Crystallography in Africa

3rd Pan African Conference on Crystallography, PCCr3

‘Harnessing Crystallography For Africa’s Research And Technology Transformation’ 


Multimedia University of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya
18-23 January 2021 POSTPONED to 17-22 January 2023

Due to ongoing concerns around the novel SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and COVID-19 disease, resulting in travel restrictions being put in place in many countries including Kenya, the Programme and Organising Committees of PCCr3 have taken the difficult decision to postpone this conference, which was originally scheduled in January 2021.


Crystallography is the cornerstone of Chemistry, Physics, Material Science and Engineering. Africa’s economic growth depends on its harnessing and exploiting its mineral resources. The purpose of the conference is to stimulate economic growth in Africa by building synergy between Funding agencies, Industry and Academia through exploitation crystallography to enhance research and innovation. 

Organizing Committee

Chair: George Amolo
Members: Dickson Andala (Secretary), Victor Odari (Vice Secretary), Samuel Lutta, Erick Masika, Zipporah Muthui, George Manyali, Erick Njogu, Renee Munayi, Leah Nyangasi, Robert Kingsford Adaboh, Patrice Kenfack Tsobnang

International Programme Committee

Chairs: Susan Bourne (South Africa), Delia Haynes (South Africa)
Members: Martin Onani (South Africa), Samuel Chigome (Botswana), Birhanu Dejene (South Africa), Samuel Pare (Burkina Faso), David Dodoo-Arhin (Ghana)

Plenary Speakers

Len Barbour (South Africa), Emmanuel Nji (BioStruct-Africa), Elspeth Garman (UK), Michele Zema (Italy) 

Previous PCCr editions

PCCr1, Cameroon, 2016

Crystallography for sustainable development in Africa
University of Dschang, Cameroon, 6-11 October 2016

The 1st Pan African Conference on Crystallography (PCCr1) was organized by the Cameroon Crystallography Association and the University of Dschang under the auspices of the Ministry of Higher Education of Cameroon.

PCCr2/AfLS2, Ghana, 2018

"Crystallography, a tool for sustainable development in Africa"
University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, 28 January - 2 February 2019

The IUCr together with the University of Ghana organised the 2nd edition of the Pan African Conference on Crystallography as a joint meeting with the 2nd African Light Source (AfLS) Conference at the Bank of Ghana Conference Hall, University of Ghana.

AfLS/e-PCCr/AfPS, online, 2021

"Big Science and Big Goals for Africa"
Hosted online by the X-TechLab (Benin), 15-20 November 2021

Joint virtual meeting of the African Light Source (AfLS), the Pan African Conference on Crystallography (ePCCr), and the African Physical Society (AfPS)