The main conference drew to a close following an inspiring lecture by Nobel Prize winner Dan Shechtman “Quasi-Periodic Materials – Crystals Redefined”.
Conference organisers Sandy Blake and Elspeth Garman thanked the many people involved in planning and running the meeting; the meeting has been an outstanding success thanks to a lot of hard work behind the scenes. A special thanks to Mike Glazer, Pam Thomas and their team for the wonderful ‘Two Braggs Exhibition’ which has run throughout the meeting and brought together a fascinating and inspiring collection of artefacts, art and correspondence never before seen in one exhibition.
During the closing ceremony many poster prizes were awarded. Congratulations to all of the well-deserving winners. Details will appear in the meeting reports, which will be linked from here, in due course.
The organisers would like to thank all of the exhibitors and sponsors of ECM28 for their financial support and contributions to the conference, both scientific and social. We are very grateful to the International Union of Crystallography, the European Crystallographic Association and the British Crystallographic Association for their support.
Finally, on behalf of the other organisers and delegates: a special thank you to Sandy and Elspeth for delivering an exciting, stimulating, and well run conference! See you at ECM29 in Rovinj, Croatia.
Last night was the conference Gala Dinner and Ceilidh – we hope everyone is feeling bright and breezy and ready for another action packed day at ECM 28.
Plenary Lecture and Closing Ceremony
The conference plenary lecture Quasi-Periodic Materials – Crystals Redefined by Professor Dan Shechtman will take place at 17:30 in Butterworth Hall. The lecture will be immediately followed by the ECM 28 Closing Ceremony.
Poster Prizes will be presented at the ECM Closing Ceremony which starts at 18:30 on Thursday 29 August 2013 in the Butterworth Hall.
Excursion to Diamond
If you are booked on the excursion to visit Diamond Light Source and ISIS neutron source – coaches will leave from outside the Arts Centre at 08:00 and will arrive back at the University at 15:00
On the day that you leave, please vacate your room by 09:30am and drop your key card in the box in your accommodation, or return it to reception.
Don’t forget to take your poster with you!
This is the last ECM28 daily newsletter, we hope you have found it a useful addition to the printed and online conference programme. We wish you a safe journey home and look forward to seeing you at IUCr2014 in Montreal and ECM29 in Croatia in 2015.
09:00 – 20:00 The Two Braggs Exhibiton. A major exhibition celebrating the lives of W. H. and W. L. Bragg, running throughout ECM28: for the first time it will be possible to view historic equipment, notebooks, honours, letters, films and artwork. The exhibition will be open from 09:00 – 20:00 every day in the Helen Martin Studio in the Arts Centre Building.
12:00 A Beamline for Any Occasion “A single-crystal diffraction facility for studying small molecules, not-so-small molecules, and molecules under the influence” – Dave Allan and “X-rays, fragments, and loads of crystals: a chemical microscope for macromolecular crystallography” – Frank von Delft (Theatre)
12:00 Discovery of X-ray Diffraction by Laue, Friedrich and Knipping – a critical account. A. Authier (Woods Scawen Room)
12:00 IUCr Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group “Diffraction Data Deposition Open Forum” A review of the DDD working group progress since 2011 and open discussion with the community (Cinema)
12:00 British Crystallographers: the BCA PCG-SCMP Annual General Meeting will be in the Ensemble Room
13:00 British Crystallographers: the BCA YCG Annual General Meeting will be in the Woods-Scawen Room
13:00 Film: “Driven to Diffraction” (Cinema)
17:30 ECM28 Plenary Lecture: Quasi-Periodic Material – Crystals Redefined by Professor Dan Shechtman (Butterworth Hall)
18:30 Closing Ceremony. Including award of poster prizes (Butterworth Hall)
Wednesday is another action packed day at ECM28 with more great scientific sessions, historical presentations and films. The day concludes with the Gala Dinner and Ceilidh. The third poster session runs from 17:30 – 18:30 and presenting authors are reminded to be beside their poster during this session or to find a co-author to replace them. The following late posters can all be found in Section 8: MS04 – P17; MS08 – P1; MS10 – P29 & P31-P33; MS11 – P02; MS20 – P16; MS20 – P19.
