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Welcome to the homepage of ECM-21.
The 21st European Crystallographic Meeting will be held in Durban, South Africa from 24 to 29 August 2003.

The ECM-21 will be held at the International Convention Center in Durban located 1 km from the beachfront. Durban is situated in the heart of the Zulu kingdom, Kwazulu-Natal. For the first time an ECM will convene in South Africa -- and indeed Africa. The South African currency (ZAR; South African Rand; 1 € ca. ZAR 9) strongly favours tourism and the conference fees are modest. Participants should at worst not pay more than for a typical ECA meeting held at a European destination. Interested participants are encouraged to contact Conference Call (confcall@yebo.co.za), André Roodt (Chair: Organising Committee) or any other Organising Committee member for additional information.

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Latest News:

Pictures: A few pictures taken during the meeting and on the visit to Tala Game Reserve are available [Pictures from the Meeting]

Workshops: Further details of the pre-meeting workshops taking place on Sunday 24 August are now available [Workshops]

Poster Presentations: Presentation details for posters are now available [Posters].

Invited Speakers for the Microsymposia: Lists of invited speakers and their presentation titles are now available on the [Microsymposia] page.

Abstract Submission deadline: The deadline for the submmission of Abstracts has been extended to 30 April 2003 (see Abstracts).

Financial Assistance: Due to an overwhelming number of applications for financial assistance decisions have been delayed until probably the middle of April (see Financial Assistance).

Updating Abstracts: To submit updated versions of abstracts previously submitted, go to the Update Abstracts Logon page. Please do not submit updates as new abstracts.

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The Organising Committee of ECM-21 wish to thank the Organisations and Companies which have generously provided sponsorship for ECM-21 and its satellite meetings

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Satellite meetings:

Indaba IV website A satellite workshop: Indaba IV : Patterns in Nature, the fourth in a series of interdisciplinary workshops organized by the Structural Chemistry Commission of the IUCr, will be held at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park, South Africa from 17 to 22 August 2003. The workshop will cover topics such as Symmetries, Hidden or Broken Symmetries, Structural Relationships, Aperiodic Crystals, Incommensurate Structures, Periodic relationships amongst atoms, nuclides and homologous series, Fractals, Chaos, Critical Phenomena, Numerical Patterns, etc. Interested participants are encouraged to visit the Indaba IV website or contact Thereza Botha at TechoConferences (thereza@technoscene.co.za)
ANDM website A satellite meeting: The African Neutron Diffraction Meeting - the first of its kind in Africa is being organised under the auspices of the IUCr and will be held at a venue close to Pretoria from 21 to 22 August 2003. The theme of the meeting is Modern Neutron Diffraction and Applications and covers topics such as Materials and Solid State Chemistry, Chemical Structures, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biological Structure, Physics and Magnetism, Forward Look: New Opportunities in Neutron Scattering, Rietveld Refinement Tutorial Session and a tour of the Safari-1 Research Reactor at Pelindaba. Interested participants are encouraged to visit the ANDM website or contact Dr Andrew Venter at NECSA, Pelindaba (amventer@aec.co.za)

The Organizing Committee of ECM-21 shall observe the basic policy of nondiscrimination and affirms the rights of scientists throughout the world to adhere or to associate with international scientific activity without restrictions based on nationality, race, color, age, religion, political philosophy, ethnic origin, citizenship, language, or sex, in accordance with the Statues on the International Council of Scientific Unions. At this meeting (or symposium etc) no barriers will exist which would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.

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