The Commission was involved in a NATO Advanced Study Institute School held in Erice, Italy, 22 May - 2 June 1997. This meeting, which had partial support from the IUCr, was attended by more than 100 researchers from 25 countries. The School covered a wide range of aspects of electron crystallography with emphasis on its application to inorganic compounds. A particularly effective aspect of the meeting was the afternoon laboratories where first-hand experience was gained of image reconstruction, direct phase determination, calculation of dynamical scattering, and use of energy minimization procedures. Extensive computer facilities were available at two sites. The Proceedings were edited by D. L. Dorset, S. Hovmoeller and D. Zou and published as NATO ASI Series E: Applied Sciences, Volume 347. The Applied Study Institute School was held concurrently with one on Direct Methods of Solving Macromolecular Structures, organized by S. Fortier, and there were shared speakers for common sessions.
Towards the latter part of the year the Commission was involved in the organization of a School on Electron Crystallography to be held in Stockholm, Sweden, 14 - 19 June 1998.