on the CCDC software and two social activities in the western region of Cameroon.

The conference aims at bringing together African crystallographers, mineralogists, solid state and structural scientists to increase the awareness for crystallography and improve the educational opportunities for African researchers and students of all levels. The variety of activities will provide opportunities to engage with (i) the scientific community, from expert crystallographers to young researchers and students of all ages, (ii) government representatives and policy-maker from most African countries.

The city of Dschang is a safe city located in the Western region of Cameroon. As well as the whole region, this city contains many valleys through which fine rivers flows are interrupted by waterfalls. It offers up a rise of round-topped mountains and a unique temperate climate in Africa with average annual temperature of 25 °C. The beauty of the area is completed by the richness of its craftsmanship: clay pipes, earthenware, utensils, figurines, copper masks, stools decorated with beads and the Bamileke dancers in their picturesque costumes.

Warm welcome to all!

Ignas Tonlé K. 

Opening Plenary Lecture
6 October 2016; 7.00 - 8.00 PM


Gautam R. Desiraju (IUCr Immediate Past President, IISc Bangalore, India)

From molecule to crystal


How do molecules aggregate in solution, and how do these aggregates consolidate themselves in crystals? What is the relationship between the structure of a molecule and the structure of the crystal it forms? Why do some molecules give more than one crystal structure? Why do some crystal structures contain solvent? How does one design a crystal structure with a specified topology of molecules, or a specified coordination of molecules and/or ions, or even with a specified property? What are the relationships between crystal structures and properties, for molecular crystals? These are some of the questions that are being addressed today by the crystal engineering community, which is drawn from the larger communities of organic, inorganic and physical chemists, and, of crystallographers and solid state scientists. This talk will give a brief historical introduction to crystal engineering itself, and an assessment of the importance and utility of the supramolecular synthon which is one of the most important concepts in the practical use and application of the subject. It is also hoped to provide a look to the future, and indicate some directions in which the subject of crystal engineering might be moving, also in the context of crystallographic endeavors in the African continent.

G. R. Desiraju, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 46, 8342, 2007
G. R. Desiraju, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 9952, 2013
G. R. Desiraju, Science, 343, 1057, 2014

Closing Plenary Lecture
10 October 2016; 11.00 - 12.00 AM


Ron Lifshitz (Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics & Astronomy, Tel Aviv University, Israel)

What is a crystal? - New answers to an old question


In 1982 Dan Shechtman discovered a new kind of crystal that seemed to contradict the laws of nature. His discovery for which he was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry ignited a scientific revolution that demonstrated that, in science, what may seem impossible today might turn out to be real tomorrow. We shall review this scientific revolution and the many effects it had on crystallography, science in general, and even beyond. 

Alessia Bacchi, President of the European Crystallography Association (ECA), University of Parma, Italy
Robert Mokaya, University of Nottingham, UK
Alejandro Buschiatto, Institut Pasteur, Montevideo, Uruguay
Colin Groom, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK
Gilberto Artioli, University of Padua, Italy
Ashwini Nangia, University of Hyderabad, India

Crystal engineering and structural chemistry: function through design 1
7 October 2016, 8.30 - 13.00

Chairs: Susan Bourne (South Africa) & Hocine Merazig (Algeria)
Invited LecturersClement Tella (University of Ilorin, Nigeria), Delia Haynes (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Jules Abodou Tenon (University Houphoet Boigny, Cote d'Ivoire), Kamel Boukhedadden (Universite de Versailles Saint Quentin, France)
Contributed talks: tbd

Inorganic Materials and Industry Minerals
7 October 2016, 15.00 - 19.30

Chairs: Wulf Depmeier (Germany) & Lahcen El Ammari (Morocco)
Invited LecturersMichele Zema (University of Pavia, Italy and IUCr, UK), Lahcen El Ammari (University of Rabat, Morocco), Brahim Elouadi (University of la Rochelle, France), Herbert Poellmann (University of Halle, Germany), Márcia Carvalho de Abreu Fantini (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil, President of the Latin American Crystallography Association)
Contributed talks: tbd

Crystallography for Life sciences
8 October 2016, 8.30 - 13.00

Chairs: Alejandro Buschiatto (Uruguay) & Mino Caira (South Africa)
Invited LecturersHeinrich Dirr (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), Mino Caira (Cape Town University, South Africa), Bryan Trevor Sewell (University of Cape Town, South Africa), Richard Garratt ( University of Sào Paulo, Brazil), Nourredine Benali Cherif (Polytechnic University of Constantine, Algeria, member of the Algerian Academy of Sciences)
Contributed talks: tbd

Crystallography databases
8 October 2016, 15.00 - 19.30

Chairs: Colin Groom (CCDC) & Oliver Smart (PDB)
Invited LecturersZéphirin Yav (University of Kinshasa, Congo DR), Patrice Tsobnang Kenfack (University of Dschang, Cameroon), Matteo Leoni (University of Trento, Italy, Chair of the Boards of Directors of ICDD), Oliver Smart (PDB)
Contributed talks: tbd

Inorganic Materials and Mining Industry
9 October 2016, 8.30 - 13.00

Chairs: Gilberto Artioli (Italy) & Robert Kinsford Adaboh (Ghana)
Invited LecturersShimelis Admassie (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia), Robert Kingsford-Adaboh (University of Ghana, Legon), Leslie Felicia Petrik (University of Wersterm Cape, South Africa), Nelie Mutemeri (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Contributed talks: tbd

