Bovec, Slovenia, June, 2004
The 13th Slovenian-Croatian Crystallographic Meeting followed the tradition of the previous ones to be yet another example of joining people together in science and pleasure. Sixty seven crystallographers with accompanying persons predominantly from Croatia and Slovenia, have proved once again that we are able to maintain a reasonably high scientific level of crystallographic research and at the same time maintain friendships inside our crystallographic community.
There were 61 participants from nine countries. Plenary lectures included modern topics from crystal engineering and protein structures to the practical use of modern and new materials. Short presentations included the crystallographic subjects of proteins, organic and organometallic structures, inorganic structures, coordination compounds, metallic alloys and oxides, minerals, powder diffraction, microporous material, zeolites, etc.
Our thanks to our permanent Honorary Chairmen, L. Golic (Ljubljana) and B. Kamenar (Zagreb), who started our meetings in 1992 after the disintegration of Yugoslavia and have continued to organize these annual meetings. We wish them all well and good health in the future.
It is a fact that crystallographers from Slovenia and Croatia, with participants from other countries, have been gathering now for 13 years, since 1992. There is an increasing impact of crystallography on science in our developing countries, as well as in the world.
With great pleasure we greet our guests each year from abroad and we try as much as possible to keep the meeting without a registration fee, which is unique in the world of conferences. Next year's meeting will be organized in June 2005 at the Istrian coast in Croatia. There is an open invitation to all bona fide scientists and friends to attend the 14th Croatian-Slovenian Crystallographic Meeting. For further information, contact S. Popovic (Zagreb, Croatia) at email@example.com.
Closing remards by S. Popovic (Zagreb, Croatia)
Now it is my turn to say several words at the closing point of our meeting, on behalf of the honorary chairmen, Professors Goliè and Kamenar, on behalf of the co-chairmen and my friend V. Leban, and on behalf of SCS and CCA. We now say good bye and good luck to each other. This meeting has taken part in a beautiful place, created by Nature, and I hope all of us have enjoyed our stay here.
I would also like to express our thankfulness to the sponsors, who helped this meeting, because without their support the meeting would not have been possible. The Zagreb part of the Organizing Committee would like to express our gratitude to the Ljubljana part of the Committee, and especially to V. Leban, for their effort in preparation of the meeting. Also, we experienced a very interesting trip, visiting a museum of the World war I and a fortress from the 19th century, during which we learned much about the history of this part of Slovenia.
And, counting the contributing authors (123 in total), I have found out that there are 15 authors, whose names begin with the letter B, 14 authors, whose names begin with M, and 13 authors, whose names begin with K. Last year Prof. Leban noticed at the end of the previous meeting, in his closing remarks, that the names starting with the letter P were the most common ones. P might stand for proteins. And this year, B may stand for biology, M for mineralogy, and K for kristalografija, as crystallography is spelled in Slovenian and Croatian languages.
The 14th Croatian-Slovenian Crystallographic Meeting will be held in the middle of June, in 2005, in Istria, Croatia, in a touristic resort at the Adriatic coast. We cordially invite all of you to attend the next meeting. We would also appeal to you to bring your friends and coworkers, at home or in other countries. Thank all of you very much and good luck until the next meeting in Croatia.
Unfortunately, one month later the region of Bovec and Kobarid was hit by an earthquake which caused substantial damage, but fortunately no human victims.