In the year that we hit one million structures in the CSD, we've been reflecting on the journey of the database since our last major milestone in 2015 where we celebrated 50 years of the CSD. We have made a selection of the presentation recordings from the CSD50 event available to watch again on demand. View the talks below to hear from some well-known members of the community, as well as CCDC staff and alumni, on their thoughts and experience of the CSD and structural science as a whole. 

Opening talk with Olga Kennard


Olga Kennard, the director and one of the founders of the CCDC, began her talk speaking about JD Bernal and his belief that huge scientific gain could be made by bringing together the results of many individual experiments, and how this idea lay at the foundation of the CSD.



Sharing research data and knowledge: a fifty year perspective


Ian Bruno, Head of of Strategic Partnerships, debated the addition of raw data to the database, and how this could be beneficial with improvements to analysis techniques allowing information to be revisited.




Twenty-five years of CSD mining: chemical bonds and chemical bonding


Angelo Gavezzotti from the University of Milan started his talk with a historical preamble of the 25 years of the CSD mining. After that he challenged the audience with two questions: what is a chemical bond? And: what is not a chemical bond? Watch his presentation to find out more.


What are we doing with all this information?


Christer Aakeroy, University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University, discusses how we can use a project like the CSD to solve some of the world's challenges.



The development of the CSD-System: challenges faced & milestones achieved



Jason Cole, Senior Research Fellow at CCDC, discusses the challenges and milestones faced in terms of CSD-System and how the software has developed over the last few years.

CSD research: a voyage through the years


Robin Taylor, Emeritus Fellow of the CCDC, takes a look at the research that takes place at CCDC. He noted that the research is becoming more and more diverse with each passing year before taking us on a timeline of a set of papers that illustrated this point magnificently, and highlighted how important the CSD, and the research it provides, are to the scientific community. 


The evolution of the Protein Data Bank



Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, at Rutgers, discusses the connections between the CSD and the PDB.





The CSD in understanding and designing solid-state organometallic reactions


Paul Raithby, from the University of Bath, talks about the use of the CSD in understanding and designing solid-state organometallic reactions




The CSD at 50: the CSD at 100?



Colin Groom who gave his predicted forecast of the changes that are likely to occur in the CSD, and how the CCDC will adapt accordingly. Colin predicted that the way in which that database is accessed will become easier, a point which was emphasised throughout the conference by numerous people viewing structures on their mobile phones and tablets devices.


Mining the treasure trove: interactions and conformation searching in structural databases


Martin Stahl at Roche,  discusses the progression of knowledge on conformations, and the obligation of the community, whether in materials science or drug discovery, to further that knowledge and be that educational community.

A journey through the CSD



Suzanna Ward, Head of Database at CCDC, closed the first session of the symposium, discussing the journey of the CSD through the years and highlighting some interesting structures and statistics drawn from the data. 



Lessons learned in structure-based solid-state form design


Watch Susan Reutzel-Edens' presentation to find out more about how the CSD helped solved some important drug-development problems during her career at Eli Lilly.





Permeating the CSD into chemical education



Gregory Ferrence, Professor of Chemistry at Illinois State University, discusses the potential of the CSD to be better used within chemical education. In particular how we use the data that comes out of the CSD as a way to teach chemical principles in the teaching of chemistry.



CSD: A fundamental resource for molecular modeling


Terry Stouch, President & CSO, Science for Solutions, LLC, presents on the CSD and its use as a fundamental resource in molecular modeling.