Thank you for your interest in participating in AsCA 2018 / CRYSTAL 32.

We welcome submissions for both Oral and Poster presentations. Please use the guidelines below to direct your submission.

 Submission Guidelines

  1. Conference Aims
  2. Conference Themes
  3. Presentation Types
  4. Submission Details
  5. Evaluation Criteria
  6. Conference Equity Policies
  7. Important Dates

1. Conference Aims

AsCA 2018 / CRYSTAL 32, aims to:

  • Promote all aspects of structural science including structural biology, chemical crystallography, electron microscopy, crystal engineering, materials science, physics and fundamental science, and methods including instrumentation, techniques and computation.
  • Highlight current and emerging research priorities and trends
  • Draw on experience from other regions
  • Share work in progress and project outcomes.

2. Conference Themes

The conference broadly follows three streams below with specific microsymposia sub-themes and topics tabulated.

  1. Structural Biology
  2. Chemical Crystallography
  3. Novel and Specialized Techniques

Area 1 - Structural BiologyArea 2 - Chemical Crystallography/MaterialsArea 3 - Frontier Methods
MS1Membrane proteinsMS2Crystal engineeringMS3Novel synchrotron and neutron applications
MS4Macromolecular complexes and assembliesMS5Structure and properties of functional materialsMS6Crystallography under extreme conditions
MS7Applications of cryo-EM to structural biologyMS8MOFs and hybrid materialsMS9Recent developments in crystal growth
MS10Disease-related proteinsMS11Solid state reactions and dynamicsMS12XFELS and serial crystallography
MS13Hot structures - biologyMS14Hot structures - chemistryMS15Advanced methods in crystallography, electron diffraction and cryo-EM
MS16Hybrid methods in structural biologyMS17Microcrystalline materials, ceramics and mineralsMS18Database developments, validation and data mining

If your topic does not fit one of those offered please submit using the “other” subject tab. Microsymposia topics may be altered as required by the conference organisers.

3. Presentation Types

There will be TWO presentation types (Oral and Poster) at AsCA 2018/CRYSTAL 32. Both are equally valued contributions. Submitting authors are encouraged to choose their preferred presentation format. However the final presentation type will be determined by the AsCA 2018/CRYSTAL 32 conference committee.

Oral Presentations

Oral presentations within the microsymposia will typically last for a total of 20 minutes*, with 15 minutes dedicated to the presentation followed by 5 minutes for questions. All presenters are encouraged to arrive at their session at least 15 minutes early and to bring their presentation on a flash drive as a Powerpoint or PDF.  The University of Auckland computing system is PC-based but Mac-based presenters who have their own “Mac to VGA/HDMI” dongle can be accommodated. *Timings subject to change.


Posters will be mounted in the open space available to attendees during breaks. Each poster presenter will be allocated a 1.2m wide x 2.3m high space. This will fit an A0 portrait sized poster. Velcro will be provided as an adhesive material. All authors are expected to print their own materials.

4. Submission Details

Each submission is to be completed on the submission template provided below:

Abstract Template

Abstracts should include a Title (up to 20 words), Abstract, Authors and Affiliations. One figure up to 1MB is allowed as specified in the template. Please compose these carefully as they will appear as submitted on the conference website.

To submit your abstract, please click on the button below:

Submit Abstract

5. Evaluation Criteria

All submissions will be reviewed to assign them to the appropriate microsymposia. Speakers for each microsymposia will be chosen from either invited speakers or from the abstracts. Submissions will be required to comply with the word count and requested format. All submitters will receive an email confirming the outcome of their proposal.

6. Conference Equity Policies

AsCA 2018 and CRYSTAL 32 are being operated under the conference guidelines regarding geography, gender, and experience as established by the AsCA and SCANZ councils. The full policy statement is available on the main web page, here.

7. Important Dates

07 February 2018  Submissions open

March 2018 – Registration opens

01 September 2018 – Submission deadline for those requesting oral presentations

02 October 2018 – Early Bird registration closes

15 October 2018 – Author notification for oral presentations

01 November 2018 – Submission deadline for those requesting poster presentations

02 November 2018 – All presenters will need to have registered for the conference to guarantee a place in the programme

15 November 2018 – Online Conference Registration closes

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