IUCr Newsletter - Volume 24, Number 4 - 20
News from the French Crystallography Association (AFC):
The French Crystallography Association (AFC) held elections
for its council in December 2016 using an electronic vote open
to all AFC members. The elected council is composed of a mixture of both new and more experienced members. In February
2017, internal elections decided the new president and vice-president. All the details are available on the AFC website at www.
afc.asso.fr/, a site that offers a dynamic presentation of crystallography news, including hot scientific results, job announcements,
bursaries, PhD prizes and conference reports. Concerning the
latter, the AFC participated in many events in 2016. In particular, the AFC provided financial support to the annual Structural
Biology school that takes place in May on Ile d'Oléron (an island
off the Atlantic coast of France) and is organized by the professional Rénafobis network. In 2016, the AFC also awarded bursaries to young researchers wishing to participate in the Pan African
Conference on Crystallography - PCCr1 organized in Cameroon.
Testimonies on these events and others can be found on the AFC
website (in French), as well as comments on the two main events
(co-)organized by the AFC in 2016: the AFC2016 conference
and the GT-Bio colloquium described below.
The biennial conference, AFC2016, was held in Marseille,
in the south of France, July 4-7, 2016. 260 participants enjoyed
sunny weather, good science and lively discussions. A very rich
program was organized with 3 plenary conferences and 17 symposia, covering all the disciplines related to crystallography. A special session on crystal growth was dedicated to Raymond Kern, a
renowned crystallographer from Marseille. Two round-tables were
organized that focused on respectively large-scale facilities (Xrays and neutrons) and on scientific edition (with the presence of
Samar Hasnain, Editor-in-Chief of IUCr Journals). Three PhD
prizes were awarded in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Many
young scientists were present and enjoyed the conference as well
as the "Meet the experts" session. The congress was also the opportunity to hold the general assembly of the association. Overall, AFC2016 was a great success and showed the vitality of the
French Crystallography community. More information on the
conference is available at http://afc2016.im2np.fr/.
The 10th edition of the GT-Bio colloquium (2016-2017) entitled 'Structural Biology meets Biophysics' was organized in partnership with the French Biophysics Society (SFB). It was held
in Obernai, near Strasbourg, in the Alsace region (northeast of
France), December 13-16, 2016. Since 1993, the GT-Bio meetings have been bringing together AFC members interested in
Structural Biology. For the 10th edition, 175 participants attended
9 sessions (nucleus and nucleic acids, biophysics and modelling,
new technologies, membrane biophysics, cell signaling, hot structures, drug discovery, biological systems dynamics, host-pathogen
interactions) with a total of 60 talks and 6 poster sessions. The
abstract booklet is available for download at www.afc.asso.fr/images/actes/2016-GTBio-Obernai-LR.pdf. A touching tribute was
dedicated to Vittorio Luzzati. More information is available on
the conference website at http://sfb-gtbio2016.u-strasbg.fr/.♦
Participants of the GT-Bio colloquium 2016 enjoying the sunny, but probably cooler, winter of the north-east of France.
Participants at the French Crystallography Association meeting (AFC2016).
IUCr Newsletter ♦ Volume 24, Number 4 ♦ 2016