Annual Autumn Meeting 2019

Registration for our annual Autumn Meeting has now closed. This year the meeting will be held at the GSK research site at Stevenage and is jointly organised with the Chemical Crystallography Group. A limited number of bursaries for student BCA members are available from the Industrial Group. Other bursaries to support attendance are also available to all BCA members. See here for further information on our financial support.

Travel and Accommodation

The Autumn Meeting will be held at the Stevenage GSK site. This is easily reached by road or train and a map is available here. Parking will be available on site. There is also a site shuttle bus leaving bus stop N at the train station in the morning. This is run by Richmond’s and takes around 10 minutes to arrive at GSK. Buses leave at 9.45 and 10 am. You will need to sign in at the visitor centre at the gatehouse on your way in. From here it is a short walk (<5 minutes) to Reception and the meeting room. Frequent buses (every 15 minutes) leave in the evening to return to the train station (starting at 4pm). There is also a taxi rank next to the bus stop.

There are several hotels close to the site and train station if you require overnight accommodation. If you quote the BCA Industrial Group meeting at GSK the Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage are offering a conference/corporate rate of £69.00 with breakfast, Wi-fi, car parking and VAT included. There are other hotels a bit closer to the station if you aren’t driving.

Meeting rates are:

The registration fee includes attendance at the meeting, relevant course material, catering and refreshments throughout the day.  

By hook or by crook – structural solutions from challenging crystals

BCA Industrial and Chemical Groups

Joint Autumn Meeting

20th November 2019, GSK, Stevenage, Herts

10.00 Registration

10.25 Introduction

10.30 Session 1: Beyond crystals and X-rays – New methods for structure determination 

10.30-11.15 Plenary – Lukáš Palatinus, The Czech Academy of Sciences

11.15-11.45 Clemens Kühn, Merck

11.45-12.15 Katharina Edkins – Water and drugs – an unstructured approach to studying crystals (Queen’s University Belfast)

12.15 Lunch

13.00 IG Annual General Meeting: Agenda and voting for new committee members will be circulated by email in advance of the event to all Industrial Group members

13.30 Session 2: Synchrotron tools for in situ studies of structural changes

13.30-14.00 Prize lecture – Sihai Yang CCG Prize Lecture, University of Manchester

14.00-14.30 Xiaojiao Liu – Crystallisation study of biodiesel and methyl stearate at extreme conditions (University of Edinburgh)

14.30 Coffee Break

15.00 Session 3: Advanced XRPD applications

15.00-15.30 Prof Kenneth Shankland, University of Reading 

15.30-16.00 Mathilde Reinle-Schmitt – Beyond the limits of conventional techniques: subtle structural differences influencing solubility unveiled by synchrotron-XRPD (Excelsus SLS)

16.00-16.30 Vijay Srirambhatla – Crystal structures and curious crystals (University of Strathclyde)

16.30 Close