The 77th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference

Iran Thomas Auditorium (Building 8600)

Iran Thomas Auditorium

Building 8600

Spallation Neutron Source Oak Ridge National Laboratory

You’re invited to the 77th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), which is located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (near Knoxville). The conference will take place over three days and feature sessions focused on all areas of diffraction, from powders to protein crystals. Topics will include neutron, X-ray, and electron diffraction, total scattering, magnetic scattering, and small angle scattering. The registration fee for the conference is $100 which includes lunch on October 25th and 26th and dinner on October 25th. Abstract submission is free.  

The opening reception takes place on the evening of Thursday, October 24, while a poster session and conference banquet will be on Friday, October 25. A full day of scientific sessions on Saturday, October 26 will include the Pittsburgh Diffraction Business Meeting and the poster awards before the conference closes at 5:00 p.m. 

The Chung Soo Yoo Award, established by the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society to honor Dr. Yoo’s memory, and a $400 cash prize will be given to the graduate student having the best poster presentation at the conference.

Confirmed Speakers

Chris Davies (Medical University of South Carolina)

Fred Dyda (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

Martin Egli (Vanderbilt University)

Ken Herwig (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) 

Jan Kern (Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory)

Please Note: Advance registration is required to attend the Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference, because of visitor restrictions at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a US Department of Energy facility. Registration will end on September 20th 2019. On-site registration will NOT be available.

All attendees are required to register and provide their name, affiliation, and contact information. Those without an ORNL Visitor Badge will receive an email asking them to submit their personal information to obtain a Visitor Badge. Access to ORNL requires valid photo identification (see below).

Photo IDs: Please be aware that effective March 30, 2015 ORNL became fully compliant with the REAL ID Act. This Act requires that anyone accessing a Federal Facility, which ORNL is, must present a compliant form of identification. If you are from one of the noncompliant states, you will need to provide another form of approved identification. Here is a list of acceptable identification if you are from one of these states. Foreign national visitors must always present a Visa and Passport upon arrival at the ORNL Visitor Center.

A block of  rooms has been reserved at the ORNL guesthouse (865-576-8101) with more rooms available at local hotels. The conference venue will be the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) which is onsite at the ORNL complex and just a short walk from the Guest House.

Check out our related events:

Magnetic Structure Determination from Neutron Diffraction Data Oct. 21–23

Workshop on Symmetry and Superspace Approach to Modulated Crystal Structures Oct. 23–24


Leighton Coates
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