This is an archive of the official website for the IUCrXVIII Congress at Glasgow in 1999. Some images and text may be missing and some links no longer work.


General Information

Important Dates





Room Bookings

Open Commission Meetings



Abstract Submission




Social Events

Evening Program.
Opening Ceremony
Whisky Blending
Marks & Spencer
M.R.S. Buffet
Delegate Reception
Student Mixer
Whisky Tasting
Learn to Dance
Gala Ceilidh
Farewell Fling
Congress Tours
Day Tours
Half Day Tours

General Assembly Papers



    Evening Social Programme

    Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

    Wednesday 4 August,
    included in registration fee

    The XVIIIth IUCr Opening Ceremony will take place in the Clyde Auditorium at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC). It will begin with welcome remarks and the presentation of the Ewald Award and Lecture, and will be complemented with traditional Scottish entertainment provided by fiddlers and one of Scotland's championship pipe bands.

    The Opening Ceremony will be immediately followed by a Welcome Reception where delegates will be offered wine, soft drinks and a light buffet, offering them the first taste of Scottish hospitality.

    The Order of Ceremony is as follows:

    17:45 - 17:58hrs2 pipers welcome delegates into auditorium
    17:58 - 18:00hrsVIPs piped onto stage.
    18:00 - 18:20hrsWelcome speeches.
    18:20 - 18:25hrsAward of Ewald Medal to Professor G.N.Ramachandran.
    18.25 - 18:55hrsAcceptance and Lecture by Professor Vijayan.
    18:55 - 19:40hrsEntertainment: Singers, Clarsach player, Pipes, drums and brass of the Band of the 31st, dancers, slides of Scotland.
    19:45 - 19:50hrsLord Provost's Welcome. Band marches delegates to reception.
    19:50 - 20:45hrsReception
    20:45hrsBand march past
    21:00hrsCoaches to hotels.

    Whisky Blending

    Thursday 5 August,
    Ticket price: 15.00

    Hosted by one of Scotland's leading whisky distillers, delegates will be offered the chance to create their own blend of whisky by combining many different grain and malt whisky samples, with a prize for the best blend.

    With places limited to 200 maximum, please note that tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

    Marks & Spencer Shopping Evening

    Friday 6 August,
    included in registration fee

    The UK's leading store group, Marks and Spencer is offering an exclusive shopping evening to all IUCr delegates. All delegates will receive a personal invitation to attend this event, at which there will be refreshments, Scottish entertainment and snacks.

    J. Monteath Robertson Symposium

    Saturday 7 August,
    18:45hrs - 22.00hrs
    included in registration fee

    The J. Monteath Robertson Symposium will follow a light buffet and drinks reception which will take place in the Exhibition Hall at the SECC. The evening has kindly been sponsored by the Exhibitors at the XVIIIth IUCr Congress and will give attendees the opportunity to socialise with other delegates from around the world.


    M. Rossmann


    From Aromatic Hydrocarbons to Virus Structures


    S. Abrahams


    From Molecules to Physical Properties


    J. Dunitz


    Chemical Crystallography: From Then Till Now


    N. Isaacs


    Protein Crystallography in Glasgow

    Delegate Reception

    Sunday 8 August,
    Ticket price: 15:00

    The Delegate Reception will take place in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which is situated in mature parkland on the bank of the River Kelvin in Glasgow's West End. A fine example of late Victorian civic architecture, the Art Gallery and Museum's imposing red sandstone facade is one of the city's most remarkable and instantly recognisable landmarks.

    At the Delegate Reception, delegates will have the opportunity to view one of the finest civic art collections in Britain, whilst listening to specially selected musical sequences and enjoying a drinks reception and finger buffet.

    Student Delegate Mixer

    Monday 9 August,
    Included in registration fee for students.
    Ticket price for non-students: 10.00

    A mid week social gathering for all registered students in the Lord Todd at the University of Strathclyde campus. With formalities kept to a minimum, students will be offered wine, beer, soft drinks, a light reception and late night disco. Tickets for the Student Mixer must be collected at the information desk at the SECC prior to the event.

    Whisky Tasting

    Tuesday 10 August,
    Ticket price:15:00

    A chance to sample Scotland's amber nectar at a city centre location.

    With places limited to 200 maximum, please note that tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.


    Wednesday 11 August,
    11.16hrs and included in registration fee

    Delegates may be interested to know that there will be a partial eclipse of the sun at 11:16hrs on Wednesday 11 August. All Scientific Sessions will be suspended from 11:00hrs to 11:30hrs.

    ``Learn to Dance'' Session

    Wednesday 11 August,
    included in registration fee

    The Conference Gala Ceilidh will be held on Thursday 12 August 1999. Whilst by no means necessary, this ``learn to dance' session is an ideal opportunity to familiarise yourself with a few of the easier traditional Scottish dances. Light refreshments will be provided. Tickets for this must be collected from the information desk at the SECC prior to the event.

    Gala Ceilidh

    Thursday 12 August,
    Ticket price: 30:00

    ``Ceilidh' is a Gaelic word meaning ``an informal gathering for conversation, music, dancing and songs'.

    The IUCr Congress gala ceilidh will be held in the Bute Hall within the spectacular University of Glasgow, in true Scottish tradition. Delegates will be able to enjoy traditional Scottish fayre whilst being entertained with an evening of lively Scottish hospitality, including dancers and a ceilidh band.

    Farewell Fling

    Friday 13 August,
    included in registration fee

    The Farewell Fling will take place in The Barony Hall, a former Barony Church constructed in 1889. Based on Gerona Cathedral and constructed entirely of red sandstone, it has won the Europa Nostra Award, the Glasgow Civic Trust Award and a Scottish Enterprise/Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Regeneration Award.

    It will be the perfect setting to end the XVIIIth IUCr and General Assembly with some excellent food, wines and entertainment.

    Adrian Lapthorn
    Last modified: Mon Aug 2 18:54:14 BST 1999