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‘New Logo for EPDIC’ competition

Dear Colleagues,
on behalf of the EPDIC committee, we have the pleasure to invite the whole crystallographic community to participate in the ‘New Logo for EPDIC’ competition.
The event is created to design a new logo for the European Powder Diffraction Conference (EPDIC).
EPDIC is the only European conference entirely dedicated to new developments in powder diffraction instrumentation, analysis and applications, and is the place where all powder diffractionists, regardless of more interest in theoretical advances or in the application of techniques, can meet and exchange ideas and experiences.
The new logo must represent all the souls of the EPDIC.
The logo currently in use can be visualized at:

– Closing date for submissions: 31 March 2023
– Notification of winner: April 2023

The competition is open to the whole crystallographic community
– The logo must be submitted to
– The file must be submitted as: Surname_Name_NewLogoEPDIC
– The file formats are .png or better a vector file
– The logo must be accompanied by a brief description
– The language is English
– The winner agrees the logo to be public domain
– Only one logo per presenting author
– The submitted logos will be judged by the EPDIC Committee. The decision of the judging is final.

The winner of the competition will receive a free registration for the next 18th European Powder Diffraction Conference (EPDIC18,, to be held in Padova, Italy, 30 August – 2 September, 2024.

For any question, please write to
With best regards,
on behalf of
Rosanna Rizzi, Jasminka Popovic, Paolo Scardi and the EPDIC Committee

Nuovo Workshop della Commissione S&C

Carissimi Colleghi,

la Commissione Strumentazione e Calcolo di AIC è lieta di annunciarvi l’organizzazione del Workshop dal titolo:

‘Microscopi Giganti: introduzione alle applicazioni delle grandi sorgenti’

che si terrà a Milano il 13 Maggio, 2019.

Lo scopo del workshop è quello di fornire un’introduzione alle grandi sorgenti (luce di sincrotrone e neutroni), sia dal punto di vista teorico che applicativo.

Il programma del workshop prevede una iniziale descrizione teorica della interazione materia-radiazione (raggi X e neutroni), evidenziandone differenze e

complementarietà, seguita da presentazioni distinte sui sincrotroni e sulle sorgenti di neutroni. Verrà inoltre fornita una overview sulle principali linee

per la diffrazione da polveri presenti in Europa. Il workshop proseguirà con le introduzioni alle varie applicazioni: alta pressione e temperatura, materiali

disordinati, tomografia a raggi X, per concludersi con i consigli pratici su come scrivere un buon proposal.

Tutte le lezioni saranno tenute da esperti del settore che hanno lavorato o lavorano presso le grandi sorgenti.

Il workshop è indirizzato a laureandi, dottorandi, tecnici e ricercatori (per i quali è gratuito), e ai professionisti operanti nel privato e/o nell’industria

per i quali è richiesta una quota di registrazione di 70 € (+IVA).


Inoltre, sono disponibili borse a parziale copertura delle spese sostenute dai giovani accademici provenienti da fuori regione.


Tutti i dettagli sono disponibili al seguente link:

Dall’indirizzo è possibile scaricare la locandina che vi chiediamo di utilizzare per pubblicizzare l’evento.

I membri della Commissione Strumentazione e Calcolo sono a disposizione per eventuali chiarimenti.


Vi aspettiamo numerosi!

Oxford school in neutron scattering

16th Oxford School on Neutron Scattering


Date and Venue: 2-13 September 2019, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford.


About the School: The school is intended primarily for scientists, student and postdoctoral researchers, who are new to the field of neutron scattering. It provides an excellent introduction to the field, which is developed through to its application in contemporary research. Lectures and tutorials covering all aspects of the theory and practice of a variety of neutron scattering techniques will be given by international experts. Students will gain a comprehensive grounding in modern techniques and applications at both steady state and pulsed neutron sources and have the opportunity to hear about the latest research being carried out with the technique. The school has its origins in 1966,as the first one of its kind, and many famous neutron practitioners have attended the schools of the past 50 years.


Programme: The first week of the school introduces students to the core concepts of neutron scattering, neutron sources and instrumentation, neutron diffraction and spectroscopy. The second week splits tuition into three focused science areas, physics, chemistry and soft/bio, and provides lectures on neutron techniques and concepts which are most relevant to each area. Each lecture will be accompanied by a tutorial session. The students will be asked to make short presentations to their peers about their current research projects and work in pairs to write a beamtime proposal. The students will also have the opportunity to visit the ISIS Pulsed Neutron and Muon Facility in Didcot, and to attend a number of evening lectures from prestigious names from the neutron community. In addition, this year are providing an option maths refresher for those students who may want it.


Application: To apply for the school you will need to submit both a personal statement and a statement from your academic supervisor that will be used in the selection process. Applications should arrive no later than the 12th May 2019. The course is normally highly oversubscribed, so we encourage applicants to apply in plenty of time, as late applications will not be accepted. Applicants are selected for the course based on their requirements for neutron scattering techniques as part of their present and future research activities. Applicants will be notified shortly after of the outcome of their application. The school is open to all applicants worldwide.


