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Mois I. Aroyo (ITA Editor), Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain
One of the creators of the Bilbao Crystallographic Server, Mois I. Aroyo (Universidad del Pais Vasco, Bilbao, Spain) is the Editor of Volume A of International Tables for Crystallography, a member of the IUCr Commissions on International Tables and Crystallographic Nomenclature and a consultant on the IUCr Commissions on Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography, Crystallographic Teaching and Magnetic Structures. Professor Aroyo lectures extensively on space groups and their symmetry relationships at crystallography schools and meetings worldwide.

Rita Berisio, CNR Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging, Naples, Italy
Rita Berisio is a senior scientist at the Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging (IBB) of the Italian CNR. She has worked in several prestigious institutes, including the EMBL and the Max-Planck-Institute in Hamburg, Germany (the latter in the research group of Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009). She is a member of the editorial board of Current Medicinal Chemistry. At AICS2019, Rita will use her long experience to demonstrate how to publish macromolecular structure reports.

John Berrisford (Lead PDBe Scientific Database Curator), EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK
John Berrisford works as the lead scientific database curator at PDBe. He has research experience in protein crystallography. John is also involved in developing the wwPDB OneDep deposition and annotation system and maintenance of the mmCIF dictionary.

Tom Blanton (ICDD Executive Director), ICDD, USA
Tom Blanton is a scientific database manager. Expert in materials characterization and in establishing structure-property relationships, he collaborates with universities and industrial partners taking advantage of external resources to perform novel materials analyses and reduce product development cycle time. Tom coordinates technical team activities with business research, commercialization, corporate legal, health and safety, intellectual property, and program management teams.

Luciana Esposito, CNR Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging, Naples, Italy
Luciana Esposito, Staff scientist at the CNR Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging, is a member of the Italian Crystallographic Association. Her expertise in biocrystallography has been complemented by theoretical approaches such as statistical analyses on structural databases, molecular modeling, and molecular dynamics simulations. In recent years her research activities have been focused on protein fine structural details as well as on structure validation tools. She has been organizer and/or teacher in several courses for advanced training in Structural Biology.

Larry Falvello (Acta C Section Editor), University of Zaragoza, Spain
Larry Falvello, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Zaragoza, is Section Editor at Acta Cryst., Section C: Structural Chemistry and is a member of the IUCr Commission on Journals and of the Editorial Advisory Board of Acta Cryst., Section E: Crystallographic Communications. He served as Associate Editor of Comments on Inorganic Chemistry for twelve years, 2002 - 2014. An active crystallographer for more than forty years, Larry will present 'Validation: Understanding CheckCIF for small molecules' at AICS2019.

John R. Helliwell (Chair, IUCr CommDat), University of Manchester, UK
John Helliwell is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester. He is currently Chair of the IUCr Committee on Data, IUCr Representative to CODATA and Chair of the IUCr/OUP Book Series Committee. He has previously served the IUCr in many capacities, including as Editor-in-Chief of IUCr Journals and Chair of the Diffraction Data Deposition Working Group. He has provided AICS2019 with a brief video describing the IUCr's data activities.

James Hester (Chair, IUCr COMCIFS), ANSTO, Australia
LAAAMP Colloquium presenter
James Hester has been working as an instrument scientist at both synchrotron and neutron sources for the last 20 years, and is currently based at the OPAL neutron source within ANSTO, Australia. He is a co-editor of the forthcoming revised edition of Volume G of International Tables, and is the current chair of COMCIFS. At AICS2019 he will lecture on data collection at large-scale facilities and provide an introduction to CIF dictionaries.

Simon Hodson (CODATA Executive Director), CODATA, Paris, France
Simon Hodson has been Executive Director of CODATA since August 2013. Simon is an expert on data policy issues and research data management. He has contributed to influential reports on Current Best Practice for Research Data Management Policies and to the Science International Accord on Open Data in a Big Data World. Most recently he chaired the European Commission’s Expert Group on FAIR Data which produced the report Turning FAIR into Reality. As part of his CODATA role, Simon is closely involved in an ISC and CODATA initiative to improve the coordination of standards for data integration and interoperability for interdisciplinary research and in the coordination of the CODATA Data Policy Committee.

Loes Kroon-Batenburg (IUCr CommDat), University of Utrecht, Netherlands
Loes M.J. Kroon-Batenburg (Utrecht University) performs research in the field of diffraction data collection methods aiming at getting accurate reflection intensities, in particular addressing complicated diffraction patterns such as multiple lattices, incommensurate modulation and still images. In recent years, the research focus is on diffuse scattering and its interpretation in terms of lattice disorder and molecular motion models. She is a member of IUCr CommDat.

