Listed: June 12, 2001

18-21 NOVEMBER 2001

Second announcement
Call for papers

Registration and General Enquiries:
Prof. M.R.N.Murthy
Secretary, AsCA'01
Molecular Biophysics Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Fax: +91-80-3600683
Abstract and Program Enquiries:
Professor C.J. Howard
Australian Nuclear Science and
      Technology Organisation
Private Mail Bag 1,
Menai, NSW2234
Fax: +61-2-97179265


Submission of abstracts:
Registration at normal fee:
Hotel booking:
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

K.Suguna, Bangalore



Dear Colleagues,

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,

Yours sincerely,

M. Vijayan
Krishan Lal
M.R.N. Murthy
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 below.

Tentative program schedule

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,
Keynote address
Symposia Symposia Plenary Lecture,
Closing Ceremony
Key note address: H. Schenk, President, IUCr
Plenary lectures: S.K. Sikka (India)
M. Sakata (Japan)
Jenny Martin (Australia)
G. Dodson (U. K.)
Topics of Symposia
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 To the local organizers, it might be transferred by e-mail to 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.

        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.
Fax +91-80-3600683

The venue

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
(US $)
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. Shivaprakash
Department of Instrumentation
Indian Institute of Science
Fax: 080- 3600135
Full 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.

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 $)
1 Le Meridien
5 star
150 170
2 Gate way
4 star deluxe
105 (standard)
120 (Executive) 
110 (standard)
140 (Executive)
3 Ashok
5 star
80 95
4 Capitol
4 star
60 (Executive)
85 (Deluxe)
110 (Club)
70 (Executive)
105 (Deluxe)
115 (Club)
5 St. Marks
3 star
68 80
6 Ramanashree
3 star
41 (Executive) 56 (Executive)
66 (Deluxe suite)
7 Bangalore International
3 star
36 44
8 Vijay Residency
2 star
36 44
9 Mourya
2 star
20 (Non AC)
32 (Deluxe AC)
22 (Non AC)
36 (Deluxe AC)
10 Abhishek
2 star
18 (Non AC)
21 (Non AC)
11 Budget Hotels 12-15 17-20

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
Bangalore-56001. India
Tel: +91-80-2261048 or 2254396, Fax: +91-80-2254397


ITDC has designed the following pre-/post-meeting package tours for the participants.
in days
Coach (35 persons)
charge/person, US $
Two sharing car
charge/person, US $
A  Bangalore City 1 20 55
B  Mysore 1 25 80
C  Belur-Halerbid 1 25 110
D  Bandipur 2 150 185
E  Coorg 2 150 195

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 assistance

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 vitae
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.
Successful applicants will be notified by 30 September, 2001

Participants form Australia, New Zealand and Japan are not encouraged to apply for financial support.

Visa requirements

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 your journey.

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
Molecular Biophysics Unit
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore 560 012
"Second International School on Powder Diffraction"
Prof. S.P. Sengupta
Department of Materials Science
Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
Jadavpur, Kolkata - 700 032

Other Information

Indian electrical supply is 50 Hertz, 220 Volts AC.
Social Programs for registered delegates and accompanying persons will be organized.

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