Because of the uncertainties still associated with the pandemic of SARS-COVID-19 the 11th edition of the Bologna Convention on Crystal Forms CF@Bo n.11 will take place in online mode. As in the past occasions the meeting will bring together, albeit in virtual mode, academic and industrial experts interested in sharing experience and discussing perspectives and new challenges regarding:

      1. Recent advances in solid forms discover,
      2. Synthesis and properties of crystal forms,
      3. Multicomponent crystal forms.

Considering the online setting, the duration of the talks will be of 20 minutes and each section will be followed by a round table discussions and flash presentation by young participants aiming to a vivacious, informal, exchange of ideas with a focus on the state of the art on the investigation of crystal polymorphism, salts, co-crystals, solvated and amorphous solids, their characterization and use in the pharma and agrochemical sectors.

As for all previous meetings of this series initiated in 2006, CF@Bo n. 11 is organized jointly by the group of Molecular Crystal Engineering of the University of Bologna, the oldest University of the western world, and by the former spinoff company PolyCrystalLine spa.

The online convention will take place on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 September on the zoomonline platformfor a maximum of 200 participants.

A number of top notch scientists have already accepted the invitation to deliver a talk at the convention. The preliminary programme will be published in May.


The convention will address not only issues at the frontier of the field, where “curiosity driven” and applied research interplay in a synergistic way, but also practical implications of crystallization techniques and process control development.

Confirmed Speakers: 

The following scientists have already accepted the invitation to contribute:  Sally Price (UCL London, UK), Pance Naumov (New York Univ, Abu Dhabi), Alessia Bacchi (Univ of Parma, It), Jon Steed (Univ of Durham, UK), Tom Leyssens (Univ of Louvain, Belgium), Aurora Cruz Cabeza (Univ of Manchester, UK), Doris Braun (Univ of Innsbruck, Austria), Susan Reutzel (CCDC Cambridge UK), Ana Kwokal (Syngenta Crop Protection), Luc Aerts (UCB Pharma S.A., Belgium), Martin Schmidt (Univ Frankfurt, Germany), Ashwini Nangia (Univ of Hyderabad, India), Nicolas Blagden (Univ of Lincoln, UK), Fabrizia Grepioni (Univ of Bologna, Italy), Amy Woods-Ryan (GSK, UK), Javier Ellena (Univ of Sao Paulo, Brazil), Enrico Modena (PolyCrystalLine, Italy), Helen Blade(AstraZeneca UK), Matteo Daldosso (APTUIT, Evotec, Italy), Alessandra Mattei (Abvie, UK), Martin Viertelhaus (BASF, Germany). Others will be added as we proceed with the invitations.

Please note that, because of the limitations imposed by the online mode, it is necessary to set to 100 the maximum number of academic participants (including PhDs and postdocs) and to 100 the maximum number of participants from companies and industries (including young researchers and contract scientists).

The deadline for submitting a poster (max one A4 page, pdf format) is 31 July. Posters will be collected in one volume together with the abstracts of the invited talks and made available to participants and speakers for perusal to allow direct interaction and discussion during and after the meeting. It will also be possible to associate a videoclip (rigorously max 3 min, mp4 format only) to the poster. Videoclips, accepted by the organizing committee, will also be made available on the web site for the duration of the meeting. A videoclip contest with sponsored prizes will also be organized.

Scientific and Organizing Committee: