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Synchrotron radiation in the field of crystallography has during the last year been in a very expansive phase. New third-generation sources with strong crystallographic programs have been commissioned in Grenoble, Argonne, Trieste, Berkeley and Lund and the Japanese SPring-8 project is in an advanced construction phase. The Commission's work during this period has been concentrated on spreading information on the new experimental opportunities available by actively organizing Microsymposia and giving general review talks. Major efforts were made to organize synchrotron-based Symposia at several meetings during 1995.

Synchrotron radiation featured prominently at the 16th European Crystallographic Meeting in Lund, Sweden, 5-11 August 1995. Three different half-day Symposia, Synchrotron Radiation Applications I and II and Synchrotron Radiation Instrumentation, were organized by the Chairman and applications both in small-molecule and macromolecular crystallography were covered. The instrumentation part included talks on microcrystal diffraction, detectors and novel optics development.

The Commission was actively involved on the Programme Committee of the Third International School and Symposium on Synchrotron Radiation in Natural Sciences, 31 May-8 June 1996, Jaszowiec, Poland. This School covered a very wide area of synchrotron-radiation techniques and applications in the natural sciences. The Polish Synchrotron Radiation Society succeeded in attracting excellent lectures for the benefit of participants mainly from the central and eastern part of Europe. This year, the School was attended by approximately 100 participants.

The 17th European Crystallographic Meeting now in a detailed planning stage to be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 24-28 August 1997 includes four Microsymposia in the area of synchrotron radiation: Time-Resolved Crystallography, New Developments in Detectors, High-Energy Diffraction and Phase Contrast Imaging under the programme responsibility of the Commission Chairman.

The Commission is heavily involved in the IUCr Congress in Seattle and the Chairman has been active on the Programme Committee. Three Microsymposia: Synchrotron Radiation I, II and III have been scheduled. In addition to the main Congress in Seattle, a Synchrotron Radiation Satellite Meeting at the Advanced Photon Source in Argonne is being organized under the auspices of the Commission (4-7 August 1996). The main feature of the Satellite Meeting is to give a broad overview of the state-of-the-art developments in the synchrotron-radiation field and in particular to give a review of the impact of the new third-generation sources. More than 30 invited leading synchrotron-radiation scientists will present the latest developments in the field.

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