Accommodations for Young Scientists

Discounted Room Rates for Students & Postdocs ONLY

Travel Grant Application

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Please submit this PDF form electronically to [email protected] Forms are due March 31. 

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As the future of the scientific community, students and early career scientists are a vital part of ACA.  As a Student or Postdoc member, you will find a strong network of support for your studies and career in crystallography. 


Get deep discount on meeting registration as a student or postdoc member, access to valuable publications, resources and career building opportunities.


Hotel Contact Information

Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel

425 Summer Street

Boston, MA 02210

Phone: (617) 532-4600

Fax: (617) 532-4630

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ACA Office Contact Information

American Crystallographic Association

P.O. Box 96 Ellicott Station

Buffalo, NY 14205-0096

phone: (716) 898-8690

fax: (716) 898-8695



Young Scientists

At the ACA meeting, you will find everything you need to further your studies or enhance your career.  Special events, various awards and prizes, networking opportunities, discounts on registration and hotel, and opportunities for travel support are all designed especially to meet the needs of students, postdocs and early career scientists.


the Details...


Travel Grants

Deadline: March 31, 2012

Limited funds from ACA will be available to help students and young scientists attend the 20112 Meeting. Funds help to offset travel and travel-related expenses. Preference will be given to those presenting a paper. Those interested should submit the application form and required paperwork.  Please see the application form for further details.


NEW  03/20/12

Bursary scheme for inter-regional travel of students and post-docs attending meetings of Regional Associates -sponsored by the IUCr

The IUCr has established a bursary scheme for young scientists attending the annual meetings of the Regional Associates.  more


Events Just For You

Young Scientists Meeting Orientation

Our focus is to orient new 'young scientists' and first time attendees to the structure of the ACA Meeting and how to make the most of their experience.


Following a series of well-received events and sessions at the meeting in New Orleans, the YSSIG is planning several events for Boston.  The most popular elements of the YSSIG Mixer and the Mentor/Mentee Dinner will be combined into a single event designed to promote professional networking and communication between younger and more established ACA members.  Details on the exact time and venue will be posted to the meeting website.  For those interested in professional development, we hope to fit in a 'Professional Odysseys' panel that will comprise 3-4 crystallographers who have pursued different career paths. They will discuss their experiences, give advice and answer questions. Several sessions at the upcoming meeting are being co-sponsored by YSSIG including a follow-up to the popular "Blackboard Session" held in New Orleans (hybrid workshop/lecture session) that will focus on practical aspects of data collection and maximizing data quality at the beamline with the crystals you've got. Finally, we will host another "Insider's Guide" to the meeting, complete with tips to maximize the impact of your attendance and interests in getting involved as a young scientist or mentor in the ACA.

Student Accommodations

Deadline for Conference Hotel Rates - July 5, 2012

The ACA has secured a limited number of rooms for students and postdoctoral associates at a reduced rate at the Westin Boston Waterfront  Hotel. 


Room Sharing

Room sharing is an option for those looking to save money on their hotel accommodations. This service is strictly for facilitating contact between roommates and does not guarantee availability. Once contact is made, attendees will still need to reserve a room directly with the hotel.  If you wish to be listed as wanting to share a room, please send an email containing your name, institute, contact details and gender.  Once you have found a roommate, please contact us  and we will remove you from the listing.


Listings are available on the Accommodations Page.


Insider's Guide to the Meeting

Make the most of your participation in the meeting and see what other students, postdocs and early career scientists have said about their experiences.  Check out the Insider's Guide.