By invitation of China's National Committee for Crystallography and the Chinese Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Sixteenth General Assembly and International Congress of Crystallography were held at the Beijing International Convention Center, China, 21-29 August 1993.
The meetings were attended by 1167 scientists and 218 accompanying members from 53 countries.
The General Assembly and Congress were opened on the afternoon of 21 August at the Beijing International Convention Center. Professor X.-J. XU, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, chaired the ceremony. The welcoming addresses and the opening address by Professor A. AUTHIER, President of the IUCr, were followed by a general lecture on Crystallography and the Crystallographic Community in China by Professor Y. TANG. The Ewald Prize was presented to Professor N. KATO. There then followed a show of Chinese folk music and dances performed by the Central Song and Dance Ensemble of the Nationalities of China. The evening ended with a welcoming reception.
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