Diamond celebrates International Year of Crystallography
At Diamond, crystallography is a key scientific technique which uses the unique pattern of diffraction made when intense X-rays pass through a crystallised sample to determine its atomic structure. The ‘beamlines’ at Diamond are used by over 3,000 scientists ever year to literally shine a light on a broad range of experiments from DNA, to research into HIV and cancer treatments. Crystallography has fostered countless scientific advances since its discovery and continues to be used by scientists at Diamond in pioneering research into new forms of energy, archaeology and pioneering drug design.
Professor Andrew Harrison, CEO of Diamond Light Source, comments: “It is extremely encouraging that UNESCO has chosen to designate 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography. We intend to embrace every opportunity to communicate the amazing science that this technique has enabled researchers to carry out over the last century. Crystallography revolutionised science 100 years ago and when synchrotrons started to be built thirty years ago, they revolutionised crystallography. The paths of crystallography and synchrotrons are intertwined and we hope this year of recognition will allow us to share the wonder of what crystallography has made possible globally, along with our aspirations for future achievements based on the new technology we are bringing to Diamond.”
Diamond stand with crystal display at Science in Your World (part of Oxfordshire Science Festival, 8th-23rd March)
Crystals Day at the Museum of the History of Science, Broad Street, Oxford
At Abingdon County Hall Museum, Market Pl, Abingdon, Oxfordshire