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2009 ACA Meeting, July 25 - 30, 2009, Sheraton City Centre Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, Canada : http://www.cins.ca/aca2009/

ACA2009 Toronto

Welcome to the web site for the 2009 ACA meeting!

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As of July 8th 2009: ACA 2009 Toronto Final Program Schedule (pdf)

As of July 8th 2009: ACA 2009 Toronto Program At A Glance (pdf)

22nd July 2009 News flash: Please be aware that there is a strike underway of many City of Toronto workers. We do not anticipate that this will have a noticeable effect on most ACA activities, with the possible exception of any planned for city parks (eg. the Rigaku Fun Run). However, some common tourist activities may be affected, in particular ferry service to the Toronto Islands. Activities at Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall (across the street from the Sheraton) are mostly curtailed as are tours offered by the City. There may some picketing evident in the square outside city hall.

The other potentially noticeable effect will be at garbage drop-off sites. There are none of these in smelling distance of the Sheraton. However, there have been incidents of illegal garbage dumping on some street corners, which may be evident in some areas (Chinatown). Keep an eye out for any updates posted in the registration area.

VIA Rail, Canada's passenger rail service, is currently threatening to go out on strike as of Friday at noon. Any delegates planning to travel to Toronto by train may wish to investigate other options, in case there is no settlement by then.

Other than that, we're ready to welcome you to Toronto! The weather has been pleasantly warm (high's in the 20-25deg C range, or 68-75deg F) though it may be slightly warmer with some showers during ACA week.

14th July 2009 News flash: To attendees who are Czech or Mexican citizens.: Canada has suddenly imposed requirements for citizens of the Czech Republic and Mexico to have Visas before arriving in Canada. Registrants should contact the Canadian Embassy in (respectively) Vienna or Mexico City immediately. The ACA is putting out inquiries to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Canada but attendees should not count on a timely exception. See the following information:


You are cordially invited to attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association to be held July 25 - 30, 2009, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The workshops, scientific and poster sessions, as well as the exhibit show will be housed in the Toronto Sheraton City Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2M9, Canada).

Note for attendees: Meeting bags will not be provided so bring a previous conference bag or backpack to Toronto

"Chimo!" / Greetings

As we approach the ACA 2009 Annual meeting, delegates may be curious about the situation regarding the H1N1 flu virus. Toronto, and Canada generally, have been affected no more severely, and perhaps less so (maybe due to improved awareness resulting from SARS), than comparable North American communities. Since the initiation of testing in March, there have been about 500 confirmed cases in all of Ontario, almost none of which have been severe enough to require hospitalization. The only associated death in Ontario was a patient with pre-existing medical problems. The symptoms in patients have been no worse, and usually milder, than the familiar seasonal flu strains. The incidence of new cases has tailed off considerably during the second half of May. If this trend continues, delegates should have no special concerns about traveling to Toronto.

It is always advisable to follow common sense approaches to personal health in public places. Most prominent among these is frequent hand- washing. There have been suggestions to limit personal contact such as handshaking. We might suggest that delegates follow a traditional Inuit form of greeting called Chimo (from Bill Casselman's Canadian Word of the Day website):

Chimo!(CHEE-mo) is a widespread and ancient Inuit greeting that may be accompanied by a gesture of salutation as well, namely moving the left hand in a circle on the area of the chest over the heart. Variants as heard by white explorers include teyma, tima, and timah. Some early explorers were told that chimo came from an Inuktitut root that meant 'trade, barter' and that the only greeting implied in the word when spoken to white southerners was 'let's trade.' Even if that is true, today chimo is exclusively a warm greeting and is used in our North as a toast before drinking.

Looking forward to seeing you in Toronto! Chimo, eh!

- David Rose, Jim Britten and Bob von Dreele


Acknowledgements are made to the IUCr and ICDD for partial support of the student and young scientists travel fund. To Amgen for an educational donation. To Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc. for partial support of the poster sessions. To Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute for supporting the Handling Twinning in Macromolecular Crystallography by donating 30 laptops to the workshop and Dr Herbert E. Klei for financial support of the workshop. To Bruker AXS, Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute of Genetics, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, Hampton Research, Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Health, Genentech, Ryonix, L.L.C. / Mar USA, Structural Genomics Consortium, Oxford Diffraction, Rigaku Corporation, Art Robbins Instruments, Pfizer Global Research & Development and Incoatec GmbH for general support of the meeting.

