• The impact of COVID-19 on the CSD

    Since a pandemic was declared nearly 6 months ago we have been closely monitoring what impact this has had for our users, depositors and the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). We thought it was about time we shared some of our observations and hopefully give you some positive news for a change.

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  • Congratulating Olga Kennard - CSD founder and winner of the 12th IUCr Ewald Prize

    Last week we were delighted to learn that Dr Olga Kennard had been awarded the twelfth IUCr Ewald Prize for her invaluable pioneering contribution to the development of crystallographic databases, namely the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).

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  • Molecules of interest in the fight against COVID-19

    At the CCDC we have been deeply saddened by the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had around the world. During these difficult times it has, however, been heart-warming to see the scientific community coming together to try to find a cure and a vaccine.

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  • Women in crystallography and gender equality at the CCDC

    Today marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science[1] so it is the perfect time to reflect on women in crystallography and how we are striving for equality at the CCDC.

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  • A million thanks

    Today marks a huge milestone in structural chemistry – the sharing of one million organic and metal-organic crystal structures, an achievement of which the entire community should be extremely proud! The creation of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) to share and distribute these structures is truly a team effort. Crystallographers worldwide deposit their data with us and our team of Deposition Coordinators and Scientific Editors here in Cambridge curate and enhance their structures into the database.

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  • Inspiring women in crystallography

    Today is International Women’s Day (IWD - #InternationalWomensDay), celebrated each year on the 8th of March, so what better day to recognise some of the many inspiring women in the field of crystallography.

    The beginnings of International Women’s Day started in 1909/1910 but it wasn’t until 1975 that it was adopted by the United Nations. Today IWD is celebrated in many countries worldwide and is even a public holiday for some. IWD can mean different things to different people, for some it is a chance to call for change and improve gender equality, for others it is the perfect opportunity to highlight the achievements of women in their fields and try to inspire a new generation.

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  • African adventures

    It was with much excitement that Amy Sarjeant and I headed off to the second Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr2) in Ghana at the end of February. This wasn’t our first visit to the African continent on behalf of the CCDC and each trip has been a memorable and rewarding experience.

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  • The journey to one million crystal structures continues...

    Later this year the world of structural chemistry will reach a tremendous milestone, the sharing of one million organic and metal-organic structures through the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD). The CSD was one of the first numerical scientific databases to be established and today enables scientists and educators in over 70 countries to learn from the data.

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  • Free, unified deposition and access of crystal structure data

    The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (FIZ Karlsruhe) today announced the launch of their joint deposition and access services for crystallographic data across all chemistry. These services will enable researchers to share data through a single deposition portal and explore all chemical structures for free worldwide.

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  • The CCDC welcomes Jürgen Harter as CEO

    The CCDC is pleased to announce that Dr. Jürgen Harter has accepted the position of CEO of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC).  Jürgen is a highly commercially driven scientist, who has acquired more than 20 years of life sciences, information technology, and big data expertise in the biopharmaceutical domains by working at companies such as Horizon Discovery Group plc, ExcoInTouch Ltd., CambridgeSoft Ltd., Abcam plc and BioWisdom Ltd. 

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