Event Name IUCr-IUPAP-ICTP OpenLab Senegal
Start Date 20th Nov 2017
End Date 2nd Dec 2017
Duration 13 days

Laboratory and synchrotron X-ray crystallography: applications to emerging countries 

Main Partner for OpenLab Senegal: Bruker_logo

Crystallography is an interdisciplinary science that finds application in technological areas of strategic importance for emerging countries, such as cement, mining, electronic and pharmaceutical research. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of advanced synchrotron light sources.
Crystallography enables to access the inner properties of matter and accurate atomic structures of molecules, materials, proteins and any kind of compound; without the knowledge of the structure, the functionality of a given material cannot be understood and therefore improved. Mining and cement companies use crystallography for quality and purity control and for research aimed at developing novel materials; the pharmaceutical industry uses crystallography to identify the correct polymorph and understanding the functionality of new medicines. Today synchrotron light sources complement laboratory X-ray equipment and allow access to unprecedented capabilities. Students will be encouraged to test their understanding on crystallography using single crystal and powder portable diffractometers, which will be installed on site for at least the duration of the school.

Registration fee: 100 €. Deadline: 31 August 2017. Registrations are now closed. 

>> As many as 127 applications have been received. Pre-selection of participants has been completed on 15 October 2017. Selected applicants are being contacted by email and requested to send estimated travel costs. Partial travel support will be granted to some students. All those who are not contacted at this stage, have been put in a waitlist and may be contacted afterwards. <<


C. Lecomte, Université de Lorraine, France
M. Zema, IUCr and University of Pavia, Italy
S. Onesti, Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy
M. Camara, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
P. Kenfack, University of Dschang, Cameroon
J. Niemela, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

ICTP Scientific Contact 

S. Scandolo, ICTP, Trieste, Italy

Local Organizers

M. Camara, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
D. Kobor, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
C. Balde, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal
A. Gassama, University of Assane Seck, Ziguinchor, Senegal


  • X-ray and neutron diffraction physics
  • powder and single-crystal methods
  • physical properties of crystals
  • symmetry and space groups
  • structural refinement
  • crystallographic databases
  • applications to cement, mining, electronic and pharmaceutical industries
  • nano-crystallography
  • bio-crystallography
  • quasicrystals
  • synchrotron light sources


Bruker LAAMP_small ALBA LLB ICDD CCDC Elettra

Supporting crystallographic associations


Location Ziguinchor
Contact Magatte Camara
URL http://indico.ictp.it/event/8243/
Category openlabs