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activities. If you have registered for the Congress or visited the
IUCr website, you have had the opportunity to indicate interest
in the "pre-launch" pricing discount of 20% off of the Associates
Programme joining fee (USD 160 or USD 48 for students and
retired scientists), which gives you access to all the benefits for a
period of 3 years. If you have any questions about the Associates
Programme, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As noted earlier, the IUCr Outreach and Education Fund
has been established to enable the continuation of many of the
initiatives successfully launched during the International Year
of Crystallography in 2014 and to pursue the objectives stated
in the declaration "Crystallography for the Next Generation."
Namely, these goals are to increase awareness of crystallography,
to build capacity in the developing regions of the world, and to
forge collaborations with governmental, scientific and educational institutions and organizations aimed at facilitating strategic projects for the development of crystallography in all parts
of the world. Requests for IUCr sponsorship through the IUCr
Outreach and Education Fund must be submitted to the IUCr
no later than 3 months before the event and should include a description of the event, tentative programme, and a provisional
budget. All requests will be evaluated by the Oversight Committee for the IUCr Outreach and Education Fund. See the IUCr
web site for additional details.
The only Regional Associate conference this year will be the
ACA meeting in New Orleans, May 26-30. The theme of this
year's ACA Transactions Symposium is Cryo-Electron Microscopy. Of the four workshops offered on May 26, "Research Data
Management", organized by John Helliwell, Brian McMahon
and Tom Terwilliger, is part of the IUCr's Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group efforts focused on the issues of raw diffraction data preservation.
Of course, the major event for the summer is IUCr XXIV
Congress in Hyderabad from August 21-28. The International
Programme Committee and the Commission representatives
have put together an outstanding programme along with additional events offered as part of a "parallel programme" with titles
like "Salt of the Earth" and "Symmetry in India" (Page 22). Gau-
tam Desiraju and his colleagues have worked hard to make all
the local arrangements and ensure us that this will be a memorable Congress. I encourage everyone to check their extensive
website at www.iucr2017.org. Be sure to review the information
on visas to verify that you and any accompanying guests apply
for the proper type of visa, and note that your passport must be
valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry into India. All
participants must apply and secure a conference visa, but this
does not preclude a bit of sight-seeing before and after the Congress! Accompanying persons may apply for a tourist visa, which
for citizens of many countries is given on arrival after a pre-application done on-line. It is not recommended to enter India on
a tourist visa and then participate academically in the Congress.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record on this subject (ask someone over 50 if you do not know what that means),
I want to emphasize again how important it is for the future
health of our organization that we have diverse representations
in all phases of the IUCr - that starts with the nomination of
delegates, officers, and Commission members to be voted on in
Hyderabad (also see "Women in Science", Page 19). Late nominations can still come in, but the goal is to have the names of
all nominees and major legislative actions to be considered by
the General Assembly available for everyone to deliberate on before delegates get to Hyderabad. Our Executive Secretary, Mike
Dacombe, will be mailing out materials later this summer, well
before the Congress begins.
Michael Dacombe has announced plans to retire later in 2017
after our IUCr XXIV Congress. Mike's first Congress as our Executive Secretary was 24 years ago in Beijing 1993. The IUCr has
been fortunate to have Mike managing the day-to-day operations
of the IUCr and Chester office for the past two decades. A search
for a new Executive Secretary has taken place and you can look
forward to news about Mike's successor in the coming months.
Thank you for your continued support of our collective mission to support and advance crystallography around the world.
Please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Executive Committee with your suggestions for how the IUCr can
work more effectively to serve you.
Marvin L. Hackert (email@example.com)
Finance Committee and members of the Chester staff met in Leuven in March 2017. (l-r) Marv Hackert, Mike Dacombe, Jane Robinson, Luc Van Meervelt, Samar Hasnain,
Malcolm Cooper, Mike Glazer, Chris Gilmore, Jonathan Agbenyega, Michele Zema and Peter Strickland.
IUCr Newsletter ♦ Volume 24, Number 4 ♦ 2016