Event Name

VIII International School on Crystallography and X-ray Diffraction

Start Date 21st Nov 2011
End Date 25th Nov 2011
List of Invited speakers. (for more information, lease visit: www.imre.oc.uh.cu/cristalografia
  • 1. Dr. Jasper Plaisier (ELETTRA Synchrotron, Trieste Italy)
  • 2. Prof. Dr.Dr.h.c Peter Paufler ( Institut f. Strukturphysik, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
  • 3. Dr. Eduardo Granado (National Lab. of Synchrotron Radiation, LNLS, Campinas, Brasil)
  • 4. Dr. Ernesto Estevez Rams, IMRE – University of Havana, Cuba
  • 5. Dr. Juan Rodriguez-Carvajal, Institut Laue-Langevin. Diffraction group. Grenoble, France
The 8th International School on Crystallography and X – Ray Diffraction will be held at the University of Havana, in November of 2011. The Commission on "Crystallographic Teaching" of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) has granted sponsorship and financial support to the Institute of Sciences and Technology of Material at the University of the Havana for November 2011. This edition will address the subject of experiments at Synchrotron Light Sources.

The school oriented to students from all over the world and especially, to those from the region where it takes place, has had as objective since the first edition to join the community of crystallographers around a common subject and to promote the postgraduate studies on this field of the sciences. The event has already been recognized as official school of one of the IUCr commissions mentioned before. 

Increased Synchrotron Light facilities in the world has allowed the access to these facility to a growing number of researchers from different scientific fields. In our geographical region, the Laboratorio Nacional de Luz Sincrotron (LNLS) in Campinas, Brazil has become an alternative to the scientific research in many countries.

The possibility of using electromagnetic radiation in a wide range of wavelengths, particularly in the range corresponding to hard and soft X - Rays, using both diffraction and absorption techniques, make this facility a very versatile tool.  

Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biotechnology, etc.. are just some examples of different scientific branches which have found in the use of synchrotron light sources the solution for many of their experimental limitations in research.

At the last users meeting held at the LNLS in early 2010, it was shown that in addition to Brazil, the countries of the region that make use of this facility is still limited to a very small number, namely, Argentina, Uruguay, Cuba and Mexico. From this experience, it is necessary to focus our efforts on increasing the number of scientists in our area that can make use of these tools in their research. 

We believe that the next school may be an adequate space for specialists in this field in order to transmit the basic operating principles and capabilities of such facilities.

Headquarter Ciudad de La Habana

San Cristóbal of Havana, founded in 1519 by the Spanish conquerors, was at the very beginnings a forgotten city of the vast Spanish empire, until its strategic location in the means of the Gulf of Mexico, made it the most important port of the New World. Their colonial architecture, considered by the UNESCO as patrimony of the humanity, shows a variety of styles from the Baroque, the rococó, the art nouveau, the art deco, until Moorish influences; but their distinctive sign is the eclecticism in which varied styles mix.

Called by one of their most famous writers, Alejo Carpentier, as the City of the columns, Havana grew from its original enclosure to become a city of two millions citizens, without losing its original beauty and its eclectic distinctive stamp. Valued by another big one of the letters, Ernest Hemingway, like one of the three more beautiful cities in the world, Havana with its malecón and their walks continues surprising with their charms.
Location Havana
URL http://www.imre.oc.uh.cu/cristalografia/index%20english.html

Category IUCr sponsored meetings | Schools
Topics Synchrotron radiation