The latest issue of the IUCr Newsletter, Volume 27, No. 1 is now available to readers at the website of the IUCr . This new issue has IUCr Journals news, including highlights of the 9th Conference on Aperiodic Crystals (Aperiodic 2018) held at Iowa State University (Ames, USA) in July 2018, an editorial by Sriram Subramaniam about the CryoEM revolution, Research news about resorcinarene-based cavitands, a Feature article about quartz crystals by Shigeru Ohba and news from the IUCr and the crystallographic community, many meeting reports and upcoming events as well as articles about People & history, including obituaries of Aaron Klug, Håkon Hope, Tom Steitz and Joel Bernstein. Previous issues of the IUCr Newsletter (as far back as 1998) can be found in the IUCr Newsletter archive.
NVvM Cryo-EM Spring Meeting, Thursday 31 May, 2018, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
This year’s spring meeting of the cryo-electron microscopy workgroup of the NVvM, will be held on Thursday 31 May 2018, at the Energy Academy, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 6, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands.
The keynote speaker is:
Prof. Werner Kühlbrandt(Max Planck Institute of Biophysics, Frankfurt)
Prior to the Spring Meeting the opening of the new Cryo‐EM Facility at the University of Groningen will take place on Wednesday 30 May, from 4 pm. We will not only celebrate the future, but also look back in history and celebrate 60 years of EM history at Groningen. A more international and broader talk on the advances of EM will be given by Werner Kühlbrandt. You are cordially invited to be present at this occasion.
Please indicate your interest on the registration website.
The Belgian Biophysical Society has organized a school on X-ray and Neutron Diffraction Techniques at the Inflammation Research Center (IRC) of the VIB-UGent.
This school provides an introduction to the vast range of X-ray and neutron diffraction techniques and their application to investigate biological structures and processes. Starting from an introduction of the basics of X-ray and neutron scattering we will move on to their application to proteins and their complexes with other proteins or nucleic acids, to lipid structures and studies of bacterial metabolism. The course will also provide a glimpse of the international research facilities (such as XFEL) available. The school is organized as such that no prior knowledge of scattering techniques is required.
The program can be found here. Registration can be done here.
The nucleation process of proteins has been studied by a group of researchers from Brussels, Eindhoven and Grenoble. They used time-resolved cryo-transmission electron microscopy for this investigation. The results give insight in what happens on the molecular level when crystallization starts and how this influences later the macroscopic states. They published their findings in the prestigious journal Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25971
Positive remarks, requests for more information and “who-can-help-me-with-my”s and more courses: some of reasons why the organizers are happy to have initiated this short and dense introduction to crystallography and powder diffraction. Even today we had 12 more measurements to do at our instruments in Delft to be able to “treat your own data” in the afternoon session tomorrow.