The Pittsburgh Diffraction Society 

Registration is required to attend this event. The registration fee is $100 or $20 for students and postdocs. Please register online.



A block of rooms have been reserved at three local hotels.

Please reserve early to insure availability and be sure to mention this conference code "PDS 2012".


Welcome to the oldest diffraction related conference in North America
The Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference
September 30th - October 2nd, 2012
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Menlo Park, CA

The 70th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference is a three day event featuring lecture and poster presentations covering a wide range of subject matter of interest to researchers in chemistry, physics and structural biology.  The goal of the conference is to bring together researchers in all areas of fundamental and applied diffraction and crystallographic research to present current topics. The program of the 2012 conference includes nanocrystallography, femtosecond diffraction methods, hybrid methods for structural biology research, new ideas in crystallography and exciting macromolecular structures.   Conference social events include an opening reception on September 30th and a banquet on October 1st.   The conference will preceed the 2012 SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops October 3rd - 6th. 

Student poster abstracts may be considered for an oral presentation and are eligible for the Chung Soo Yoo Award.

The PDS is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Sidhu Award. The Sidhu Award, in memory of Professor Surhain Sidhu, honors significant contributions to the science of crystallography and/or diffraction by an outstanding scientist who is within six (6) years of having earned the Ph.D. or its equivalent. The award carries a cash prize of $2000.

Related Links
Pittsburgh Diffraction Society Homepage
The SSRL/LCLS Users' Meeting and Workshops