18-21 NOVEMBER 2001
Call for papers
|Registration and General Enquiries:
|Abstract and Program Enquiries:
Professor C.J. Howard
Submission of abstracts:
Registration at normal fee:
Application for financial assistance:
15 August 2001
15 August 2001
31 August 2001
15 August 2001
AsCA office bearers
Y. Ohashi (President, Japan); J.Simpson (Vice-president, New Zealand); Shih-Lin Chang (Secretary, Taiwan)
International Organising Committee
Zihe Rao, (Chair, China); T.N. Guru Row (India); C.L. Raston (Australia); A. H. Othman (Malaysia); S. L. Chang (Taiwan); Y.J. Park (South Korea); Ian D. Williams (Hong Kong); M. Sakata (Japan); Y. Matsui (Japan); A. Hussain (Bangladesh); J. Simpson (New Zealand)
International Program Committee
C.J. Howard (Chair, Australia); E.N. Baker (New Zealand); Yu Wang (Taiwan); M.R.N.Murthy (India); K.Ogawa (Japan); T.Kamiyama (Japan); H-F Fan (China); G.R. Desiraju (India); S.R. Hall (Australia)
National Organising Committee
M. Vijayan (Chair, Bangalore) ; Krishan Lal (Co-Chair, Delhi); M.R.N. Murthy (Secretary, Bangalore); T.N. Guru Row (Treasurer, Bangalore); T.P. Singh (Delhi); O.N. Srivastava (Varanasi); Dhananjai Pandey (Varanasi); S.P. Sengupta (Kolkata); J.K. Dattagupta (Kolkata); G.R. Desiraju (Hyderabad); K.K. Kannan (Mumbai); Vasantha Pattabhi (Chennai); A.K. Singh (Bangalore); M.A. Ittyachen (Kottayam); A.K. Sahni (Delhi); Alok Moitra (Delhi)
Convener, Local organizing committee
On behalf of the Indian National Science Academy and the Indian Crystallographic Association, we have great pleasure in inviting you to the IVth meeting of the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA'01) scheduled to be held at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, during 18-21 November, 2001. We welcome you not only to Bangalore, but also to India.
India has had a distinguished tradition in crystallography. The Indian crystallographic community is vibrant and multi-disciplinary and is distributed over nearly fifty academic and research institutions. The Indian contribution to crystallography is widely recognised in terms of membership of IUCr bodies, invited lectures in Congresses , membership of editorial boards etc. In particular, the crystallographic contributions of the late Professor G.N. Ramachandran were recognized by the award of the prestigious Ewald Prize in 1999. The crystallographers in India would very much welcome the opportunity to interact with you and other colleagues.
The ancient land of India, where hoary traditions and modern practices coexist, has much to offer to visitors. This is particularly so in relation to Bangalore and its neighbourhood. We hope that you would make use of the participation in AsCA'01 for obtaining a glimpse of India as well.
Please bring this announcement to the notice of your colleagues who may not have received it. Please encourage them to write to us if they need a copy.
We once again extend a warm invitation to you to participate in AsCA'01.
With regards and best wishes,
T.N. Guru Row
(Office bearers of the National and Local Organising Committees)
The Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA), representing 17 National
Associations, founded in 1987 for the promotion of crystallographic activities
in Asia, is a regional associate of the International Union of Crystallography.
AsCA'01: Scientific Program
AsCA'01 is the fourth meeting of the Association and will be held at
the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, during 18-21 November,
2001. The meeting will open at 4 PM on 18 November, 2001. The opening ceremony
will include a keynote address. The scientific program during the following
three days will consist of 4 plenary lectures, 15 microsymposia in three
parallel sessions and poster presentations according to the schedule indicated
Tentative program schedule
Topics of Symposia
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Hours November 18 November 19 November 20 November 21 0900-0945 Registration Plenary Lecture Plenary Lecture Plenary Lecture 1015-1215 Registration Symposia Symposia Symposia 1330-1600 Registration Poster Viewing Poster Viewing Poster Viewing 1600-1800 Opening Ceremony,
Symposia Symposia Plenary Lecture,
Key note address: H. Schenk, President, IUCr Plenary lectures: S.K. Sikka (India)
M. Sakata (Japan)
Jenny Martin (Australia)
G. Dodson (U. K.)
A1 Foundation, theory and history of crystallography
Organizers: S. R. Hall (Australia), Yu Wang (Taiwan)
A2 Instrumentation and techniques (2 microsymposia)
Organizers: T. Kamiyama (Japan), C.J. Howard (Australia)
A3 Crystallography in physics and earth sciences
Organizer: C.J. Howard (Australia)
A4 Crystallography in chemistry (2 microsymposia)
Organizers: G.R. Desiraju (India), K. Ogawa (Japan)
A5 Crystallography in materials science
Organizers: C.J. Howard (Australia), E.H. Kisi (Australia)
A6 Crystallography in biology, medicine and pharmacology (4 microsymposia)
Organizers: E.N. Baker (New Zealand), M.R.N. Murthy (India)
A7 Powder methods
Organizers: T. Kamiyama (Japan), H. Toraya (Japan)
A8 Aperiodic structures
Organizers: D. Pandey (India), R.L. Withers (Australia)
A9 Charge density studies
Organizers: Yu Wang (Taiwan), Y. Ohashi (Japan)
A10 Education, computing and data bases
Organizers: S. R. Hall (Australia), K. Ogawa (Japan)
Submission of abstracts
All abstracts must be submitted electronically on or before 15 August,
2001, in the format indicated below, either as an ASCII file or in the
Microsoft Word format. The abstract should be less than 200 words in length.
