by John M. Malin, Ph. D.
International Activities Administrator
American Chemical Society
A plan for liaison between IUPAC and AAPAC
AAPAC and IUPAC together will address regional
problems in Africa by developing an electronic communications network,
publishing an electronic African Journal of Chemistry, instituting
environmental workshops and programs for sustainable development,
planning for education at all levels, and helping develop the research
infrastructure. A jointly-sponsored forum will be established to address
the chemistry-government interface in Africa.
AAPAC will provide a bridge between the
national chemical societies of Africa and IUPAC. It may be possible
for AAPAC to join IUPAC as an Associate Organization, similar to the
IUPAC relationship with the Federation of European Chemical Societies.
Increased membership in IUPAC by individual African countries, first
as Observers and later as full Members, will be encouraged.
Dr. Jortner proposed that the first IUPAC-AAPAC
collaborative project should be to plan an electronic communications
scientific highway for Africa. AAPAC is invited to propose the second
The organizers thanked all present
for their participation. In closing, a note of urgency was added by
a participant using an African analogy to emphasize the need for immediate
action by African scientists and the world scientific community. "It
doesn't matter in Africa", he said, "whether you are a lion
or a gazelle. When morning comes, you'd better start running."
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