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 about 35 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
- United Arab Emirates
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 2024: Sunway University, Selangor, Malaysia (December 01 - 06, 2024)
- AsCA 2025: Taipei, Taiwan (December 01 - 04, 2025) jointly hosted by Japan and Taiwan
Other upcoming conferences
- 26th Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography: (22nd-29th August 2023; Melbourne, Australia)
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||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 1992||13–16 Nov||Singapore, Singapore||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 1993||Beijing, China||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 1995||22–24 Nov||Bangkok, Thailand||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 1996||Seattle, USA||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 1998||13–15 Oct||Bangi, Malaysia||Program||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 1999||Glasgow, UK||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 2001||18–21 Nov||Bangalore, India||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 2002||Geneva, Switzerland||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 2003*||10–12 Aug||Broome, Australia||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|AsCA 2004*||27–30 Jun||Hong Kong||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 2005||Florence, Italy||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 2006*||20–23 Nov||Tsukuba, Japan||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|AsCA 2007*||4–7 Nov||Taipei, Taiwan||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 2008||Osaka, Japan||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 2009*||22–25 Oct||Beijing, China||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|AsCA 2010*||31 Oct–3 Nov||Busan, Korea||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 2011||Madrid, Spain||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 2012*||2–5 Dec||Adelaide, Australia||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|AsCA 2013*||7–10 Dec||Hong Kong||Program||Minutes|
|IUCr Congress 2014||Montreal, Canada||–||Minutes|
|AsCA 2015*||5–8 Dec||Kolkata, India||Program||Photos||Minutes|
|AsCA 2016*||4–7 Dec||Hanoi, Vietnam||-||Minutes|
|24th Congress and General
Assembly of the IUCr
|21-28 Aug||Hyderabad, India||-||Minutes|
|AsCA 2018||2-5 Dec||Auckland, New Zealand||Program||Minutes|
|AsCA 2019||17-20 Dec||Singapore||Program||Minutes|
|* Archived site|
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 2022–2025.
Institute for Protein Research
Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
School of Life Sciences
Peking University, Beijing, China
School of Natural Sciences
Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
School of Chemistry and Nano Institute
The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia