27th European Crystallographic Meeting

Dear colleagues,

The 27th European Crystallographic Meeting will be held in Bergen, organized by the Norwegian crystallographers in August 2012. This will be an excellent opportunity to meet again at the European level, after the XXII IUCr meeting in Madrid, and following the ECM26 held in Darmstadt.

We welcome to Bergen all crystallographers and scientist related to crystallography and crystal growth to share with us scientific views on the new achievements of crystallography and crystal growth on its many facets. This is also an excellent opportunity to strengthen the links with the IUCr and the regional associates AsCa and ACA.

The program committee is organizing a rich scientific program of microsymposia and keynote lectures to show the growing scientific leadership of the ECA Special Interest Groups and the transversal and networking activity of the General Interest Groups. At ECM27 there will be commemorations of the important centennial for Crystallography; the Max Theodor Felix von Laue, Walter Friedrich and Paul Knipping seminal experiments. The meeting will provide good opportunities to show the strength and leadership of European crystallography and its connection with society, all being the preamble of 2014 International Year of Crystallography. The award ceremonies for the European Crystallographic Association prizes, Max Perutz and Bertaut, will also take place at ECM27.

Another important component of the meeting is the ECA Council where the councillors from 33 national members get together with the three individual members representative and the corporate associate members representative to review the work of the association, elect the members of the new Executive Committee and confirm the place for next ECM’s.

I have had the opportunity to meet with the Norwegian organizers and visit the beautiful conference venue in Bergen. From these experiences I can tell you that our Norwegian hosts are doing everything to make the European Crystallographic Meeting a success and make you feel at home in Bergen, so you can enjoy both the science at the congress and the charm and beauty of the city and the Norwegian coastline.

So everything is in place for a successful European Crystallographic Meeting, and I hope that you will accept this invitation from the Norwegian crystallographers, so I can look forward to seeing many crystallographers from all parts of the world in Bergen next August.
+ show speakers and program
Danny Shechtman, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel: The Discovery of Quasi-Periodic Materials
Michael Rossmann, Purdue University, Purdue, USA: EM X-ray interface
Jacqueline Cherfils, LEBS, CNRS, Gif sur Yvette, France: The many roles of small GTPases
Randy Read, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: Extending the reach of molecular replacement
Henry Chapman, DESY/University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany: Femtosecond protein nanocrystallography with an X-ray free-electron laser
Jens Preben Morth, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway: Membrane transporters
Ross Angel, University of Padova, Padova, Italy: High Pressure Minerals and Materials
Olivier Mentré, UCCS, University of Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq, France: Solid-State Chemistry and Crystallography
Björn Winkler, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany: Computational Crystallography
Mark Spackman, University of Western Australia, Crawley, Australia: Charge densities and crystal engineering
Paul Midgley, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK: Towards Routine Structure Solution using Precession Electron Diffraction
Paola Gilli, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy: Towards the unification of intermolecular forces: The hydrogen bond as a charge-transfer interaction
Simone Techert, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, Germany: Time Resolved Crystallographic Processes for Molecular Systems
Maryjane Tremayne, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK: Structure solution from powder diffraction; new developments, applications and avenues
Neil Champness, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK: Metal-Organic Frameworks: Synthesis and Applications
Knut Urban, Peter Grünberg Institute, Jülich, Germany: Picometre electron microscopy
Simon Parsons, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland: Absolute Structure Determination

6 Aug - 11 Aug 2012

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