European Crystallography School

ECA is committed to promote continuous high-level education in crystallography. European Crystallography Schools (ECS) are the central component of ECA’s educational activities. These Schools are regular events hosted annually or biannually, each time in a different country. In 2014, the first European Crystallography School (ECS1) took place in Pavia. Each School offers basic training in crystallography; advanced subjects in crystallography may be included by the School organizer, who justifies the choice of subjects when applying for the School. Advanced subjects alternate between European Crystallography Schools to ensure coverage of all aspects of crystallography. Schools employ a truly international faculty of renowned teachers, thus helping aggregate future scientists, and serving as a seed for new European scientific networks. Organization of a School at the European level may allow or require funding from various sources including European initiatives, such as the Erasmus Intensive Program. In this way, students or young scientists from countries where crystallography is less developed will find excellent opportunities for their advanced education and for starting new contacts and collaborations. European Crystallography Schools are not expected to make financial profits.

In addition to European Crystallography Schools, ECA regularly provides financial support to local schools, workshops and conferences within the ECA region, including Europe, as well as Africa and the Middle East (typically at least 5000 Euros per annum overall as student bursaries). ECA maintains its strong commitment to provide regular support to these local initiatives.


Next ECS

See you in Budapest, Hungary (2020)

We are pleased to invite you to attend the 6th European Crystallographic School to be held in Budapest, Hungary, 5-11 July 2020, under the auspices of the European Crystallographic Association. The aim of the school is to give attendees a fundamental understanding of the principles underpinning crystallography through a combination of lectures and hands-on tutorials. We will begin by covering the basic principles of point groups, space groups, crystallisation, data collection, and structure refinement from a theoretical perspective. Thereafter, attendees will separate into two groups to apply this knowledge to either biological crystallography or materials science.

The website is under construction.

Future ECSs



Past ECSs

ECS-1: Pavia (Italy): 28th August – 6th September, 2014 ECS-2: Mieres (Asturias, Spain), 31st August – 5th September 2015
ECS-3: Bol (Croatia) September 25 – October 2, 2016  ECS-4 Warsaw (Poland) 2 – 7 July 2017.