International Year of Crystallography


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The International Year of Crystallography (abbreviation: IYCr2014) is an event promoted in the year 2014 by the United Nations to celebrate the centenary of the discovery of X-ray crystallography and to emphasise the global importance of crystallography in human life.

UNESCO and the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) are responsible for this event.

The opening ceremony of the International Year of Crystallography was held in Paris on 20 and 21 January 2014.[1] Many activities will follow to celebrate the International Year of Crystallography all over the world.[1]

The event drew the attention of the BBC[2] and the Spanish newspaper El País.[3]

Participating organisationsEdit

Most crystallographic organisation in the world are organizing different events. They include among others the International Union of Crystallography, the European Crystallographic Association, the American Crystallographic Association, the Turkish Crystallographic Association and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kristallographie.

Commemorative publicationsEdit

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, India, Israel, Italy, Liechtenstein, North Korea, Mexico, Moldavia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea and Switzerland issued special stamps for the occasion.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Iycr2014 - IYCr2014 Opening Ceremony".
  2. ^ "Unsung technique behind key science discoveries". BBC News. 18 December 2013.
  3. ^ Elvira, Malen Ruiz de (17 December 2013). "Un vídeo español lanza el Año Internacional de la Cristalografía 2014". El País.
  4. ^ "Postage Stamps". Retrieved 30 January 2014.

External linksEdit

  • Official site