The Australian Synchrotron creates a light one million times brighter than the sun, to give researchers x-ray vision. Industrial and scientific researchers come to use the synchrotron in many areas of study including medicine, industrial innovation, agriculture and food technology.
Crystallography is the foremost technique for working out the molecular structure of almost anything, and helps explains why matter behaves the way it does. It has a long and illustrious history and has paved the way for many huge advances in human life. For example it has revealed the structure of DNA, helped design effective medicines and even strengthened the wings of planes!
Never heard of it? Don’t worry, not many people have. However there are three big reasons the Australian Synchrotron would like to change that at our next Speakers Series event “Crystallography: Making matters crystal clear”:
1) Australia has contributed significantly to crystallography which is used every hour worldwide,
2) 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography, and
3) along with the Bragg Institute at ANSTO, we’re pretty good at it!
The 2-hour event will explain in an easy-to-understand presentation how the Australian Synchrotron provides x-ray crystallography techniques for Australian industrial and scientific researchers to help improve all of our lives. It will also offer a viewing of the synchrotron machine and beamlines where the scientists bring the technique to life.
The tour requires participants to be capable of walking unaided for at least 25 minutes. The tour route has a concrete floor with very limited seating along the way. There are 2 x 2 flights of stairs, but a lift is available.
The tour is optional. Please indicate on your reservation if you wish to take the walking tour.
When : Thursday 11 December 2014
Two session options available 10am-12noon or 2-4pm (each include a tour)
Where : Australian Synchrotron, Clayton