MaThCryst forthcoming activities

MIF++ online seminars, ongoing series

Twelth basic training course on symmetry and group theory, July 2024, Tsukuba (Japan)

Seventh MaThCryst School in Latin America, August 2024, Lima (Peru))

MACSMIN 2024 nybrid conference, September 2024, Liverpool (UK)

MaThCryst recent activities

Third Shanghai International Crystallographic School, June 2024, Shanghai (China)

Eleventh basic and second advanced training course on symmetry and group theory, July 2023, Tsukuba (Japan)

Summer School, June 2023, Nancy (France)

Tenth training course on symmetry and group theory, August 2022, Tsukuba (Japan)

2022 Spring Festival Crystallographic School and Workshop on Crystal-field Applications February 2022, Berijing (China)

Crystallography Online: Workshop on the use and applications of the structural and magnetic tools of the Bilbao Crystallographic Server January 2022, Leioa (Spain)

Mathematics and Computer Science for Materials Innovation, September 2021, online

Ninth training course on symmetry and group theory, September 2021, Tsukuba (Japan)

2021 SIAM Conference on Mathematical Aspects of Materials Science, May 2021, Bilbao (Spain)

AMS Sectional Meeting, November 2019, Gainesville, FL (USA)

ECM32 Satellite, August 2019, Wien (Austria)

Eighth training course on symmetry and group theory, July 2019, Tsukuba (Japan)

Second Shanghai International Crystallographic School, July 2019, Shanghai (China)

Summer School, June 2019, Nancy (France)

Sixth MaThCryst School in Latin America, November 2018, Bogotà (Colombia)


Approved by action of the IUCr General Assembly, 25 August 2005

The IUCr-MaThCryst was founded to promote and achieve the following aims:


Far from having exhausted its research potential, Mathematical and Theoretical Crystallography (MaThCryst) is today facing new challenges, not only in the very classical field of group theory (magnetic groups, chromatic groups, N-dimensional groups) and its applications (phase transitions, polymorphism and polytypism, twinning, bicrystallography, ferroic crystals), but also in several directions that previously were less strongly perceived as being directly related to crystallographic and crystal-chemical problems, such as graph theory, combinatorial topology, number theory, discrete geometry, diffraction theory, etc. The development of mathematical and theoretical crystallography will strengthen the interaction between crystallographers, mathematicians and materials scientists and will definitely contribute to the recognition of crystallography as an interdisciplinary science.

The outstanding success that applied crystallography has experienced in recent years has transformed common structural investigation into a routine task, often performed by researchers with no specific background in crystallography. Moreover, the success of automated structure solutions, whose results are persistently accepted without sufficient criticism, has contributed to the spread of the pernicious impression that a specific education in crystallography is no longer necessary in order to perform crystallographic tasks on a daily basis. The result is that nowadays crystallography is increasingly perceived as a technique, if not just as a tool, rather than an interdisciplinary science strongly interacting with fundamental and applied disciplines like mathematics, chemistry, physics, material science, geosciences and biosciences. As a consequence, the time devoted to crystallographic education in undergraduate and graduate courses is continuously shrinking, and the requirement of a solid background in crystallography is disappearing from the requirements of many positions which involve a considerable amount of crystallographic work.

The IUCr-MaThCryst commission was started on September 2002 as an informal workgroup from a nucleus of researchers who felt the necessity of trying to reverse the current trend towards "crystallography as a black-box tool". From the didactic viewpoint, the commission aims at an activity which will hopefully cover the gap now existing between the "user" and the "specialist". This activity will develop on this web site, and with the production of printed or printable (downloadable) material.