Congress Information

The congress takes place March 14th–17th, 2022, online-only.

Online Program

Conference Structure & Microsymposia

Plenary Speakers

Andrey Kovalevsky (Oak Ridge Natl. Lab, USA)
Neutron crystallography to inform drug design targeting SARS-CoV-2 main protease

Bruno Canard
Title to be announced

Dorothee Liebschner (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA)
[Laue-Talk] Frontiers and Current Challenges of Protein Structure Determination

Natalia B. Shustova (University of South Carolina)
Metal-Organic and Covalent-Organic Frameworks (MOFs and COFs): from Single Crystals to novel functional Materials

Tsuyoshi Kimura (University of Tokyo)
Symmetry breakings and resulting magnetic, electric, and optical properties in multifunctional transition-metal oxides

László Gránásy (Academy of Sciences, Budapest)
Phase-field modeling of complex polycrystalline structures.

Helmut Ehrenberg (KIT)
Electrochemical Energy Storage – Insights from in-operando Measurements

Markus Reischl (KIT)
Application and Challenges of Artificial Intelligence in Crystallography

Scientific Topics


Rolf Hilgenfeld
Andrea Thorn

Biologic Structure, Function, Reactivity, and Regulation

(I) Signaling and molecular interactions 
Caroline Kisker
Hartmut Niemann

(II) New methods
Thomas Schneider
Johanna Hakanpää

(III) Enzymes
Wulf Blankenfeldt
Gert Weber

(IV) Drug Design
Martina Schaefer
Sofie Zimmermann

(V) Instrumentation
Thomas Schneider
Uwe Muller

Structural Chemistry & New crystal structures

Solid State Physics and Crystal Physics

Engineering Materials and Applications

Natural Materials and Environments (Minerals, Biogenic Materials…)

Structure property relationships

Theory, simulation, modeling, computational crystallography

Crystallography in Education, Art, and Society

Advances in Methods, Instrumentation and Data Analysis

Crystallization, Crystal Growth Processes, Synthesis

Surfaces, Interfaces, Thin Films, Nanoparticles

Four Satellite Workshops…

… will take place from 17th March (afternoon) to 18th March:

Career Workshop for Early Career Biologic Crystallographers

The workshop will address career planning, opportunities, and general professional advice for early career biologic crystallographers.

Satellite Workshop on Neutron Diffraction

The workshop on neutron diffraction gives a hands-on introduction into advantages of neutron diffraction in crystallography, the current instrumentation available for user access at the Heinz-Maier-Leibnitz Neutron Source in Garching near Munich, important software applications for data evaluation, and coaching on writing of successful beam-time proposals.  The course covers  instruments specialized on biological structure determination, materials science, powder diffraction, and small molecule / inorganic structure determination.

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Satellite Workshop on Micro-Raman-Spectroscopy and Keyence Microscopy

The workshop is a hands-on introduction and practice course on the micro-Raman spectroscopy technique and modern digital quantitative optical microscopy with 3-dimensional object reconstruction. The workshop will consist of a short theoretical introduction to Raman spectroscopy (ca. 2 hours) and a practical part (ca. 3 hours) with the Horiba Jobin Yvon (XPloRa) Micro-Raman spectroscope in our house by PD Dr. Melanie Kaliwoda. Sample processing and data evaluation techniques will be shown. You may bring your own samples! (Bulk, thin sections or thick sections). In addition to the work on the Raman spectroscope, there will also be an introduction on quantitative Keyence digital microscopy by Dr. Malte Junge. Here you will learn how to measure and reconstruct 3D sample morphology or prepare samples for later measurement on other instruments, such as the SEM or micro-Raman spectroscope.

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Satellite Workshop on Analytical Scanning Electron Microscopy

Microstructure and texture information is of major importance in research on geological and biological material, as well as in material design and material processing technologies. Microstructure characterization of crystalline materials includes the determination of crystallographic, structural and chemical characteristics. Best suited for quantitative microstructure and texture characterization is EBSD (Electron Backscatter Diffraction) performed in a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and complemented by secondary electron (SE)-, backscattered electron (BSE)- and cathodoluminescence (CL)- imaging, scanning transmission electron microcopy (STEM) and chemical microanalysis with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS or EDX).

The hands on workshop will give an overview on microstructure, texture and microchemical characterization of a variety of materials. We will show conventional-, low-kV EBSD and EDS data acquisition as well as EBSD/EDS data evaluation and interpretation. In addition, we will introduce to SE, BSE, CL and STEM imaging and some sample preparation for EBSD and EDS analysis. We will give advice on preparation techniques for your own samples.
The 1.5 day course will be offered 17th/18th of March and 11th/12th of March 2022. Final scheduling for you will be arranged by e-mail later.

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Congress organisation

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, LMU
Munich GeoCenter
Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum
Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns – Mineralogische Staatssammlung