Building on disciplinary strengths
Marvin Hackert, President of the IUCr, answers some questions about IYCr2014 and forthcoming events in this article on the ICSU Annual Report 2014 (find it at pag. 17).
We, the undersigned, commit
As the final formal action of the International Year of Crystallography, after reviewing the worldwide accomplishments and achievements in the Conference "Crystallography for the next generation", the IUCr has released a resolution with a forward-looking focus on how to sustain momentum and build on the success of the Year.
The resolution has been signed so far by representatives of the IUCr, UNESCO, TWAS, ICSU Regional Office for Africa, IUBMB and IUPAP. The organisations signing the resolution commit, through a number of activities, to (i) enhance the stature of crystallography, (ii) build capacity in developing regions of the world and (iii) extend further the public understanding of science in general and crystallography in particular.
The full text of the resolution is available here.
We invite individuals to add their own private endorsement of the actions and goals set out in the IYCr2014 Legacy Resolution by completing the form at http://www.iycr2014.org/declarations/legacy-endorsement.
2015 edition now open
The second edition of the IUCr Crystal growing competition is now open to schoolchildren from every part of the world. To enter the contest, participants must submit their videos by 22 November 2015.
We aim at building a network of local, national or regional crystal growing contests and we invite all coordinators to contact and join us. As part of the international network of crystal growing competitions, you will be entitled to use this badge and invite your participants to send their videos to the IUCr and have an extra opportunity to win a prize at the worldwide level!
And the winner is ...
Watch the movie of the official announcement of the winners of the IYCr2014 crystal growing competition at the IYCr legacy conference "Crystallography for the next generation" in Rabat, 22-24 April 2015.
A photo gallery of the laureates with their medals and certificates is on our facebook page. If you haven't done it so far, please send us your photo and we will add it to the gallery.
CRISTALES: a world to discover
Congratulations to J.M. Garcia-Ruiz, F. Otalora, A. Garcia-Caballero, L.A. González-Ramíreza and C. Verdugo-Escamillaa on publishing their article "CRISTALES: a world to discover. An exhibition for schools and universities" on the Journal of Applied Crystallography.
The exhibition CRISTALES was designed and launched on the occasion of the International Year of Crystallography. It aims to convey a fresh insight into crystallography by placing an emphasis on the most appealing aspects and the most important contributions of crystallography to society, including new materials, solar energy, drug research, electronic materials, cosmetics and the design of new chemicals to improve industrial processes in various fields. CRISTALES has been specifically developed for schools and universities and is composed of 14 posters, all shown and thoroughly described in the paper.
India to host the XXIV Congress & General Assembly of the IUCr
India will host the 24th Congress & General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography from 21st to 28th August 2017.
A cutting edge program with plenaries, keynotes, microsymposia and posters, commercial exhibits, satellite meetings, workshops and official meetings of the IUCr is planned. This will be a state of the art international meeting set in the unique ambience of India. Hyderabad is a modern city of 9 million people that has gained prominence as an important software and pharmaceutical centre. Its iconic symbol is the Charminar or four minarets, which draws its inspiration from the tetragonal crystal system. It is the central motif in our logo for IUCr 2017.
The web site for the Congress is now available and functional. Find out information about the venue and much much more!
We are sure that IUCr 2017 will be an experience to remember for everyone.
Next stop: Tunisia
The IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Tunisia has been successfully held in the form of a travelling lab. Thanks to the partnership with Bruker AXS, a portable powder diffractomer D2 has travelled to Monastir first (14-17 May 2015) and then to Nabeul (20-23 May 2015). More than 50 students attended in total the workshops organized in the two venues by Mohsen Graia (Monastir) and Habib Boughzala (Nabeul). Big thanks to them and to the Tunisian Crystallographic Association for the wonderful organization.
Click here to read a full report.
La cristallographie au coeur de toutes les sciences
Great success for the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Algeria, which was held at the Université frères Mentouri in Constantine from 9 to 14 May 2015 and organized in partnership with Bruker. A total of 80 students (40 from Constantine and 40 from other Algerian as well as Tunisian and Moroccan universities) have attended the OpenLab, which also included several hands-on tutorials and the exhibition "Voyage dans le Cristal".
Click here to download the programme book of the event. A photo gallery will be available soon.
Posted 19 May 2015