The Gala Dinner will be held this evening in the Panorama Suite of the Rootes Building at 19:30 for 20:00 start. Please don’t forget your dinner ticket as they will be required for entry.
The dinner is to be followed by a traditional Ceilidh dance featuring ThingumaJig Ceilidh Band; delegates are strongly encouraged to join in. No experience is required; each dance is organized in a circle, long set or square and the Ceilidh band caller will call instructions!
Don’t miss these events
09:00 The Two Braggs Exhibition Helen Martin Studio, Arts Centre. Please sign the visitors book.
12:00 A Celebration of a Centenary of Crystallographers: John Jenkin discusses the contribution of Lawrence Bragg to allied successes in World War II, and Jenifer Glynn gives a talk ‘My Sister Rosalind Franklin’
12:00 Bruker Corporate Workshop (Studio)
12:00 A Beamline For Any Occasion – Crystallography at Diamond Light Source D. Hall (UK) and R. Owen (UK) (Arts Centre Theatre)
12:00 Members of the British Crystallographic Association – the AGMs of the Chemical Crystallography Group and Biological Structure Group will be held in the Cinema and Social Sciences, room 8 respectively.
13:00–14:00 Film: Hidden Glory – a play about Dorothy Hodgkin by Georgina Ferry (Arts Centre Cinema) “A triumph – interesting, delightful, entertaining, and informative. What more could one wish? I think the crystallography really did take its place dramatically, as did Dorothy Hodgkin’s excitement at scientific work and discovery.”
13:00–14:00 Career Advice for Early Researchers – P. Raithby & K. Ruane (Studio)
19:30 Gala Dinner and Ceilidh
The Two Braggs Exhibition
If you have not yet had an opportunity to view this fascinating exhibition you are strongly encouraged to visit. The exhibit is running throughout the ECM28 meeting to celebrate the lives of W.H. and W.L. Bragg: for the first time it is possible to view historic equipment, notebooks, honours, letters, films and artwork. The exhibition is open from 09:00 – 20:00 every day in the Helen Martin Studio in the Arts Centre Building.
If you are leaving tomorrow: please vacate your room by 09:30 and drop your key card in the box in your accommodation, or return it to reception.
If you wish to share a taxi to the airport or station at the end of the conference, there will be a sign-up sheet available in the Rootes Building reception between 08:00 and 18:00 today.
POSTER SESSION II
A buffet dinner will be provided for delegates this evening in the Arts Centre at 18:30 during the second poster session and exhibition. Presenting authors are reminded to be beside their poster during the designated sessions (17:30-18:30) or to find a co-author to replace them. The following late posters can all be found in Section 8: MS04 – P17; MS08 – P1; MS10 – P29 & P31-P33; MS11 – P02; MS20 – P16; MS20 – P19.
If you wish to share a taxi to the airport or station at the end of the conference, there will be a sign-up sheet available in the Rootes Building reception between 08:00 and 18:00 today and tomorrow.
MEET YOUR ECA REPRESENTATIVES
There is an opportunity for ECA Individual Members to meet informally with their elected representatives on the ECA Council today, 12:00-13:00 in room 020 of the Social Sciences Building. It will be possible to discuss any matters of interest, and provide input to the Council meetings. There is no fixed agenda. Others are welcome to come also, and find out about the benefits of being an Individual Member, so please encourage your friends and colleagues to join in.
THE TWO BRAGGS EXHIBITION
A major exhibition is running throughout ECM28 to celebrate the lives of W.H. and W.L. Bragg: for the first time it is possible to view historic equipment, notebooks, honours, letters, films and artwork. The exhibition is open from 09:00 – 20:00 every day in the Helen Martin Studio in the Arts Centre Building.
Please note that due to travel problems, talk MS12-04 has been cancelled, and therefore presentation MS12-05 by Michael Hough will take place at 11:20, earlier than originally scheduled.
NOT TO BE MISSED TODAY
12:00–13:00 Meet your ECA representatives. Room 020 of the Social Sciences building. See above for more information.
