New dates for ECA congresses and schools

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced ECA to postpone the European Crystallographic School to be held this July in Budapest, Hungary, to next year. The next European Crystallographic Meeting which was planned for August 2021 will be held in August 2022 in Versailles, France. This event needed to be postponed because […]


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Dirk Feil (1933 – 2020)

Dirk (Dick) Feil passed away on the 22nd of April 2020 at the age of 87.  Dirk Feil was born in Zeist, the Netherlands, in 1933.  Married in 1958, Dirk and his young wife Annet set out to see something of the world.  In 1959, despite misgivings about the apartheid […]


What role can crystallography play in the fight against Covid-19?

The SARS-COV-2 virus responsible for the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which is progressively spreading throughout the world, belongs to the coronavirus family, the first members of which were identified almost a century ago [1]. These enveloped viruses possess an RNA (ribonucleic acid) genome and characteristic surface projections, recognizable by electron microscopy […]

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ECA Executive Committee met at SOLEIL

The ECA Executive Committee met for its annual Winter Meeting at SOLEIL over the weekend of February 28th to March 1st. Three colleagues who could not travel due to the Coronavirus crisis joined via Skype. In addition to the day-to-day business of the Committee, considerable time was devoted to discussing […]


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Sybolt Harkema (1940-2019)

On September 1st, 2019, Sybolt Harkema, former Assistant Professor at the Technical University Twente, died at the age of 78 years. Sybolt Harkema was born in Noordeloos, the Netherlands, as the son of vickar Harke Harkema and his wife Agaath. He visited the secondary school (lyceum) in Zeist at the […]


Catalina Ruiz Pérez (1957-2019)

It is with great sorrow that we report that our colleague Professor Catalina Ruiz-Pérez passed away on August 8 when she was sixty-two. Catalina Ruiz-Pérez was born in Valencia (Spain) in 1957 and she was Full Professor of Applied Physics in the Department of Physics at Universidad de La Laguna […]


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First Alajos Kálmán Prize for Luigi Nassimbeni

The Alajos Kálmán Prize preserves the memory of the late Alajos Kálmán, an eminent scientist in the field of chemical crystallography. The Prize is established by the Hungarian Chemical Society and is endorsed by European Crystallographic Association (ECA). This year the prize goes to Professor Luigi Nassimbeni from Cape Town […]


Call for nominations for the first International Alajos Kálmán Prize

The International Kálmán Prize preserves the memory of the late Alajos Kálmán, an eminent scientist in the field of chemical crystallography. The Prize is established by the Hungarian Chemical Society and is endorsed by European Crystallographic Association (ECA). The ECA awards the Alajos Kálmán Prize twice in a three-year cycle […]


Eleventh ECA Max Perutz Prize to Professor Elspeth Garman

The Eleventh Max Perutz Prize of the European Crystallographic Association (ECA) is awarded to Professor Elspeth Garman from the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, UK. The Max Perutz Prize is awarded in recognition of Elspeth Garman’s invaluable contribution to the field of macromolecular crystallographic methods by developing tools and […]


SpringerBriefs in Crystallography

Springer  announces the launch of a new series of crystallography monographs under the title “SpringerBriefs in Crystallography”. They cover a new discipline within the “SpringerBriefs” collection, which publishes concise monographs with an intermediate scope. SpringerBriefs already covers 84 fields spanning a wide range from natural sciences to law, social sciences […]


ECA Executive Committee met in Berlin

The ECA Executive Committee had its annual Winter Meeting in Berlin on the weekend from February 22nd to 24th, 2019. For many new Officers, this was the first Executive Committee meeting after they were elected by the ECA Council at ECM31 in Oviedo. In addition to the day-to-day business of […]


Meet the recipients of ECA bursaries @PCCr2

Gift Mehlana (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe), Seham Kamal (Cairo University, Egypt), Rim Benali-Cherif (Abbes Laghrour Khenchela University, Algeria) are the three recipients of the ECA travel grants for attending the 2nd Pan African Conference on Crystallography/African Light Source 2, PCCr2-AfLS2. They share their impressions: Gift: “I had an opportunity to […]