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Universidad de la Habana

International Union of Crystallography
Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography

International School on Fundamental Crystallography
Fifth MaThCryst school in Latin America
Workshop on nanocrystallography

Havana, Cuba, 30 October - 5 November 2016

The Commission on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography is strongly committed to promote education in all the fundamental aspects of crystallography that nowadays are overlooked in common University courses. This mission is accomplished through a series of meetings in a wide range of regions. In fall 2016 we have organized a school in Havana, where the series started in 2007, followed by schools in Montevideo, in Uberlândia and in La Plata.



Morning session (3:30 hours):
Lectures 8:30 - 10:00
Coffee break: 10:00 10:30
Lectures 10:30 - 12:30
Lunch: 12:30 13:30
Afternoon session (3:30 hours):
Lectures 13:30 17:00

Scientific Program

ISFC5: October 30 - November 4

Preliminary day Sunday, 30 October:

1st Day Monday, 31 October, morning session:

8:30 - 8:40 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, 1 November, morning session:

Lecturer Mois Arroyo

2nd Day: afternoon session

Lecturer: Massimo Nespolo

3rd Day, Wednesday, 2 November, morning session:

Lecturer Mois I. Aroyo

3rd Day: afternoon session:

Lecturer Mois I. Aroyo

4th Day, Thursday, 3 November, morning session:

Lecturer Ernesto Estevez Rams

4th Day: afternoon session

Lecturer Leopoldo Suescun

5th Day, Friday, 4 November, morning session:

Lecturer Mois I. Aroyo

5th Day: afternoon session

Lecturers Mois I. Aroyo, Leopoldo Suescun

Workshop on nanocrystallography: November 5

Lecturers: Ernesto Estevez, Raimundo Lora, Arbelio Penton and Cristy Leonor Azanza Ricardo

Definition of nanocrystals. The truncated crystal model. Diffraction effect in nanocrystals. Surface relaxion in nanocrystals. Total scattering methods in nanocrystallography. Diffraction characterization of nanocrystals.

Posters exhibition

Monday, October 31 to Saturday, November 5


ISFC5 and workshop will be held at the Universidad des la Habana. Detailed information will follow.


The official language of the school is English but the presence of Spanish speaking tutors familiarized in advance with the lectures provided assistance to those needing it by translation or answering questions on the topic.

International Program Committee

Local Organizing Committee

Local website

Logistic information are available at the local website.


For inquiries about the scientific program, please contact . For all inquiries about the organisation, please contact:
Prof. Ernesto Estévez Rams
Universidad de la Habana, Cuba

group photo
Group photo (click to enlarge)

Photo gallery

A photo gallery is available from the IUCr website.

The Organizers of the ISFC5 school have observed the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirmed 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 school no barriers existed which could have prevented the participation of bona fide scientists.

Last updated: 10 November 2016
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