12:00-14:00 ECA SIG Meetings – various locations. See the programme for more information.
12:00 – 14:00 Crystallographic Software Fayre in the Social Sciences building
13:00 – 14:00 Agilent Workshop The Agilent Workshop will be held today in the Studio for pre-registered delegates.
13:00 – 14:00 British Crystallographic Association AGM (Woods Scawen room)
13:00–14:00 Film: 50 years a winner – a film made in 1965 to celebrate the 1915 Nobel prize awarded to the Braggs (Arts Centre Cinema)
16:00 – 16:30 Crystallographic Software Fayre.
17:30-18:30 Film: el misterio de los cristales gigantes (a documentary about crystals in caves) (Arts Centre Cinema)
19:00 Young Crystallographers Mixer in the Rootes building bar.
Approximately 100 years ago in Germany Max Theodor Felix von Laue (1879-1960), Paul Karl Moritz Knipping (1883-1935) and Walter Friedrich (1883–1968) showed that X-rays could be diffracted by crystals. Laue was subsequently awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914. Following this discovery, the unique partnership, father and son, William Henry Bragg (1862-1942) and William Lawrence Bragg (1890-1971) in England, successfully showed how x-ray diffraction could lend itself to the solution of crystal structures, for which they shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1915. A major exhibition is planned to coincide with the ECM28 at the University of Warwick to celebrate their lives: for the first time it will be possible to view historic equipment, notebooks, honours, letters, films and artwork. The exhibition will be open to all participants and to the public at large.
Registered delegates should have received travel directions and check-in/registration instructions by email; the same information is also available on this website.
Accommodation is no longer available on site, but a list of off-site accommodation is available here.
We are looking forward to meeting delegates throughout the packed and exciting ECM28scientific and social programme.
– The ECM28 organising committee.
For the European Crystallographic Meeting in Warwick, the Young Crystallographers’ Group of the British Crystallographic Association and the European General Interest Group for Young Crystallographers (GIG-YC) are joining forces to establish the European Young Crystallographers satellite meeting, in order to promote interaction between up-and-coming and more established crystallographers.
The European Young Crystallographers satellite meeting will take place at ECM28, Warwick, UK on Sunday 25th August 2013, prior to the ECM opening ceremony. This satellite meeting will be the first of its kind at a European level and will run from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. The opening lecture will be a plenary by Dr Birger Dittrich, followed by three sessions for oral presentations and a poster session dedicated to young crystallographers (anyone under the age of 35) presenting their work. The meeting will cost £15 to attend, and this includes registration, coffee and lunch. This fee has been subsidized by the European Crystallographic Association and the International Union of Crystallography, and we are very grateful for their financial support.
We feel that this satellite meeting is an extremely valuable event for young researchers and believe that it will help create a network for young crystallographers, enabling them to communicate their research in an informal environment and to establish connections with other young crystallographers. Given the significance of 2013 to many crystallographers around the world with the centenary of the Braggs’, we want to ensure that we celebrate the contributions of younger members and to continue promoting the fantastic work of these up-and-coming scientists. We strongly urge all young crystallographers to support this meeting and present their work via a poster or an oral presentation.
We look forward to welcoming you to Warwick, so register NOW and don’t miss out!
The European Crystallographic Association has awarded the seventh Max Perutz Prize to:
Prof. Randy J. Read
for his contribution to the development and application of advanced statistical approaches to all stages of protein structure solution.
The Seventh Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association Prize goes to Professor Randy J. READ from the Department of Haematology, University of Cambridge, UK.
Randy Read is recognised his major contribution in the development and application of statistical methods for the calculation of crystallographic Fourier maps, and maximum likelihood methods and their impact on phasing, benefitting many laboratories in the world working with structures of macromolecules. In addition to the development of outstanding crystallographic methods, he has been studying medically relevant proteins, particularly those for which the structure may be useful in the development of new therapies.
Click here for further information.
The father and son team who were awarded the Nobel Prize in 1915 “for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays”. You don’t need to be a Nobel Laureate to take part; Stephen Soanes has kindly put together a quiz (just for fun) – you may learn something new about these two scientists.
