Crystallography matters ... more!
The year 2014 was declared the International Year of Crystallography by the United Nations in order to raise awareness in the world at large about the importance of crystallography in the modern world. Through an incredible variety of activities worldwide, that objective has been brought to life for thousands of schoolchildren, university students and the general public. Many events have been sponsored by UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography, supported by industrial and academic sponsors, and made real by a host of willing volunteers. They have ranged from Science Fairs for schoolchildren, to professional-level OpenLab workshops and training sessions, to international summit meetings to shape future policy. They have ignited a fire in the new generation, most especially in parts of the developing world where structural science is still an infant science. Crystallography now matters ... more!
To build on these successes, the International Union of Crystallography is embarking on an ambitious set of new initiatives to ensure that this newly kindled flame does not go out. More OpenLabs will be commissioned; more sustained efforts will be made in capacity building; more effort will go into public outreach activities.
An "IYCr legacy fund" has been established and everyone can donate to support these initiatives. The conference "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr" will be held in Rabat (Morocco) on 23-24 April 2015 and is aimed at reviewing all the activities associated with IYCr - all that has been (and is being) done, what was successful, what was not so successful, etc. - and discussing how to transform the activities into long-term sustainable actions. Participation is free but registration is required.
Reports from OpenLab Cambodia
Since mid-2013, when a Rigaku MiniFlex X-ray diffractometer was installed at the Department of Geo-resources and Geotechnical Engineering (GGE) at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC), the students in the department have been introduced to X-ray diffraction and crystallography. To increase their knowledge, the first IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab in Cambodia, in partnership with Rigaku, was held at the ITC in conjunction with IYCr2014 from July 7 to 11, 2014.
Posted 11 Dec 2014
While the OpenLab Hong Kong (partnered by Agilent and OlexSys) is just over and the OpenLab Vietnam (partnered by Bruker) is taking place in these days, the number of applications for the OpenLab Turkey 2 (partnered by PANalytical, to be held in Ankara on 19-22 January 2015), has already reached 90, with entries from 22 different countries! Final deadline is 15 December. Every effort will be made to increase the capacity of the OpenLab. Notifications to selected participants are due by the end of next week.
Ri Channel wins European award!
Congratulations to the Royal Institution Channel team on winning the New Media award sponsored by EuroScience for the 'Celebrating Crystallography' animation at the European Science TV and New Media Awards!
See the videos of the Crystallography Collection of the Ri Channel on the IYCr2014.org web site or visit the Ri web site.
Read more about the award at http://www.rigb.org/about/news/winter-2014/european-science-tv-and-new-media-awards.
Mexican commemorative stamp
OpenLab Turkey 2: dates fixed
The IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Turkey 2, organized in collaboration with PANalytical BV, Atomika Teknik, UNAM, the National Nanotechnology Research Center at Bilkent University in Ankara and the Turkish Crystallographic Association will be held in Ankara from 19 to 22 January 2015.
Registrations are open.
Spreading the Word About Crystallography in an International Year
The article "IYCr2014: Spreading the Word About Crystallography in an International Year" by Brian McMahon and Michele Zema (IUCr) will be discussed online on 24 to 26 November during the 2014 Fall Newsletter virtual conference of the DivCHED CCCE of the American Chemical Society.
The full article is available here. To take part in the online discussion you need to set up a free account at http://confchem.ccce.divched.org/2014FallCCCENL.
National Workshop on Crystallography Education 2014
A National Workshop on Crystallography Education sponsored by the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT-Northeast) was organised at Gauhati University on November 8, 2014. Prof. Gautam R. Desiraju (Former IUCr President and IISc, Bangalore) took the initiative by encouraging us to organize an event specifically in the North-East region of India where the field of crystallography has not developed so far compared to the rest of the country. The purpose of organizing this workshop was to celebrate the centenary year of X-ray crystallography and popularize the subject among the students and young researchers as part of IYCr activities.
Click here to read a comment by Gautam Desiraju and a report by Ranjit Thakuria.
Posted 19 Nov 2014