Report of IUPAC Activities
1998 was an active year for IUPAC. The major events were the adoption
of a Strategic Plan and the approval by the Bureau at its meeting in
September of the recommendations from the Executive Committee regarding
the reorganization of the Union's scientific work. This will change
the management of the Union's scientific work from one based on permanent
commissions to one based on projects. Details can be found on the IUPAC
Web Site, http://www.iupac.org/.
The Union's regular activities continued with the publication of 23
recommendations and reports in its official journal, Pure and Applied
Chemistry, sponsorship of 27 Symposia and Conferences in 1998, publication
of 6 books, and the publication of six issues of the Union's news magazine,
Chemistry International. High lights are noted below.
- IUPAC adopted a Strategic
- The Strategy Development and
Implementation Committee issued a report on the future management of
the Union's scientific work.
- A joint meeting was held with
the African Association of Pure and Applied Chemistry in Durban, South
Africa. The report of this meeting was printed and distributed by
IUPAC to interested parties.
- A report on Chemistry
in Africa was written under IUPAC-UNESCO sponsorship, and printed
and distributed by IUPAC.
- A special issue of Pure and Applied Chemistry was produced
on the topic of Environmental
- CHEMRAWN IX was
held on 15 - 20 March 1998 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The subject of the
conference was "Latin American Symposium on Environmental Analytical
- A Workshop on Environmental Analytical Chemistry was held in conjunction
with CHEMRAWN IX. The Workshop was organized by the IOCD and partly
funded by an ICSU grant to IUPAC. (see IOCD
update, March 98 or IOCD Annual Report, Chem.
20(4), 1998, News section)
- The IUPAC web site was greatly expanded. The web site not only contains
all the material in the IUPAC
Handbook but also a list and description of the current
projects being worked on by IUPAC Commissions and Committees, current
for members of IUPAC bodies, a complete list of IUPAC
publications, title pages of recent issues of Pure
and Applied Chemistry and the complete text of recent issues
of Chemistry International.
- Mailing lists have been set up to allow communication by e-mail with
members of IUPAC bodies, National Adhering Organizations and other groups
affiliated with IUPAC.
- Twenty-three reports and
recommendations were published in Pure and Applied Chemistry.
- Twenty-seven Sponsored Symposia
and Conferences were held in 1998.
- New editions of the Compendium
of Chemical Terminology and the Compendium
of the Terminology of Analytical Chemistry were published.
books were published in 1998.
- The proceedings of 16
IUPAC sponsored symposia and conferences were published in Pure and
- The proceedings of six symposia were published in Macromolecular
Chemistry and Physics.
- A project approval process
was developed and approved and is being implemented in 1999.
- Chemistry International continues to be supplied at no charge
to 395 chemists in 21 developing countries. View
list of countries participating in this program.
- IUPAC added three new National Adhering Organizations in 1998: the
Chemical Society of Pakistan,
the Colegio de Químicos
de Puerto Rico and the Union
of Yugoslav Chemical Societies.
- IUPAC added two new Observer organizations in 1998: the Sociedad
Cubana de Quimica and the Pancyprian
Union of Chemists.
John W. Jost
IUPAC Excecutive Director
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