The quiz coincides with the opening of the Two Braggs Exhibition at the University of Warwick during the ECM Monday 26th – Friday 30th August 2013 (tickets for non-ECM28 delegates are free, but book first online).
Bursary applications are no longer being accepted: a decision will be communicated to all applicants by 27th May 2013.
An important one-day Symposium to celebrate and develop the role of the CIF information exchange standard in crystallography. Speakers will explain how crystallography, particularly in the field of structure determination, has supremely well developed practices in the collection, analysis, interpretation, publication and archiving of raw and processed data, and the structural information derived from diffraction experiments. The Symposium will celebrate the crystallographic community’s track record in data handling, and also anticipate further advances. Much of crystallography’s success in information management arises from the Crystallographic Information Framework (CIF), a standard now entering its third decade, developed originally for small-molecule structural modelling but now used in many areas of crystallography. New developments in the CIF standard will maintain our position at the leading edge of scientific information characterisation and exchange.
There is no charge for attending the Symposium. However, places are limited and must be pre-booked. Please register using the ECM 28 online registration form.
Further details at http://www.iucr.org/resources/cif/comcifs/symposium-2013
The organisers are delighted to announce that ECM28 will host a special symposium organised by the Bragg Lecture Fund Committee to mark the Bragg Centenary, on 26 August 2013. Bragg Lectures are usually awarded by the committee every three years, but to mark this special anniversary, three lectures have been awarded for a symposium at the ECM 28 meeting in Warwick in 2013:
Prof John Jenkin, biographer of William and Lawrence Bragg
La Trobe University, Australia
William and Lawrence Bragg: time for resurrection!
Dr Airlie McCoy
University of Cambridge, UK
Phasing crystals with single atoms: a century of progress
Prof Bill David
ISIS Facility RAL and University of Oxford, UK
100 years of X-ray crystallography – the continuing Bragg legacy
Chair: Prof Richard Catlow, FRS, University College London.
John Jenkin was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia, is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and of the Australian National University, Canberra, and held postdoctoral appointments in the UK (AERE, Harwell) and the USA (Univ. of Minnesota). In 1968 he joined the Physics Department of La Trobe University, Melbourne, where he became a professor and head of department. He spent the last decade of his career in the history & philosophy of science program of the Faculty of Humanities at La Trobe. In physics his research included nuclear and condensed-matter physics, and in the humanities the historyof the physical sciences in Australia, with an emphasis on biography. Long retired, he is an Emeritus Scholar of La Trobe University. His major recent work is John Jenkin, William and Lawrence Bragg, Father and Son (Oxford: OUP, 2008hb, 2011pb).
Airlie McCoy first heard about crystallography in the Bragg lecture theatre as an undergraduate at the University of Adelaide, and was inspired to go on and complete a PhD in crystallography at the University of Melbourne. She is now based at the University of Cambridge. In addition to the study of structure and function of proteins, most recently in the area of protein transport between intracellular compartments, she has contributed to the
development of software tools that protein crystallographers use for phasing X-ray data, including Phaser and the PHENIX suite. Airlie is committed to teaching crystallography, and has lectured and tutored at many crystallography schools.
Bill David is an STFC Senior Fellow at the ISIS Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He is also a Fellow in Physics at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford and Visiting Professor in the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford where he has a research group that focuses on materials for energy storage. Bill’s supervisor “twice-removed” was W H Bragg – the lineage being Mike Glazer, Kathleen Lonsdale and then William Henry Bragg himself. A small amount of research has shown that this close link to one of the Braggs is not an uncommon occurrence among British crystallographers. Indeed, one hundred years on, the combined impact of both W H and W L Bragg on the world of crystallography and on British crystallography in particular is still strong.
Local structure of crystalline materials using PDF analysis
The aim of this workshop is provide an introduction to total scattering analysis (aka PDF) of
The topics covered will include how to collect the diffraction data, how to produce the
corrected total scattering and how to model the data and extract the useful information.