Let's make ACA2009 climate neutral! There are several websites for making carbon offset contributions. Carbon offsets are easy to make and relatively inexpensive (an offset for a round-trip flight from Chicago to Toronto is about $15.00). Donations to http://carbonfund.org/ are tax deductible in the US. Planetair is a Canadian not-for-profit service offered by the Unisféra International Centre. Planetair helps individuals, corporations, and institutions to reduce their climate footprint. Other Canadian carbon offset sites can be found at http://www.carboncatalog.org/providers/canada/.


Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge support to the 2009 Meeting (Quartz - $1-499 ; Sapphire - $500-$999 ; Emerald - $1000-$2499 ; Ruby - $2500-$4999 ; Diamond - $5000 and above) from the following organizations:

Diamond Level Sponsor Diamond Level Sponsors
Bruker AXS

Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute of Genetics

International Union of Crystallography

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

 
Ruby Level Sponsor Ruby Level Sponsors

American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund

Hampton Research

International Centre for Diffraction Data

Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Health

 
Emerald Level Sponsor Emerald Level Sponsors

Amgen

Bristol Myers Squibb

Genentech

Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc.

Oxford Diffraction

Rayonix, L.L.C. / Mar USA

Rigaku Corporation

Structural Genomics Consortium

 
Sapphire Level Sponsor Sapphire Level Sponsors

Art Robbins Instruments

Pfizer Global Research & Development

 
Quartz Quartz Level Sponsors

incoatec GmbH

Dr Herbert E. Klei

 

Click on the company logos to visit the sponsors' websites.


22nd July 2009 News flash: Please be aware that there is a strike underway of many City of Toronto workers. We do not anticipate that this will have a noticeable effect on most ACA activities, with the possible exception of any planned for city parks (eg. the Rigaku Fun Run). However, some common tourist activities may be affected, in particular ferry service to the Toronto Islands. Activities at Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall (across the street from the Sheraton) are mostly curtailed as are tours offered by the City. There may some picketing evident in the square outside city hall.

The other potentially noticeable effect will be at garbage drop-off sites. There are none of these in smelling distance of the Sheraton. However, there have been incidents of illegal garbage dumping on some street corners, which may be evident in some areas (Chinatown). Keep an eye out for any updates posted in the registration area.

VIA Rail, Canada's passenger rail service, is currently threatening to go out on strike as of Friday at noon. Any delegates planning to travel to Toronto by train may wish to investigate other options, in case there is no settlement by then.

Other than that, we're ready to welcome you to Toronto! The weather has been pleasantly warm (high's in the 20-25deg C range, or 68-75deg F) though it may be slightly warmer with some showers during ACA week.

14th July 2009 News flash: To attendees who are Czech or Mexican citizens.: Canada has suddenly imposed requirements for citizens of the Czech Republic and Mexico to have Visas before arriving in Canada. Registrants should contact the Canadian Embassy in (respectively) Vienna or Mexico City immediately. The ACA is putting out inquiries to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Canada but attendees should not count on a timely exception. See the following information:

9th July 2009 News flash: Recommended activity: The Dead Sea Scrolls display at the ROM: http://www.rom.on.ca/scrolls/. Theatre: Jersey Boys at TCA: http://www.jerseyboystoronto.com/tca.htm. Yonge Street subway northbound to Sheppard station.

8th July 2009 News flash: ACA 2009 Toronto Final Program Schedule (pdf)

8th July 2009 News flash: ACA 2009 Toronto Program At A Glance (pdf)

25th June 2009 News flash: List of Exhibitors now has a viewable ACA2009 Exhibitor Floor Plan

15th June 2009 News flash:
1. H1N1: Despite the upgrade of H1N1 to pandemic status by the WHO, there are no travel restrictions or special precautions being recommended in Canada (beyond the usual common sense). The city of Toronto site for updates is http://www.toronto.ca/health/cdc/h1n1/index.htm and the official numbers from Public Health Canada are at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/alert-alerte/swine-porcine/surveillance-eng.php The cases reported continue to be mild, with only a small number of hospitalizations. There have been 4 deaths in the whole country, all with other complicating medical conditions.

2. Local News: A number of city workers, including garbage collectors, are threatening strike action around June 20th. Hopefully any action will be settled by the ACA meeting. If not, bring noseplugs! Current exchange: 1 Can$ = approx. 0.9US$ ; Gas is about 1Can$ per litre (about US$3.40 per gallon). As of June 1 ** Passports are now required to enter the US from Canada. ** (even for US citizens) - though enforcement is reported to be flexible. If you don't like it, complain to your elected representatives (Please!).

