Welcome Students & Early Career Scientists!

The ACA Annual Meeting offers everything you need to further your studies or enhance your career. Special events, Etter Student Lecture awards, poster prizes, networking opportunities, discounts on registration and hotel, and opportunities for travel support are all designed especially to meet the needs of students, postdocs, and early career scientists. 

The ACA wishes to be make our annual meetings inclusive to all students and scientists interested in the study of the arrangement of atoms in matter. The ACA offers several financial assistance programs for members, students and early-career scientists and it will attempt to make other types of accommodations as might be needed to make our meeting more accessible. Please see the travel grant page or contact ACA HQ for more information. 


Attending an Academic Conference

Attending a conference is a professionally rewarding experience. The ACA Annual Meeting offers our attendees many unique opportunities within the international crystallographic community.

Learn: Attend workshops and sessions that focus on today’s most relevant topics, procedures and equipment. Workshops and sessions are chaired and populated with professionals from all levels of academia and industry.  

Share: The deadline for abstract submissions to the ACA 2020 Annual Meeting is April 20, 2020. Authors of chosen abstracts have the opportunity to share their latest research with all levels of topic devoted scientists. Poster sessions offer an informal one-on-one opportunities for authors to share their research. 

Network: The ACA offers a number of formal and informal opportunities for you to mingle and interact with professors, students and industry professionals throughout. Many of the ACA’s social events are included in the registration fee.

2020 Young Scientist Events:

New Attendee Orientation & Speed Networking Event 

Open Discussion with Nobel Laureate Venki Ramakrishnan (Monday 8/3 - Registration Required - Details TBA)

Careers in Industry Panel Discussion (Monday 8/4 - Registration Required - Details TBA)

Three Minute Thesis Contest

YSIG Mixer


Students & Young Professionals

Attending an academic conference can be financially overwhelming, but incredibly beneficial, especially to students. Students and young professionals make up an important component of the ACA and as such we offer a number of opportunities and resources to help you attend:

Room RatesThe ACA has negotiated lower room rates for students along with facilitating communication among those who would like to share a room.

Travel Grants: The ACA offers a limited number of travel grants to help students offset travel costs.

Volunteer Opportunities: The ACA offers a number of opportunities including working at the front desk and volunteering to monitor sessions.