Tuesday 7th April, 2020
YCG Plenary – Dr Cheryl Doherty (GSK) – 08:45
Exploring digital design for pharmaceutical solid forms
(Chairs: Elliot Carrington/Charlie McMonagle)
YCG/IG Session – A Career in Crystallography: Exploring the Interface of Academia and Industry - 09:15
(Chairs: Natalie Johnson/Rachel Wilkinson)
Crystallography can lead to a wide range of exciting and varied careers. The start of this session will feature research talks exploring both academic and industrial research endeavours. This session will also offers a unique question and answer forum to discuss careers in crystallography via a selected panel of crystallographers who have taken different career paths. This session has been designed to provide greater information about the variety of careers available for young crystallographers, with attendees able to ask any and all questions they have about the careers to the panellists.
BCA Main Meeting commences
Londsdale Lecture- 11:30
Lucy Clark (University of Liverpool)
Quantum Magnetism and Crystallographic Complexity in Mineral Materials
(Chair: Natalie Tatum)
BSG Plenary Lecture: Rosalind Franklin Centenary Lecture - 13.00-14.10
Professor Gabriel Waksman (UCL/Birkbeck)
Mechanism of effector targeting by the Legionella type IV secretion system
PCG: Biominerals & biomaterials – 14:20-15:50
Keynote: Melinda Duer (Cambridge)
The Bare Bones of Biomineralization: new insights into bone mineral composition, structure and formation
(Chair: Julia Parker, Diamond)
From the exquisite morphologies of coccoliths and the incredible hierarchical architecture of bone, to the engineering of implants and joint replacements, the structure of biominerals and biomaterials plays an integral role in determining their properties and function. This session will examine the importance of structure in both natural systems and biomedical devices, explore how their composition and assembly controls physical properties and look at how this can be exploited in the development of novel bioinspired materials.
CCG: Advances in Software for Crystallography - 14:20-15:50
Latest and exciting developments happening in crystallographic software
Keynote: Mairi Haddow (Heriot-Watt)
Can a solution for disordered molecules be automated?
(Chair: Lucy Saunders, Diamond)
This session aims to reveal the latest and exciting developments happening in crystallographic software. We encourage abstracts from those in the community working on software for chemical crystallography research. We want to know about the latest tools on offer. This could be in the areas of data processing, structure refinement, property calculation or structure investigation to name a few.
BSG: Structure-based drug design - 14.20-15.50
Keynote: Dr Pamela Williams (Astex Pharmaceuticals)
Structure-based drug discovery: how did we get here and where are we going?
(Chair: Professor Jane Endicott, Newcastle)
Protein structures can assist drug development at all stages of the discovery pipeline, from choosing targets, through identifying hit matter, to supporting iterative medicinal chemistry to enhance potency, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Historically, structure-based drug design has addressed well characterised active sites by identifying potential molecular interactions to inform subsequent chemical synthesis. Application of this approach has already contributed to the development of many potent and selective drugs. However, molecular targets with clear disease linkage can be extremely difficult to find, and for this reason more is being asked of structures in drug discovery campaigns. Examples of these new contributions include characterising and capturing biologically relevant protein conformations to help in the targeting of allosteric sites, and identifying novel classes of target that depend on protein-protein and protein-DNA/RNA/lipid interactions. The keynote lecture will review key advances in the field over the last decade and future possible directions while reflecting on what a drug discovery campaign looks like from the structural biologist’s point of view.
PCG: Entropy & structure – 16:35-18:05
Keynote: Xavier Moya (Cambridge)
Giant caloric effects near structural phase transitions
(Chair: Anthony Phillips, Queen Mary University London)
In recent years, entropy has become an explicit target of materials design and synthesis: configurational and magnetic entropy can stabilise materials' structures or form the basis of their functionality. Understanding such disorder requires a variety of experimental and computational techniques drawn from the conventional crystallographic arsenal and beyond. In this session we welcome talks on all aspects of order and disorder: quantifying, designing, and exploiting entropy for materials ranging from high-entropy alloys to calorics.
CCG: Electron crystallography – 16:35-18:05
Keynote: Lukas Palatinus (The Czech Academy of Sciences)
Structure refinement from 3D electron diffraction: where are the limits?
(Chair: Simon Parsons, Edinburgh)
Electron diffraction is one of the mostly rapidly developing and exciting areas of crystallography. The publication of a number of recent papers describing its application in chemical crystallography has led to a great deal of comment and anticipation in the chemical community. The technique enables crystal structures to be obtained from samples with dimensions of the order of the few microns, or even 100s of nanometres. The strength of the interaction between electrons and matter that enables such small crystals to be studied carries with it the problem of multiple scattering, meaning that the kinematical model which has been so successful for X-ray and neutron diffraction no longer applies, and dynamical effects need to be taken into account. This session will give an overview of the most recent advances in the field and progress towards making electron diffraction a more widely used technique in the chemical crystallography community.
BSG: Time resolved crystallography – 16.35-18.05
Keynote: Prof. Jasper van Thor (Imperial College, London)
Optical control of protein structural dynamics by ultrafast X-ray crystallography
(Chair: Dr Briony Yorke, Leeds)
Time-resolved crystallography allows the observation of molecular mechanism in real time, providing unique insight into the dynamics that link structure and function. The use of X-ray free electron lasers has pushed the boundaries of time-resolved crystallography, allowing structural changes to be determined with femtosecond time-resolution. The development of serial crystallographic techniques has also initiated a resurgence in synchrotron time-resolved experiments. This session will focus on the exciting developments being made at free-electron laser and synchrotron sources and the science that has been made possible due to these developments. Contributions describing these and other structural time-resolved methods are welcomed.
PCG plenary: Vaclav Petricek FZU (The Czech Academy of Sciences) – 18:15-19:00
The role of crystal structure analysis in investigation of crystals with important physical properties
(Chair: Anthony Phillips, QMUL)