IUPAC in Glasgow, Scotland: Roars from the Council Meeting

Nearly 400 participants from 54 countries attended IUPAC’s 45th General Assembly, held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 31 July–6 August 2009.

November 1, 2009 - Glasgow, Scotland

From Chemistry International, November 1, 2009, vol. 31, no. 6

By Chris Brouwer

There was something decidedly different about this IUPAC Council meeting. Held 5–6 August 2009 at the tail end of the Union’s General Assembly, the Council had all the trappings of previous meetings, but with a palpable feeling of optimism and momentum among the hundreds of representatives of National Adhering Organizations. Under the orderly guidance of Secretary General David StC. Black, Council members moved quickly through the more than 30 business items under consideration, and then IUPAC’s formal meeting gave way to a pep rally of sorts for the International Year of Chemistry in 2011 (IYC2011).

Aside from IYC2011, the major news from the meeting was the election of Kazuyuki Tatsumi to be IUPAC’s next vice president. Currently president of the Inorganic Chemistry Division, Tatsumi will start his term 1 January 2010.

Another highlight was Council’s approval of National Adhering Organization status for six new organizations, bringing the number of NAOs to nearly 60. Joining IUPAC in 2010 are the Institute of Chemistry Ceylon, National Research Fund Luxembourg, Institut Kimia Malaysia, Saudi Chemical Society, Chemical Society of Thailand, and the Société Chimique de Tunisie. President Jung-Il Jin expressed his desire to have 100 members by 2019, the Union’s 100th year. He pointed out that recent changes approved in the Bylaws allow new members to adhere every year, rather than every two years following the Council meetings. . . .

Natalia Tarasova reported the results of an especially lively discussion group on “How to Generate Enthusiasm for the Creative Future of Chemistry.” A number of key stakeholders participated, including Tom Tritton, president of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Tom Lane, president of the American Chemical Society. Tarasova suggested that sustainable development should be the focus of IYC activities. If this year had not been tied into the United Nations Decade of Sustainable Development, she said, IYC2011 would not have been approved. For this reason, one of the key suggestions of the group was to link IYC activities to the UN Millennium Goals. . . .

(Link to CI)

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