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Our latest Newsletter can be found HERE.
Melbourne to host 26th IUCr Congress in 2023

SCANZ has won the right to host the 26th IUCr Congress in Melbourne in 2023, winning the vote of General Assembly delegates with an overwhelming majority of 73%. Congratulations and thanks to Michael Parker for leading the bid and the presentation. 

Jenny Martin elected to the IUCr Executive Committee

Congratulations to Jenny Martin, who at the 24th IUCr Congress was elected to the 10-person IUCr Executive for a 6-year term starting immediately. She continues the proud tradition of SCANZ engagement at the highest levels of the IUCr. At the same Assembly, Mitchell Guss stepped down after serving on the Executive after 6 years of outstanding service. 

SCANZ members of IUCr Commissions

Also at the 24th IUCr Congress, a number of our members were re/appointed as Members of IUCr Commissions. This is a wonderful recognition of their standing in, and dedication to, their fields. Remarkably, SCANZ is now represented on almost every Commission, highlighting the breadth, depth and profile of our membership. 

Alice Vrielink (Biological Macromolecules)
Alison Edwards (Structural Chemistry)
Brendan Kennedy (Powder Diffraction)
Chris Chantler (XAFS)
Duncan McGillivray (Small-Angle Scattering)
Elliot Gilbert (Small-Angle Scattering)
Janet Newman (Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials)
Laure Bourgeois (Electron Crystallography)
Maxim Avdeev (Magnetic Structures)
Santosh Panjikar (Crystallographic Computing)
Siegbert Schmid (Aperiodic Crystals)
Vanessa Peterson (Neutron Scattering)

[SCANZ-info] mailing list

We have created an email list, called [SCANZ-info] for communication across the Australia and New Zealand crystallographic community. The SCANZ Council often receives requests to forward information and requests to its members. We have decided that a self-subscription mailing list is the best solution - one where only subscribers to the list are able to post. Please consider joining the list if you are interested in sending or receiving emails discussing crystallographic issues, employment opportunities, equipment or expertise requests etc.

Go to:  http://maillists.uwa.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/scanz-info and follow the instructions.

Call for Nominations for SCANZ Medals 

The Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) calls for nominations for two medals – an open award and a mid-career award – to be presented by the Society at the Crystal31 meeting in December 2017. The first award of these medals took place at the combined AsCA12/Crystal28 meeting in Adelaide in 2013.

The guidelines for the two medals can be found here.

CRYSTAL 31 website now active 

The website for the CRYSTAL 31 meeting, to be held in Western Australia from December 3-7, 2017, is now active at http://crystal31.com

Peter Colman appointed Companion of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Professor Peter Colman, who has been appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civilian honour, as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for 2017. For more information and a full story, see https://www.wehi.edu.au/news/structural-biology-leader-appointed-companion-order-australia

Professor Jenny Martin elected to the Australian Academy of Science

Congratulations to Professor Jenny Martin, who has been elected to the Australian Academy of Science for her work in protein crystallography. Jenny has also been a strong and active advocate (and role model) for gender equity in science. For more information and a full story see https://www.science.org.au/fellowship/fellows/professor-jennifer-martin

Vale Bryan Craven

Condolences to the family and friends of Bryan Craven, who passed away on May 4, 2017.

Bryan was a Wellington native and PhD graduate from the (then) University of NZ in 1957, and he also spent two years at the University of Sydney before moving permanently to the US where for several decades he was a key member of the Department of Crystallography at the University of Pittsburgh, taking over as its Chairman in 1985 after George Jeffrey retired. Bryan was an outstanding scientist and crystallographer - in fact a “crystallographer’s crystallographer” - and a very generous human being. He was also a wonderful teacher and mentor, who had enormous influence on the training of younger crystallographers.

Maslen Scholarships for the 24th IUCr Congress in Hyderabad, India

Funding to support attendance at this meeting is available for postgraduate students from SCANZ in the form of Maslen scholarships. SCANZ members should have received an email with the application. Applications must be submitted by email to the SCANZ Secretary by midnight on March 31, 2017.

Conditions of the Award of a Maslen Scholarship:

1. The applicant will normally enrolled as a full-time PhD Student at the time of his/her application and will be presenting their research at the meeting either in oral or poster form.

2. Applicants must be a financial member of SCANZ.

3. The applicant’s supervisor will normally have been a financial member of SCANZ for at least 12 months prior to the submission of their application. If the applicant’s supervisor is not a member or has not been a member for the12 months prior then the applicant will normally have been a member for the 12 months prior to the submission.

3. Applications should include a brief (less than 1 page) CV and written evidence of support for the application from his/her supervisor.

4. If a request for travel support is being made, additional information should be provided to this regard (1 or 2 sentences).

5. Support for any student will normally be limited to a maximum of: one overseas conference; one local (Australia or NZ) conference organised by SCANZ; and one local crystallography school organised by SCANZ.

6. All awards are ultimately at the sole discretion of the SCANZ Executive.

Douglas (Doug) Dorset (1942-2016)

SCANZ members will be saddened to hear of the recent death of Doug Dorset. Doug was the Maslen Lecturer at our 2000 Thredbo meeting where he talked about Electron Crystallography, which at that time had still to be embraced by the global crystallography community.

A full obituary can be found on the IUCr website here.

Education Standing Committee 

At our last Business Meeting in Hobart it was decided that SCANZ would establish an Education Standing Committee. The Committee will oversee the curriculum for the Australasian Crystallography School and any advanced methods schools that might take place when the Australasian Crystallography School is not scheduled. A temporary committee has been appointed to establish the Terms of Reference, consisting of David Turner, Jade Forwood, Laura Bourgeois and Micelle Dunstone. This temporary committee will present an outline of how the Education Standing Committee will function at the next SCANZ Business meeting for further discussion and approval from the membership. As that time we will also have an election for members of the Education Standing Committee.

Bid for IUCr-2023

Australia will be bidding for the honour of holding the Twenty-Sixth International Union of Crystallography Triennial Congress and General Assembly in Melbourne in 2023. At the recent SCANZ meeting in Hobart, a Melbourne team led by Professor Michael Parker (St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research) won the right to present Australia’s bid to host the meeting. The Melbourne Organising Committee consisted of David Aragão, Stuart Batten, Melissa Call, Megan Maher, Dean Morris, Michael Parker and Tom Peat. The local organising committee will now be expanded to include representation from around Australia and New Zealand. It is proposed that the Congress be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, on the banks of the Yarra River. A decision for the location of the 2023 meeting will be voted upon by IUCr delegates at the next Congress meeting that is being held in Hyderabad, India in August, 2017.