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IUCr 1995 Report - Commission on Crystallographic Teaching

Visiting Professorships

Dr P. Mallinson from the University of Glasgow was Visiting Professor in the Laboratory of Crystallography at La Plata University, Argentina, in May 1995, in connection with the Charge Density School.

Professor Th. Hahn and Professor H. Wondratschek were Visiting Professors in St Petersburg, Russia, 22-29 August 1995, in connection with the School on Space Group Symmetry. Among the major organizers of this School, was Professor L. A. Aslanov from this Commission.

Contributions to Schools of Crystallography

A Fifth Intensive Course in X-ray Structural Analysis for young scientists took place at Aston, England, 2-8 April 1995 and Dr D. Watkin was one of the organizers.

Another school of crystallography (Rietveld Summer School, '95RS) took place in Moscow, Russia, 20-22 July 1995. Among the organizers of this school was Professor L. A. Aslanov.

A three-day course on Symmetry as a Basis for Structure Analysis was held during the first week of October at the University of Natal, South Africa, coordinated by Professor M. Laing.

In November 1995, two IUCr-supported schools of crystallography took place at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, in connection with the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA) meeting. In organizing these schools, this Commission and the Commission on Crystallographic Computing were actively involved. The first, the Asian Crystallographic School of Gems and Precious Materials, took place 20-21 November, just before the AsCA meeting; the second, the Asian Crystallographic Computing School, took place immediately after the meeting (27-30 November).

Just before the opening of these schools (16-20 November), another school of crystallography (on Macromolecular Crystallographic Data) took place in Calcutta, India, and this Commission was active in supporting this project within the IUCr and in ensuring connection and coordination with the other schools taking place in Asia.

Pamphlet Project

Professor G. D. Nigam and Professor H. Wondratschek are writing a new pamphlet on crystal symmetry. The pamphlet activity is being coordinated mainly by Dr J. P. Glusker.

Other activities

At the European Crystallographic Meeting ECM-16 in Lund, Sweden (6-11 August 1995), a Workshop on Crystallographic Teaching was held. Besides the host, Dr A. Oskarsson, who provided excellent help and contributions, several members of the Commission were present (L. A. Aslanov, K. El Sayed, J. P. Glusker, C. Gramaccioli). Here possibilities for the future were discussed, especially involving initiatives for developing countries. A seminar concerning crystallographic teaching for the Seattle Congress is currently being organized by this Commission, mainly by Dr A. Oskarsson.

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