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Highlights of the Executive Committee Meeting
|Executive Committee members in Wellington, New Zealand. Front from left: Leiv Sydnes, Bryan Henry, Nicole Moreau, and David Black; back: Christoph Buxtorf and Chunli Bai.
IUPAC’s Executive Committee (EC) meets once a year to ensure the orderly discharge of the functions of the Union. In 2007, the EC meeting was held 24–25 March in Wellington, New Zealand. The EC comprises the IUPAC officers, namely the president, past president, secretary general, treasurer, and three elected members, currently Oleg Nefedov, Chunli Bai, and Nicole Moreau. IUPAC Executive Director John Jost acts as secretary.
At the meeting, the EC recommended to the Bureau and Council approval of the following:
- applications for NAO status of Cuba, Ethiopia, and Uruguay
- the proposed change in the NAO for Korea
- application for Associated Organization status of FLAQ, the Federacion Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Químicas
The EC also approved the following:
- a change in the schedule for the 2009 General Assembly (GA) in Glasgow, which calls for holding the Bureau and related meetings at a different time and place
- a change in the schedule in EC and Bureau meetings so that the first EC meeting after a GA would be in the fourth quarter of the same year and the first Bureau meeting after a GA would be in the second quarter of the following year; the Bureau meeting in the GA year would be in the second quarter of the GA year and not during the GA
- a grant of USD 10 000 for the International Chemistry Olympiad to support participation by contestants from less developed countries
- a grant of USD 6000 for the Mendeleev conference to support the participation of chemists from Commonwealth of Independent States countries
- a review of the feasibility of having an International Year of Chemistry
In addition, the EC recommended to the Bureau and Council approval of the budget proposed by the Finance Committee. The proposed budget for 2008-2009 would, as usual be balanced (i.e., net income (expense) equal to zero) with expense/income for the biennium of USD 2 936 100, an increase of USD 189 300 from the budget for the current biennium.
The location of the EC meeting varies each time, which provides officers an opportunity to connect with the NAO hosting the meeting. IUPAC acknowledges the Royal Society of New Zealand for welcoming the EC and for providing facilities for the meeting. In particular, IUPAC thanks Steve Thompson, chief executive officer of the RSNZ, and Eddie Davis, manager of international activities. During the EC meeting, the Kiwis as they called themselves, also arranged for a social gathering with local IUPAC members; among them were Margaret Brimble (University of Auckland, IUPAC Subcommittee on Organic Synthesis), Richard Hartshorn (University of Canterbury, IUPAC Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation Division), Laurie Melton (University of Auckland, IUPAC Chemistry and the Environment Division), Kip Powell (University of Canterbury, IUPAC Analytical Chemistry Division), and Jim McQuillan (University of Otago, IUPAC Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division).
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