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Duties and Responsibilities of the IUPAC Representative
to an IUPAC Sponsored Conference
An official IUPAC Representative will be designated to sponsored
conferences. The IUPAC Representative is the person who communicates
to the conference participants the value of IUPAC to them and their
work. It is expected that the conference organizers will give the
Representative the opportunity to address the conference and give
a brief overview of IUPAC and its work. To assist the Representative
in this task, the Secretariat will provide a set of slides in PowerPoint
format with general background information about IUPAC. The Representative
is free to select material that is relevant to the conference, but
it is hoped that this will usually include some information on IUPAC's
general goals, the project system, and the IUPAC web site. Attention
should be directed to any IUPAC literature that is available at
In some instances the relevant Division or Standing Committee may
ask the Representative to undertake specific tasks. These could
include holding a short workshop session to encourage submission
of IUPAC projects or to encourage participation in existing projects.
In addition, the Representative is asked to complete a confidential
questionnaire evaluating both the organizational and scientific
aspects of the conference. This questionnaire will be used by the
sponsoring Division or Standing Committee to assist future organizers
of the same series in organizing a conference and by the Evaluation
Committee to evaluate a conference series.
The duties and responsibilities of the Representative are summarized
in the points given below. They are divided into two groups, General
duties relating to IUPAC as a whole and duties that are specific
to the needs of a particular Division or Standing Committee.
Deliver an address describing IUPAC and its work
Encourage the participants to examine the IUPAC
materials provided to the conference
Complete the confidential evaluation form
Possible duties specific to a Division or Standing Committee
Conduct a workshop on submitting an IUPAC project
Conduct a workshop to discuss a current IUPAC
project or projects either to obtain input, or participants, for
a new project, or to collect comments on a draft recommendation
Review all current projects of interest to the
participants with the aim of recruiting volunteers to participate
as Task Group Members
Present a lecture or a poster to describe a recent
report or recommendation
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