OpenFactory a resounding success
The IUCr-UNESCO OpenFactory brought together 20 young scientists from 15 different countries in an intensive and stimulating training programme in theoretical and practical aspects of X-ray crystallography and small-angle X-ray scattering. The event took place in Darmstadt and Grenoble, and was sponsored by three independent companies, STOE, DECTRIS and Xenocs.
Posted 25 Sep 2014
FEBS Journal special issue
To celebrate the International Year of Crystallography 2014, the FEBS Journal, one of the premier venues for publishing the results of biochemistry-related research, put together a thematic Special Issue devoted to crystallography. This Special Issue contains six invited reviews and 19 invited original contributions covering a wide range of subjects in the area of history, methods, and new results in macromolecular crystallography.
More philatelic activity
On 31 August 2014, the Italian postal service Poste Italiane issued a special postmark to mark the inauguration of the First European Crystallography School at the Univeristy of Pavia, and to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography.
Meanwhile, the Korean Crystallographic Association has been involved in the design of three commemorative stamps to celebratethe International Year.
100 years of crystallography as seen through 15 small molecule crystal structures
The IYCr2014 STOE-DECTRIS-Xenocs OpenFactory is currently taking place. On Friday 19 September, 11:00 am, Prof G.R. Desiraju (IIS Bangalore, India), Immediate Past President of the IUCr, will give a talk entitled "100 years of crystallography as seen through 15 small molecule crystal structures".
Report on OpenLab Turkey
Forty-five students attended the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Turkey, organized in partnership with Agilent Technologies. The workshop took place at the Dokuz Eylül University at İzmir in Turkey. It focused on single-crystal structure determination by X-ray diffraction and aimed to cover all steps from mounting the crystal to reporting the results. The programme consisted of lectures and practical sessions; the lectures dealt with crystal symmetry, X-ray diffraction from a crystal, phase problem, structure solution and refinement.
Posted 16 Sep 2014
Diving into the heart of the molecules of life
The video Diving into the heart of the molecules of life, prepared by researchers at the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg, France, and available from YouTube in both English and French language versions, provides a detailed and informative introduction to the practice of protein crystallography. Colleagues are invited to prepare versions of this video in other languages.
Posted 26 Aug 2014
Australian commemorative coin
To mark the UNESCO International Year of Crystallography, the Royal Australian Mint has produced a great coin with a focus on crystallography! We have developed a coin series entitled Clever Australia – A Nation of great inventors, marking significant inventions that Australians have invented. The first coin in the series is called Medi-mazing, celebrating medical marvels. It celebrates the great development of X-ray crystallography, and it also features the pacemaker, penicillin, IVF embryo freezing and spray-on skin for burns victims. You can view the coin here on the Australian Mint eShop: https://eshop.ramint.gov.au/2014-1-Medi-mazing-Coin/310586.aspx
In celebration of Australia’s National Science Week, we are going to be embarking on a social media promotional program next week focused on the inventions featured on the coin and will be sure to tag IYCr2014!Michelle Nakamura
Marketing & Communications Manager
Royal Australian Mint
Crystallography in everyday life
The winning entries in the Agilent/IUCr photo competition Crystallography in Everyday Life were announced at the IUCr Congress in Montreal. Two USD 1000 travel bursaries were awarded to: Mélanie Meyer for her witty image When baking meets crystallography; and Jens Preben Morth for IceRowan, showing ice crystals forming on rowan berries. These, along with the most notable other submissions from the 254 entries received for the competition, can be seen in a special section of the the IYCr2014 website.