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International Union of Crystallography

The IUCr is a scientific union adhering to the International Council for Science (ICSU). Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in crystallography and to contribute to all aspects of crystallography, to promote international publication of crystallographic research, to facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols, and to form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences.

The IUCr fulfils these objectives by publishing in print and electronically primary scientific journals through Crystallography Journals Online, the series of reference volumes International Tables for Crystallography, distributing the quarterly IUCr Newsletter, maintaining the online World Directory/Database of Crystallographers, awarding the Ewald Prize and organising the triennial Congress and General Assembly.

Global Information Commons for Science

In response to the prospectus for a multi-stakeholder Global Information Commons for Science Initiative, the IUCr has prepared a formal statement for submission by its Representatives to the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI). This response and a position paper providing further details of the response are available from this web site.

Scientific publications

In response to the public invitation to submit evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee inquiry into scientific publications, the IUCr contributed a written submission Publishing Crystallography Journals in the Electronic Environment that summarises the Union's current practice and policy in the production and distribution of primary research journals.

Eighth Ewald Prize

The IUCr is pleased to announce that Dr D. Sayre (Department of Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA) has been awarded the eighth Ewald Prize for the unique breadth of his contributions to crystallography, which range from seminal contributions to the solving of the phase problem to the complex physics of imaging generic objects by X-ray diffraction and microscopy, and for never losing touch with the physical reality of the processes involved.

The presentation of the Ewald Prize will be made during the Osaka Congress Opening Ceremony on 23 August 2008.

Travel Support for Senior Scientists from President's Fund

The President's Fund is used to help senior scientists from developing countries to attend IUCr Congresses. Further details and an application form may be found here.

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