HERCULES 2018 – European School

HERCULES is a European course for PhD students and young researchers using Neutrons and Synchrotron Radiation for applications in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Hard & Soft Condensed Matter.

The 1-month school (25 February-30 March, 2018) includes lectures (60%), hands-on practicals and tutorials at partner institutes (Elettra and FERMI in Trieste, Italy, ESRF, ILL in Grenoble, Soleil and LLB in Paris-Saclay, PSI in Villigen, Switzerland) and Grenoble Laboratories (CEA, CNRS, EMBL, IBS).

The school includes a common part and two parallel sessions:
– Biomolecular, soft condensed matter structure & dynamics
– Physics and chemistry of condensed matter

Bursaries/reduced costs
– A limited number of bursaries will be available either to reduce registration fees or cover travel costs.


More information
• Hercules website: http://hercules-school.eu/
• Full list of lectures: http://hercules-school.eu/24-session-program.htm
• Contact email: hercules@hercules-school.eu

Pint of Science: Uniting Scientists and the Public Over a Pint

Science communication is a difficult but vital part of engaging the public in science and technology, and in ensuring continuing public support for scientific research, university education and research council funding via the taxpayer. That said, it can be hard to know how to engage the public in your research, or for the interested public to know where to go to be engaged. One international science festival has a unique and brilliant solution: the scientists take their research to the pub.

Natalie Tatum – BCG Representative

Committee Positions Available

Several members of the current YCG committee are due to finish their term at this year’s AGM. Consequently we are currently looking for new and enthusiastic members to become involved in the committee. These positions are a great way to be connected with the crystallographic community, but generally do not require much in the way of time commitment. The positions currently available are:

– Deputy Chair
– BSG Group Representative
– Ordinary Member (3 positions available)

Nominations for these positions need to be supported by two other YCG members, which should send an email to the YCG secretary, Elliot Carrington (elliot.carrington@sheffield.ac.uk). The AGM will be held on Monday 10th April during the YCG Satellite meeting of the upcoming BCA Spring Meeting in Lancaster

You can still become involved in the committee even if you are unable to attend this year’s AGM.

If anyone has any queries about the positions please feel free to get in contact with Elliot or the rest of the committee. Full details of the current committee and their contact details can be found at ycg.crystallography.org.uk/the-committee/

Thanks and best wishes,
Elliot Carrington
Secretary / Treasurer YCG

YCG/CCG: Would you publish this?

BCA_2017The YCG is chairing a joint session with the CCG during the main meeting.
This interactive session will discuss problematic crystal structures that can be hard to interpret and publish.
After the opening keynote talk by Dr. Iñigo J. Vitórica-Yrezábal (University of Manchester), the session is open for anyone to describe structural results that raise the session title question.
This is a great opportunity for young crystallographers to share their work, where they can interact with a friendly audience, who with years of experience will provide constructive advice.
Problems might include charge imbalance or other chemical issues, poor resolution or data completeness, complicated disorder, highly restrained models, unexplained residual electron density, etc.
A formal abstract is not required, but please contact the session organisers (Claire Hobday, c.hobday@ed.ac.uk or William Lewis, william.lewis@nottingham.ac.uk) in advance of the meeting (as soon as possible!) if you wish to contribute.

To.Sca.Lake 2.0 Summer School

Lake como SchoolIf you are interested in Total Scattering techniques in particular applied to nanomaterials, the To.Sca.Lake 2.0 summer school will be held at the end of May on the banks of the beautiful lake Como. The course will run from May 29 – June 2, 2017 and registration is now open!

The program includes lectures by world-wide experts in total scattering, nanomaterials, saxs and light scattering. Tutorial sessions on Debussy and PDFgui/diffpy-cmi are scheduled with real applications. There is also the possibility of submitting an abstract together with the application, to give an oral presentation.

Please find further information on the website – http://tsnl.lakecomoschool.org/.

See you soon on lake Como!

BCA Spring Meeting 2017 Abstract Deadline

The BCA Spring Meeting 2017 abstract deadline is fast approaching! All abstracts must be submitted by 9AM Friday 20th of January, one week today. You are all encouraged to submit abstracts to the Young Crystallographers satellite meeting or to the main meeting.

This year we have a great program lined up with plenary talks from Stefan Kaskel (Technische Universität Dresden) and Simon Coles (University of Southampton). We also have a educational session were we have 3 invited speakers to unite the fields of chemical, physical and biological crystallography, Matthias Gutmann (ISIS), Helen Playford (ISIS) and Jane Endicott (University of Newcastle). However there are lots of slots for You to present your work whether that be a poster or an oral presentation so please submit your abstracts here and see you there!

BCA Industrial Group Meeting – 10-11th November 2016

bca_igRegistration is now open for the BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting entitled “Diffraction of amorphous and disordered materials” which will be held at Diamond Light Source, Oxfordshire over two days, 10-11th November 2016.

Early bird registration fees are available until the 14th October and reduced fees for students are also available. Some student bursaries are also available, please contact the chair Cheryl.doherty@pfizer.com if you wish to apply.

For more information for this event and the bursary’s available please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/bcaindgrp/meetings/autumn-meeting-2016

For any other info just contact our own Alex Cousen at A.J.P.Cousen@bath.ac.uk

ECM-30 – Science Slam and EYC Satellite Meeting


At the ECM this summer in Basel there will be a Science Slam taking place during the meeting!

For this you will have three minutes to present your research to a large public, in an entertaining way. You can use powerpoint or other supports – as you wish but remember, you have only 3 minuets so make them count! The decision will be taken by the public using an applaudimeter… and the winner will win a prize. For inspiration checkout the Famelab YouTube channel.

There are now only a few days to get your abstracts in to present at the European Young Crystallographers Satellite Meeting! For all the information please got to the European Young Crystallographers website.

See you in Basel!

European Young Crystallographers Satellite Meeting – ECM-30

As paEYC ECM30rt of the European Crystallographic Association meeting ECM-30 in Basel there will be a Young Crystallographers Satellite Meeting taking place. This will be on Sunday the 28th of August, the day before the main meeting and you are all invited to attend. Abstract submission open till the 30th of June!

For more information on registration and abstracts please visit the European Young Crystallographers website. See you in Basel!

Joint BCA/RSC XRF Meeting – 15th June

On the 15th of June the BCA Industrial Group will hold a joint meeting with the RSC for XRF, X-Ray Florescence, at the University of Leicester. This should be a fun and useful meeting for anyone interested in the technique. Registration closes on the 9th of June and they are offering a limited number of free places for students.

More information can be found on the XRF – Industrial Group website or by contacting the IG representative Alex Cousen (University of Bath).