We are delighted to inform you that the organisation of the 6th European Crystallography virtual School to be held 4-10 July 2021 is progressing well. The move to the on-line platform is performed by the involvement of the Professional Conference Organisers AKCongress. The registration will be open in the middle of January 2021. Bursary for partial wave of the registration fee will be available thanks to the generosity of ECA and IUCr. Both bursary and the early bird registration deadline is 1st March 2021. The preliminary programme schedule is available. The new website with more details of ECS6 will start soon.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in July 2021,
ECS6 organisers

Registration fees in EUR:

Before 1th MarchAfter 1 March
Student under 35 years195240
Young academic or above 35 years250290

Postponement of ECS6 from 2020 to 2021

Because of the situation generated by the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus the ECA and the organisers of the ECS6 now announce that the 6th European Crystallographic School scheduled to be held at the Natural Research Centre in Budapest from 5 – 11 July 2020 will be postponed with one year.
The new date of the ECS6 is

4 – 10 July 2021, the venue will be the same in Budapest.

We will do our best and try to replicate as much of the school as possible in terms of the programme and speakers. Hopefully, we will welcome you here in Budapest in 2021!

The arrangements are underway to pay back this year registration fees. We hope to have a successful ECS6 next year with excellent lecturers and tutors, as well as with many participants.

Take care of you and others in these difficult days.

ECS6 Organisers

The organizers of the 6th European Crystallography School are closely monitoring the situation generated by the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus. At this stage we have no plans to hold or cancel the school, but will continue to watch developments and will make a decision later. We wish to act prudently in these exceptional times. Please visit the website for new information regularly.

The deadine for early bird registration, abstract submission and dormitory registration is extended to 10th March.

Reminder: the deadline for early bird registration and abstract submission is 1st March 2020.

The deadline of bursary application is extended to 12th February.

Accomodation possibilities have been updated with registration to the Dormitory ‘Nagytétényi út’ of Eötvös Loránd University. For more information visit the Accomodation menu.


Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you and your students to attend the 6th European Crystallographic School to be held in Budapest, Hungary 5-11 July 2020 under the auspices of the European Crystallographic Association and International Union of Crystallography. Most eminent international scientists have accepted the invitation to travel to Budapest and teach at the school. Excellent Hungarian scientists complete the team being all together two dozens of teachers covering the wide field of crystallography.

We welcome participants: undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, postdocs, young scientists and professionals from the fields of chemistry, biology, solid state sciences who are seeking to participate on an intensive course in crystallography. Theoretical and practical lectures, hands-on tutorials, laboratory practices are planned. Poster sessions will be organised to students to present their results. The school will be useful in further academic development of the participants offering a training for new generations of crystallographers.

The organisers of ECS6 work hard to have a new school which can reach the success of the previous ones. The members of the Local Organising Committee represent all institutions where crystallographic activity takes place in Hungary, beside the above mentioned RCNS, Eötvös and Budapest Universities, the Wigner Institute, the Universities of Debrecen and Szeged.

The Research Centre for Natural Sciences (RCNS), Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence will host the School. The venue is close to the Danube, next to the building where the European Crystallographic Meeting took place in 2004, and next to the mole where the A38 Ship is lain at anchor and offers the conference dinner. The RCNS provides the lecture theatres, seminar rooms, poster and exhibition area. There are three labs equipped with single crystal diffractometers available for practical training within a circle with 1 km of diameter: Eötvös University of Sciences and Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

The social programme includes the Opening mixer, a concert of the Chemical Singers, banquet on A38 Ship, and the last day is left for Budapest sightseeing. Accommodation from hotels to student hostels is available mainly in walking distance. Bursary for travel and accommodation is provided to students thanks to ECA and IUCr.

Hungary is situated in the centre of both Europe and the Carpathian Basin, with her capital Budapest bisected by the River Danube. Aquincum (now Old Buda) was the north-easternmost castrum of the Roman Empire. The magnificent bridges symbolize the unity of East and West Europe. The panorama of the city along the riverside, the ring of surrounding hills, and the hot-water springs (with excellent medical properties) nourishing a chain of swimming pools offer visitors delightful hours, which may be followed by meals in wonderful restaurants or cold cellars sipping excellent Hungarian wines. We hope that we can share our city with you; we are sure that you will enjoy your stay.

Petra Bombicz
ECS6 Chair


  • Symmetries, point groups, space groups, periodicity, unit cell
  • Diffraction physics
  • Sources, detectors, future possibilities
  • Instrumentation
  • Crystallization small molecule
  • Protein production, purification, crystallization
  • Data collection, reduction, analysis
  • Structure solutions, refinement
  • Crystallographic databases (CSD, PDB)
  • Phasing and model building, disorder, twinning
  • Polymorphism, crystal engineering, supramolecular chemistry
  • Powder diffraction, Rietveld
  • Structure analysis and quality control
  • Data validation, cif and data handling
  • Non-ambient conditions
  • Small angle scattering
  • Electron microscopy
  • NMR and crystallography, NMR-crystallography
  • Structure-property relationship

History of ECS