Southern African Powder Diffraction Conference and Workshop

Johannesburg, Gauteng
Monday, 27 January 2014
Southern African Powder Diffraction Conference and Workshop
Monday, 27 January 2014 - Friday, 31 January 2014
Chamber of Mines Building, University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa

Directions to University of the Witwatersrand
West campus
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Powder diffraction along with its affiliated techniques; have evolved greatly in recent decades. Its domain is no longer primarily limited to qualitative and quantitative analysis of mineralogical and industrial samples, and advances in instrumentation and the development of new methodologies have seen it increasing being used in studies that address contemporary scientific and socially important challenges. Significant fields of activity now include the study of energy and other functional materials, polymorphism, various catalytic systems and mechanistic details of phase changes, gas solid reactions and interactions, using some powder diffraction related technique. The latter including; structure determination, Rietveld refinement, non-ambient studies, as well as total scattering based methods which
have extended the reach of powder diffraction to include short range order phenomena, normally associated with amorphous or nano materials. Furthermore, reflectometry, small angle scattering, neutron based methods and electron crystallography, all important to materials science should all be well represented.

The intention of this meeting is to firstly provide a forum in which the greater Southern African scientific community can get exposure to recent developments in powder diffraction, as presented by internationally recognized leaders. And secondly, an opportunity for the African researchers, to present their own work in these areas to their national and international peers.

Organising Committee
Dave Billing, (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) (Chair)
Ernst Ferg (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa)
Len Barbour (Stellenbosch University, South Africa)
Andrew Venter (NECSA, South Africa)
Daniel Wamwangi (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa)
Habib Boughzala (University of Tunisia, Tunisia)
Claude Lecomte (Universite de Lorraine, France)
International Programme Committee
Dave Billing, (South Africa - Chair)
Pamela Whitfield, (Canada)
Andreas Leineweber (Germany)
Robert Dinnebier (Germany)
Simon Billinge (USA)
Bill David (UK)
Chris Gillmore (UK)
Ian Madsen (Australia)
Conference organiser
Thereza Botha (TechnoScene, South Africa)

Conference fees


 Before 15 November

 After 15 November

 Full delegate  R 5 500.00  R 6 250.00
 Student    R 3 000.00  R 3 500.00
 Accompanying person  R    800.00  R    800.00

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, the status will change to "Confirmed". Please note that your payment still has to be processed before the deadline dates to take advantage of special fees.
Credit card payments: If you choose to pay by credit card, the payment will not be processed immediately.  You will receive an e-mail message at a later stage warning you on which date the payment is going to be processed. 

Financial assistance for students and young scientists
Limited funding may be available for a contribution towards the expenses of students and young scientists.  Please click the relevant box on the registration form.  The condition is that applicants should also submit an abstracts. Each application has to be accompanied by a letter from the supervisor supporting the application.  The deadline for applications is 31 October 2013. Please note that no funds will be paid out to receivers of bursaries, but the amount will be deducted from the final invoice.  No payment should therefore be made for conference fees before an applicant has received feedback from the organisers about the success of the application.

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Sponsorships and Exhibitions
Various marketing opportunities are available for companies.  Please download the
Sponsorship Prospectus to see the options for sponsorship and exhibitions.

We would like to thank our sponsors for the conference:


Contact Information

  • Thereza Botha
    Conference secretary
    Phone: +27 12 807 0869
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