One copy of the abstract must be sent to the program chair (C.J.Howard)
and another to local organizers (M.R.N.Murthy). The abstract might be transmitted
to C.J. Howard by e-mail to AsCA01@ansto.gov.au. To the local organizers,
it might be transferred by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. When
transferring by e-mail, use "Abstract submission" as the mail title. 3
1/2-inch diskettes containing ASCII files or Microsoft Word copies of the
abstracts are also acceptable at both the places. Indicate the symposium
relevant to the abstract. However, the final decision of abstract classification
rests with the program chair. The abstract should be followed by the name,
address, fax number and the e-mail address of the submitting author. The
international program committee will select papers for oral presentation
out of the abstracts submitted. A sample abstract is given below.
PRELIMINARY X-RAY STUDIES OF SNAKE GOURD LECTIN: HOMOLOGY WITH TYPE II RIBOSOME-INACTIVATING PROTEIN N. Manoja, A. Arockia Jeyaprakasha, J. V. Pratapa, Sneha Sudha Komathb, Roopa Kenothb, Musti J. Swamyb and M. Vijayana, aMolecular Biophysics Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012, India, and bSchool of Chemistry, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad 500 046, India.The venue
Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins that specifically recognize sugar structures and mediate a variety of biological processes. The lectin from the seeds of snake gourd (Trichosanthes anguina) has been crystallized in two forms using the hanging drop method. Both the forms are hexagonal, with the asymmetric unit containing one subunit consisting of two polypeptide chains linked through disulfide bridges. Intensity data from one of the forms were collected at room temperature as well as low temperature to 3 Å resolution. Molecular replacement calculation with abrin-a as the search model using the low temperature data from form II led to satisfactory structure solution. The best solution had a correlation coefficient (CC) of 0.345 and an R-factor of 0.489. Refinement of the model employing the 'mlf' target was performed, resulting in an R-factor of 0.34 and an Rfree of 0.40. A comparison of our preliminary SGSL model with that of RIPs indicated that the fully conserved Tyr70 that is important for the biological activity is replaced by a non-aromatic residue in SGSL and also conserved Gly109 appears to be replaced by a larger residue. This may be the structural basis for the difference in biological activity of SGSL and other RIPs.
Symposium topic: A6
Name of the presenting author: A. Arockia Jeyaprakash Address Molecular Biophysics Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore - 560 012, INDIA.
email@example.com Fax +91-80-3600683
The venue of the meeting, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), founded in 1909, is one of the oldest modern research centres in Asia. Since then, IISc has grown into a premier institution of research, with more than 2000 active members working in almost all frontier areas of Science and Technology. IISc is situated in Bangalore, which is the hub of scientific and IT activity in India. Bangalore weather is good throughout the year and is very pleasant during November. It is the capital of Karnataka State, famous for jasmine, silk and sandal wood artifacts.
The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Bangalore is representative of India, which is a world within a world. The literature, art and culture of India stretch back to prehistoric times. It is a land of multiple colours, sounds, smells and cultures. All major religious and secular movements of the world either originated from India or find a peaceful shelter here. A visit to Bangalore and India is an unforgettable experience.
During the conference, Bangalore will be cool with maximum temperature
in the upper 20s and minimum within 15-20o C. You will only
need light warm clothing. Occasionally it rains in November.
All participants including accompanying members must register by returning
the enclosed registration form (sample form
is provided as a PDF file) duly filled in. The registration deadline is
15 August, 2001. Late registration might be entertained subject to availability
of facilities and remittance of an additional surcharge. The fees are in
US dollars and may be paid as indicated in the registration form.
August 15, 2001
August 15, 2001
| 1. Full participants
2. Student participants
3. Accompanying persons
Registration may be cancelled by writing to the conference secretariat. Fee will be refunded if the notification arrives before September 30, 2001. However, a small administrative charge will be deducted.
Participants from institutions in India are requested to contact Dr. N. C. Shivaprakash, Treasurer, Indian Crystallographic Association, for registration procedure, at the following address.
Dr. N. C. ShivaprakashFull registration will cover conference material, book of abstracts, entry to all the lectures and poster presentations, entry to welcoming reception, local transport, coffee / snacks / lunch served during the symposium and the conference banquet. Students of academic institutions are entitled to register at the reduced price of US $100 and to all the privileges provided to full participants. The registration form of student participants must be signed by their research supervisor. Accompanying persons may be registered only with a full or a student participant. Accompanying persons are entitled to attend welcome reception and conference banquet.
