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UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova introduces the International Year of Crystallography 2014. © 2014 UNESCO
IUCr President Gautam Desiraju introduces the International Year of Crystallography 2014. © 2013 International Union of Crystallography
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Georgina Ferry on the importance of crystallography in the International Year. © 2013 Georgina Ferry
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Participant biographies

grd Gautam R. Desiraju (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India) is a structural chemist who has played a major role in the development and growth of crystal engineering. Professor Desiraju has authored around 375 publications and been recognized by awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt Forschungspreis and the TWAS (Third World Academy of Sciences) Prize in Chemistry. He was elected President of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) for the triennium 2011–2014, and is one of the Main Editors of IUCrJ, the IUCr’s new open-access journal.
[Irina Bokova] Irina Bokova has been Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) since 2009. She is the first woman to head UNESCO.  Ms Bokova is a former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria and Coordinator of Bulgaria-European Union relations (1995-1997). She has always promoted European integration, including as Minister for Foreign Affairs and as Chair and founding member of the European Policy Forum.
[Georgina Ferry]

Georgina Ferry is a science writer and broadcaster based in Oxford, UK. She is the author of biographies including Dorothy Hodgkin: A Life (Granta, 1998) and Max Perutz and the Secret of Life (Chatto, 2007). For Hodgkin’s centenary in 2010 she wrote and produced a one-woman play, Hidden Glory, based on the scientist’s writings.

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[Mike Glazer] Mike Glazer (Visiting Professor, U. Warwick; Emeritus Professor of Physics, U. Oxford, UK) became interested in crystals at the age of seven, when he found his first natural mineral. This early interest eventually took him into the field of crystallography. Since then, he has established a reputation for his work on the crystallography of technologically useful crystals and for co-inventing a method to cool small crystals in an open stream.
[Michele Zema] Michele Zema is the Project Manager for IYCr2014 at IUCr, Chester, UK, and lecturer in crystallography in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at U. Pavia, Italy. He is also Chair of the Commission for Crystallographic Teaching of the Italian Crystallographic Association, and has organized several summer schools, including the series "Crystallography beyond diffraction". He is an active researcher in the field of mineralogical crystallography and inorganic crystal chemistry. He is also the author of the IYCr2014 logo.
[Jonathan Agbenyega] Jonathan Agbenyega is the Business Development Manager at IUCr, Chester, UK. Jonathan completed his PhD in Materials Science at the University of Southampton in 1993 and also co-authored a book on Raman spectroscopy published by Wiley during this period. After a brief postdoc position at the Institute of Food Research, Norwich, UK, Jonathan began his career in scientific publishing. Jonathan has worked with leading publishers Wiley, Pearson and, more recently, Elsevier where he was Editor in Chief and Publisher of Materials Today magazine.

General information about Crystallography and the IYCr

Prospectus (12-page booklet outlining the scope of the International Year of Crystallography)

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Crystallography matters! (20-page booklet describing the role of crystallography in the modern world and the significance of the International Year of Crystallography)

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Useful historical background


Bragg Centennial special issue of Acta Crystallographica

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Laue Centennial special issue of Acta Crystallographica

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Press and media coverage of IYCr2014

IUCr Newsletter

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  Volume 23 no 2
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  Volume 22 no 4
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  Volume 22 no 3
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  Volume 22 no 2
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  Volume 22 no 1
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  Volume 21 no 4
[Newsletter] IUCr Newsletter 27/01/2014 00:00:01

  Volume 21 no 3
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  Volume 21 no 2
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Press releases

  The world would be a different place today without crystallography
[Web page] UNESCO Media Services 19/12/2013 00:00:00

Press reports

  Cristales: un mundo por descubrir
[Web page] National Geographic España 15/10/2015 00:00:00

  Le développement de la cristallographie en Afrique
[Newsletter] Reflets de la physique 01/07/2015 00:00:00

  Building on disciplinary strengths
[Newsletter] ICSU Annual Report 2014 30/07/2015 00:00:00

  Contributing to the spirit of IYCr2014
[Newsletter] STOE Newsletter 24/09/2014 00:00:00

