Save the date! – Joint meeting NVK and DACG

A joint symposium of NVK together with DACG (Dutch Association for Crystal Growth) will be organized at the Science Campus of Maastricht University on 31 May 2024. On the afternoon before, 30 May,  we will organize a satellite meeting for young researchers with an interesting evening program and overnight stay.  Details following soon.

Another successful edition of the “Kristalfabriek”

By: Sandra Eltschkner

On 7th of October, it was time again for the Open Day at Science Park in Amsterdam! From noon on, there were many visitors, especially parents with their children, who were enthusiastic to learn about the different facets of science.

Like last year, we were organising the “Kristalfabriek” to introduce visitors to the enormous use but also to the undeniable aesthetics of protein crystallography. Our guests could grow their own protein crystals in just 15 min. and stain them with a blue dye to determine if they were real protein crystals. On a big screen but also through the microscope, the experimenters could marvel at their work. It was an exciting day and I hope that we succeeded in directing more attention to the value of crystallography and structural biology!  

First Franco-German Young Crystallographers Meeting (YCM1)

Message transmitted on behalf of the organizing committee of the First Franco-German Young Crystallographers Meeting (YCM1):


We are pleased to announce that the first Franco-German Young Crystallographers Meeting (YCM1) will take place in Strasbourg from September 26 to 29, 2023. This new scientific event aims to bring together up to 80 young crystallographers (researchers, doctoral students, post-docs and engineers), all sciences combined. The multidisciplinary nature of crystallography will be highlighted during this event with sessions combining presentations from the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mineralogy and Heritage Sciences in particular.

We will have the pleasure to receive invited speakers from academia and industry, with an inspiring background, and we will also have the privilege of meeting Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016.

We are currently preparing a special posters session called “Work with us”, where companies and industries will come to meet their potential future collaborators and present the possibilities of integrating crystallographers within them.

If you know any crystallographers in the industry who might be interested in participating in this special session and if you would like to help us, please forward them this email or give us their contact details.

The registration fees are 70 euros for young crystallographers (140 euros with accommodation for the first 50 registered ones). It is also possible to participate in this event as a “senior” crystallographer for 200 euros. The registration fees for companies wishing to participate in the “Work with us” session are 200 euros.

The deadline for abstracts is July 15, 2023. Oral presentations will be reserved for young crystallographers (up to 35 years old). For more information we encourage you to visit the congress website or send us an email at

NeCEN EM symposium

The NeCEN team is kicking off a new series of Leiden EM-meetings with a symposium on the 26th of April. You’re all very welcome to join us for an afternoon of great talks and some drinks. The symposium will start at 14:00 in the ‘Havingazaal’ at the Gorlaeus Building. Please find more details on the program in the calendar.

ECA – Distinguished Lectures on Quantum Crystallography and Complementary Fields

The ECA (European Crystallographic Association) invites you to join the online lectures on Quantum Crystallography and Complementary Fields.

This time there will be 2 lectures which will start at 4 pm CET on the 12th of January, 2023:

Lecture 19: Jean-Michel Gillet: “Phase Space Quantum Crystallography: how about considering the other axis?”

Lecture 20: Katarzyna Pernal: “Reduced Functions and Descriptors for Accurate Electronic Structure Prediction and Understanding Chemical Bonding”

Such lectures will be held once per month, started in December 2023. For registration and more information, please have a look at the event page here.

Symposium “25 Years of Protein Crystallography and beyond…” at Utrecht University

The department of Crystal and Structural Chemistry and Cryo-EM (Dep. Chemistry) of Utrecht University cordially invites you to join a symposium on November 22nd, 2019 to celebrate 25 years of Protein Crystallography at Utrecht University. Five former PhD students/postdocs will present recent highlights from their current careers. Many others will discuss their careers with current MSc and PhD students. Click here to read about the program and to register.