Event Name BloemCrystSchool2
Start Date 23rd Aug 2014
End Date 29th Aug 2014
Duration 7 days
The University of the Free State will host the 2nd School on Fundamental Crystallography, BloemCrystSchool2 (BCS2), from 25th to 29th August 2014. In addition to this initiative, a Pre-Workshop will be held on the 23rd and 24th of August on the Introduction to Crystallography.

BCS2 covers a number of basic and the mathematical aspects of crystallography. It is presented by The MathCryst Commission of the International Union of Crystallography and forms part of the celebrations of 2014, the International Year of Crystallography. Lectures for BCS2 will be presented primarily by Prof Massimo Nespolo (Nancy, France) and Prof Mois Aroyo (Bilbao, Spain); both internationally renowned scientists.

BloemCrystSchool2 will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to group theory
  • Crystallographic point groups
  • Stereographic projection and the morphology of crystals
  • Space groups
  • Exercises on the space group diagrams from Volume A of the International Tables
  • Fourier transforms and convolutions
  • Scattering from an electron, an atom, a unit cell, a crystal
  • Diffraction symmetry: Laue classes, Friedel's law, resonant scattering
  • General, zonal and serial reflection conditions and their use to determine the space-group type
  • Group-subgroup relations and their application to phase transitions
  • Twins and modular structures
  • Use of the Bilbao Crystallographic Server in the study of the structure and properties of crystals

In addition to BloemCrystSchool2, a Pre-Workshop is scheduled on the 23rd and 24th of August on the Introduction to Crystallography

The pre-workshop will cover the following topics and will be presented by lecturers from the University of Cape Town, University of Stellenbosch and the University of the Free State: 

  1. Data collection and general introductory concepts of Crystallography (Afternoon: 13.00: Saturday 23 August).
  2. Refinement strategies of small molecules and hands-on session (Afternoon: 15.00: Saturday 23 August).
  3. Use of Cambridge Structural Database (Morning: Sunday: 24 August).
  4. Matrix Algebra (Afternoon: Sunday 24 August): Introduction for BloemCrystSchool2 which starts 25 August and highly recommended for all attending BCS2)
Website for Pre-Workshop (23-24 Aug 2014): http://conferences.ufs.ac.za/content.aspx?id=306

Fees for Introduction to Crystallography Pre-Workshop 23-24 August:

Local participant registration: ZAR1000; after 15 July 2014 - ZAR1200
International participant registration: €80; after 15 July 2014 - €95
Fees for BloemCrystSchool2 25-29 August:

Local participant registration: ZAR3600; after 15 July 2014 - ZAR4100
International participant registration: €260; after 15 July 2014 - €300
Day Visitors: ZAR1000; after 15 July 2014 - ZAR1400 *
Accompanying Persons: (Sharing room) ZAR2800/ €190; after 15 July - ZAR3200/ €215

* Fee covers only attendance of the school as well as lunch and tea for the duration of the school.  No accommodation, breakfast and dinners included.

Extra accommodation:

Local participant: ZAR700; after 15 July 2014 - ZAR800
International participant: €50; after 15 July 2014 - €55

Please complete the following registration form and indicate whether you plan to attend only the school, only the workshop or both and send it to: Marietjie Schutte-Smith via email (preferred): schuttem@ufs.ac.za or fax: +27(0)51 444 6384.
Note: closing date for financial support is extended to 15 July 2014.

Additional notes:
  • Each delegate must send a separate form (may include accompanying person/s).
  • Early bird registration ends 15 July 2014.
  • If an extra night’s accommodation is needed due to flight schedules, please inform us when submitting this form, or before 15 July 2014.
Limited number of Travel Grants are available:
  1. For International students or young researchers - € 800 per person
  2. For local students or young researchers – ZAR 2 500 per person

Please apply before 15 July 2014 for financial support by writing a letter with detailed motivation. All applications should also be accompanied by a letter from the head of department or supervisor.

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Location Bloemfontein
South Africa
Contact Andreas Roodt
URL http://www.crystallography.fr/mathcryst/SouthAfrica2014.php
Category schools and workshops