The British Crystallographic Association (BCA) is a relationship for crystallographers, situated in the United Kingdom. It is one of the biggest crystallographic social orders on the planet. The British Crystallographic Association, framed in 1982 is the UK national relationship for this essential science. (See the affiliation's statutes and by-laws).
Crystallography is a key a portion of much present day research into the structure and properties of materials extending over the logical fields of Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Materials science and Engineering.
With more than 700 individuals speaking to the immense scholarly and modern exertion in crystallography in this nation, the BCA has as its prime points the advancement of crystallography in examination and the training of youngsters and others in the techniques, conceivable outcomes and accomplishments of crystallographic science.
The four subject based groups within the association: biological structures; chemical crystallography; industrial applications & physical crystallography – represent the more specialist research areas, and the interdisciplinary young crystallographers group encourages a strong interaction and exchange of ideas among post-graduate students and members by organising regular meetings. Many meetings, workshops and schools are organised by the BCA groups, contributing to the dissemination of crystallographic knowledge and education.
The BCA can award Honorary Life Membership to crystallographers who have made significant contributions to the field and to the BCA.
Many of the crystallographic pioneers worked in the UK including the Braggs – father and son – Wilkins, Perutz, Hodgkin, Kendrew and Klug. Currently, there is huge UK crystallographic activity contributing to research in virology, structural genomics, cancer research, enzymology, pharmaceuticals, superconductors, semiconductors, magnetic materials, laser materials, polymers, battery and fuel cell materials, zeolites, materials under stress and many other areas.