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Welcome to AsCA

Among the three Regional Associates of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr), the American Crystallographic Association (ACA), the European Crystallographic Association (ECA) and the Asian Crystallographic Association (AsCA), we are the youngest and the fastest growing. Established at the Perth IUCr Congress in 1987, AsCA has now been in existence for 25 years and is entering a mature phase of its life and looks forward to further growth in keeping with economic developments in the region.


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 the time, with the 2007 Taipei meeting attracting over 400 delegates, the 2009 Beijing meeting attracting over 500, and the 2010 Busan meeting attracting over 600.


The quality of the science at the recent meetings has been outstanding and was commented on by several attendees from Europe and the United States.


The last AsCA meeting was held in Adelaide jointly with the Society for Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ) during December 2-6, 2012, including the Bragg Centennial symposium. Lawrence Bragg was born in Adelaide and spent his first 19 years there. November 2012 marks the centenary of the presentation of Bragg's paper to the Cambridge Philosophical Society that detailed the first crystal structure and the famous Bragg's equation.


I look forward to seeing you all at the AsCA 2013 Conference, the venue of which has been moved from Dhaka to Hong Kong.  The tentative dates for the meeting are December 7 – 10, 2013.


Se Won Suh
President 2010-2013


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