17. What will the format of your event be?:
18. Please give any details about the format of your event you feel are relevant.:
Generously illustrated talks on the impact of crystallography on everyday life through health/medicine, new materials, environmental issues, pharamaceuticals and other chemicals (4 x 25 min) preceded by a 20-minute introduction explaining the 100-year history and how it works. We may also be able to arrange an 'open day' for seeing relevant research facilities, though this will need to be checked and approved for health and safety.
Venue and location to be allocated by the Festival team
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Standard lecture facilities including projection and the possibility of displaying some solid visual aids (small equipment etc.). Newcastle University space would be most convenient, close to the research facilities that might be made available for tour (Bedson Building).
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
The diffraction of X-rays by crystalline solids was discovered in 1912 and first put to practical use in 1913 in the UK, leading to two Nobel prizes. Since then the technique has developed enormously and now has applications across physical and life sciences, medicine and engineering, with impact on everyday life through pharmaceuticals, genome projects, virus studies, modern construction materials and catalysts, and environmental concerns. It has featured in work leading to 28 Nobel prizes. It is the most powerful technique available for investigating structures at the molecular level, a key support for many branches of modern science and engineering, and subject with a visual appeal for the non-specialist.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Crystallography is a major research area in Newcastle and Durham Universities and there is considerable local expertise across the breadth of the subject.
22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
1. The 'Bragg centenary' year, already featuring on Radio 4 (In Our Time) and in exhibitions at the Royal Institution and elsewhere. 2. Forthcoming major developments in crystallography research facilities in Newcastle, some of which are likely to be unique in the world.
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24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
This proposal is supported by a range of crystallographers in Newcastle University (Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, Environmental Research Institute, Cell and Molecular Biosciences); colleagues in Durham will also be invited to join the planning and delivery if this proposal is accepted (in Chemistry, Biology, Physics).
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School of Chemistry
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Newcastle upon Tyne
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