International Union of Crystallography European Crystallographic Association Association Française de Cristallographie Société Française de Minéralogie et Cristallographie Crystallography Laboratory Nancy ED C2MP Métropole Grand Nancy
International Union of Crystallography European Crystallographic Association Association Française de Cristallographie Société Française de Minéralogie et Cristallographie Crystallography Laboratory Nancy Doctoral School of Chemistry, Materials and Physics Métropole Grand Nancy
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International Union of Crystallography
Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography

Summer School on Mathematical Crystallography

Nancy, France, 3 - 7 June 2019


Local Organizing Committee


Morning session (3:00 hours):
Lectures 9:00 - 10:30
Coffee break: 10:30 11:00
Lectures 11:30 - 13:00
Lunch: 13:00 14:30
Afternoon session (4:00 hours):
Lectures 14:30 16:30
Coffee break: 16:30 17:00
Lectures 17:00 - 19:00


Participants to the school are expected to know basic matrix algebra, in particular matrix multiplication (2x2, 3x3 and 4x4), computation of the transpose of matrix, determinant and trace of a 3x3 square matrix. During the school, several exercises will be realized that require quick matrix calculations and there will be no time to review these notions. It is therefore absolutely imperative that participants revise their command of matrix algebra before the school.

Scientific Program

1st Day Monday, 3 June, morning session:

9:00 - 9:10 Opening of the School
Lecturer Massimo Nespolo
Symmetry groups and types of symmetry in direct space. Bravais lattices, conventional and non-conventional unit cells. Symmetry of lattices and symmetry directions. Hermann-Mauguin symbols for point groups. Symmetry of crystallographic patterns: holohedries and merohedries. Crystal families, lattice systems and crystal systems.

1st Day: afternoon session

Lecturers Massimo Nespolo, Mois Aroyo

2nd Day, Tuesday, 4 June, morning session:

Lecturer Mois Arroyo

2nd Day: afternoon session

Lecturer: Massimo Nespolo

3rd Day, Wednesday, 5 June, morning session:

Lecturer Mois I. Aroyo

3rd Day: afternoon session:

Lecturer Mois I. Aroyo

4th Day, Thursday, 6 June, morning session:

Lecturer Massimo Nespolo

4th Day: afternoon session

Lecturer Massimo Nespolo, Mois I. Aroyo

5th Day, Friday, 7 June, morning session:

Lecturers Mois I. Aroyo, Gemma de la Flor

5th Day: afternoon session

Lecturer Benoît Guillot


The school will be held at the Amphitheatre No. 8, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Université de Lorraine. GPS coordinates: La=48.665285, Lo=6.159006.


The official language of the school is English. No simultaneous translations will be provided

Special issue announcement

Crystal Research and Technology Participants to the summer school, as well as participants to the ECM-32 satellite, are invited to submit contributions to a special issue of Crystal Research and Technology that will be published on occasion of these two events. Deadline for submission: 30 September 2019. Details will follow.

Poster presentations

Participants will have the occasion to present their work with posters that will remain on display during the whole school. Abstracts of poster presentations will be collected in advance and made available from the school website in electronic format. Abstracts should be submitted by email in Open Document format (preferred) or PDF format. A template is avaiable. Articles issued from the poster presentations will be considered for the special issue mentioned above; manuscripts will undergo a regular peer-review process.


Participants can book an accommodation via the registration form and pay by credit card. Two types of accommodation are proposed, both located on the Campus of the venue:

  1. Résidence Monplaisir: 9 m2 room, with shared facilities (shower, toilet)
  2. Résidence Vélodrome: 18 m2 studio, with individual facilities (shower, toilet, small kitchen)

Free wifi connection is available in both residences. The following fares apply

Student fare76.10 €146.60 €
Normal fare93.50 €201.50 €

The above fares are on a weekly basis. Daily fares are also available but for the length of the school they are more expensive than the weekly fares.
Participants are expected to arrive on Sunday, 2nd of June. Please, let us know your expected arrival and leaving time so that we can book the room on your behalf and communicate the expected check-in and check-out data and time to the residence.

Registration and payment

Student registration: 150 € Regular registration: 200 €. The fees include coffee breaks, printed material and five lunches at the University restaurant, located within the Faculty campus, at walking distance from the venue (vegetarian and vegan options available on request). Student fees apply on submission of copy of the student card valid the current academic year.

