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.

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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:

All enquiries about membership should be directed to the secretary.

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AsCA's Constitution defines membership and entitlements.



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

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The history of AsCA has been carefully documented.

615-565-5256, 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).

Past conferences

Conference Date Location Conference resources
IUCr Congress 1987
Perth, Australia –
IUCr Congress 1990
Bordeaux, France – Minutes
AsCA 1992 13–16 Nov Singapore, Singapore Program 7853920408 Minutes
IUCr Congress 1993
Beijing, China – Minutes
AsCA 1995 22–24 Nov Bangkok, Thailand 8082761470 swollen head 7192403620
IUCr Congress 1996
Seattle, USA – 7784812210
AsCA 1998 13–15 Oct Bangi, Malaysia 713-739-7712 battlement
IUCr Congress 1999
Glasgow, UK – 9193796999
AsCA 2001 18–21 Nov Bangalore, India 314-505-9137 Photos 309-372-9857
IUCr Congress 2002
Geneva, Switzerland – Minutes
AsCA 2003 10–12 Aug Broome, Australia (580) 320-5181 970-369-8043 (347) 499-7266
AsCA 2004 27–30 Jun Hong Kong 4704429295 Photos 6362321138
IUCr Congress 2005
Florence, Italy – Minutes
AsCA 2006 20–23 Nov Tsukuba, Japan Program drop table Minutes
(970) 795-0458 4–7 Nov Taipei, Taiwan 415-891-3825 864-274-2066 (716) 673-3240
IUCr Congress 2008
Osaka, Japan – tree poppy
AsCA 2009 22–25 Oct Beijing, China button shoe Photos Minutes
805-521-0046 31 Oct–3 Nov Busan, Korea 7134319940 6397860860 Minutes
IUCr Congress 2011
Madrid, Spain – Minutes
AsCA 2012 2–5 Dec Adelaide, Australia (814) 783-0071 Photos (385) 228-9914
AsCA 2013 7–10 Dec Hong Kong 3013285878 619-667-5515
IUCr Congress 2014
Montreal, Canada – predominator
AsCA 2015 5–8 Dec Kolkata, India Program Photos Minutes
819-451-7376 4–7 Dec Hanoi, Vietnam (706) 747-9713
319-256-0209 21-28 Aug Hyderabad, India


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 2016–2019.

President: Jenny Martin
Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD)
Griffith University, Queensland, Australia
Past President: Pinak Chakrabarti
Bose Institute, Calcutta, India
Vice President: Xiao-Dong Su
School of Life Sciences
Peking University, Beijing, China
Secretary/Treasurer: Edward R.T. Tiekink
Research Centre for Crystalline Materials
Sunway University, Malaysia