16-21 August 2015
Skukuza
Kruger National Park
South Africa



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"SERENDIPITY vs PREDICTION"



The next Indaba, the eighth in a series of interdisciplinary workshops, organized by the South African Crystallographic Society in conjunction with the Structural Chemistry Commission of the International Union of Crystallography, will be held over the period:

16-21 August 2015
at:
Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa





Latest News: Award of the 3rd Jan Boeyens prize to Delia Haynes




The discovery of processes, novel molecular compounds and materials with exciting properties is often to a large extent based on serendipity but in other cases on the careful observation and interpretation of experimental data. In the latter, classical models and approaches derived from qualitative molecular orbital theory, methods based on parameters related to donor-acceptor strengths or empirical concepts based on geometric and steric effects may be employed. Following these discoveries, it is then quite general that a subsequent thorough analysis of experimental data such as state-of-the-art spectroscopy, magnetism, thermodynamic properties and/or detailed mechanistic information and electronic structure calculations is performed to 'fully' understand as many aspects thereof as possible.

As a result, new models and theories may emerge, possibly leading to rules concerning how the relevant properties of the process or the new class of compounds may be predicted and be improved. There are also examples where novel types of compounds or novel mechanistic ideas have emerged from theoretical studies or from a close collaboration between theoretically oriented individuals with experimentalists.

This has often led to the development of efficient models for the design and interpretation of experiments, based on some understanding of intra- and intermolecular interactions or processes.

Indaba 8 is dedicated to the discussion of Serendipity vs. (first-principle) Prediction of scientific phenomena related to structure, dynamics, activity and function of molecular and other materials and processes. The scientific sessions will include invited keynote lectures, a small number contributed oral presentations as well as poster sessions spanning Theory and Molecular Modeling, Crystallography, Crystal Engineering, Materials, Supramolecular Chemistry, Organometallics, Biochemistry, Biology and other relevant fields. In the Poster sessions, a number of poster presenters will also be invited to present their work orally in 'Flash' presentations of 2-3 min each.

Participation is unrestricted except for a limitation on the numbers due to the nature of the venue which can accommodate only 120 delegates. Preference will be given to presenters of original research and to students and postdoctoral associates.

A limited number of IUCr-sponsored bursaries will be available for students and other young scientists, who are invited to apply for support, preferably by e-mail, with the recommendation of a supervisor or a senior colleague, to the Secretariat (thereza@technoscene.co.za). A preliminary Registration including a presentation title and abstract must first be submitted and your invoice number should be quoted on all correspondence. Any support granted will be conditional on the acceptance by the Organising Committee of the abstract submitted by the delegate (see Submission of Abstracts). The cut-off date for applications is 30 April 2015, but early application and submission of abstracts are encouraged for those delegates seeking support.


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Award of the 3nd Jan Boeyens Prize at INDABA8 (2015)


The Jan Boeyens Prize Committee has great pleasure in announcing that Professor Delia Haynes from the University of Stellenbosch has been awarded the 3rd Jan Boeyens Medal and R10,000 cash prize.



"The Jan Boeyens Prize is awarded to a young South African researcher [under the age of 40 years] who has made a distinguished contribution to the utilization of crystallography and other structural methods in a holistic manner to investigate fundamental problems in nature..."

Delia completed her BSc Honours (cum laude) in 1998 at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg in Molecular Genetics. She then saw the light and switched back to Chemistry, completing a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2002 under the supervision of Dr Jeremy Rawson. After 3 years as a post-doctoral associate at the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science in Cambridge, Delia lectured for a year at School of Chemistry, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She then joined the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science, Stellenbosch University as a senior Lecturer in 2007 and has been an Associate Professor there since January 2014.

Delia's research revolves around investigating factors that are important in determining the crystal structures, and thus the properties, of various molecule-based materials. Most recently, her focus has been on using multi-component crystals (salts and co-crystals) to develop novel ionic framework materials, or materials with interesting magnetic properties. She has published 36 research articles in top journals, including CrystEngComm, Crystal Growth and Design, Chemical Communications and the Journal of the American Chemical Society and has won numerous other awards.

We look forward to seeing you at Indaba8!

Demi Levendis (Chair of the Jan Boeyens Prize Committee, 2015).

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E-mail Contact Details:

Organising Committee Chair : Prof. Andreas Roodt : Roodta@ufs.ac.za
Programme Committee Chair : Prof. Peter Comba : Peter.Comba@aci.uni-heidelberg.de
Secretariat & general enquiries : Thereza Botha : thereza@technoscene.co.za
Webmaster : Dave Liles : dave.liles@up.ac.za


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Bruker South Africa ICSU supports delegates from Africa via the IUCr to attend Indaba 8 to participate and interact with renowned scientists from across the globe as part of the initiative "Building Science Capacity in Africa via Crystallography" University of the Fee State, Department of Chemistry
 



The Organising Committee of Indaba8 shall observe the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirms the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, sex or age, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science. At this workshop no barriers will exist which would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.




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