Crystal engineering and structural chemistry: function through design 2
9 October 2016, 15.00 - 19.30

Chairs: Ashwini Nangia (India) & Magatte Camarra (Senegal)
Invited LecturersAliou Haadi Barry (University of Nouakchott, Mauritania), Mamoudou Diallo (University of Ziguinchor, Senegal), Aleksandar Visnjevac (Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia), Emmanuel Aubert (University of Lorraine, France)
Contributed talks: tbd

Large Facilities for Emerging Countries
10 October 2016, 8.30 - 11.00

Chair: Giorgio Paolucci (Sesame Scientific Director, Jordan)
Invited LecturersFlorence Porcher (LLB, France)
Contributed talks: tbd

ROUNDTABLE 1: Crystallography as vehicle to promote Science in Africa and beyond
7 October 2016, 21.00 - 23.00

Chair: Andreas Roodt (University of Bloemfontein, South Africa)

ROUNDTABLE 2: Equipment for African laboratories and the African Light Source, AfLS
8 October 2016, 21.00 - 23.00

Chairs: Seraphin Kati Coulibali (Ministry of Research, Cote d’Ivoire) & Gerard Fauvet (France)

Advisory Committee

Gautam DESIRAJU, Immediate Past-Président of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (India)

Jean P. NGOME ABIAGA, UNESCO-Paris (France)


Romain MURENZI, TWAS Director, TWAS (Italy)

Pinak P. CHAKRABARTI, Chair of the Asian Crystallographic Asscociation (AsCa), Indian Institute of Technology (India)

Christopher CAHILL, Chair of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA), George Washington University (USA)

Márcia Carvalho DE ABREU FANTINI, Chair of the Latino-America Crystallographic Association (LACA), Instituto de Física da USP (Brasil)

Alessia BACCHI, Chair of the European Crystallographic Association (ECA), Università degli Studi di Parma (Italia)

Dominik SCHANIEL, Director of the Laboratory of Cristallographie, Résonance magnétique et Modélisation (CRM2), Université de Lorraine (France)

Michele ZEMA, IUCr Outreach Officer, University of Pavia (Italia)

Prince Jay ORITSEJOLONE OGHIFO, IUPAC, Chemical Society of Nigeria (Nigeria)

Masaki TAKATA, Chair of the Spring 8, Spring 8 (Japan)

Organizing Committee

Roger TSAFACK N., University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Anaclet FOMETHE, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Celestin CHAMENI, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Emmanuel NGAMENI, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Ignas TONLE K., University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Jean NGOUNE, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Claude LECOMTE, University of Lorraine (France)

Justin NENWA, University of Yaounde 1 (Cameroon)

David NKOUTHIO, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Martin TCHOFFO, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Aleksandar VIŠNJEVAC, Ruđer Bošković Institute (Croatia)

Charles BANENZOUE, University of Douala (Cameroon)

Alexandre DJIMELI, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Delphine TUME, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Yves MBIANGUE, University of Maroua (Cameroon)

John LAMBI N., ENS Yaoundé (Cameroon)

Felicité MAJOUMO, University of Buea (Cameroon)

Junior M MATEMB, University of Bamenda (Cameroon)

Martin TCHAMBA, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Armand WOUATONG, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Emmanuel SOPBUE, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Paul TEMATIO, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Patrice KENFACK, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Scientific Committee

Claude LECOMTE, Université de Lorraine (France)

Gilberto ARTIOLI, University of Padova (Italia)

Andreas ROODT, University of Free State (South Africa)

Susan BOURNE, University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Abdelmalek THALAL, l'Université Cadi Ayyad, Marrakech (Morocco)

Fai CORNELIUS, University of Dschang (Cameroon)

Hocine MERAZIG, Université Constantine (Algérie)

Magatte CAMARRA, Université de Zichinchor (Sénégal)

Aliou H. BARRY, Université de Nouakchott (Mauritanie)

Jules A. TENON, Univ. Houphouet (Cote d’Ivoire)

Mohamed OUMEZZINE, Fac. des Sciences de Monastir (Tunisia)

Eric HOVESTREYDT, BRUKER, Karlsruhe (Germany) 

The 1st Pan African Conference on Crystallography is part of the activities for the "Building Science Capacity in Africa via Crystallography" initiative of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), funded by the International Council for Science (ICSU) through the ICSU Grants Programme 2015

The IUCr has further sponsored the event through its "IUCr Sponsorship and Support of Meeting" and "Visiting Professorship" schemes. 


International Union Of Crystallography (IUCr)
International Council for Science (ICSU)
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
European Crystallography Association (ECA)
Association Française de Cristallographie (AFC)
Cameroonian Crystallographic Association (CCrA)
Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon (MINESUP)
Ministry of Scientific Research of Cameroon (MINERESI)
University of Dschang (UDs)

Companies and Institutions

Bruker AXS GmbH & Incoatec GmbH (main contributor)
Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) (main contributor)
Dectris Ltd.
Laboratoire Léon Brillouin
Synchrotron Soleil
PANalytical B.V
Protein Data Bank in Europe – PDBe
Oxford CryoSystems Ltd
Huber Diffraction & AXO Dresden
STOE & Cie GmbH
De Gruyter
For any queries about registration, abstract submission, etc. please contact Dr Patrice Kenfack at the following address: