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July - August 2003
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of the Executive Committee Meeting
Executive Committee (EC) meets once a year to ensure the orderly
discharge of the functions of the Union. In 2003, the EC Meeting
was held 5–6 April in Bergen, Norway. The EC comprises
the IUPAC officers, namely the president, vice president,
past president, secretary general, treasurer, and three elected
members, currently Oleg Nefedov, Hitoshi Ohtaki, and Ed Przybylowicz.
IUPAC Executive Director John Jost acts as secretary of the
the recent meeting, the EC examined a few important proposals
in anticipation of the Council Meeting of this coming August
in Ottawa. Some of the most significant actions are described
to Reorganize the Governance of the Union
EC examined and approved the report of the Governance Structure
Committee (GSC), which makes two major proposals for changes
in the governance of IUPAC:
creation of a new body tentatively called the Union Policy
Committee, which would have one representative from each
National Adhering Organization (NAO) and would provide input
on policy issues to the new Executive Board
replacement of the Bureau and Executive Committee with a
new body to be called the Executive Board, which would be
composed of the five officers and four members elected by
GSC report has been sent to the IUPAC NAOs for detailed study
and comment. The proposals in the report will be voted on
at the Council meeting in Ottawa.
to Bill National Subscriptions in National Currencies
a resolution passed by Council in 2001, a Working Party on
National Subscriptions, chaired by Christoph Buxtorf, was
appointed to investigate National Subscriptions. The Working
Party has designed an ingenious method of calculating National
Subscriptions. It is still based on chemical turnover; however,
it takes cognizance of the exchange rates of the national
currencies of the member countries. The EC examined the proposed
procedure and concluded that it could be quite beneficial
to NAOs in managing their funds and is unlikely to have a
significant long-range impact on the Union’s finances.
The EC referred the proposal to the Council meeting in Ottawa
for New Associated Organizations
EC recommended to the Council that the applications of the
following organizations for Associated Organization Status
Plasma Chemistry Society
Association of Chemical Thermodynamics
and Eastern Africa Network of Analytical Chemists
addition, the EC recommended that the Council approve the
revised Constitution of the International Association of Catalysis
Societies, a current Associated Organization.
EC recommended to the Council the approval of the new program
of support for conferences on new directions in chemistry
and conferences in developing countries. The new program would
replace the existing separate programs and would change the
approval and review procedures. Details can be found at <www.iupac.org/symposia/support.html>.
Fund Policy and Investment Policy Statements
Finance Committee, which meets each year in February or March,
has revised its fund and investment policy statements to clarify
the treatment of donations as endowment contributions. The
EC approved the revised statements; these are available on
the IUPAC Web site at <www.iupac.org/standing/fc.html>.
EC approved the budget proposed by the Finance Committee and
recommended approval by the Council. The proposed budget increases
total National Subscriptions by only 1%. The budget is in
balance with a total expense and revenue of USD 2.57 million
for the biennium. The 2004–2005 budget will also include
the allocation of USD 20 000 to the Committee on Chemistry
Education for use in funding projects.
of Congress/General Assembly for 2007
EC approved the application of the Italian National Adhering
Organization, Consiglio Nazional delle Ricerche, to host the
2007 IUPAC Congress and General Assembly in Turin, Italy.
The plans of the Consiglio Nazional delle Ricerche will be
presented to the Council Meeting in Ottawa; approval will
then be voted on by the Council.
2004, the EC will meet in early April in Bangalore, India,
accepting an invitation of the Indian NAO. The minutes of
the EC meeting are available on the IUPAC Web site. Questions/comments
should be addressed to the executive director at <[email protected]>.
IUPAC Council will elect new Officers at its meeting
in Ottawa, 16-17 August 2003. Nominations for the
various positions are presented here
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