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International Year of Crystallography

International Union of Crystallography
Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography

Training course on symmetry and group theory

Tsukuba, Japan, 15-17 August 2014

In the framework of the International Year of Crystallography


The participants were expected to know basic matrix algebra (how to multiply matrices and vectors, how calculate determinant and trace of a matrix), fundamental electromagnetism (waves, diffraction) and basic chemistry.


The training course spanned three full days, from 15 to 17 August, 2014. An optional pre-school day was organized on August 14 for those needing to revise general concepts about matrix algebra and abstract algebra (general introduction to group theory).

Thursday, 14 August

Optional session on matrix and abstract algebra (2 p.m. onwards)

Friday, 15 August (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

Saturday, 16 August (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

Saturday, 16 August (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

Coffee break was served at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Lunch break was from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. The evening of August 15 a welcome reception was organized.


The official language of the training course is Japanese. No simultaneous interpretation has been provided.


The training course has been held at the KEK main research building, meeting room No. 1.


Prof. Massimo Nespolo, Université de Lorraine, France (on behalf of MaThCryst)

Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Maki Okube, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Prof. Takashi Kamiyama, KEK
Prof. Noriyuki Igarashi, KEK

Japanese website

A Japanese website is available at this address.


Photos of the training course are available at tne IYCr website.

The Organizers of the trainng course have observe the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirms the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as citizenship, religion, creed, political stance, ethnic origin, race, colour, language, age or sex, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science. At this course no barriers existed which would have prevented the participation of bona fide scientists.

Last updated: 20 August 2014
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