ESRF celebrates the International Year of Crystallography during Fête de la Science


The European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, the ESRF, is celebrating the International Year of Crystallography during the three week Fête de la Science festival. Underway right now in Grenoble and running until 19 October, Fête de la Science provides hundreds of ways for members of the public to take part in scientific activities. This year, the theme is centred on the United Nations-declared International Year of Crystallography.

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Crystallography is the study at the atomic level, of crystals - specific solids whose elements are arranged in an ordered pattern throughout the entire solid. Crystals can be found in almost every aspect of our daily life and through crystallography we have been able to understand everything from the structure of foods to medicine.

The United Nations has declared 2014 as the International Year of Crystallography; this marks 100 years since the Nobel Prize was awarded to British father and son William Henry Bragg and William Lawrence Bragg. UNESCO, with support from the International Union of Crystallography, were asked by the UN to co-ordinate activities throughout the year to raise awareness of this global event.

As part of this, the ESRF joined other partners in Grenoble, to create a brand new smart phone game, to help convey the importance of crystallography