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June 09 - June 12

OpenLab Ghana

OpenLab and crystallographic training in X-ray Powder Diffraction


An UNESCO/International Union of Crystallography initiative in collaboration with PANalytical BV, F. Malawi Engineering Co. Ltd., and the Department of Physics at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana.

We invite you to register for training scheduled for 09 – 12 June 2014 at the “Centre for African Wetlands”, Ebenezer Laing Road, on the campus of the University of Ghana in Accra. Diffraction equipment is housed in the Department of Physics on campus.

Lecturer: Professor Gilberto Artioli (Università di Padova), [co-author of the volume “Fundamentals of Crystallography”, (C. Giacovazzo ed.) and author of “Scientific Methods and Cultural Heritage”] and a representative from PANalytical, Almelo, The Netherlands.

TOPIC I: X-ray Physics

• The nature of X-rays
• Interaction of X-rays with crystalline matter
• Crystal and symmetry
• X-ray diffraction: theory

TOPIC II: Data Collection and Treatment

• Sample preparation
• Experimental configurations and X-ray optics
• Practical aspects of data collection
• Practical aspects of data processing
• Indexing
• Phase identification and quantification
• Information about structure solution and the Rietveld method
• Random and systematic errors
• Crystallographic databases

TOPIC III: Application

• Hands on – bring your own material for analysis
• Crystallography and its application in mining
• A selection of advanced applications
• Careers in crystallography
• Commonly used software and interpretation of program output

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate.
Each participant will be asked to submit their CV and a short comment on their motivation to attend this prestigious event.

All lectures, lecture materials and the use of the instrumentation for the hands-on tutorials will be for free for all participants.
Basic accommodation is available on campus at the University of Ghana Guest Centre (ca. USD 60 per person per night, excluding breakfast), or more luxurious accommodation can be found in Accra. Staying in Accra would require a daily taxi ride to campus that takes roughly 30 minutes and is charged at a negotiable fee, but usually USD 6 per trip can be agreed upon with the taxi driver. Please remember to budget for 4-nights accommodation, lunches, evening meals and drinks, and the cost of travel to Accra. Bursaries are available upon application to subsidise the cost of accommodation and, where possible, travel. Such subsidies would be based on the presentation of invoices for reasonable expenses incurred.

We aim to make this event accessible to all participants and will make every effort to raise funding with interested parties, including governments participating in the UNESCO programme. We reserve the right to cancel the event if the minimum attendance of 10 is not reached. If the number exceeds 30, a selection will be made based on the motivation to participate in the event.

After registration, a confirmation will be sent with further details, also regarding information about obtaining financial support.

Closing date for participation is 05 May 2014

To help you organise your trip to OpenLab Ghana, we have put together an overview of available accommodation in the area.

We invite all Ghanaian participants to come to our ‘PANalytical User day’ on Friday June 13th. For more information you can contact

  • OpenLab Ghana
  • University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana
  • 9 June 2014, 00:00 - 12 June 2014, 00:00
  • UTC+00:00 Africa/Abidjan

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