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Red Kite III – Update

Thank-you very much to all the speakers, chairs, attendees and “Rent-a-Crowd” (you know who you are) who helped make this a fantastic event.  For those who missed it, the program for Red Kite III is available to download.

The meeting was held in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory in Oxford and included tea, cakes, lunch and a drinks reception thanks to sponsorship from the John Fell Fund.  In contrast to the previous event at ISIS, this meeting was all talks and had contributions from twelve speakers.  We were honoured by mini-plenaries presented by a trio of BCA presidents, including the current President (Prof. David A. Keen, ISIS), the immediate Past President (Prof. Elspeth F. Garman, Oxofrd) and the Previous Past President (Prof. Paul R. Raithby, Bath/RCaH).

The first two sessions comprised a half hour mini-plenary and three shorter student presentations.  After the first session, there were posters in the John Rowlinson Seminar room accompanied by tea, coffee and the now traditional, home-made cakes.  Despite technological challenges, the second session was also very well received and was followed by a more posters, and lots of discussion aided by sandwiches, and fresh fruit.  Following the example set by ISIS back in September, before the final session we attempted to take a group photo, but due to a combination of shyness and lack of space/too many people we struggled to squeeze everyone in.

After the final mini-plenary, the last session consisted of talks from more senior researchers presenting work on everything from proteins to sea-shells.  Before the drinks reception and yet more posters, the meeting was closed with the usual presentation of tweeting poster prizes, in this case to Andrew Cairns and George Pidgeon (Oxford) with a drinkable prize going to Seb Pike (Oxford) for his oral presentation.

An excellent time was had by all we would like to thank all the facilities and catering staff in Oxford for the assistance making the event a success.  There are a few photos below to remind you of the day; we are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the next meeting (to be held at Diamond Light Source in September 2013).

If you have any comments or suggestions regarding Red Kite III, please fill in the form at the bottom.

Three BCA Presidents - Relaxing
Three BCA Presidents – Relaxing
The audience listens attentively
The audience listens attentively
Mike McDonough Presents
Mike McDonough Presents
In the Lecture Theatre
In the Lecture Theatre
Posters in the JR Seminar Room
Posters in the JR Seminar Room
Pidgeon Catches Kite...
Pidgeon Catches Kite…
Andrew Cairns and his Poster
Andrew Cairns and his Poster
Too Many People on the Stairs
Too Many People on the Stairs

 

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Red Kite III

The third meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Thursday 10th January, 2013 in the Main Lecture Theatre in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

Attendance will be courtesy of the John Fell Oxford University Research Fund.  The meeting will consist of three sessions, each commencing with a half hour Plenary delivered by a leading academic, followed by three shorter talks by younger researchers.

Programme

9:00 Set up Posters etc.
9:50 Introduction
10:00 Prof. Paul R. Raithby (Bath/RCaH) “Photocrystallography: Watching Chemistry Happen”
10:30 Keary M. Engle (Oxford) “Hydrogen-Bonding Effects on the Reactivity of Fluoride Anion”
10:45 Matthew P. Blake (Oxford) “Alkaline Earth- and Rare Earth-Transition Metal Complexes”
11:00 Andrew B. Cairns (Oxford) Understanding the Unusual Mechanical Properties of Cyanide Framework Materials
11:15 Tea Break
11:45 Prof. Elspeth F. Garman (Oxford) “From Hot to Cool and Back Again: The Radiation Damage Challenge in MX”
12:15 Sebastian D. Pike (Oxford) “Characterization a Rhodium(I) Sigma Alkane Complex Formed by a Crystal to Crystal Transition”
12:30 Dr. Russell W. Driver (Oxford) “Intramolecular C-H…O Hydrogen Bonding in Small Molecules”
12:45 Simon Cassidy (Oxford/Diamond) “EXAFS Studies of High Vacancy Solids”
1:00 Lunch & Posters (JR Seminar Room)
2:30 Prof. David A. Keen (ISIS) “Complexity in Cubic and Nearly Cubic Crystals”
3:00 Dr. Micheal McDonough (Oxford) “The Crystal Structure of AspH in Complex with the an EGF-like Domain from the Blood Coagulation Factor X”
3:20 Dr. Kirsten E. Christensen (Oxford) “Aperiodicity: Between Order and Disorder”
3:40 Dr. Julia Parker (Diamond) “It’s All About the ‘Mussel’ Strength”
4:00 Drinks Reception & Posters (JR Seminar Room)  

 

Those not speaking are encouraged to bring posters and the best will be rewarded.

Lunch is included, as is a small drinks reception after the meeting in the John Rowlinson Seminar Room.  These will only be available to registered attendees.

Parking is notoriously difficult in Oxford, so please keep that in mind if travelling and we would recommend the train or Park & Ride.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/sandwiches/poster boards etc., please let us know you are coming and whether you are going to bring a poster; the registration form is below.  The registration deadline is Noon on Monday 7th January  and we will confirm receipt by email.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED.

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

A photo of a Red Kite has won the award for Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the 11-14 age group category.

The young photographer, Owen Hearn said, “Seeing this red kite with an aeroplane in the distance was a moment I couldn’t miss.” The shot is symbolic for him for two reasons. It was taken at the centre of the Bedfordshire site chosen for London’s third airport back in the late 1960s. Owen went on, “Opposition to the planned airport stopped it going ahead, which is why I can photograph the wildlife on the farm today.”

Owen Hearn's Photo of a Red Kite
Owen Hearn’s Photo of a Red Kite

Advanced Notice – January 10th 2013

OxfordRed Kite III will be held on 10th January 2013 in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, Oxford.

