Corporate Banner
Satellite Banner
Crystallography
Scientific Community
 
Become a Member | Sign in
Home>News>This Article
  News
Return

Year of Glittering Celebrations begins at Diamond Light Source

Published: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Last Updated: Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Bookmark and Share
Activity to showcase 100 years of crystallography.

The UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, which produces a light 10 billion times brighter than the sun for cutting-edge scientific research, today announced a year of activity to showcase 100 years of crystallography, a technique which is fundamental to the thousands of research experiments carried out at Diamond every year. The programme of events has been organised to celebrate UNESCO’s 2014 International Year of Crystallography and to promote public understanding of this critical scientific field.

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 Light Source 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 Light Source in pioneering research into new forms of energy, archaeology and pioneering drug design.
The United Nations International Year of Crystallography in 2014 follows the centenary of the Nobel Prize for Physics being awarded to British father and son scientific partnership William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg, the founding fathers of crystallography.

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.”

The programme of events will allow the public to participate in a range of engaging activities for all age groups from exhibitions and competitions, to hands on events, aimed at helping the public to find out more about this ground-breaking technique. Crystallography is the hidden science behind so many aspects of our lives and it has allowed scientists to achieve success in every area. Examples include the precise shape of human proteins that can lead on to better drugs to combat depression and anxiety, breakthroughs in harnessing the materials of the future, understanding the wave formation of electrons and designing life-saving vaccines. The ‘Diamond in Action’ calendar of events aims to reveal the details of the pioneering work done inside the facility’s giant, donut-shaped building in Oxfordshire.


Further Information
Access to this exclusive content is for Technology Networks Premium members only.

Join Technology Networks Premium for free access to:

  • Exclusive articles
  • Presentations from international conferences
  • Over 2,400+ scientific posters on ePosters
  • More than 3,700+ scientific videos on LabTube
  • 35 community eNewsletters


Sign In



Forgotten your details? Click Here
If you are not a member you can join here

*Please note: By logging into TechnologyNetworks.com you agree to accept the use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

Related Content

Lighting Up A New Path For Novel Synthetic Polio Vaccine
Crystal structures and electron microscopy images are being used to develop a vaccine to target the polio virus.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Diamond Celebrates a Glittering Year of Crystallography
From film premieres to major scientific breakthroughs, Diamond Light Source helped make the International Year of Crystallography a memorable event.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Scientists Gain First Glimpse of One of Nature’s Measuring ‘Rulers’
New findings offer potential to outsmart bacterial infections.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Scientists Discover Bacteria’s Clever Defence Mechanism
Structure of EzrA protein could help identify new antibiotic targets.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Investment in New Capability for Materials Analysis
Johnson Matthey, Oxford University, Diamond Light Source announce the creation a state-of-the-art materials characterisation facility at the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus.
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Scientists Uncover Bacterial War Tactics
The discovery paves the way for new drugs to fight bacterial infections.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Novel Crystallography Beamline Takes Delivery of in Vacuum X-Ray Detector
The Diamond Light Source beamline will facilitate challenging research on DNA, RNA, native proteins and other building blocks of life.
Friday, April 04, 2014
‘Big Science’ uncovers another piece in the Alzheimer’s puzzle
Evidence found of the possible cause of brain-cell-damaging toxic iron.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Funding Announced for New Biological Facilities at Diamond Light Source
Landmark silver doughnut-shaped building on the Harwell Campus has been granted £15.6 million for a new imaging centre for biology.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Smart New In Situ Tool Keeps X-Rays on Track
Diamond Light Source and the University of Manchester have successfully built a new beam imaging instrument, the Lancelot X-ray Beam Position Monitor (XBPM).
Friday, October 25, 2013
Scientists Unlock Structure of Elusive ‘Stress’ Protein
New discovery paves the way for a transformation in drug treatments for depression, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Diamond Sheds Light on Basic Building Blocks of Life
The UK’s national synchrotron facility, Diamond Light Source, is now the first and only place in Europe where pathogens requiring Containment Level 3 can be analysed at atomic and molecular level using synchrotron light.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Science Minister Shines Light on World’s Biggest Synchrotron Stage
On Thursday 2nd December, David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science, will visit Diamond Light Source, the UK’s national synchrotron science facility, and officially open a unique new research station that can create molecular-scale 3D images of large objects such as aerospace and engineering components, and explore their structure in atomic-scale detail.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Scientific News
Crystal Clear Images Uncover Secrets of Hormone Receptors
NIH researchers gain better understanding of how neuropeptide hormones trigger chemical reactions in cells.
TOPLESS Plants Provide Clues to Human Molecular Interactions
Scientists at Van Andel Research Institute have revealed an important molecular mechanism in plants that has significant similarities to certain signaling mechanisms in humans, which are closely linked to early embryonic development and to diseases such as cancer.
Advancing Cancer Drug Design with Image of Key Protein
Scientists have pioneered the use of a high-powered imaging technique to picture in exquisite detail one of the central proteins of life – a cellular recycling unit with a role in many diseases.
Mould Unlocks New Route to Biofuels
Scientists at The University of Manchester have made an important discovery that forms the basis for the development of new applications in biofuels and the sustainable manufacturing of chemicals.
'Invisible' Protein Structure Explains the Power of Enzymes
A research group at Umeå University in Sweden has managed to capture and describe a protein structure that, until now, has been impossible to study.
Unraveling the Elusive Structure of HIV Protein
Snapshots of HIV virus’ proteins may help design new ways to fight the disease.
Blueprinting Cell Membrane Proteins
Recent breakthrough will make the blueprinting process faster, easier and cheaper, and should have major implications in the field of drug discovery and development.
Bacteria Use Chemical Harpoons to Hold on Their Hosts
Researchers reveal how a common disease causing bacteria latches on to the body during an infection.
Solving Streptide from Structure to Biosynthesis
Researchers reveal new information about how bacteria communicate via the protein, streptide.
Near-Atomic Resolution of Protein Structure Holds Promise for Drug Discovery
A new study shows that it is possible to use an imaging technique called cryo-electron microscopy to view the architecture of a metabolic enzyme bound to a drug that blocks its activity.
Skyscraper Banner

Skyscraper Banner
Go to LabTube
Go to eposters
 
Access to the latest scientific news
Exclusive articles
Upload and share your posters on ePosters
Latest presentations and webinars
View a library of 1,800+ scientific and medical posters
2,400+ scientific and medical posters
A library of 2,500+ scientific videos on LabTube
3,700+ scientific videos
Close
Premium CrownJOIN TECHNOLOGY NETWORKS PREMIUM FREE!