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Insight partners the International Year of Crystallography 2014

Insight is delighted to announce a year-long partnership with the International Union of Crystallography as an important part of the International Year of Crystallography 2014 (IYCr2014).

The IYCr2014 commemorates not only the centennial of X-ray diffraction, which allowed the detailed study of crystalline material, but also the 400th anniversary of Kepler’s observation in 1611 of the symmetrical form of ice crystals, which began the wider study of the role of symmetry in matter. Insight will be working closely with organisers of the IYCr2014 to help raise awareness of the science of crystallography and how it underpins most technological developments in our modern society. Through a variety of events, publications and online publicity, Insight is also looking to inspire young people to take an interest in science and understand better how it impacts on every aspect of our lives and the opportunities that brings. A key aspect of the IYCr2014 is to intensify the programmes of Crystallography activity in Africa and create similar programmes in Asia and Latin America. This, in turn, will help foster international collaboration between scientists worldwide, especially North–South contributions and promote education and research in crystallography and its links to other sciences. Finally, as a central element of this partnership, Insight will also be publishing a special edition of Projects Magazine to celebrate the IYCr1014. The magazine will focus on the international light-source scene and synchrotron facilities. Synchrotrons and XFELs represent the pinnacle of X-ray techniques, making the tie-in with IYCr2014 a perfect fit for this special focus. Overall, the publication will showcase the immense scientific capabilities of these often under-appreciated facilities on the centenary of the discovery of X-ray diffraction and demonstrate the important role they now play in virtually every aspect of research and innovation. For more information about this publication or to take part in developing its content, please call Sam Davis on +44 (0)117 2033 120 or email Please visit for full details of the IYCr2014.


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