The full programme will be announced nearer the time, but it will be in a similar one day format to the first meeting, comprising short talks and poster sessions.  Following the support from John Fell Oxford University Research Fund, we hope to be able to provide lunch and a wine reception at the end.

The plenary speakers are already confirmed as Profs. Elspeth F. Garman (Oxford), David A. Keen (ISIS) and Paul R. Raithby (RCaH/Bath).

Please make a note in your diary, I hope it will be an excellent event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Red Kite II – Update

Thank-you very much to all the speakers, attendees and especially the tour guides and helpers from ISIS who made this a fantastic event.  For those who missed it, the program for Red Kite II is available to download.  Following an unexpected walk and a photo, the party was split into five groups and everyone went on tours of the ISIS facility.

As people trickled into R22 for the poster session, the buzz was audible – for those that hadn’t seen the facility before, it was clear they felt it was a fantastic experience seeing the range of equipment and expertise available and many people commented that it was “mind blowing”.  The cake was popular too (as always) with one student offering reviews including, “amazing, but needs two hands” and “really sticky”.

The meat of the meeting was the talks, which began with Steve Hull giving a superb overview of the facilities and science undertaken at ISIS.  This was followed by the now traditional short talks from young scientists, all of which were excellent and very accessible for the quite varied audience.  Many people commented that they felt they had really understood and appreciated talks that would normally be outside their scope.  The talks concluded with poster prizes, which were awarded to Kathryn George (Southampton) and Joe Paddison (Oxford) with an honourable mention for Josh Makepeace (Oxford).  A prize for the 100th member of the Red Kite Network Announcement List was awarded to Scott Culligan (Oxford).

Discussions continued with a drinks reception, before the bus arrived to take everyone back to Oxford, tired, but happy!

We would like to thank ISIS for sponsoring a great visit.  There are a few photos below to remind you of the day; we are looking forward to seeing everyone again at the next meeting (provisional date is 10th January 2013).

 

Before the tours...
Before the tours…

 

...raring to go!
…raring to go!

 

Dr. Sebastian Busch talking about peptides
Dr. Sebastian Busch talking about peptides

 

Dr. Sam Callear explaining the phase transitions in LiBH4
Dr. Sam Callear explaining the phase transitions in LiBH4

 

Talking about science
Talking about science

 

Kathryn George with her prize winning poster
Kathryn George with her prize winning poster

 

Joe Paddison with his prize winning poster
Joe Paddison with his prize winning poster

 

A Red Kite supervising
A Red Kite supervising

 

Red Kite Announcement List

[Update:  Thank-you to everyone who has joined the list and congratulations to Scott Culligan who was the 100th subscriber.]

The Red Kite Announcements list has nearly 100 subscribers.  As a special incentive, a prize will be given to the one hundredth person to join before Red Kite II on 18th September.  Joining is easy – just insert your name in the box on the right and click on the link in the confirmation email.

Everyone already on the mailing list should have recieved an email about the meeting – if you didn’t, email amber.thompson @ chem.ox.ac.uk and let me know so we can send you a personal message in future.

Red Kite II – September 18th 2012

The second meeting of the Red Kite Network will be held on Tuesday 18th September, 2012 at ISIS.

Attendance will be free of charge and there will be a transport from Oxford and a drinks reception thanks to generous sponsorship from ISIS.  There will also be a tour of the ISIS facility, however we need to know how many people are coming for safety as well as the nicer things, like making sure we don’t run out of tea, coffee, and nibbles.

The tour will be followed by a microsymposium, comprising a number of short talks by local speakers, focussed on the use of neutrons.

Programme

12.15 pm Coach Leaves South Parks Road
1.00 pm Arrival at R80 (ISIS Target Station 2)
1:15 pm Tours start
2:15 pm Tea, Coffee and Posters in R22
3.15 pm ISIS Personnel Introduction and Welcome
3.20 pm Stephen Hull (ISIS) ISIS Neutron Diffraction Facilities and Research
4.00 pm Joseph Paddison (Oxford/ISIS) “Order within Chaos: the Magnetic Structures of Paramagnets”
4.15 pm Sebastian Busch (Oxford) “Probing the Structure of the Peptide GPG-NH2 in Solution with Neutron Diffraction”
4.30 pm Roger Johnson (ISIS/Oxford) “Multiferroic Materials”
4.45 pm Sam Callear (ISIS) “Order and Disorder in Lithium Borohydride”
5.00 pm Wine reception and Posters
6.00 pm Coach departs for Oxford.

 

There will be a general structural science poster session and as before, the best will be rewarded.

In order to ensure there is enough tea/coffee/cake/poster prizes/seats on the bus, please let Amber L. Thompson (amber.thompson @ chem.ox.ac.uk) or Marek Jura (marek.jura @ stfc.ac.uk) know.  If you need transport from Oxford, we need to know BY MONDAY 10TH SEPTEMBER, otherwise we need a complete list of names by FRIDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER to arrange security clearance for the tours of ISIS. So, please let us know:

– Whether you need transport from Oxford
– If you would like to go on the tour of the ISIS facility
– Whether you are going to bring a poster (it doesn’t have to be neutron based)
– If you would prefer not to be added to the private announcement mailing list

 

Advanced Notice – Next Meeting September 18th 2012

The next Red Kite event will be held on 18th September 2012 at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories and will be organised and hosted by ISIS.

The full programme will be announced nearer the time, but it will include a tour of ISIS, talks, poster sessions and a wine reception.  Transport from Oxford will be provided.

Please make a note in your diary, it looks like it will be an excellent event and we look forward to seeing you there.