A global chemistry
of the World Chemistry Leadership Meeting, 9 July 2001, Brisbane,
On July 9th 2001, the presidents of national chemical societies,
regional chemical federations, and leaders of chemical industry
met to discuss subjects of importance to the global chemistry
The morning session of this World Chemistry Leadership Meeting
(WCLM) was devoted to the topic of Sharing Responsibility for
our Science - Chemistry across National Boundaries. The following
questions were addressed: What are the major needs of the developing
and economically disadvantaged countries? How do the chemical
societies and trade associations in the developed countries plan
to work with related organizations to strengthen chemistry in
those countries and to assist in their development?
The problem of the Public Image of Science was discussed
during the afternoon session. Even though chemistry can not be
dissociated from environmental, health, and safety concerns, the
public's mind has a poor perception of science in general and
of chemistry in particular. The need to share information and
experience between leading societies and federations, as well
as to collaborate with the chemical industry, was commented on
by a number of delegates. The issues associated with certification,
usage of standards, and broader cooperation across
national boundaries fostered even more discussion.
An executive summary and the report of the WCLM are now available.
Numerous appendices include the discussion papers submitted by
the participants prior to the meeting.
full text report (pdf file - 286KB)
to WCLM 2003