In order to provide a chance to attend the school to as many participants as possible, we have not setup a registration deadline. However, because exercises make an integral part of the school and require the lecturer to constantly follow and help the participants, we consider a limit on the number of participants (around 50). We reserve the right to close the registration should such a limit be reached.

Payment by credit card is accepted through a secure server. For participants working in a French laboratory, the option "order form" ("bon de commande") is proposed too. Do NOT choose this option if you register from abroad, otherwise you will then have to provide a long series of data (in French), get an invoice and then pay by bank transfer.

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Financial support

The deadline to request financial support has expired. Results of applications have been announced to the applicants.


Citizens of some countries may need a visa to enter France even for a short trip. Check online if you need a visa. In the affirmative case, the organisers can provide, on request, an invitation letter. Please send your CV, copy of student card and supervisor recommendation (for students) or list of publications. To avoid complying with fake requests aiming just at obtaining an entry visa, the organisers will not respond to requests from applicants whose study or work field is completely unrelated to the topic of the school.

Practical information

Electric sockets and power. In France, Type E socket is used; it accepts CEE 7/5 and CEE 7/6 plugs, as well as the Europlug. Current is 230 V, frequency 50 Hz. If your equipment has a different plug, or requires different voltage/frequency, you need an adapter. We recommend you purchase it before arriving in France.

How to reach Nancy

By plane. The easiest way to reach Nancy by plane is to land at Luxembourg airport. Right outside the aiport entrance you can catch a bus bound for Nancy, estimated travel time 2 hours 20 minutes, but usually arriving in 1 hour 30-40 minutes. You must buy the ticket in advance and print it out or download it on a mobile device. Your bus stop is the last one, Nancy Quai Ste Catherine 24. Immigration formalities and baggage delivery are usually quick at Luxembourg, but consider having at least one hour from the expected time of landing and the time you board the bus (if you have to wait at the airport, there is a free wifi service that includes connection to eduroam; at the first floor you have a restaurant on the left and an affordable self-service on the right). Once you get off the bus, walk about 5-10 minutes to the tram station Division de fer and board a tram bound for CHU Brabois (tickets are on sale at every tram station and can be purchased through automatic vending machines by credit cards and coins, but not banknotes); get off at Callot station, which is a few meters from the residences.
If you land at Paris Charles de Gaulle aiport, you have two options to reach Nancy:

  1. Take a TGV fast train directly from the railways station located at terminal No. 2 of the aiport, to Lorraine TGV station (train usually bound for Strasbourg; it takes 1 hour 10 minutes if there are no intermediate stops); right in front of the railway station you have a shuttle bus to Nancy railway station (30 minutes drive); you have to buy a ticket for the whole trip, including the bus part, before you board the train;
  2. From Terminal No. 2, take the RER B metropolitain service to Gare du Nord (about 30-40 minutes trip); from there change to Subway line 4 to Gare de l'Est (one stop; you can also walk from one station to the other; it takes about five minutes). Tickets are on sale at vending machines and at railway office. From Gare de l'Est change to a TGV fast train to Nancy (1 hour 30 minutes trip).

The first option is preferable because it avoids passing through Paris, which is always crowded; however, there are fewer trains going to Lorraine TGV and the ticket can be more expensive, unless bought well in advance.
If you land at Paris Orly airport, take automatic train Orlyval to Antony, then RER B to Gare du Nord and follow the instructions above.
Railway tickets can be bought online at the address
From Nancy railway station walk about 5 minutes to the tram station Nancy gare and board a tram bound for CHU Brabois; get off at Callot station.

By train. From Paris, take a TGV fast train to Nancy (1 hour 30 minutes trip) from Gare de l'Est. From Luxembourg, there are frequent trains either coming directly to Nancy or with a transfer at Metz. From Germany or Switzerland, you have to change at Strasbourg.

By car. Take autoroute No. A31 get out at exit No. 18 Nancy Laxou, follow the indications for Vandouvre-lès-Nancy.


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The Organizers of the Nancy 2019 MaThCryst school will 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 these schools no barriers will exist which would prevent the participation of bona fide scientists.

Last updated: 5th April 2019
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