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Coming events

Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr
23rd Apr 2015 - 24th Apr 2015
Morocco: Rabat

Bruker OpenLab Algeria
9th May 2015 - 14th May 2015
Algeria: Constantine

Bruker OpenLab Tunisia
14th May 2015 - 23rd May 2015
Tunisia: Monastir and Nabeul

Ongoing exhibitions

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Voyage dans le cristal
Throughout 2014

La Cristallographie et Nous
2nd Oct 2014 - 30th May 2015
France: Alsace

Crystallography exhibition
10th Oct 2014 - 30th Apr 2015
Belgium: Ghent

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Plans for 2015 and beyond ...    click here to explore future initiatives

Latest news

UNESCO Associated Schools Network: Laureates of the crystal growing competition announced

The laureates of the special crystal-growing competition organized by the International Union of Crystallography and UNESCO for selected schools belonging to the UNESCO Associated Schools Network have been announced.


Prizes has been awarded to schools in Singapore, Benin and Argentina. Visit the IYCr crystal-growing competition web page for more details.

Posted 08 Apr 2015 

Under the High Patronage of the King Mohamed VI

It is with great honour that we announce that the conference "Crystallography for the next generation: the legacy of IYCr" (Rabat, 22-24 April 2015) has received the High Patronage of the King Mohamed VI.

Posted 08 Apr 2015 

IUCr awarded ICSU grant

icsuWe are proud to announce that the IUCr has been awarded a grant for the project "Building Science Capacity in Africa via Crystallography" under the ICSU Grants Programme 2015. The proposal was prepared as a follow-up to the IYCr Pan African Summit meeting (Bloemfontein, October 2014) and submitted by the IUCr (as an ICSU member) on behalf of Andreas Roodt, President of ECA and chair of the Summit meeting, and Michele Zema, IYCr Project Manager and IUCr representative for the proposal.

The IUCr project is supported by:

  • ECA
  • ICSU Regional Office for Africa
  • INDABA Series of meetings
  • SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement) Public Engagement with Nanotechnology

The project aims at further cementing the African Crystallographic Association (AfCA), whose Steering Committee has been established at the Summit meeting in Bloemfontein in October 2014. The programme will be conducted as part of the IUCr Crystallography in Africa initiative.

The main actions will be: 

(i) A follow-up meeting to the Summit in 2014 preferentially in Northern Africa, to further work towards the formal formation of AfCA;
(ii) A Workshop in Central Africa, preferably in the Democratic Republic of Congo to offer local scientists the opportunity to interact, liaise, and strengthen basic knowledge of crystallography;
(iii) Bring African scientists to the INDABA series of conferences in South Africa (latter part of 2015) to expose them to high level International interdisciplinary science.

Moreover, the project includes many additional actions, which will be unertaken pending on availability of funds, infra structure and human resources.

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Posted 23 Mar 2015 

The year has really raised the profile of the topic internationally

Biochemistry_OxfordIn her article "Biochemistry researchers share their work with the public in crystallography's centenary year", Jane Itzhaki reports about the variety of activities contributed by crystallographers from the Biochemistry Department of University of Oxford to celebrate IYCr2014.
Professor Elspeth Garman commented: “The year has really raised the profile of the topic internationally and has resulted in lots of outreach and public engagement activities, there is a new energy and it has really benefited countries where there is limited activities in the field. Some of the initiatives will undoubtedly be continued".
Read the full article here.

Posted 20 Mar 2015 

300 participants from 44 countries already registered

IYCr Legacy conference About one month to go before the IYCr Legacy initiative is officially launched during the Crystallography for the next generation conference in Rabat (22-24 April 2015), and more than 300 participants from 44 countries have already registered to attend it. 
Some places are still available, but registrations will be closed when the capacity of the lecture theater at the Academy of Science and Technology of Morocco is reached.

Register here. Participation is free.

Posted 16 Mar 2015 

Section "essays": winners announced

cg_howtoWinners of the IYCr2014 crystal growing competition - Section "Essays" have been announced. Congratulations to C.P.E.M. n° 28, Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Sharada Vidyanikethana Public School (India) on being awarded the gold medals, and to all other laureates and participants.

Enjoy watching the winning videos and reading the winning essays here.

The official announcement of the laureates of both sections (videos and essays) will take place during the IYCr2014 Legacy launch conference in Rabat (22-24 April 2015).

Posted 11 Mar 2015 


2014 is over but the IYCr Facebook community is still growing and today we have reached 4000 likes! Thank you so much to everyone and particularly to Hossam Mohamed Abdelatef, who was number 4000.


Posted 10 Mar 2015 

112 gathered at Ho Chi Minh City for the OpenLab Vietnam

label_draft_v.2.0112 participants, including 12 international guests (Thailand, Malaysia, Canada), 12 from outside Ho Chi Minh City and 84 from different institutes and universities in Ho Chi Minh City, have attended the IUCr-UNESCO OpenLab Vietnam, organized in partnership with Bruker at the Chemistry Department of the VNUHCM-University of Science and the MANAR Centre.

Click here to read the report of Nguyen Tuyet Phuong (Ho Chi Minh City) and Luc Van Meervelt (KU Leuven).

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Posted 10 Mar 2015