  Avanço da cristalografia é destacado por pesquisadores
[Web page] Agencia FAPESP 25/09/2014 00:00:00

  IYCr OpenLab Uruguay
[Newsletter] FIRST Newsletter 03/10/2014 00:00:00

  IYCr2014 South Asia Summit meeting inaugurated
[Web page] Pakistan Observer 29/04/2014 00:00:00

  2014: International Year of Crystallography
[Newsletter] TWAS Newsletter 12/08/2013 00:00:00

  La cristallographie à votre service
[Web page] Le Chênois 01/02/2014 00:00:00

  The crystallography Manifesto
[Web page] Science on the Net 07/03/2003 00:00:00

  Cristales contra los males de la humanidad
[Web page] Panorama 01/02/2014 00:00:00

  How times have changed
[Web page] Chemistry World 01/02/2014 00:00:00

  Capire i cristalli per creare i tecnomateriali del futuro
[Web page] Corriere della sera 05/02/2014 00:00:00

  Crystal Clear: Asias Advances In Structural Chemistry
[Web page] Asian Scientist 05/02/2014 00:00:00

  Buon compleanno cristalli da Nobel
[Web page] L'Unita' 04/02/2014 00:00:00

  Explainer: What is X-ray crystallography?
[Web page] The Conversation 03/02/2014 00:00:00

  DoP releases commemorative stamp on International Year of Crystallography
[Web page] The Hindu Business Line 31/01/2014 00:00:00

  Dorothy Hodgkin and the Year of Crystallography
[Web page] The Guardian 14/01/2014 00:00:00

  2014 - The Year of Crystallography and X-Ray Diffraction
[Web page] National Physical Laboratory 27/01/2014 00:00:00

  Agilent Technologies Supports International Year of Crystallography
[Web page] The Wall Street Journal 22/01/2014 00:00:00

  Crystallography and Chemistry: An Ongoing Engagement
[Web page] Angewandte Chemie International Edition 08/01/2014 00:00:00

  2014 Uluslararasi Kristalografi Yili olarak kutlanacak
[Web page] Haber 3 20/01/2014 00:00:00

  Crystallography: Going beyond the basics
[Web page] Deccan Herald 21/01/2014 00:00:00

  How Crystallography Impacts Our Daily Lives
[Web page] The New Indian Express 27/01/2014 00:00:00

  Atomo eta molekulen argazkilari
[Web page] Berria 15/01/2003 00:00:00

  Whats Crystallography? You Ask
[Web page] Time 09/01/2014 00:00:00

  Invasin de cristales
[Web page] EFE Futuro 05/01/2014 00:00:00

  El ao de la Cristalografa
[Web page] El Periódico Mediterraneo 05/01/2014 00:00:00

  International Year of Crystallography begins
[Web page] The Varsity - The University of Toronto's Student Newspaper since 1880 06/01/2014 00:00:00

  In praise of crystallography
[Web page] The Guardian 02/01/2014 00:00:00

  Year-long celebration to raise crystallography's profile
[Web page] Chemistry World 20/12/2003 00:00:00

  Unsung technique behind key science discoveries
[Web page] BBC News - Science and Environment 18/12/2013 00:00:00

  Un vdeo espaol lanza el Ao Internacional de la Cristalografa 2014
[Web page] El País 18/12/2013 00:00:00


  Inside Science
[Radio programme/clip] BBC Radio 4 12/12/2013 00:00:00

  Crystallography an 'Australian science'
[Podcast] ABCRadioNational 08/09/2014 00:00:00

  Dentro i cristalli
[Television programme/clip] TG3 Leonardo 18/02/2014 00:00:00

  BBC World News: Crystallography
[Television programme/clip] BBC World 19/12/2013 00:00:00

  Il secolo cristallino
[Radio programme/clip] Rai Radio3 Scienza 27/01/2014 00:00:00

  2014, Anne internationale de la cristallographie
[Radio programme/clip] Radio Canada 05/01/2014 00:00:00

  2014 is International Year of Crystallography
[Podcast] ABC 31/12/2013 00:00:00

  International year of crystallography - Materials Today
[Podcast] Materials Today 18/12/2013 00:00:00