IUCr activities

18th IUCr Congress Glasgow 1999

How time passes - the IUCr meeting in Glasgow is now not much more than a year away, and the organization is really moving into gear. I thought it might be useful for everyone to know the timetable leading up to the meeting:

The Scientific Programme Committee, chaired by J. Howard, meets just before the ACA meeting in the aptly named Crystal City outside Washington. The programme is the key to any successful meeting, so please pass on suggestions for topics, speakers, plenary lecturers etc. to Judith (j.a.k.howard@durham.ac.uk).

The second announcement will appear in Oct. It will be mailed out via the IUCr Newsletter, as well as to everyone who filled in the 1st announcement. If you are not on any of these mailing lists or you have moved recently e-mail iucr99@chem.gla.ac.uk with your name, address and e-mail address and you will go on to the database. The second announcement will contain the programme, registration information, hotel booking forms, details of all the social and accompanying members programmes, and the pre/post-congress tours: it is the definitive document for '99.

Abstracts will be due in Feb. 1999. In general, only electronic submission will be possible. K. Shankland and C. Wilson at the Rutherford Lab. are taking care of this. They did a splendid job for the BCA meeting in St Andrews as a dry run.

Reduced rate registrations will be due by June 1st, and the same deadline applies to hotel and student dormitory accommodation.

On the opening day of the congress there will be a series of workshops. We already have the Cambridge Database, and a powder diffraction workshop arranged. Do you want to organise one? In many ways it is quite simple, most of the administrative work is taken care of by Northern Networking, our professional organisers. E-mail iucr99@chem.gla.ac.uk if you are interested.

Satellites are now arranged as follows:

  • Synchrotron Radiation: B. Cernick is organising this at Daresbury.
  • Neutron Scattering: C. Carlile at Oxford
  • Cambridge Structural Database: F. Allen at Cambridge
  • Computing School: G. Bricogne (and others at the MRC) near Cambridge.

Finally, visit our web page: it is updated regularly and has the URL: http://www.chem.gla.ac.uk/iucr99/. A. Lapthorn at Glasgow U. Chemistry Dept is the web master. And don't forget, if none of this persuades you to attend, we have arranged an 80% eclipse of the sun on Aug. 11!

Chris Gilmore