The Pittsburgh Diffraction Society 

The 75th Annual Pittsburgh Diffraction Conference

will be held at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on

October 19-21, 2017

Indiana, Pennsylvania


Welcome to Indiana, Pennsylvania, located just 55 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, our Society's ancestral home.

The conference will be held at the Kovalchick Convention Complex of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, both located directly on the IUP Campus.


Scientific Program:

The conference will feature sessions on

Neutron Powder Diffraction of Magnetic Materials, Powder Diffraction from Nanoparticles, Monitoring changes in Materials Properties through Diffraction Methods, The Applications of Emerging Methods in Structural Biology, Structural Analysis using Atomic Pair Distribution Functions as well as Powder diffraction studies of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs).

A special Symposium will be held in memory of Brian M. Craven and his legacy with the Pittsburgh Diffraction Society.

Program and Abstract Book (download a pdf copy)


GSAS-II Workshop:
Preceeding the PDS conference, a GSAS-II workshop will be held by Robert Von Dreele and Brian Toby, ANL on Wednesday, October 18th.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to use this powerful software directly from the program authors. A special discount is offered for attendees of both workshop and conference.


Scientific Poster Session:

A poster session will be held in conjunction with the conference. Students presenters will be eligible for the Chung Soo Yoo Award, $400. Please submit your abstract before September 15th, 2017, to (Poster maximum size 4'x4')

Student Friendly:
Low student registration fee.  The PDS conference is a great opportunity to present your diffraction research and establish connections with leaders in the Crystallographic Field!


Conference and Workshop Registration:

Information on registration for the 2017 Pittburgh Diffraction Conference, the preceeding GSAS workshop, as well as lodging (Hilton Garden Inn or Park Inn hotels), can be found at the Conference Registration web page. To register pleae use the IUP conference marketplace site.

To be eligible for student rates, the individual must be a registered undergraduate or graduate student.


Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn                   $119 / night    (adjacent to Conference Center)
Park Inn                                   $109 / night    (3 miles from Conference Center)

The above hotels can be booked through the IUP conference marketplace site. Other hotels with lower rates (such as Days Inn) are available in the vicinity but do not have contracts with IUP.


Link to the IUP Conference Marketplace Website