2014 was the International Year of Crystallography

ACA and its members, along with crystallographers from around the world are planning exciting activities to commemorate this once in a lifetime event.


Your gift is needed to create a lasting legacy from the Year of Crystallography.

Our Vision:
• The Public gains increased awareness & appreciation of crystallography via
-Nobel prizes for crystallography (12% of those in Chemistry & Physics)
-Major contributions to science from crystallography as they effect daily life
-Symmetry, crystals, crystal growing, diffraction
•Elementary, secondary & university are excited about and can learn about crystallography
•Crystallography units are part of the K-12 science curriculum
•We attract & retain more young scientists in crystallography
•Funding for crystallography/science increases
•Latin American Crystallography is strongly supported
•There is an increased appreciation of science

We need your support. Join us in making this vision a reality and please donate today.  Your donation goes even further if you send a check to ACA, P.O. Box 96, Ellicott Station, Buffalo, NY 14205-0096. 


About the International Year of Crystallography

The International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014) commemorated not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 400th anniversary of Kepler's observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter.



The major objectives of the IYCr2014 were:

  • to increase public awareness of the science of crystallography and how it underpins most technological developments in our modern society

  • to inspire young people through public exhibitions, conferences and hands-on demonstrations in schools

  • to illustrate the universality of science

  • to intensify the programme Crystallography in Africa and create similar programmes in Asia and Latin America

  • to foster international collaboration between scientists worldwide, especially North-South contributions

  • to promote education and research in crystallography and its links to other sciences

  • to involve the large synchrotron and neutron radiation facilities worldwide in the celebrations of IYCr2014, including the SESAME project set up under UNESCO auspices