The Asian Crystallographic Association is the regional affiliate representative for crystallographic societies and organisations in Asia and Oceania.
The Asia–Pacific region has had a long tradition of crystallography, and today, AsCA continues to promote communication and cooperation between researchers in this field. Among the four Regional Associates of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), we are one of the youngest and the fastest growing. AsCA is proud of great progress in the crystallographic activities of the region in the past two decades. The meetings of the Association continue to have grown in size and stature over time, with the quality of science at the recent meetings attracting participation from Europe and the United States. AsCA has now been in existence for over 25 years and looks forward to further growth in keeping with economic developments in the region.
AsCA's main role is to support communication and collaborative research in the Asia–Pacific region.
AsCA councillors are involved in a number of decisions regarding crystallographic activities throughout the region.
AsCA is a Regional Associate of the International Union of Crystallography. The objectives of AsCA are to facilitate cooperation in the science of crystallography within the Australasian region by promoting crystallographic research, and holding conferences and schools. Membership to AsCA is by country. Each member country has voting representation on the AsCA council with the number of votes determined by the membership level as detailed in the Constitution.
The current membership is as follows:
- China, People's Republic of
- China, Taipei
- Korea, Republic of
- New Zealand
- Sri Lanka
All enquiries about membership should be directed to the secretary.
Encouraging communication among scientists is one of AsCA's founding principles. A range of conferences including those organised by AsCA and other organisations can be found here.
Upcoming AsCA conferences
- AsCA 2015: Science City, Kolkata, India (5–8 December 2015)
Chair of Local Organising Committee: Dr Pinak Chakrabarti, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of the International Program Committee: Prof Alice Vrielink, email@example.com
- AsCA 2016: Hanoi, Vietnam (4-7 December 2016)
Chair of Local Organising Committee: Prof Duong Ngoc Huyen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair of the International Program Committee: Dr Masaki Kawano, email@example.com
Other upcoming conferences
- International Conference on Structural Genomics 2015: Deep Sequencing Meets Structural Biology (7-11 June 2015, Rehovot, Israel)
- 65th Annual Meeting of the American Crystallographic Association (25-29 July 2015, Philadelphia, USA)
- 29th European Crystallographic Meeting (23-28 August 2015, Rovinj, Croatia)
- 2015 IUCr High Pressure Workshop (12-15 September 2015, Campinas, Brazil)
- 24th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography (August 2017, Hyderabad, India)
The history of AsCA has been carefully documented.
This document, which describes the history of AsCA in detail, was compiled and summarised during 2012-2014 by the ad hoc Working Group for AsCA History Recording, which was chaired by Sydney Hall (Australia) and whose members included Shih-Lin Chang (Taipei), Mitchell Guss (Australia), Jimpei Harada (Japan), Krishan Lal (India), Yuji Ohashi (Japan), Ward Robinson (New Zealand), Jim Simpson (New Zealand), Se Won Suh (Korea), M. Vijayan (India) Yu Wang (Taipei), and Jan Wikaira (New Zealand).
|IUCr Congress||1987||Perth, Australia|
|IUCr Congress||1990||Bordeaux, France||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 1992||13–16 November 1992||Singapore, Singapore||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||1993||Beijing, China||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 1995||22–24 November 1995||Bangkok, Thailand||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||1996||Seattle, USA||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 1998||13–15 October 1998||Bangi, Malaysia||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||1999||Glasgow, UK||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2001||18–21 November 2001||Bangalore, India||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||2002||Geneva, Switzerland||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2003||10–12 August 2003||Broome, Australia||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2004||27–30 June 2004||Hong Kong||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||2005||Florence, Italy||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2006||20–23 November 2006||Tsukuba, Japan||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2007||4–7 November 2007||Taipei, Taiwan||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||2008||Osaka, Japan||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2009||22–25 October 2009||Beijing, China||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2010||31 October–3 November 2010||Busan, Korea||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||2011||Madrid, Spain||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2012||2–5 December 2012||Adelaide, Australia||Photos||AsCA minutes|
|AsCA 2013||7–10 December 2013||Hong Kong||AsCA minutes|
|IUCr Congress||2014||Montreal, Canada|
|AsCA 2015||5–8 December 2015||Kolkata, India|
Past Executive members
The AsCA Executive and their contact details may be found below.
The Executive is elected for a period of three years. The current Executive will serve 2013–2016.
Bose Institute, Calcutta, India
Department of Chemistry
Seoul National University, Korea
Institute for Molecular Biosciences
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Department of Chemistry
National University of Singapore