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16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray Structure Analysis
25th March - 2nd April 2017, Trevelyan College, Durham, UK

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The school staff consists of lecturers and tutors. There are 10 tutor groups of 7-8 students, each of which has an assigned tutor, and the aim is that all practical work is carried out as a group, with the tutor making sure all members of the group understand each different piece of work or topic. A list of the lecturers and tutors can be found below.


Prof. William (Bill) Clegg

Bill completed an undergraduate degree and PhD in Cambridge, then 5 years in a fixed-term position in Newcastle before moving to Göttingen in Germany for 6 years, where he developed a particular interest in data collection methods. Since then he's been in Newcastle and formally retired early as Professor of Structural Crystallography in 2009; he continues with research activities for about 2 days per week, combining this with serving as the University's Baptist Chaplain and lots of things outside work. Recent research has included synthetic work in s-block metal coordination and supramolecular chemistry as well as a wide range of structure determination in collaboration with many other groups. Bill led the project to construct station 9.8 at Daresbury, where his group ran the synchrotron component of the EPSRC-funded National Crystallography Service, and he is a major user of beamline I19 at Diamond, including leading a Newcastle/Durham regional team. Bill is a recently retired Chairman of the Diamond User Committee and a current member of the ECA Council, was one of the Section Editors of Acta Crystallographica Section E from when it started in 2001 until 2008, and has been a member of the teaching team of every BCA/CCG Intensive School, in which he's taught most of the topics at some stage.

Dr. Richard Cooper

Richard is Head of Chemical Crystallography at Oxford. His main research interests are development and application of computational methods to crystallographic refinement problems. He completed a DPhil in Crystallographic Computing in the research group of Dr David Watkin and held posts in academic research and industry before returing to Oxford in 2010. Richard is responsible for the development and distribution of the crystallographic analysis software CRYSTALS.

Dr. Roy Copley

After completing a B.Sc. in Chemistry at the University of Manchester, Roy did a D.Phil. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Oxford, where he took up crystallography. Whilst there, he attended the 2nd BCA Teaching School (in Aston) as a student. Roy did a post-doc with Professor Judith Howard in Durham and joined SmithKline Beecham as their UK small molecule crystallographer in 1997. A merger and a site move later, he now works for GlaxoSmithKline at Stevenage. His research interests are centred around characterizing, understanding and predicting the pharmaceutical solid-state.

Dr. Stephen Moggach

Stephen received his BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, in 2002. From 2002-2006, he did his PhD under the supervision of Professor Simon Parsons at the University of Edinburgh in the field of high-pressure crystallography, where he studied the effect of pressure on amino acids. In 2006, he began a postdoctoral research fellowship in the same group studying the effect of pressure on single molecule magnets. In 2008 he received a Royal Society of Edinburgh/Scottish Government Personal Research Fellowship to study the effect of pressure on porous materials, winning the CCDC Chemical Crystallography Prize for Younger Scientists (2010) and the European High Pressure Research Group award (2012) for his work in this field. Stephen was appointed as a lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 2011.

Dr. Lukas Palatinus

Lukas is a crystallographer by education. He is interested in the solution of the phase problem by iterative dual-space methods, and is developing software for structure solution based on these methods, especially involving the charge-flipping algorithm. His main research topic is currently the application of electron diffraction to the solution and refinement of crystal structures. His specific interest is incommensurately modulated structures.

Prof. Simon Parsons

Simon is a Professor of Crystallography working as part of the Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions in Edinburgh (CSEC). Research in his group focuses on polymorphism in simple molecular solids; the effects of very high pressures on molecular systems; twinning and absolute structure determination. Pressures up to 100 kbar are an extremely powerful tool for studying phase transitions in simple organic systems, and he is currently trying to tune magnetism using pressure. Simon also has an interest in crystal growth from liquids and gases. As Scientific Director of the Intensive School, he is responsible for organising its content

Dr. Devinder Sivia

Devinder research interests revolve around the application of Bayesian probability theory to all sorts of data analysis problems, mainly in the physical sciences. He has published a tutorial book on the subject: "Data Analysis - a Bayesian tutorial" (1996, Second Edition 2006, OUP). In addition, he has been teaching "Maths for Natural Sciences" to Chemistry and Physics undergraduates for a number of years and has published two slim tutorial volumes in the Oxford Chemistry Primers series on the "Foundations of Science Mathematics" (1999, OUP).


Dr. Katharina Fucke

Dr. Lauren Hatcher

Dr. Stephen Moggach

Dr. Mike Probert

Dr. Mark Senn

Dr. Helena Shepherd

Dr. Hazel Sparkes

Dr. Amber Thompson

Dr. Mark Warren

Dr. Claire Wilson

Dr. Peter Wood

Local Organisers

Prof. Judith A.K. Howard, FRS

Judith began her scientific career with an Honours Degree from Bristol University and then she moved to Oxford where she studied with Nobel Prize winner, Dorothy Hodgkin, OM. Judith received her D.Phil from Oxford University in Chemical Crystallography using neutron diffraction techniques and returned to Bristol as a Research Fellow. She moved to Durham in 1991 to the Foundation Chair in Structural Chemistry. In Durham, she has developed advanced X-ray diffraction instrumentation for studying materials at very low temperatures combined with high pressures, enabling researchers to explore structure-property relationships of new 'smart' materials and to begin to explore dynamics in the solid state. Judith has been involved with the BCA school since its inception and remains a vocal supporter of young people in science.

Dr. Hazel A. Sparkes

Hazel completed her undergraduate degree (2002) and PhD (2005) in Chemistry at the University of Bath, she then moved to Durham to do a PDRA working for Professor Howard, before being awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship which she held in Durham. She attended the school in 2003 and in 2009 was awarded the CCDC prize for younger scientists. She is currently working at the University of Bristol as the crystallographer and is researching solid-state phenomena including photo-induced solid-state [2+2] cycloaddition reactions, thermochromism and photochromism. She also carries out charge density studies into the bonding and atomic interactions in both organic small molecules and organometallic complexes.

Many thanks to our sponsors, without whom it would not be possible to hold the 15th school:
DIAMOND, CCG, IUCr, ECA, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, Bruker, Agilent Technologies, Oxford Cryosystems, Rigaku, Incoatec, ICG.