The IUCr-UNESCO summit meetings are intended to bring together scientists from countries in three widely separated parts of the world, using a common crystallographic theme. There is a real necessity for scientists to think beyond political borders and other distinctions. Therefore the summit meetings, which will be attended by scientists in academia and industry, and by science administrators, are planned between countries which have hitherto been divided on the basis of geography, ethnicity, religion and politics. These meetings will focus on high level science, also highlighting the difficulties and problems of conducting competitive scientific research in different parts of the developing world.
There will be three summit meetings. The first is being held in Campinas (Brazil) under the theme of macromolecular crystallography and will bring together scientists, administrators and policy makers in South and Central American countries. The second summit is being held in Karachi (Pakistan) and will bring together a similar group, scientists, policy makers, administrators, from India, China and Pakistan under the umbrella of chemical crystallography and pharmaceutical sciences. The third meeting will be held in Bloemfontein (South Africa) and will bring together government representatives from a large number of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, and will be preceded by a satellite workshop on applications of diffraction