The 2014 PCG-SCMP Powder Diffraction and Rietveld Refinement School will be held at the University of Durham from Sunday 30th March to Thursday 3rd of April. Lectures will be given by Jeremy Cockcroft, Andy Fitch, John Evans and Ivana Evans. There will also be small group tutorials and a large number of hands-on practical computer sessions.

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Data collection strategies for X-ray and neutron diffraction
  •     Constant wavelength and time of flight diffraction
  •     Modelling peak shapes
  •     Indexing powder patterns
  •     Rietveld, Le Bail and Pawley fitting methods
  •     X-ray and neutron combined Rietveld refinement
  •     Extended solids and molecular systems
  •     Restrained refinements
  •     Rigid body refinements
  •     A mix of workshops, tutorials, and lectures hosted by some of the best known names in crystallography will make this a school not to be missed.

In the past, participants from all over the world have attended this meeting, including students from Ireland, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Slovenia, Thailand, India, Mexico, Brazil, Canada and the USA.

The wide spread of countries taking part is a true reflection of the importance of the discipline. As in all years, but even more so during the International Year of Crystallography (IYCr2014), it is important to attract some of the most talented students from around the world to carry the science of crystallography forward in their careers.