Paolo Lotti, University of Milan, Italy
Paolo Lotti is assistant at the University of Milano, where he performs research activity in the field of applied mineralogy. In particular, he studies the behavior and crystal structure re-arrangement of minerals and synthetic analogues at non-ambient conditions of temperature and pressure, with a focus on potential technological implications.

Chiara Massera (Acta E Section Editor), University of Parma, Italy
Chiara Massera is an Associate Professor at the University of Parma. Her main research interests focus on the structural analysis of supramolecular complexes and coordination compounds, molecular recognition phenomena and structure–function correlations through single-crystal X-ray diffraction techniques. She is currently one of the four Section Editors of Acta Crystallographica Section E, Crystallographic Communications published by the IUCr. At AICS2019 she will give a lecture and a tutorial on how to prepare small-molecule structure reports for IUCr journals.

Brian McMahon (IUCr CommDat and COMCIFS; ITG Co-editor), IUCr, UK
Brian McMahon, Research and Development Officer at the IUCr, is a member of IUCr CommDat and COMCIFS, as well as Co-editor of International Tables for Crystallography Volume G. Brian has been actively involved in the development of CIF and publishing tools for many years. At AICS2019, Brian will deliver one of the Opening Lectures on “The devil is in the detail: sharing data” and lecture on CIF dictionaries and tools for submission of structure reports.

Horst Puschmann, OlexSys, Durham University, Durham, UK
Earlier in his career, Horst Puschmann was a synthetic inorganic chemist who relied heavily on X-Ray diffraction as an analytical technique. He found some of the crystallographic tools that were available at the time a little trying and moved gradually from complaining about this into actually trying to improve crystallographic software so that it can be used by any everyday chemist. Olex2 was born in around 2004, and Horst has been developing it ever since.

Eric Rogers (Cambridge Structural Database coordinator), CCDC, Cambridge, UK
Eric works as a Database Coordinator at the CCDC. He is responsible for processing data deposits into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) as well as dealing with publisher workflows and requests for data. Eric also monitors CCDC's processes for making data publicly available and has been involved in measuring the impact of CCDC’s involvement in the Scholix project. Eric has also worked on the CCDC's data preservation policy and has written blogs on CCDC's data sharing initiatives.

Serena C. Tarantino, University of Pavia, Italy
Coordinator of the AIC Commission on Crystallographic Teaching, Serena has organized and directed several international crystallography schools. Her research lies at the intersection of solid-state chemistry, mineralogy and materials science, and deals with the mixing and high-temperature transformation behaviours of mineral solid solutions and other complex materials at different length scales.

Luigi Vitagliano, CNR Institute of Biostructure and Bioimaging, Naples, Italy
Luigi Vitagliano is a senior scientist at the Institute of Biostructures and Bioimaging (IBB) of the Italian CNR and contract professor of Chemistry at the University of Sannio. He is a member of the editorial boards of Plos One and of Protein and Peptide Letters and of the Review Committee for Macromolecular Crystallography of the Elettra synchrotron. Expert in the study of structure-function relationships of biomolecules, at AICS2019 he will teach and run tutorials on PDB validation and publication of macromolecular structures.

Suzanna Ward (Cambridge Structural Database Group manager), CCDC, Cambridge, UK
Suzanna currently manages the Cambridge Structural Database at the CCDC. She joined the CCDC in 2006 as a Scientific Editor, validating crystal structures into the CSD. Since then she has been involved with work to ensure data is released and curated into the CSD more efficiently. In 2013 Suzanna took on the role of Cambridge Structural Database Group manager and is now responsible for team that creates the CSD and manages all the transactions that go on behind the scenes with depositors, authors, publishers, referees and requests for data. Suzanna is also responsible for the CCDC’s free online data deposition and access services and has been involved in various workshops and conferences worldwide helping people deposit and utilise crystallographic data.

Michele Zema (IUCr Executive Outreach Officer), University of Pavia, Italy
With 25+ years’ research and teaching experience in the fields of mineralogy and structural chemistry, Michele has considerable expertise in the study of the high temperature behaviour of solid solutions of minerals, inorganic and hybrid materials, including order-disorder processes, in situ hydration/dehydration reactions, phase transitions, structure-properties relationships. Michele has been the Project Manager for the UN International Year of Crystallography 2014 and has initiated several activities for the development of crystallography worldwide ever since.


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