Sunday 03 July 2022 – Friday 08 July 2022

The International Conference on the Chemistry of the Organic Solid State is the signature conference of the researchers from the solid-state chemistry, crystal engineering, and crystal growth communities.

The conference program includes plenary lectures, oral presentations and two poster sessions. 


Suzanna Ward, Speaker

Head of Data and Community at CCDC

Fun and engaging ways to explore the wonders of crystallography
Thanks to crystallography and the wealth of data available in resources like the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) we can learn a lot about molecular geometries, interactions and assemblies. This helps us to advance our understanding of chemistry and crystallography but we can also use it to help optimise drug design, and to answer important questions like “why did my chocolate bar change colour?” The recognition of the value of crystallography for research and education purposes is one of the driving forces at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC). Curating and sharing over a million structures in the CSD coupled with our education and outreach activities helps us in our mission of the advancement of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit. Over the past few years we have created new content, such as games and videos, to demonstrate the power of structural data in fun and engaging ways, targeted to inspire a new generation of scientists. This has included a wide variety of activities, card games, social media campaigns and (virtual) science festivals and is often done in collaboration with others in our community. This talk will highlight some of the current education and outreach efforts of the CCDC, it will show how we communicate such initiatives and resources, and it will reflect on how we engage with our community.  What we have learnt along the way can help us and others explore how we can better spread the science of crystallography and its application in research and education inside
and outside the crystallographic community. And it can start with chocolate.


Date: Friday 8th July

Time: 4.20 - 4.40 PM (GMT+2)


Learn more about the event here.