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International Union of Crystallography

The IUCr is an International Scientific Union. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in crystallography and to contribute to all aspects of crystallography, to promote international publication of crystallographic research, to facilitate standardization of methods, units, nomenclatures and symbols, and to form a focus for the relations of crystallography to other sciences. Read more »


  • Crystallographers unite to tackle coronavirus

    With stories about coronavirus dominating the news, we report that crystallographers around the world are making strong contributions to the efforts to find a vaccine.

  • 2020 Nobel Prize winners

    The IUCr congratulates the winners of the 2020 Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Physics.

  • Aminoff Prize 2021

    The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Gregori Aminoff Prize 2021 to Henry Chapman (University of Hamburg, Germany), Janos Hajdu (Uppsala University, Sweden) and John Spence (Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA) “for their fundamental contributions to the development of X-ray free electron laser based structural biology”.

  • 2020 Ewald Prize winner

    The twelfth Ewald Prize has been awarded to Olga Kennard (Cambridge, UK) for her invaluable pioneering contribution to the development of crystallographic databases, in particular the Cambridge Structural Database.

  • 2020 W. H. and W. L. Bragg Prize winners

    The 2020 W. H. and W. L. Bragg Prize for outstanding early-career crystallographers has been jointly awarded to James Fraser and Jean-Philippe Julien.

The best in crystallographic research

Uniquely among International Scientific Unions, the IUCr publishes its own primary research journals. Acta Crystallographica Sections A–F, IUCrJ, Journal of Applied CrystallographyJournal of Synchrotron Radiation and IUCrData communicate the highest quality peer-reviewed research findings across the many scientific areas to which crystallography is relevant.

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25th IUCr Congress

Prague, Czech Republic
14-22 August 2021

Regional Associate meetings
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2-7 August 2020

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6-9 December 2021

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ECM33 Versailles, France
23-27 August 2022

to be announced

IUCr Corporate Associates

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International Union of Crystallography

Scientific Union Member of the International Science Council (admitted 1947). Member of CODATA, the ISC Committee on Data. Partner with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the International Year of Crystallography 2014.

International Science Council Scientific Freedom Policy

The IUCr observes the basic policy of non-discrimination and affirms the right and freedom of scientists to associate in international scientific activity without regard to such factors as ethnic origin, religion, citizenship, language, political stance, gender, sex or age, in accordance with the Statutes of the International Council for Science.