It is hoped the final programme will be modified to meet the needs of the workshop
The workshop will be held over two full days starting in the morning of the 30 th August after
the main ECM meeting. The registration fee (including tea, coffee and lunch on both days
and possibly dinner on the 30th August if it fits in the cost) is currently planned to be €125.
Registration (including accommodation bookings not included in the registration fee) will be
via the ECM28 website.
Olex2 has become established in the community of small-molecule crystallographers as an easy-to-use unified package that provides tools needed for day-to-day analyses of small molecule structures.
This workshop will introduce a number of advanced structure refinement features available in OLEX2 to a wide audience.
We will introduce a typical OLEX2 workflow followed by several in-depth examples of how non-routine structures may be refined. Particular attention will be paid to refinement of disordered structures and what advantages OLEX2 offers in handling them.
The day will consist of structured ‘instruction’ sessions, interspersed by plenty of ‘hands-on’ sessions, where you can apply these procedures and new skills to your own structures.
The number of places is limited to 50 participants, and the provisional cost will be 80 euros for this full-day workshop.
ECACOMSIG, the European Crystallographic Association’s Computing Special Interest Group, is organising a two day Computing School on 23rd – 24th of August 2013, immediately before the European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM28) at Warwick University.
The School will provide an introduction to software development for crystallography students and post-docs – especially those who are not currently involved with software development (or at an early stage of this). We will not be teaching the basics of programming, so students will need to be familiar with at least one programming or scripting language in current use. These include both modern languages (e.g. Python, C++, Java) or older languages, such as Fortran, C, Perl or Tcl.
The School will be held over two full days, starting in the morning of 23rd August 2013, so students and teachers should plan to arrive on the evening of Thursday 22nd August.
The School will be open to a maximum of 30 applicants. A limited number of bursaries will be available to assist with the cost of attendance. For more information on bursaries, please contact Harry Powell
The registration fee (including dinner on 22nd and 23rd August, and lunch and refreshments on 23rd and 24th August) is currently planned to be €125.
Registration (including accommodation bookings) will be via the ECM28 website
Further details will be posted on the ECACOMSIG website as they become available.
We look forward to seeing you in Warwick!
The 28th European Crystallographic Meeting will be held in Warwick during August 2013, organized by our British crystallographer colleagues.
We would like to welcome and invite to Warwick all crystallographers and scientists with interests in crystallography and crystal growth to share with us their scientific views and new achievements. It will also provide an excellent opportunity to strengthen the links with the IUCr and the regional associates AsCA and ACA.
The Program Committee is organizing a diverse scientific program of microsymposia and keynote lectures in five focus areas to illustrate the growth in science of the ECA Special Interest Groups and the additional networking activity of the General Interest Groups. At ECM28 we will celebrate the centenary of the first crystal structure determinations, and have the opportunity to view at first hand some of the original equipment used by the Bragg father and son, William Henry and William Lawrence. The award ceremony of the 7th Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association will also take place during ECM28.
Another important component of the meeting is the ECA Council, where the councillors from 33 national members get together with the three individual members’ representatives and the corporate associate members’ representative to review the work of the Association.
Everything is in place for a successful 28th European Crystallographic Meeting, and I hope that you will accept this invitation from the ECA and our British crystallographer colleagues. I also look forward to welcoming you in person at Warwick.
European Crystallographic Association
It is a pleasure to invite you to join us for the 28th Meeting of the European Crystallographic Association in Warwick University in August 2013. Warwick is a great location for the meeting, with good quality on-site accommodation, easy transport links from Europe and, in the Warwick Arts Centre, an excellent conference venue. We are in the process of finalising a wide-ranging scientific programme and hope to also have exhibits and activities to celebrate our crystallographic heritage, 2013 being one hundred years since the pioneering work of William and Lawrence Bragg. We encourage you to come to what we are confident will be an exciting meeting and all of us in the British Crystallographic Association look forward to welcoming you to Warwick next August.
Prof Sandy Blake (Chair) and Prof Elspeth Garman (co-Chair)
ECM28 Organising Committee
Prof David Keen
President of the British Crystallographic Association