Opening Ceremony of the IYCr2014

  • Author/Organiser: International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
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  • Event Date: 20 January 2014 to 21 January 2014
  • Event Type: Conference
  • Venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris

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Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014)

Preliminary Program (October 2013)

Day 1 | 20 January
Welcome speeches

  • Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
  • Gautam R. Desiraju, IUCr President
  • Minister or Ambassador of Morocco to UNESCO
  • Claude Lecomte, IUCr Vice President, Initiative in Africa and IUCr-UNESCO OpenLabs
  • Nicole Moreau, IUPAC Past President and Director of International Year of Chemistry 2011
  • Alain Fuchs, President of CNRS

Nobel laureate lecture

  • Brian K. Kobilka, title to be defined

Session: Young talented crystallographers of the World

  • Eight short talks from young crystallographers from all over the world will be followed by a Q&A session on Careers in Crystallography to highlight problems and successes. Younger (PhD and post-doc) crystallographers, selected by TWAS and other international scientific unions, will interact with the speakers during the Q&A session.

Moderator: Philip Ball, science writer
• Africa: Yvon Bibila (Ivory Coast), Delia Haynes (South Africa)
• Arab countries: Mohamed Eddaoudi (Saudi Arabia)
• Asia: Rumana Akther Jahan (Bangladesh), Ji-Joon Song (South Korea)
• Latin America: Adriana Serquis (Argentina)
• Eastern Europe: Marcin Nowotny (Poland)
• Western Europe and North America: Anders Ø. Madsen (Denmark)
Declarations of young scientists to world governments will be collected in a booklet on careers and future developments of crystallography.

Session: Crystallography for Society and the Future

The session will highlight the importance of crystallography for the development of scientific and industrial fields with a high impact on society.
Jenny Glusker, Crystallography: past, present and future
David Blake & David Bish, Crystallography in the studies of the Universe
Philippe Walter, Crystallography in the studies of art and historical artefacts

A tentative list of other possible topics is given below:
1) Crystallography and Health
2) Crystallography and Materials (including materials for energy)
3) Crystallography for Planet Earth: Agriculture, food security and ecological concerns
4) Crystallography and Technology

Exhibition on Crystallography
The exhibition will be opened at Hall Suffren in the presence of Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General and Gautam R. Desiraju, IUCr President

Day 2 | 21 January
Session: Crystallography in the BRICS countries
Introductory Speech by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
Chairs (speakers to be defined):
Brazil: Glaucius Oliva, President of CNPq
Russia: Vladimir Fortov, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences
India: Thirumalachari Ramasami, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India
China: Chunli Bai, President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
South Africa: Thomas Auf der Heyde, Deputy Director-General, Human Capital and Knowledge Systems, Department of Science and Technology, National Research Foundation, South Africa

Session: Crystallography, Symmetry and Art

Abdelmalek Thalal, Symmetry in Art and Architecture of the western Islamic Golden Age
Emil Makovicky, Crystallography-related symmetry in the eastern Islamic world
Sir Roger Penrose, Quasicrystals in the Arab-Muslim art

Session: Crystallography and peace

Samar Hasnain, Introduction
Sir Christopher Llewellyn-Smith, The SESAME Project created under UNESCO auspices

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