National Committee for Crystallography

The National Committee for Crystallography (NCCr) aims to promote crystallography and related disciplines, such as X-ray and neutron scattering and electron microscopy, in Australia to the general public, the broader scientific community and to agencies of government and industry that can benefit from, impact upon or support the science. The committee also aims to provide a link to other disciplines using the methods or results of crystallographic experiments, and link to the international crystallographic community primarily via the International Union for Crystallography and the Asian Crystallographic Association.

The NCCr continues to be deeply involved with promoting and supporting two major national scientific facilities in Australia – the Australian Synchrotron and the OPAL reactor, both now managed by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. It is committed to supporting access to relevant international facilities by Australian scientists.


Reports and activities

International Year of Crystallography

2014 was the International Year of Crystallography—A year-long celebration of crystallography. NCCr was involved in some exciting activities:

  • A commemorative coin issued by the Royal Australian Mint
  • Australia post Australian Nobel Prize stamp series, including Lawrence Bragg, the founder of Crystallography.
  • Crystallography in everyday life—Travelling photo exhibition
  • National Crystal growing competition—Students create their own crystals
  • Crystals in the City—Two-metre tall structural models will be exhibited around Australia from August 9-30, 2014
  • Crystallography 365—Blogging a crystal structure useful to society each day
  • Minerals to Medicines, 100 years of X-ray crystallography, public symposium, Shine Dome, Thursday 28 May 2015.

Related groups and organisations


Professor Michael Parker
Dr Helen Maynard-Casely
Dr Neeraj Sharma
Professor Chris Ling
Dr Begoña Heras
Professor Stuart Batten

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