Siena 2005 - IUCr CompComm Crystallographic Computing School

L. Cranswick lzc at
Wed Feb 4 16:07:41 EST 2004

                    Preliminary Announcement
  Certosa di Pontignano, of the University of Siena, Tuscany, Italy
             Thursday 18th - Tuesday 23rd August, 2005 
          (just prior to the Florence IUCr 2005 congress)

School Aims:

Computing schools have played in the past an important role in making
crystallographic computing efforts known on a wider scale. An excellent
example is the 1969 school where a lot of least-squares and absorption
correction code was presented in considerable detail and still in use to
the present day.

Most of the people that attended this 1969 school are now retired or
close to retirement. With the computing school to be held in Siena prior
to the Florence IUCr2005 congress we hope to provide a similar
experience for the next generation of software developers. This will be
achieved by the use of an excellent (and full) program of lectures,
workshops and projects.

Each day of the school is focussed on a different theme: 

 "principles & methods" 
 "joining things together" 
 "crystallographic implementations"
 "selected topics in crystallography" 
 "special methods"


School Organisers: 
 Prof Anthony Spek (Utrecht)
 Prof. Marcello Mellini (Siena)
 Prof. Alessandro Gualtieri (Modena 
 Dr Harry Powell (Cambridge)
 Lachlan Cranswick (NRC Chalk River)

 Dr David Watkin (Oxford)
 Dr Simon Parsons (Edinburgh)


The Venue

The Certosa di Pontignano has its origins as a medieval 14th century
monastary. It is now run by the University of Siena. Attractively placed
on the top of a hill, it is surrounded by vineyards; with a direct view
to the town of Siena, and a famous Chianti winery.



The tentative school program is viewable on the web.


Registration Costs

Registration information will be added to the Siena 2005 website when
this is known. Thanks to the generous support of the University of Siena
in providing the Certosa di Pontignano facilities. We are confident that
we may be able to keep the entire costs for participants (including
accomodation and meals) below 500 Euros. The major expense is
accomodation and meals for the expected 15 to 16 speakers. We expect to
further lower the registration costs with workshop sponsorship from
crystallographic organisations and companies that also rely on
crystallographic computing to have a productive future.


The City

Siena is described as one of the finest examples of a Medieval city. It
is in the Italian province of Tuscany and has direct bus connection to
Florence (1 hour) and Rome (3 hours). 


A small 160 kb promotional poster for the Siena 2005 school can be
downloaded. Please feel free to print this out and pin up on your
department notice-board.

Lachlan M. D. Cranswick
Neutron Program for Materials Research (NPMR),
National Research Council (NRC),
  Postal Address:
    NPMR, NRC,
    Building 459, Station 18,
    Chalk River Laboratories,
    Chalk River, Ontario,
    Canada, K0J 1J0                  Fax: (613) 584-4040
Tel (work): (613) 584-8811  Office:  ext 3719 ; C2 diff: ext 3039
Email: lachlan.cranswick at   WWW:
Tel (home): (613) 584-4226           WWW:
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             P.O. Box 2057, Deep River, Ontario, Canada, K0J 1P0

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