Outreach

Raising the profile of crystallography in the modern world

IUCr Crystal growing competition for schoolchildren

The IUCr Crystal growing competition is open to all schoolchildren and aims to introduce students to the exciting, challenging and sometimes frustrating world of growing crystals. This initiative was originally launched in 2014 as part of the celebrations for the International Year of Crystallography.
The winners will be those who most successfully convey their experiences to the panel of judges in a video report.

Learn with Johanna in this movie from Quidos about how to grow a single crystal. Do you want to know more? Then download the brochure and visit the section "running a competition", which includes useful information on growing and judging the quality of crystals, and links to the IUCr Teaching Pamphlet in a number of languages. Then enjoy the winning videos from previous competitions.

IUCr Crystal growing competition - Edition 2020

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the IUCr Crystal growing competition is cancelled.

The IUCr Crystal growing competition will be back in 2021. Stay tuned!