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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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General Information

The 16th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray Structure Analysis will run from late afternoon on Saturday March 25th until late night on Saturday April 1st 2017, with students who are not attending the optional Olex2 workshop departing in the morning of Sunday April 2nd 2017. Accomodation will be at Collingwood College, with meals and evening events at Collingwood College. Morning and afternoon sessions, involving lectures and small-group (7-8 students + tutor) tutorial problems will be held in the Sir James Knott Hall at Trevelyan College (3-5 minutes walk from Collingwood).

The school will start with an introduction to the subject at 17:30 on Saturday March 25th followed by dinner in Collingwood College at 18:30. There will be a second lecture at 20:00 on the same day. Registration will be open from 14:00hs in the Collingwood college foyer. If you arrive earlier you can collect your room keys from the porter's lodge. If you have travel difficulties and know that you'll be late arriving, please contact the porter's lodge and leave a message for us. The college phone number is 0191 334 5000 (Usually 00 44 191 3345000 from abroad). If you're coming from abroad and need extra nights' accommodation please let us know as soon as possible. The school will finish after the course dinner on the night of Saturday April 1st, hence we do not expect people to leave until after breakfast on the morning of April 2nd. If you plan to leave right after the course dinner, please let us know before your arrival or you will be charged for that last night accomodation.

If you're travelling from abroad and wondering what to pack expect typically unpredictable British spring weather. Some years it has been warm enough to sit and have coffee outside during the course, other years we've had snow. You should bring a rain coat/umbrella for the walk from college to college (~3 minutes). The dress code is casual but you might want to consider something smarter for the course dinner on the last night.

All meals will be provided during the course and the college bar will be open during the evening sessions. If you have any particular food allergies or intolerances, please let us know as soon as possible in order for us to arrange suitable replacements. The nearest ATM and shops to college are about a 15 minute walk so bring what you need with you.

All teaching material will be provided. However it would be useful if you could bring a scientific calculator and a notebook/paper for taking notes. You will not need (or be able to use) a laptop for the course, though it may be possible to use this in your room (More information on this will be provided soon here).

We would advise you to review before the school, any undergraduate course you were taught on crystallography or any simple crystallography textbook. In addition, it would be very convenient for you to review simple mathematics topics, including vectors, trigonometry and matrix operations such as multiplication, transpose, inverse, determinant calculation, etc.

Travelling Information

Information on travelling to Durham is available from the link on the left. Information about Collingwood and Trevelyan Colleges is also available following these links. The colleges are about a 20 minutes walk from the train station or a 5 minutes - ~5-10 taxi ride.

If you're arriving at Newcastle airport a taxi to Durham is around 50-60. If you would like to pre-book a taxi with one of the Durham companies, it would be around 45-50 . Alternatively you can take a metro train to Newcastle city centre (~20 minutes, ~2) and then a train to Durham (~15 minutes, ~4).

If you're driving from the North take the A690 (J62) and follow the dual carriage way into Durham. Follow signs to the city centre. At the bottom of the hill as you reach the city centre bear left over the river. Follow the road (Castle/Cathedral on your right) and on the 2nd set of traffic lights, keep on your right. The next set of traffic lights should be at the New Inn pub. Keep going straight through these lights and then turn left just before the 2nd pedestrian crossing into Collingwood College.

From the south it's easier to take the exit to Bowburn (Durham services exit, J61) and follow signs to Durham. After about 3 miles you'll go up a slight hill with trees either side which is the edge of the city. Take the first exit left at the roundabout. When you reac the traffic lights (opposite the New Inn pub) turn left and drive for about 500 mts before turning left just before the 2nd pedestrian crossing into Collingwood College. More travel information can be found here.

Parking should be available in the Collingwood College car park. More information about parking will be made available here closer to the school dates.

If you need a receipt for payments or a letter confirming your attendance at the course, please ask us on the first day of the school.

For more information please e-mail h.a.sparkes@durham.ac.uk

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.