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IUCr 2014: Plans are beginning to … crystallize…

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[Glass wall] Montréal's Palais des congress: the beauty of aperiodicity.

A lot has happened on the IUCr 2014 front in the last couple of months. A full listing of microsymposia, workshops and confirmed keynote speakers is now available online and session chairs are being added every day. John Miao, Daniel Bish and Juan Manuel Garcia Ruiz have all accepted our invitation to deliver Plenary talks and we expect to be able to announce more very soon.

Of equal importance, the Call for Abstracts has been released and within days we received several completed submissions with many more listed as being 'in progress'. The success of each IUCr Congress hinges on the quality of the scientific program, and much of that depends on what you, the world's crystallographers, contribute. Although usually most of the abstracts are submitted closer to the deadline, in this case, February 11, 2014, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. You should know that abstract reviewers will be actively working on the submissions as the abstracts arrive, so if you would like your abstract considered before the high-traffic period begins, please submit early. Your reviewers and organizing committee will most definitely appreciate it.

A variety of support options have now been posted and we expect more to come. The IUCr Travel Support Program will provide up to $1000 to successful graduate student and postdoctoral applicants. University-specific programs will also be available, and have started to be detailed on our website's Student Program page. And photographers young, old and in between can compete for two top prizes of $1000 each for submitting the best image of Crystallography in Everyday Life, thanks to a collaboration between the International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr) and Agilent Technologies Inc. Many of the submitted photographs will be displayed during the Congress.

In addition to the core scientific program consisting of 112 microsymposia, up to 38 keynote lectures, 6 plenary talks and numerous poster presentations, several scientific and commercial workshops will also be offered on-site and have now begun to be detailed on our website. Space in the Congress Centre and in the Program is limited though, so if you have a side event you would like to schedule, please contact Michèle Bourgeois-Doyle ( soon to see what options exist.

Great spaces are still available for exhibitors and sponsorship opportunities abound! Companies wishing to be a part of IUCr 2014 can select what options best suit their business needs by visiting our Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities page.

Finally, only the most observant of you will have noticed that our Congress logo has been updated to acknowledge and echo IYCr. It is our pleasure and our honour to host the Congress during this important year and we do intend to celebrate it as fully as possible!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Before and until May 1, 2014

Speaker/Poster Presenter Registration Deadline: May 1, 2014

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 11, 2014

Author Notification of Acceptance: Mid April 2014

Accommodations Deadline: Until blocks are sold out or June 25, 2014, whichever comes first

Tours Subscription Deadline: 48 hours before each tour but minimum needs to be reached by July 22, 2014 in order for the tour to take place

23rd Congress and General Asssembly of the International Union of Crystallography, August 5-12, 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.