AIC School 2020

Dear Colleagues,

The AIC International Crystallography School 2020, entitled “Weak interactions: the toolkit for crystal engineering”, will be held in Parma from the 10th to the 14th of September. The School is organized by the Commission on Crystallographic Teaching of the Italian Crystallographic Association (AIC) as a satellite event of the XLIX Meeting of the Association (Parma, 14th-17th September).

The lecturers of the school confirmed so far are: Doris Braun (Innsbruck), Aurora J. Cruz Cabeza (Manchester),Mariana Đaković (Zagreb), Antonio Frontera (Palma de Mallorca), Lucia Maini (Bologna), Luciano Marchiò(Parma), Francesco Mezzadri (Parma), Consiglia Tedesco (Salerno) and Giancarlo Terraneo (Milan).

AICS2020 will focus on the different types of weak interactions which have been investigated in past and recent years, as well as on their role in the design of new solids endowed with specific properties. Several aspects will be discussed, comprising the study of molecular electron density, the thermodynamic analysis in crystalline phases, crystal prediction and data mining. Theoretical lessons will be constantly alternated with practical tutorials and examples of applications taken from the fields of supramolecular chemistry and crystal engineering, with highlights on polymorphism, porosity, and surface analysis. The School is mainly directed to PhD and young researchers working in Chemistry, Materials Science and Molecular Crystallography.

Registrations are now open at

The registration fee (450 euros for young academics under 35 years of age) includes accommodation in a 4* hotel, lunches and all social activities. Moreover, several bursaries are available to cover the fee in full or partially.

The deadline for bursary applications is the 27th of April 2020, while registrations will close on the 1st of June.

We look forward to seeing you in Parma!

Paolo Lotti, Chiara Massera, Paolo Pio Mazzeo, Serena Tarantino

IUCr Scientific Freedom Policy Statement. The Organising Committee of the AIC International Crystallography School 2020 “Weak interactions: the toolkit for crystal engineering” shall observe the basic policy of nondiscrimination and affirms the rights of scientists throughout the world to adhere or to associate with international scientific activity without regard to such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, sex or age, in accordance with the Statues of the International Council for Science. At this school, no barriers will exist which would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.