Crystallography is a vital part of much modern research into the structure and properties of materials ranging across the scientific fields of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering.


The British Crystallographic Association, formed in 1982, is the UK national association for this important science. With over 900 members representing the huge academic and industrial effort in Crystallography in this country, the BCA has as its prime aims the promotion of crystallography in research and the education of young people and others in the methods, possibilities and achievements of crystallographic science.

Education – for Scientists

The programme of Educational and training activities run by the BCA is extensive.

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