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IYCr2014 world activites

Cari soci,
vi trasmetto il messaggio di Michele Zema (Project manager IYCr2014) con le ultime novità circa le iniziative mondiali per l’IYCr2014.
Cordiali saluti,

Dear all,

The programme of activities for IYCr2014 is growing day by day, thanks to the contributions of all crystallographers and crystallographic associations.

The web site has been enriched with much new content. Visit it often to stay informed about what is going on, and ensure that information about events
planned in your country are listed on the web site by using the form at http://www.iycr2014.org/events/add-an-event.

We wish to inform all members of your national association and/or IYCr Committee about some activities that have been just launched.

1. International crystal-growing competition

A crystal-growing competition for school children (age 12-18) from every part of the world is being organized to be held in 2014. This initiative is coordinated by Luc Van Meervelt (Luc.VanMeervelt@chem.kuleuven.be) together with the representatives of some existing national or regional competitions who already have a strong experience and tradition in this field. All countries are invited to participate in and to start their own national competition, if not already active, exploiting the mentoring of the experienced “cgrowers”.

If your country already has an active crystal-growing competition, please check our web site and verify that it is listed correctly. If, instead, there is no crystal-growing competition in your country, we would strongly invite your national association and/or IYCr Committee to initiate one. Please send us the contact details of the person responsible for the new initiative and do not
hesitate to contact us if more information is needed.

The winners will be the students who most successfully convey their experiences to the panel of judges through videos, diaries, essays, soundscapes and other media.

Parallel to this, a crystal-growing competition is being organized in countries with poor laboratory facilities, taking advantage of the partnership with UNESCO Schools, which will receive a starter kit and a booklet for teachers through the diplomatic channel of UNESCO. Moreover, a global crystal-growing
experiment is under consideration.

Details about the project and information for future organizers (such as a timeline, protocol for growing and judging crystals and an overview of compounds to crystallize) are available at


2. Gallery of artificially grown crystals

The IUCr Commission on Crystal Growth and Characterization of Materials, in association with the International Organization of Crystal Growth, is
building a gallery of pictures of artificially grown crystals. These pictures may be freely used for educational purposes, and demonstrate the wide range of procedures used to grow many types of crystal for research and industrial use.

Everybody is invited to submit pictures of the crystals they have grown and visit the gallery at http://www.iycr2014.org/participate/crystal-growing.

3. Photo competition “Crystallography in everyday life”

The International Union of Crystallography and Agilent Technologies invite all amateur and professional photographers to submit stunning images that capture
the spirit of crystallography in the places, objects and experiences of everyday life. Two winners will each receive USD 1,000, sponsored by Agilent, to attend the IUCr Congress in Montreal, where an exhibition with the best photographs will be put on display. All details are available at http://www.iycr2014.org/participate/photo-competition.

Finally, we would like to remind you that registration to attend the Opening Ceremony at UNESCO, Paris, 20-21 January 2014, is still open at


Participation is free.

With best regards,

Michele Zema

Dr Michele Zema, PhD

Project Manager for the International Year of Crystallography 2014



IUCr, International Union of Crystallography

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e-mail: mz@iucr.org
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