Annual Report 2007
The year 2007 saw the first fruits of a drive by the Commission to increase the number of workshops/schools outside of Europe and the USA. One of these was the 1st IUCr International School of Crystallography in Asia on Electron and X-ray Diffraction, which was held in Taiwan in November 2007. It is hoped that this will continue on a biennial schedule in different Asian countries. A second was the first K. H. Kuo Summer School of Electron Microscopy that was held in Beijing, People's Republic of China, on the topic of Cryo-Electron Microscopy (EM) in Structural Biology, and it is hoped that this will continue on an annual basis rotating between biological EM and EM of hard materials. A third was Electron Microscopy and Multiscale Modeling 2007 (EMMM 2007), which was held in Moscow, Russia, 3-7 September 2007. The EMMM 2007 Conference brought together leading experts in electron microscopy and materials modelling from around the world to explore how to synergistically combine atomic scale characterization and modelling to enhance the development of new materials. Preliminary discussions are taking place to hold the second of these conferences in 2009.
The Commission has also been involved in a number of related activities; for instance, in helping to organize a reasonably large number of sessions involving electron microscopy at the Osaka Congress (more than in several of the prior Congresses), as well as a satellite meeting to be held after the meeting in Nagoya.
The Commission's home page is maintained by L. D. Marks, and can be found at http://www.numis.northwestern.edu/IUCR_CED .