|Event Name||Agilent OpenLab Hong Kong|
|Start Date||3rd Dec 2014|
|End Date||7th Dec 2014|
The year 2014 has been marked out by the UN as “The International Year of Crystallography”. The arrangements for this were first publicized at the Asian Crystallographic Association meeting in Hong Kong which was held on 7-10 December 2013. Now that the year is drawing to a conclusion, it is perhaps fitting that one of the final official functions of the IYCr2014 will be an IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab to be held in the beautiful HKUST campus in Clear Water Bay. The Open Lab will be a 5-day workshop / school in chemical crystallography and is primarily intended for young scientists from around the region who are researching in the field.
Participation numbers are strictly limited, since the workshop will have a number of practical as well as theoretical and discussion sessions. It is anticipated that non-local participants will be limited to 20-25 and local participants around 10-15 persons.
OpenLab HK Fees
Due to the generous support of sponsors such as the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), UNESCO, Agilent Technologies and HKUST, and in keeping with other IYCr2014 Open Labs around the world, no fees will charged to attend the OpenLab. However a charge of US$300 is necessary as a Residential Fee for a single room (part of 3-bedroom apartment) on the HKUST campus for 6 nights (2 to 7 December). Breakfast, lunch and morning / afternoon snacks and a workshop dinner will be included for participants. Since space is limited, residential fees must be received in order to confirm your workshop place by the deadline of 15 November 2014. Further details for accommodation and registration arrangements will be sent later.
Participants should arrive to Hong Kong on Tuesday 2 December and check in in the afternoon at the North Block of the University Center, HKUST. The reception desk is open from 08.00- 22.30. There will be a Welcome Mixer on evening of 2 December.
Working with Your Own Samples
The weather in Hong Kong in early December is usually pleasant; moderately warm and dry. Participants should check the detailed forecast before attending, since a range of conditions are possible. Hong Kong is well-known as a regional hub for air travel and should be readily accessible from most major cities of Asia. The workshop is being held in early December and should not be subject to high season fares, which can rise steeply near to the Christmas and New Year holiday break. It is anticipated that most non-local participants will enter Hong Kong via the international airport.
Transportation to HKUST
In Hong Kong taxis are quite a reasonable price and from airport will cost around HK$300 (US$40) which is not bad for a 30 km 1 hr journey. Hong Kong also has an excellent public transport system. For details of getting to HKUST see http://ihome.ust.hk/~meyklee/HKUST_direction.jpg.
IUCr Regional Affiliation: AsCA
The International Union of Crystallography aims to promote the science of crystallography around the world. Its regional affiliate is the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA). The OpenLab HK offers an opportunity to provide impetus to develop the science and its practice in some of the less developed countries of the Asian region. With the relatively low costs we encourage participation from countries with relatively less research support. In exceptional cases, some limited travel bursaries may be available and request for this should be made of the organizers when submitting the Registration form. Applications to attend from outside the AsCA region are also welcomed, but in such cases note that travel support cannot be provided.