• The winners of the 2020 CSD 3D Print Contest

    This year we hosted the 5th edition of the CCDC Annual 3D Print Contest. Due to the pandemic, we held the competition later than in the previous years, running for two months from September 16th to November 16th. Despite the difficulties of getting to the labs this year, we got some beautiful entries for the 2020 edition. In this blog we will announce you the winner and hear the story of the winning structure. And don’t forget: the 3D print file had to be prepared in Mercury! And without further ado,  we are delighted to announce that the winner is…

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  • CSD-Educators: the CCDC Virtual Workshops Experience

    For this CSD Educators blog we wanted to share with you our experience hosting our first CCDC Virtual Workshops. The CCDC Virtual Workshops are interactive live sessions aimed at training our community remotely in using the CSD Software, and we launched the first series of three 90-minutes sessions in November 2020. We wanted to deliver a proper workshop, where you had the chance to try exercises yourself, ask us your questions, discuss together the issues you encounter and interact with us. After much thinking, planning and experimenting, we brought to you the CCDC Virtual Workshops.

    In this blog you will read more about the format, the numbers, and what we have learnt from this experience.

     

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  • CSD-Educators: Michael Zdilla Professor at Temple University

    It is my pleasure to welcome Professor Michael Zdilla from Temple University as our guest for the third blog of the CSD Educators series. In his journey through crystallography teaching, Mike has created the Database for Educational Crystallographic Online Resources (DECOR), which we now host here at the CCDC. In its creator’s words, “DECOR is the world’s first online repository of shared teaching materials for crystallographic education. The site has an array of downloadable visual aids, animations, homework problems, and links to online courses and software downloads. DECOR is a resource for anyone in search of teaching tools for development of a new course for crystallography, augmentation of existing courses, or the pursuit of an informal education in crystallography and diffraction.”

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  • CCDC Home Learning Collection

    Highlights and insights about our home-friendly activities for kids, towards the discovery of the wonders of crystals.

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  • IYPT through Crystals: voices, elements and structures

    Reflections on the IYPT in Crystals project - including the competition winners, educational resources you can use at home, and what's next for the fantastic entries collected from across the community.

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