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  • From: "Gyula Faigel" <gf AT>
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  • Subject: [Fizinfo] Virtual Press Conference on the International Year of Crystallography 2014
  • Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2013 17:52:22 +0100
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We cordially invite you to participate in the Virtual Press Conference "What
crystallography can do for you" on Thursday 12 December, 13:00hrs GMT
(14:00hrs CET, 08:00hrs EST).

The Press Conference will feature the first public screening of the video to
launch the International Year of Crystallography 2014, proclaimed by the
United Nations General Assembly.

Short messages from the UNESCO Director General, Ms Irina Bokova, the
President of the International Union of Crystallography, Prof. Gautam R.
Desiraju, and Ms Georgina Ferry, science writer, broadcaster, and author of
biographies, shall highlight the benefits of crystallography to mankind, and
how it continues to improve the quality of life for all, through the
discovery of new medicines and drugs to novel materials.

Professor Mike Glazer, Emeritus Professor Jesus College Oxford, will be
available for a Q&A session, and a unique download area will provide
articles, images, transcripts of messages, and other related media material.

Crystallography is the discipline that studies the structure of matter; it
aims to describe how atoms are connected in molecules and all materials, thus
helping to decipher their properties and behaviour.

“It is structure that we look for whenever we try to understand anything. All
science is built upon this search; we investigate how the cell is built of
reticular material, cytoplasm, chromosomes; how crystals aggregate; how atoms
are fastened together; how electrons constitute a chemical bond between
atoms. We like to understand, and to explain, observed facts in terms of
structure.” Linus Pauling, ‘The Place of Chemistry in the Integration of the
Sciences’, Main Currents in Modern Thought (1950), 7, 110.

To participate in the virtual press conference "What crystallography can do
for you", please register at:

We look forward to welcoming you on 12 December 2013.

Best wishes

Michele Zema

Project Manager for IYCr2014

mz AT


Gautam R. Desiraju (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India) is a
structural chemist who has played a major role in the development and growth
of crystal engineering. He has authored around 375 publications and been
recognized by awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis and
the TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences) Prize in Chemistry. He was elected
President of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) for the
triennium 2011-2014, and is one of the Main Editors of IUCrJ, the IUCr’s new
open-access journal.

Irina Bokova has been the Director-General of UNESCO since 15 November 2009
and is the first woman to have been elected head of the Organization. As an
active member of many international expert networks and of civil society and,
in particular, as Chairperson and founding member of the European Policy
Forum, she has worked to overcome European divisions and to foster the values
of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and human rights.

Georgina Ferry is a science writer and broadcaster based in Oxford, UK. She
is the author of biographies including Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life (Granta, 1998)
and Max Perutz and the Secret of Life (Chatto, 2007). For Hodgkin’s centenary
in 2010 she wrote and produced a one-woman play, Hidden Glory, based on the
scientist’s writings.

Mike Glazer (Visiting Professor, U. Warwick; Emeritus Professor of Physics,
U. Oxford, UK) became interested in crystals at the age of seven, when he
found his first natural mineral. This early interest eventually took him into
the field of crystallography. Since then, he has established a reputation for
his work on the crystallography of technologically useful crystals and for
co-inventing a method to cool small crystals in an open stream.

Jonathan Agbenyega is the Business Development Manager at IUCr, Chester, UK.
Jonathan completed his PhD in Materials Science at the University of
Southampton in 1993 and also co-authored a book on Raman Spectroscopy
published by Wiley during this period. After a brief postdoc position at the
Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK, Jonathan began his career in
scientific publishing. Jonathan has worked with leading publishers Wiley,
Pearson, and more recently Elsevier where he was Editor in Chief and
Publisher of Materials Today magazine.

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