The Zurich School of Crystallography

*The Zurich School of Crystallography 2015 – Bring Your Own Crystals (7-20 June 2015)*

Dear Colleague,

The Zurich School of Crystallography 2015 – Bring Your Own Crystals.

Time is running out to get your applications in to attend the ever popular Zurich School of Crystallography. Full details can be found at and applications to attend the school are now open. The closing date for applications is January 15, 2015.

The school, organized and directed by Anthony Linden and Hans-Beat Buergi, is being hosted by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zürich, Switzerland. The next course will be taking place between the 7-20 June 2015.

The course is ideally suited to young researchers in the molecular and solid-state sciences, who do not have access to crystallographic courses at their own institution.

Participants will gain hands-on experience in the science and art of a routine crystal and molecular structure determination of small molecules through lectures, computer exercises and practical work, theoretical topics in crystal growth, unit cells, space groups, the phase problem, structure refinement and strategies for dealing with difficult structures will be covered.

Practical sessions will cover instrumentation, crystal selection and mounting, data collection and exposure to commonly used software and interpretation of program output to name but a few.

During the school, students will have the unique opportunity to use one of the five available X-ray diffractometers to collect data and determine the structure of one of their own compounds that they are currently interested in and that they have not worked on before.

Ten tutors experienced in all aspects of chemical crystallography will be on hand to teach the theoretical and practical aspects of this sometimes complex science. The class usually contains no more than 20 students ensuring plenty of individual tuition and guidance throughout the School. This personal attention is probably one of the most unique aspects of the School. At the end of the School, participants give a ten minute presentation of the results of their analysis.

Comments from a past student of the school include, “Now I feel more confident in evaluating my crystal structure solutions”.

Successfully completing the course also has the added bonus of offering 3 ECT credit points fro European participants, equivalent to 90 contact hours.

Further details:

With kind regards,
Tony Linden
Hans-Beat Buergi

Prof. Dr. Anthony Linden
Editor, Acta Crystallographica Section C
University of Zurich
Department of Chemistry A
Winterthurerstrasse 190
CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 635 4228
Fax: +41 44 635 6812
The Zurich School of Crystallography,
University of Zurich, June 7-20, 2015