Laboratory powder diffraction is a proven and trusted technique for pharma R&D but synchrotron powder diffraction pushes beyond the capabilities of conventional instrumentation. SPS-XRPD is joining with PPXRD to highlight the most exciting recent developments and opportunities in pharmaceutical R&D made possible by synchrotron XRPD. The joint meeting offers the chance to engage an active network of synchrotron, academic and industrial pharmaceutical scientists, promote awareness of this technique and lower the barriers to access synchrotron XRPD and total scattering techniques. Improved Pharma representatives, Stephen Byrn and Pamela Smith, will be teaching and presenting at the meeting. Please join us in Switzerland for an intellectually invigorating meeting.