3. Events in Toronto: It's been a cool start weather-wise but the summer season is kicking in with many festivals and events. Sources to surf through are http://www.toronto.com/ and the Toronto tourism site http://www.seetorontonow.com/

There are free 1.5hr walking tours of downtown from Yonge-Dundas Square at 11am and 3pm every day http://www.downtownyonge.com/freewalkingtours Exit the Sheraton onto Queen, turn right for 2 blocks to the Eaton Centre, turn left on Yonge (north) for 2 blocks to Dundas. On Weds and Thursday over lunchtime, there are food vendors and entertainment on Nathan Phillips Square (the fountain across the street from the Sheraton). Also Weds morning there is a farmer's market, if you need a fix of fruit or veggies. The Beaches Jazz Festival runs until July 26th, though it is not in walking distance (Queen St. streetcar going East). The theatre scene is well underway. The Sound of Music is on downtown, as well as Shakespeare in High Park (The Tempest) every day except Monday at 8pm (outside - weather permitting) - Bloor subway westbound to High Park station. There are often events at the Waterfront (Queen's Quay), and a new railway museum near the CN Tower and Steam Whistle Brewery. Out of town, the Stratford and Shaw Festivals are well underway with some excellent reviews (and some not so excellent).

Tip: If you eat at the restaurant on top of the CN tower, entry to the observation deck is complementary (though you pay more for the food).

See the Local Information website and ask the local committee for information...

14th May 2009 News flash: Total list of conference sponsors so far: Bristol Myers Squibb, Canadian Institute of Health Research Institute of Genetics, International Union of Crystallography, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, International Centre for Diffraction Data, Genentech, Hoffmann-LaRoche, Inc., Ryonix, L.L.C. / Mar USA, Structural Genomics Consortium and Art Robbins Instruments.

7th May 2009 News flash: List of Exhibitors now viewable

7th May 2009 News flash: Update Sessions List with a new ACA 2009 Toronto Tentative Program At A Glance (pdf)

28th April 2009 News flash: Update Transportation and Travel page with extra information that overseas national should check for themselves if they need a visa or not. For instance, for Polish nationals, it is only the most recent Polish passports (not older versions) that give the right for omitting the visas.

17th April 2009 News flash: Update Workshops page with information on the MX Frontiers at the One Micron Scale workshop, Brookhaven National Laboratory, July 23-24 2009

16th April 2009 News flash: Update Events page with information on a film presentation during the meeting: "NATURALLY OBSESSED, the making of a Scientist" : A one-hour documentary film by Richard Rifkind and Carole Rifkind.

8th April 2009 News flash: A Room Sharing for Students and Postdocs page has been added.

31st March 2009 News flash: To our US colleagues: As of March 31, the US Dollar is worth about Can $1.25. That means your accommodation and other local costs are now 25% cheaper than one year ago! Remember: Can$100.00 is about US$ 80.00.

30th March 2009 News flash: update Adobe Acrobat PDF of Dave Smith's Toronto : a personal guide to restaurants and pubs in the area

12th March 2009 News flash: Thanks to support from the IUCr, there are funds available to assist young scientists and students to attend the ACA 2009 meeting in Toronto. Click on the ACA2009 Toronto Travel Grant Application. The deadline for applications is March 31.

9th March 2009 News flash: Update Exhibitors information webpage now includes exhibitor on-line registration.

17th February 2009 News flash: Add Lecture and Poster Preparation information as well as the first sponsor, the ICDD.

30th January 2009 News flash: registration page now includes link to on-line ACA2009 Toronto Registration webpage

12th January 2009 News flash: registration page now includes ACA2009 Toronto Registration form

12th January 2009 News flash: registration page now includes Travel Grant Application form

12th January 2009 News flash: update Adobe Acrobat PDF of Dave Smith's Toronto : a personal guide to restaurants and pubs in the area

11th January 2009 News flash: add Adobe Acrobat PDF of Visiting Toronto for families by Tina Rose : a visitor guide to sites for both attendees and families.

6th Jan 2009 News flash: Abstracts can now be submitted

9th Oct 2008 News flash: Porter Airlines is going to start flights from Chicago (Midway) to Toronto downtown (Island) airport. This would be a good option for anyone coming from Chicagoland or surrounding areas

ACA 2009 Toronto PDF Flier (1.6 Meg)

ACA 2009 Toronto Poster

Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering

The ACA2009 website is hosted by the Canadian Institute for Neutron Scattering.

Contact the ACA 2009 organisers

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