May 11-17, 2014

We are pleased to announce the first International Summer School of Crystallography at the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science at DESY, Hamburg (D). As part of the International Year of Crystallography 2014, Prof. Carmelo Giacovazzo will lecture on the basics of crystallography, as well as, the basics of modern phasing methods in protein crystallography covering basic mathematical understanding of crystallographic point and space groups, diffraction experiments, structure factor calculations, systematic absences, determination of space groups and many additional topics. Participants will also learn modern applications of protein crystallography using advanced light sources, such as 3rd generation synchrotron and XFELs.

The summer school program is geared for PhD students working in the field of crystallography, but exceptions for motivated PostDocs and MSc students can be made. The course will mostly cover mathematical background of crystallography, hence we are looking for students, having a (bio)physics background. This will NOT be a workshop covering protein crystallographic programs but rather will be theory oriented.

Accepted applicants will be asked to pay a registration fee in the amount of 100 EUR (includes coffee breaks and lunch). In addition, participants will have to pay for their own travel costs, unfortunately, we do not have any travel grants.

The application deadline is on the 28th of February, 2014. Notification of accepted applicants will be sent during March 2014. Places and accommodation are limited to 30 students in total.
The application is a two step process:

  1. Go to and complete the application form (located at the bottom of the page).

  2. Applicants must provide a motivation letter, as well as, a CV, directly to the organizer Cornelius Gati (

Please view the program section to learn more about required preparation and schedule.

If you have any additional questions please contact Cornelius Gati (

We look forward to welcoming you in Hamburg!