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DECTRIS award for innovative researchers

The DECTRIS Award recognizes innovative researchers and helps them share their findings with a broader audience at a scientific conference. The winner of the DECTRIS Award will receive CHF 1000. Half to attend your chosen conference, while the remaining CHF 500 is yours to spend in any way you like. More information and eligibility criterira… Read More »

BCA Spring Meeting Abstract Deadline – Monday 9am!

The abstract deadline for the BCA Spring Meeting has just been extened untill Monday the 18th at 9.00 GMT. Please submit your abstracts here. Remember that all abstracts for the YCG Satellite Meeting are submitted as posters  for both the YCG and the Main Meeting. Oral presentations at the YCG Satellite Meeting will be based… Read More »

HERCULES 2019 – 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 (18th March to 19th April, 2019) includes lectures (60%), hands-on practicals and tutorials at partner institutes (DESY and the European XFEL in Hamburg, Germany, Elettra and FERMI in Trieste, Italy, ESRF, ILL in Grenoble in Paris-Saclay, PSI in Villigen, Switzerland, Soleil and LLB) and Grenoble Laboratories (CEA, CNRS, EMBL, IBS).

The school includes a common part and two parallel sessions:
– Applications to Biomolecular, Soft Condensed matter Structure and Dynamics
– Applications to 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:
• Contact email:

Holistic Approaches to Structural Characterisation: BCA IG Autumn Meeting 2018

The Industrial Group of the British Crystallography Association and the CCP-NC are happy to announce a joint meeting entitled “Holistic Approaches to Structural Characterisation” on the 13-14th November (mid-morning to lunchtime), in Durham.

The meeting will focus on presenting NMR crystallography (particularly of small molecule organics) to crystallographers working in industry, as well as providing opportunities for crystallographers to explain the challenges they face. It should be an excellent opportunity to establish new contacts.

For more information look Here, and to register follow the link Here.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Chemical Crystallography @ Central Facilities: BCA CCG Autumn Meeting 2018

Registration is now live for this year’s BCA CCG Autumn meeting at Queen’s University Belfast on 31st October 2018.
This year’s meeting will be focused on the topic of “Chemical Crystallography @ Central Facilities”. Register here for this exciting one-day meeting!

Opportunities for student and ECR attendees:

  • Student poster session. This year’s meeting will include a lunchtime student poster session, ensuring lots of opportunities for student to get experience of presenting their research in a friendly atmosphere. Student attendees who wish to present a poster during the lunchtime poster session should email their poster title to Katharina Edkins ( no later than 5pm on 26th October 2018.
  • Early Career travel bursaries. Thanks to our fantastic meeting sponsors, there will be the opportunity for early-career researchers presenting at the meeting to receive a small bursary contribution towards their travel expenses. Please contact Katharina Edkins ( for further information.

With a strong variety of talks from scientists working with Central Facilities across the UK, Europe and the USA in areas including synchrotron, neutron, laser spectroscopy and computational research, the meeting will be of broad interest for researchers and students in Chemical Crystallography.

There will also be a lunchtime poster session and prizes with plenty of opportunities for student participation and networking.

BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting

Save the date! the BCA Industrial Group Autumn Meeting on the ‘Holistic approaches to structural characterisation’ will take place on the 13th – 14th November, 2018 at Durham University.

PCG Intensive School in Physical Crystallography

Registration is now open for the first PCG Intensive School in Physical Crystallography taking place from the 18th – 21st of June 2018, Cosener’s House, Abingdon.

The instructors and topics covered on the course will be:

  • Translational Symmetry and Reciprocal Space – Mike Glazer, Oxford
  • Phonons and the Theory of Soft Mode Phase transitions – Martin Dove, QMUL
  • Irreducible Representation Analysis – Mark Senn, Warwick
  • Landau Theory – Michael Carpenter, Cambridge
  • Modulated Crystal Structures – John Claridge, Liverpool

Registration closes at midnight on the 12th of April so get your applications in!

Hot Topics In Contemporary Crystallography 2018 (HTCC2018)

Registration and bursary application for the Hot Topics In Contemporary Crystallography 2018 (HTCC2018) are now open.

HTCC2018 will be held in Bol, on the island of Brac, Croatia, from Sep. 23 to 27, 2018.

The three hot topics to be tackled this year are:

  • Crystallography under extreme conditions (HT1)
  • Total scattering and PDF analysis of complex materials (HT2), and
  • Dynamical crystallography (HT3)

Bursaries are available to PhD students and Postdocs employed by a public university or research institution.

Now is your chance to get involved with the YCG!

This years’ YCG Satellite Meeting at the BCA Spring Meeting sees a number of committee positions opening up as members are finishing out their two year terms. The following positions are now open for nominations.

Chair (Sam Horrell stepping down)

  • Liaison to the BCA council and management of the group at large

Secretary/Treasurer (Elliot Carrington stepping down)

  • Handles the groups finances, takes minutes at meetings etc

Chemical Crystallography Group Representative (Claire Hobday stepping down)

  • Represents the specific interests of young crystallographers in Chemical Crystallography

Physical Crystallography Group Representative (Charlotte Kirk stepping down)

  • Represents the specific interests of young crystallographers in Physical Crystallography

Industrial Crystallography Group Representative (Alex Cousen stepping down)

  • Represents the specific interests of young crystallographers in Industrial Crystallography

Ordinary Member (Genevieve Baker stepping down)

  • Generally helpful person whenever they are needed

If you are interesting in working as part of the YCG committee to represent the interests of young crystallographers to the BCA and help in planning the YCG Satellite meeting along with education and outreach events in any of the above roles please contact the current chair ( and secretary ( Nominated persons will be voted on at the YCG annual general meeting at the BCA Spring Meeting in Warwick. If you are unable to attend a member of the committee can read out a preprepared statement on your behalf.

I look forward to seeing you all at the YCG meeting in March, watch this space for further updates on the meeting.

Sam Horrell

YCG Chair

Parkin Lecture, 2018 – Nomination Deadline 26th of January

To recognise the outstanding achievements of the late Dr Andrew Parkin in his roles as scientist and teacher, the YCG holds an annual Parkin Lecture at the YCG satellite meeting. The YCG satellite directly precedes the BCA Spring Meeting, which this year takes place at the University of Warwick from 26 – 29 March 2018. The prize lecture is awarded to a Young Crystallographer who has been recognised for outstanding contributions to promoting science, raising public awareness of science, teaching crystallography/science or showing originality in outreach and teaching activities.

Friday 26th January is the deadline for nominations by peers and/or supervisors. If you know someone deserving of this award, please nominate them! Full details can be found here.