Crystal growth is important in many areas of science including mineralogy, chemistry, biology, physics encompassing both academic and industrial importance. To allow an interaction between these various disciplines the British Association for Crystal Growth was created in 1969 with F C Frank as the first President. Since then and primarily through the annual BACG conference scientists with a range of interest and objectives have been provided with an opportunity to meet and learn from each other’s skills and strengths. Whether it is crystallization at a large scale for production of pharmaceuticals, pigments and bulk chemicals or the careful preparation of large single crystals so important to the electronics industry we all have much to learn from each other.
In recent times the Group has focussed on the younger members of the community in the awarding of prizes and travel grants and from 2018 in a Young Crystal Growers session before the main BACG meeting. It is to be hoped that this initiative, along with special membership rates for students will ensure an ongoing excellence in crystal growth.
As President I welcome you to the BACG and if not already a member encourage you to join and participate in the group and its exciting annual conference and joint meetings held with other like-minded societies.
In 2009, the BACG celebrated its 40th year and the occasion was marked by the publication of its history. If you are interested in crystal growth and its significance in this country, this little book will provide a fascinating read. In 2019 we will be celebrating 50 years of contribution to crystal growth by a 50th Anniversary Conference – details will be provided soon!
I look forwarded to seeing you at the upcoming meeting to be held at the University of Limerick in June of this year.