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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 »


  • André Authier (1932–2023)

    We mourn the loss of former IUCr President André Authier, Professor Emeritus at Pierre and Marie Curie (now Sorbonne) University, Paris, France, who died recently at the age of 90. Professor Authier served the IUCr for 45 years (since 1969) as Chair of various Commissions, on the IUCr Executive Committee [1984–1996 (President 1990–1993)], as Section Editor of Acta Cryst. A (1993–2011) and as Editor of International Tables Volume D: Physical properties of crystals. Read more here.

  • 2023 W. H. and W. L. Bragg Prize awarded to Arkadiy Simonov

    Very well deserved, the 2023 W. H. and W. L. Bragg Prize for outstanding early-career crystallographers has been awarded to Arkadiy Simonov (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) for his development of the three-dimensional difference pair distribution function approach and its transformative effect on the field of materials. Read more here.

  • David G. Watson (1934–2023)

    We are sad to report the death of Dr David G. Watson, who worked alongside Dr Olga Kennard in establishing the Cambridge Structural Database in 1965. Dr Watson, along with Professor Bill Clegg, was a founding Section Editor of Acta Cryst. E: Structure Reports Online, the IUCr's first purely electronic journal, which was launched in 2001. He also served, in an ex officio capacity, on several IUCr Commissions. Read more here.

  • Registration for 2023 IUCr Crystallographic Computing School now open

    The 2023 Crystallographic Computing School is a satellite to the 26th IUCr Congress in Melbourne, and will be held at the Australian Synchrotron from 19 to 22 August. The school is intended for all programmers and method developers in all areas of crystallography (macromolecular, chemical, materials etc.). See here for more information.

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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26th IUCr Congress

Melbourne, Australia
22-29 August 2023

Regional Associate meetings
Baltimore, MD, USA
7-12 July 2023

(tentative schedule)
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Jeju, Republic of Korea
30 Oct-2 Nov 2022

[ECA logo]
Padova, Italy
26-31 August 2024

San José, Costa Rica
28-30 Nov 2022

IUCr Corporate Associates

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