During 24th IUCr 2017 Congress, a semi-formal program will run in parallel to the scientific sessions.

It will include:

  • discussions and roundtables on education, outreach and capacity building;
  • seminars on general interest topics;
  • contests for research grants for youngsters;
  • real and operational single-crystal XRD lab to collect your own data;
  • exhibitions;
  • and much more …

For further information on the parallel program please contact M Zema on zema@iucr2017.org

Mega structure build

Supported by:


The world’s largest crystal structure model, which has been entered in the Guinness Book of Records, is being brought in from Vienna. This model will be exhibited at the venue. The creator, Dr Robert Krickl, is a fantastic communicator and will help explain the model. This project has been initiated because of a handsome seed contribution from Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India. This amount is a partial donation towards this mega project.


Salt of the Earth

150 minute session on various aspects of this unique compound, Sodium Chloride, that is so important in crystallography and also elsewhere. Chair: G.R. Desiraju. Speakers: Robert Krickl (Vienna), Dr. Harshvardhan (Hon’ble Minister, S&T, Govt. of India), Mike Glazer (Oxford), Artem Oganov (SUNY), Amitava Das (CSMCRI).

Academia/Industry/Government Collaborations in Solid State Pharma

150 minutes session on academia/industry/government interaction in the area of solid state pharma and novel crystal forms for innovator and generic companies. Speakers will represent academic, industrial and government agencies both in India and abroad. Chair: G. Sahni, Director-General, CSIR India. Speakers: G.R. Desiraju (IISc.), R. Docherty (Pfizer), S.R. Byrn (Purdue), G. Sahni (CSIR), A. Venkateswarlu (DRILS).

Meet the Professor

Professors/researchers having postdoc or PhD open positions give initial interviews to potential candidates. Professors will be available for a short discussion with young candidates, to evaluate their possible appointment as a postdoc. Such an exercise will also be useful to build collaborations. Sponsor signage will be placed at the session and the sponsor will be mentioned in the Congress program for the session. A display board with job opportunities will be placed in a prominent location with the sponsor’s logo placed on it.

Dragon’s Den:

Supported by:

iucr-170208  stoe-170208  Elsevier-170208

Young researchers (at the level of post-doc; maximum age 35 years, researchers with a permanent academic position excluded; no restriction on country of origin or affiliation; should be registered for participation in IUCr 2017 Congress) submit the idea for a research project (max. 200 words) to a committee of panelists. 20 candidates are selected to present their project in public and in front of the panel. Decision on what projects are funded is taken immediately at the end of all presentations. Awardees receive a grant of INR 1,50,000 or the equivalent per project.