Winners of the 2018 IUCr Crystal Growing Competition

A team from Wellspring High School, Hanoi (Vietnam) who won the bronze medal in the 15-18 year old category for their video “DNA of Rosalind Franklin”.

Continuing the success of the crystal growing competition that launched during IYCr2014, we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 IUCr Crystal Growing Competition.

Schoolchildren were invited to convey their experiences of growing crystals through a video. The entries were judged on their creativity, aesthetic value, description of the working plan and experimental work, clarity of explanation, scientific background, and safety by an international panel. The winners, who will receive a certificate and medal, are as follows:

Category: 15-18 - GOLD: Wellspring High School, Hanoi (Vietnam); SILVER: Colegio de Jesús, Salta (Argentina); BRONZE: Wellspring High School, Hanoi (Vietnam)

Category: 11-15 - GOLD: IES Antonio de Mendoza, Alcalá la Real, Jaén (Spain); SILVER: Sint-Barbaracollege, Gent (Belgium); BRONZE: Wellspring Secondary School, Hanoi (Vietnam)

Honorary mention for 12-18 year old pupils: Colegio Santa Ana, Zaragoza (Spain)

Honorary mention for the best use of Personal Protective Equipment: Centro de Estudios para Sordos, Valparaíso (Chile)

and the winning videos can be watched here.


The 2019 IUCr Crystal Growing Competition is now open. The deadline for submission of videos is 17 November 2019. Please note that videos submitted to local competitions during 2019 may also be submitted to the IUCr competition.

1 February 2019

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