Meeting report

Eleventh Slovenian - Croatian meeting

Bohinj, Slovenia, June 2002

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Science not only knows no boundaries, but has a way of dissolving them. Sixty-eight crystallographers from seven countries gathered at the 11th Slovenian-Croatian crystallographic meeting.

[Plenary lecturers] Plenary lecturers (from left) G. Giester, D. Matkovic-Calogovic, B. Modec, H. Boehm, and E.R.T. Tiekink atthe 11th Slovenian-Croatian crystallographic meeting.
There were five plenary lectures 'Phase Transitions In Modulated Structures' (H. Boehm, Germany), 'Five Years Of CCD X-Ray Data Collection At Vienna University' (G. Giester, Austria), 'Adventures In Engineering Molecular Solids' (E.R.T. Tiekink, Singapore), 'Protein Crystallography - A Small Molecule Crystallographer’s View' (D. Matkovic-Calogovic, Croatia), 'Oxomolybdenum(V) Clusters Built of Dinuclear Metal-Metal Bonded Units' (B. Modec, Slovenia)], and 40 additional oral presentations including contributions from representatives of Bruker-Nonius, Anton Paar and Mikro-Polo. The short presentations concerned proteins, organic and organometallic structures, inorganic structures, coordination compounds, metallic alloys and oxides, minerals, powder diffraction, microporous material, and zeolites.

L. Golic (Ljubljana) and B. Kamenar (Zagreb) began this series of meetings in 1992 after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and maintained their annual organization. The rainy excursion to the vast green forests of Pokljuka, a plateau in the Julian Alps was exceptionally memorable. The crystallographers from Slovenia and Croatia have been gathering now for 11 years.

E. Tillmanns (Vienna, Austria) and E.R.T. Tiekink (Singapore), Co-editors of two crystallographic journals, attended the meeting. The latter is one of the most prolific writers of crystallographic papers (714 papers with 3274 citations, Web of Science, ISI).

In the Closing Remarks, S. Popovic (Zagreb, Croatia) expressed gratitude to the lecturers, the sponsors, and the Organizing Committee and announced that 'In order to match the beauty of the Bohinj Lake in the Triglav Nat’l Park, the excursions at the 12th C-S meeting in June, 2003 will be to Plitvice Lakes Nat’l Park. The park is protected by UNESCO as a world heritage site. The sixteen clear water lakes, water falls with fascinating audio and visual beauty, and the blue-green water enhances the beauty of the green woods. All bona fide scientists and their friends are invited to attend the Meeting.' For additional information, contact S. Popovic (Zagreb, Croatia) at spopovic@phy.hr.

Ivan Leban