ECACOMSIG - the European Crystallographic Association's Computing Special Interest Group
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European Crystallographic Computing Forum
18th - 22nd of August 2018

ECACOMSIG is organising a three-plus-two-half day Computing Forum at the Universidad de Oviedo Campus of Mieres in Asturias, Spain. It will be associated with the European Crystallographic Meeting (ECM31) which is in Oviedo, Spain.

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Registration is via this website, not on the ECM31 website. Attendance at this Forum is not dependent on registration for the main ECM31 in Oviedo.

All queries (including expressions of interest in attending the Forum and presenting tutorials) should be sent to .

The Forum will not focus on the individual sub-divisions in Crystallography but (as in previous Forums) will offer the opportunity for students from different specialities to work with developers from across the disciplines.

The European Crystallographic Computing Forum will be a participant driven event that welcomes both beginners and experienced software developers in crystallography. Mornings will be filled with plenary discussions and lectures on topics of general interest to computing in all disciplines of crystallography, afternoons and evenings will be run code-camp style: groups of participants will work together on small software projects, being helped by the invited speakers, and at the end present their results. We encourage informal tutorials between participants.

The European Crystallographic Computing Forum will be held from the 18th to 22nd of August 2018 in the town of Mieres, immediately preceding the European Crystallographic Meeting ECM31 in nearby Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, Spain. We especially welcome registrations from families and parents with children, and offer family rooms as well as babysitting during the morning sessions.

Thanks to generous funding by our sponsors, the fee for the Forum will include

There will be three full days teaching and tutorials (19th to 21st August) plus two half days; on the evening of 18th August, there will be an induction consisting of an introductory lecture and "get-together", so participants should plan to arrive on that afternoon.

Transfer to the main ECM31 in Oviedo will be provided around lunchtime on the 22nd August, and will arrive in time for the main opening ceremony of ECM31.

Transfer from Asturias Airport is via ALSA bus with a change in Oviedo (8€ airport to Oviedo, 45 minutes; Oviedo to Mieres, 2€, 23 minutes); pay the driver on the bus. Pre-booked taxis cost nearly 90€, independent of the number of passengers.

The Forum will be open to a maximum of 40 applicants. A limited number of bursaries will be available to assist with the cost of attendance. For more information on bursaries, please contact .


Further details will be posted here when available.

We look forward to seeing you in Mieres!



Harry Powell
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