To apply please visit


Fees: School fees for 2019 are £590 (~ €670) per residential student which includes the cost of a en-suite room during the school, breakfast and evening meals, teaching materials, drinks reception and the gala dinner. There are 50 residential places available. There are also 10 non-residential places for students who do not require local accommodation, at a school fee of £170, which includes teaching materials, drinks reception and gala dinner. Fees will be payable once the names of successful applicants have been announced.


Organisers: Victoria García Sakai, Ross Stewart, Najet Mahmoudi, Paul Henry and Sean Langridge (ISIS); Andrew Boothroyd (Oxford University).






From Brookhaven

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from Brookhaven

Dear All,
We have an open postdoc position in computational crystallography at
the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  For more details please see below.
Applications are accepted at the BNL careers page at
With best wishes and regards,

Vacancy @ ILL

A new vacancy for a Scientific Software Programmers (M/F) in the Science Division / Scientific Computing Group (ref. 18/53) is published on our site:

Computer science a Brookhaven

Post doc a Berna

Cari soci,

di seguito il link ad un bando per una posizione presso il Dipartimento di Chimica e Biochimica dell’Unversità di Berna.


Post doc in crescita cristalli a Bruxelles

Intitulé du poste : Post-doc in crystal growth : Crystal growth from a substrate to the bulk
Ville : Bruxelles
Laboratoire/Institut : Université Libre de Bruxelles – Free University of Brussel
Description du poste : Geerts group works on crystal engineering and crystallization of molecular materials in specific conditions to control thin film structure and ultimately optoelectronic properties. See

Summary of “2Dto3D” research project: The occurrence of polymorphism is ubiquitous to various classes of organic compounds. Examples of polymorphism are known in numerous application fields, such as food, explosives, pigments, semiconductors, fertilizers, and pharmaceutical drugs. Polymorphs exhibit sometimes very different physical properties, chemical reactivity, and biological functions. Understanding and controlling polymorphism is therefore very important. Simple questions, such as “How many polymorphs has a given compound?” or “What drives polymorph selection?” remain unanswered yet. In this scientific context, scientists have started to explore the occurrence of substrate-induced polymorphism, i.e. the formation of polymorphs that exist only near solid substrates. In particular, 2Dto3D has the ambition to elucidate how positional and orientational order of molecules propagate from the substrate to the upper crystal layers. Epitaxy and absence of epitaxy are both considered. Chiral symmetry breaking is also used as a tool. In this manner, 2Dto3D will gain a fundamental understanding of polymorphism at the interface with solid substrates. For a recent review see: “Substrate-Induced and Thin-Film Phases: Polymorphism of Organic Materials on Surfaces” A. Jones et al. Adv. Funct. Mater. 2016, 26, 2233.

Candidate: A talented highly motivated young chemist or physicist with a Ph.D. in the field of crystal growth of organic molecules is actively searched. The candidate must have a sound knowledge of crystal structures, and diffraction methods. He/she must be hard at work, easy-going, rigorous, and have strong laboratory skills. He/she must be fluent in English and be able to write high-quality publications.
The successful applicant is expected to develop an innovative research program in close collaboration with Resel group ( that is also part of the 2Dto3D project. He or she will get a monthly fellowship of around €2300, after tax.

The position is for an initial duration of one year and could be extended upon mutual agreement.

To apply, candidates must send to Prof. Yves Geerts,  a curriculum vitae, a letter explaining his/her motivations, a list of publications, and the name and email address of three reference persons. There is no application deadline. The position will be filled in as soon as possible.

Durée du contrat : 1 year at least
Date de prise de fonction: as soon as possible
Personne à contacter : Yves Geerts
Téléphone :
Email : Yves Geerts

Cristalli e Metamorfosi: AIC al Festival della Scienza a Genova

L’Associazione Italiana di Cristallografia sarà presente da giovedì al Festival della Scienza di Genova, con la sponsorizzazione della mostra Cristalli e Metamorfosi, curata dalla Professoressa Alessia Bacchi e dal Dottor Paolo Mazzeo, del Dipartimento SCVSA dell’Università di Parma, grazie a un contributo di AIC. Il filo conduttore della mostra si inserisce nel tema del Festival 2018: Cambiamenti.

Un diamante è per sempre, recita uno slogan pubblicitario di grande successo: i cristalli sono da sempre considerati il paradigma dell’immutabile. In realtà la struttura dei cristalli è soggetta a mutamenti, che possono avvenire nell’arco di ere geologiche, oppure in pochi istanti sotto ai nostri occhi.
Cristalli e Metamorfosi è un percorso che illustra il tema dei cambiamenti a cui sono soggetti materiali cristallini che spaziano dal campo dei minerali, all’arte, alla salute, all’ambiente, alla nutrizione e alla tecnologia. La mostra sarà presentata al Museo del Mare Galata di Genova, dal 25 ottobre al 4 novembre, come evento del Festival della Scienza .

La mostra è realizzata con il supporto del Sistema Museale di Ateneo dell’Università di Parma, Museo di Cristallochimica, con il patrocinio di European Crystallographic Association e International Union of Crystallography.


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