CCP4 Crystallographic School
in South Africa
Data Collection to Structure Refinement and Beyond

Digital Conference

University of Cape Town, South Africa

22 February - 5 March 2021

Frances Separovic, FAA

Department School of Chemistry
Institution University of Melbourne

Professor Frances Separovic is a Biophysical Chemist based at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia. Frances grew up in Broken Hill and, after the birth of her son, did a BA at Macquarie and a PhD at UNSW while working full-time at CSIRO, Sydney. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at National Institutes of Health (USA), Frances joined the University of Melbourne in 1996, where she became the first woman professor of chemistry (2005) and Head of School (2010). Frances has developed solid-state NMR techniques to determine the structure and dynamics of molecules in biological membranes with a focus on peptide antibiotics and toxins within phospholipid membranes.

Whilst teaching chemistry, Frances has served as Assistant Dean (EO) (2001-02) and Associate Dean (2009-10) of the Science Faculty. She is currently Secretary of the Biophysical Society (USA), Council member of International Union of Pure & Applied Biophysics (IUPAB) and Division I member of IUPAC; and editorial board member of Chemical Reviews and editor of Biochimica Biophysica Acta and European Biophysics Journal. Frances was elected President of Australian New Zealand Society for Magnetic Resonance, ANZMAG (2011-13); General Treasurer of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, RACI (2008-10); Council of the Biophysical Society (2007-10); Treasurer of Lorne Protein Conference (2006-09), Council of IUPAB (2002-05); and President of Australian Society for Biophysics, ASB (1999-2001, 2012-14). Frances has organized 40 major scientific conferences and published over 230 papers in international journals. She was awarded the ASB Robertson Medal (2009) and ANZMAG Medal (2011) and elected Fellow of the Biophysical Society (USA) and ISMAR Fellow (2012). Frances was the first female chemist elected to the Australian Academy of Science (2012); is an IUPAC Distinguished Women of Chemistry/ Chemical Engineering; received an UNSW Alumni Award – Science & Technology (2017); and was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women (2018).

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IUPAP Support for Free Circulation of Scientists / Policy on Harassment

The CCP4 2020 workshop supports the International Union of Pure and Applied Physicists (IUPAP) Policy on Free Circulation of Scientists and the IUPAP policy statement on harassment at conferences.

Free Circulation of Scientists: The principle of the Universality of Science is fundamental to scientific progress. This principle embodies freedom of movement, association, expression and communication for scientists, as well as equitable access to data, information and research materials. In pursuing its objectives with respect to the rights and responsibilities of scientists, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) actively upholds this principle, and, in so doing, opposes any discrimination on the basis of such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, or age. IUPAP should only sponsor conferences and events at institutions and in countries that uphold this principle. If scientists are excluded from attending IUPAP-sponsored international conferences by a host institution or country on the basis of any of these factors, IUPAP should register its concern at the highest level of that institution or country, and should not sponsor any future events in that country until such exclusions have been eliminated. [ Section 1. (]

Harrassment at Conferences: It is the policy of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) that all participants in Union, and Union-endorsed activities will enjoy an environment which encourages the free expression and exchange of scientific ideas, and is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The conference organisers will name an advisor who will consult with those who have suffered from harassment and who will suggest ways of redressing their problems, and an advisor who will counsel those accused of harassment. The conference organisers may, after due consideration, take such action they deem appropriate, including warning or expulsion from the conference without refund. [Section 4 IUPAP Conference Policies , weblink (]

Gender balance and the IUCr

The International Union of Crystallography strives to achieve gender balance in all its institutions and activities bearing in mind other diversity needs and its existing obligations to geographic and academic discipline representation where appropriate. To achieve this aim the IUCr will adopt procedures to promote gender balance in respect of all of its activities including selection of candidates for positions on its Committees and Commissions. Those seeking support from the Union for Congresses, meetings, workshops and schools will also have to demonstrate their efforts to address gender balance.

CCP4 Crystallographic School in South Africa