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General2014 will be the official International Year of Crystallography

4th Jul 2012 17:19 UTCUwe Kolitsch Manager

Now confirmed by the United Nations:

(The initiative had been proposed by the International Union of Crystallography, IUCr.)

4th Jul 2012 20:44 UTCRob Woodside 🌟 Manager


4th Jul 2012 21:05 UTCPaul Brandes 🌟 Manager

Sounds like a great excuse to throw a party!! :)-D

4th Jul 2012 21:33 UTCRock Currier Expert

I wonder how many members and or employees of the United Nations even know what crystals are.

4th Jul 2012 21:35 UTCMaggie Wilson Expert

Here's a great chance for Mindat to get involved!

5th Jul 2012 01:45 UTCDoug Daniels

just wait until the metaphysical people hear about this.....

5th Jul 2012 04:54 UTCRock Currier Expert

Well, they can petition the UN to make the year also the year of the galacticlly encoded ancestor crystal, and it also will probably be approved. Perhaps they could program it so that everyone there would act in a rational manner.

5th Jul 2012 17:16 UTCDon Saathoff Expert

Actually, we probably don't need to worry about it......most of the "metaphysically inclined" are going to be "taken up" in December of this year (2012) anyway......

12th Jul 2012 19:42 UTCMitch Portnoy

In fact, Rock, several members of the New York Mineralogical Club are current employees of the United Nations. This has been true for as long as I have been a member (20 years now). International delegates and foreign representatives frequently attend our meetings and there is usually a large contingent of them at the New York City Gem & Mineral Show.

Several of them have kept their membership current with the NYMC even through they have retired back to their native nations or transferred to other worldwide diplomatic posts.


23rd Oct 2013 15:54 UTCUwe Kolitsch Manager

2014's major conferences with a focus on crystallography: (March 2014, Berlin, Germany) (June 2014, Aarhus, Denmark) (August 2014, Montreal, Canada) (October 2014, Turin, Italy)
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