The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre has announced its latest initiative, which is aimed at the public’s benefit.
Crystallography plays a vital role in the world around us, but few people outside of that field get to hear about it. Structural science, like crystallography, is one of the most important fields in our society.
Materials science provides a the study of how materials interact in their solid state, their stability, and properties over time.
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The UK-based charity CCDC maintains and curates the world’s database of over one million experimental small molecule crystal structures. Scientists share their molecules on this database which are made publicly available to all researchers.
In addition to providing a database, the AI also provides software for research in the field. Researchers can search and visualize repositories of scholarly work in this area.
CCDC’s charitable objectives include advancing education in the chemical sciences and it is hoped these grants will help advancement any scientist around the world to inspire the next generation.
To help crystallographers and structural scientists to inspire others, the grants may cover costs to produce resources or activities that will increase schools and public engagement in crystallography and structural science.
Anyone can use these grants to produce videos, social media series, games, posters, or activities that inspire people not currently engaged in STEM.
This opportunity is open to nearly anybody. There are only two requirements: the output must be about crystal structures, crystallography, or structural science, but applicants must be over 18.
Suzanna Ward, the Head of Database and Community for CCDC, stated, “We are excited to launch these new grants and are looking forward to being energized and inspired by the submissions.