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18th BCA/CCG Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray Structure Analysis
10th April - 18th April 2021, Trevelyan College, Durham, UK

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The BCA/CCG (Chemical Crystallography Group of the British Crystallographic Association) will be holding the 18th Intensive Teaching School in X-Ray Structure Analysis at Trevelyan College, Durham University. The school is intended primarily for younger scientists with some experience of structure analysis who wish to improve their understanding of the underlying principles and practice. The work schedule is intensive, with lectures starting at 17:30 on Saturday 10th April 2021 and the last lecture scheduled to finish on Saturday 17th April 2021 at 17:30, followed by the school dinner. Students will depart on Sunday the 18th April 2021. The school provides a good mixture of lectures and tutorials sessions. The atmosphere is friendly and the accommodation and food are excellent. Participants must have a very good understanding of spoken English since there is a lot of material to be covered in rather a short time.

The total cost of the course is 900, which includes registration, accommodation, all meals for the whole course and a full set of lecture notes. We are trying to raise sponsorship to be able to offer a number of bursaries towards the course costs for both UK and overseas applicants. Applications are now closed will open again in the autumn of 2020.

Applications are currently closed.

The main focus of the school is on chemical and materials science. Topics to be covered will include:

  • Growth and evaluation of non-macromolecular crystals
  • Space group determination
  • Background theory to data acquisition for small molecules and inorganics
  • Practical aspects of data collection
  • Practical aspects of data processing
  • Fourier syntheses
  • Patterson syntheses and direct methods for crystal structure determination
  • Charge flipping
  • Refinement of inorganic, organic and metal-organic structures
  • Derivation of results
  • Random and systematic errors
  • Twinning
  • Validation of results
  • Crystallographic databases (CSD, ICSD, etc)

Accommodation will be at Collingwood College and lectures/tutorials will be held in the Sir James Knott Hall, Trevelyan College. Durham is on the fast east coast railway, e.g. only ~2.75 hrs away from London and 2 hrs away from Edinburgh. There are a number of cheap flights direct to and from Newcastle Airport (e.g. flybe to Exeter/Southampton; Easy Jet to Bristol/Stansted/Geneva/Nice/Barcelona, etc). More travel information can be found here.

Following on from the school there will be an optional 1 day hands on Olex2 workshop on Sunday the 18th of April 2021 (10:00-16.00). For more details please click here.

For more information please email h.a.sparkes@durham.ac.uk.

Many thanks to our sponsors, without whom it would not be possible to hold the 17th school:
DIAMOND, CCG, IUCr, ECA, Oxford Cryosystems, Bruker, Rigaku-Oxford Diffraction, Cambrex, ICG, NCS.