This past July the 5th European Crystallographic School (ECS5) was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The event is aimed at providing young researchers with a comprehensive overview of all aspects of crystallography. An international selection of lectures covered a diverse range of topics ranging from fundamentals such as point groups and space groups to applications of the technique in biology and materials science.
The school was a huge success, attracting over 60 participants from 10 countries across Europe and Africa. CrystEngComm was pleased to support the event by providing the participants with free subscriptions to the journal, as well as book vouchers which were awarded for active participation. The winners were Jacky Bouanga Boudiombo (University of Cape Town) and Siyabonga Hulushe (Rhodes University), with honourable mentions going to Aleix Tarrés Solé (CSIC), Stanley Manzini (Sasol Group Technology) and Marco Bardini (University of Cape Town).
CrystEngComm offers sincere congratulations to the winners and would like to wish all participants the best in their future research.