Department of Instrumentation
Indian Institute of Science
Fax: 080- 3600135
Accommodation and tours
Through Indian Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), hotel accommodation
can be reserved at the rates given below for various hotels. All the rates
quoted are per room per night and include taxes. The rates are indicative
and are subject to variations.
|Serial No.||Hotel||Single Room (US $)||Double Room (US $)|
4 star deluxe
|41 (Executive)||56 (Executive)
66 (Deluxe suite)
|20 (Non AC)
32 (Deluxe AC)
|22 (Non AC)
36 (Deluxe AC)
|18 (Non AC)
|21 (Non AC)
Should you require hotel accommodation, you are requested to return, before 31 August, 2001, the enclosed Hotel Accommodation Request Form (sample form is provided as a PDF file) duly filled in, along with one night's charges as a non-refundable deposit to hold confirmed booking. If two participants want to share a double room, only one of them should submit the hotel accommodation request form, but should indicate the second occupant's name. Normal check in/check out time at hotels is 12 noon. Requests received after 31 August will be accepted, but hotel reservation cannot be guaranteed. ITDC reserves the right to book you in a similar hotel, should the requested hotel be fully booked. Please contact ITDC for any other queries related to accommodation.
Ashok Travels & Tours ITDC
Attn: Mr. Samrat
Hotel Ashok, Kumara Krupa High Ground
Tel: +91-80-2261048 or 2254396, Fax: +91-80-2254397
ITDC has designed the following pre-/post-meeting package tours for
|Coach (35 persons)
charge/person, US $
|Two sharing car
charge/person, US $
|A Bangalore City||1||20||55|
ITDC may be contacted for tours to other parts of India and any other tour-related matter.
Less expensive, but somewhat less-convenient, tours in and around Bangalore
are also available. Information on them may be obtained from the conference
secretariat on request.
Financial support for a limited number of young scientists (graduate students or post doctoral fellows with less than three years postdoctoral experience) are available from funds provided by IUCr and Rigaku. A few general fellowships are also available from Rigaku fund. Support towards the registration fee of a few participants has been offered by MAR Research. Support of similar nature are expected from Bruker Nonius and others. Applications for support should be sent to Prof. M.R.N. Murthy before 15 August, 2001. Each application should be accompanied by
1. A brief curriculum vitaeSuccessful applicants will be notified by 30 September, 2001
2. List of publications
3. Abstract for presentation at AsCA'01
4. Estimated cost of excursion economy airfare, where relevant
5. Letter of recommendation from the applicant's supervisor, in the case of young scientists.
Participants form Australia, New Zealand and Japan are not encouraged
to apply for financial support.
An entry visa is essential for all foreigners visiting India. A visitor's
Visa or Visa for attending the conference can be obtained from your
nearest Indian embassy / consulate / high commission on producing valid
passport, travel document and sufficient means of support. If you are planning
to visit neighbouring countries and reenter India, please obtain a multiple
entry visa. Please write to the conference secretariat if you need any
help such as an invitation letter for obtaining the visa. It is advisable
to apply for the visa at least two months ahead of the conference.
Air travel information
Most major international airlines fly to Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi and
Kolkata. There are a few direct flights to Bangalore from Singapore and
Kuala Lumpur. However, Bangalore is well connected to the four international
airports and a number of public and private carriers operate between Bangalore
and other major cities in India. Customs and immigration clearance will
be at Bangalore only if you fly directly to Bangalore. Otherwise it will
be at the port of entry. A reception counter will be operational at Bangalore
Airport on 17 and 18 of November 2001. Please report to the reception who
will assist you to reach your respective hotel / place of stay. There is
heavy air traffic during November. Therefore, early reservation will ensure
Registration / Information desk
The registration / information desk will be at the conference venue
and will be open from 9am to 9pm on 18 November, 2001.
Currency, credit cards and Banking
Participants may bring any amount of foreign currency into India. However,
Indian currency may not be brought in or taken out of India. On conversion
of foreign currency at an authorized bank or counter, you will get a receipt.
Please preserve this receipt carefully. It will be needed if you want to
convert the Indian rupees left with you to your preferred foreign currency.
There are two counters within walking distance from the conference venue
where you will be able to convert your currency to Indian Rupees (State
Bank of India and Thomas Cook). Major shopping centres in Bangalore
accept credit cards.
Other meetings of interest
Two satellite events are also being organized, one on "Crystallography and Bioinformatics in Structural Biology" which will be held at Bangalore during 22-25, November, 2001 and the second entitled "Second International School on Powder Diffraction" which will be held at Kolkata during 12-14 November 2001. Inquiries regarding these satellite events should be directed as follows.
"Crystallography and Bioinformatics in Structural Biology"Dr. K. Suguna"Second International School on Powder Diffraction"
Molecular Biophysics Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgProf. S.P. Sengupta
Department of Materials Science
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
Jadavpur, Kolkata - 700 032
Indian electrical supply is 50 Hertz, 220 Volts AC.
Social Programs for registered delegates and accompanying persons will be organized.