IUCr 1999 Triennial Report - Commission on Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials

During the triennium the activities of the Commission were again directed to the organisation of international schools on crystal growth and characterisation for young scientists. An attempt to prepare a School on Epitaxic Growth in Trieste, Italy, in 1997, together with the International Centre of Theoretical Physics as co-organiser and sponsor, failed because of budget problems. In 1998 the Commission helped to organise the following two Schools.

(1) The Tenth International Summer School on Crystal Growth (ISSCG-10), Rimini, Italy, 1—6 June 1998. This school was organised by chairs R. Fornari (MASPEC, Parma, Italy) and C. Paorici (former Commission Chair, University of Parma, Italy) in connection with the Twelfth International Congress of Crystal Growth (ICCG-12), which was held 26—31 July 1998 in Jerusalem, Israel. The Commission was engaged in the lecturing programme with three former and two past Commission members as speakers. The school was sponsored and financially supported by the IUCr and other national and international institutions. It was attended by about 60 participants, mostly PhD students, from 19 countries. The lectures are collected in the book Theoretical and Technological Aspects of Crystal Growth, published by Trans. Tech. Publ. Ltd., Zurich (Materials Science Forum, Volumes 276-277, 1998).

(2) The First International School on Crystal Growth Technology (ISCGT-1), Beatenberg, Switzerland, 5—16 September 1998, was organised by H.J. Scheel (Lausanne, Switzerland) and T. Fukuda (Sendai, Japan). Three Commission members were engaged in the International Advisory and Programme Committee and contributed to the programme as lecturers. ISCGT-1 was sponsored and financially supported by the IUCr and other national and international institutions. It was attended by about 55 participants from 13 countries. The lecture notes of the 55 one-hour presentations and their extended abstracts are assembled in a voluminous book. The publication of the proceedings of this school is in progress.

Four Commission members attended the 12th International Congress of Crystal Growth (ICCG-12) in Jerusalem, Israel, 26—31 July 1998. They met during the congress and discussed two main topics: (1) candidates for the Commission Chair and Commission members for the triennium 1999—2001, and (2) an International School on Crystal Growth (ISCG) in Brazil. The latter point was discussed with R. Caram, University of Campinas, Brazil. It was decided to hold the ISCG on 18—24 July 1999 in Campinas, Brazil, with R. Caram as Chair and H. Klapper as Co-chair. The preparation of this School was the main activity of the Commission in 1999. The School is sponsored and supported by the IUCr by support for two lecturers under the Visiting Professorship Programme.

During the 12th International Congress on Crystal Growth, 26—31 July 1998, in Jerusalem, Israel, the Commission Chair attended the business meetings of the International Organization of Crystal Growth (IOCG). It was again agreed to continue the cooperation of the IUCr and the IOCG in fields of common interest, in particular in the promotion of international schools for young scientists. The essential agenda of the IOCG business meetings and their results are presented in the report on the IOCG (Appendix 24.5 to the Agenda).

The Commission recommended IUCr sponsorship for the following international schools and conferences: Tenth International Summer School on Crystal Growth (ISSCG-10), Rimini, Italy, 1—6 June 1998, and the Twelfth International Congress on Crystal Growth (ICCG-12), Jerusalem, Israel, 26—31 July 1998. In addition, the Commission contributed to the programme of the Glasgow Congress, by establishing two microsymposia on crystal growth.

H. Klapper, Chair

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