NSU Scientists Selected to Host 2021 High-Pressure Crystallography Conference in Novosibirsk

NSU students and professors participated in the XXXII European Crystallographic Meeting including sections on crystallography. The Meeting took place in Vienna (Austria) from August 13 to 23. One of the largest conferences on crystallography, this year a record number of participants attended with more than 1000 people from around the world. In addition to attending sessions, NSU scientists Elena Boldyreva and Boris Zakharov presented a draft plan for the next conference on high-pressure crystallography and won the competition to host it in Novosibirsk.

This year the program covered such topics as biological and macromolecular crystallography, materials and minerals, fundamental crystallography, the study of physical properties, chemical crystallography, experimental and calculation methods, and the study of nano-objects. A significant number of the reports were devoted to the study of biological objects (proteins, viruses), as well as in situ and operando studies (materials for electrochemical applications). Several sections and round tables were devoted to education related issues and the popularization of crystallography, especially among young scientists.

The NSU delegation took part in the High-Pressure Workshop under the auspices of the International Union of Crystallography (IUC) and the European Crystallographic Association. The Workshop included a meeting of the IUC High Pressure Commission. Elena Boldyreva, Doctor of Chemical Sciences and Head of the Solid State Chemistry Section at NSU’s Department of Natural Sciences (DNS), and Boris Zakharov, Senior Lecturer at the NSU DNS, presented a draft program for the 2021 conference. A comfortable majority supported their proposal so the next High- Pressure Crystallography conference will be held in Novosibirsk.

Boldyreva talked about the win,

Strong competitors from Mumbai and Sydney fought for the right to host the 2021 event. The victory for the Novosibirsk team, no doubt, indicates appreciation for the work of Russian scientists and growing interest in Akademgorodok among the international scientific community. This is associated in part with the construction of a synchrotron radiation source at the Siberian Synchrotron and Terahertz Radiation Center. Hosting this Meeting will contribute to strengthening international relations. Special attention will be paid to the educational component so a “small” school-conference for young scientists will take place as part of the “big” conference.