Raising the profile of crystallography in the modern world

STOE, DECTRIS and Xenocs are proud to support the IUCr through a range of activities in the International Year of Crystallography 2014. As part of these activities, STOE, DECTRIS and Xenocs are hosting an OpenFactory at STOE’s headquarter in Darmstadt, Germany and at Xenocs’ headquarter in Grenoble, France.


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Candidates are young scientists, who are already knowledgeable about crystallography, but so far have less exposure to XRD. These scientists shall have the potential to become future thought-leaders for crystallography and application of XRD and X-ray scattering in their home country.

As many as 170 applications have been received and a group of 21 outstanding scientists have been selected. Click here to read the press report including the list of selected participants.


The STOE DECTRIS Xenocs OpenFactory will take place from 10 to 19 September 2014. Participants receive seven days of intensive training by STOE, DECTRIS and Xenocs staff and guest scientists in cooperation with the IUCr. The training will focus on teaching participants the relevant theoretical skillset as well as giving practical training. In Grenoble, the delegates will spend significant time at the ESRF (European Synchrotron) and will be trained in Small Angle X-ray scattering at Xenocs’ headquarters. In Darmstadt, the participants will be trained in Single Crystal and Powder XRD at STOE’s headquarter.


STOEDelegates will have the opportunity to visit beamlines and interact with scientists at ESRF. Starting on 18 September, all OpenFactory participants will join the STOE annual user meeting. The user meeting is a platform for the exchange of ideas among its participants as well as speeches to highlight recent research results. It will be a unique opportunity for OpenFactory participants to interact with highly experienced XRD users and to build up relevant networks.


The program is free of charge for the delegates, as STOE, DECTRIS and Xenocs will cover round-trip flights from the delegates home country, accommodation, food and transport costs.

Application process

The application process has now closed and notifications have been sent to all applicants.

Key attractions

  • High quality basic education followed by latest research results
  • A unique opportunity to network with highly experienced crystallographers
  • Free of charge, incl. flight, for participants

Read the report in ChemViews Magazine | Read the STOE news release | Read the article on AZoNano | Read the report by Martin Fark