Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.3, May 2000

2000, Vol. 22
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Reports from Commissions and Division Committees

Physical Chemistry Division Committee

Summary of Minutes of Division Committee Meeting at IUPAC General Assembly, Berlin, Germany, 7—11 August 1999

The Physical Chemistry Division Committee (PCDC) devoted much time to discussing its future structure and function. The restructuring of IUPAC, with the abolishment of Commissions, will give the Division Committee a drastically changed role with much increased responsibility and work. The Division Committee will in the future be responsible for project generation and evaluation of proposals, followup and finalization of projects, and assessment of final results. Recruitment of Committee members and distribution of work among the members will be crucial for the work of the Division under the new organization. The number of projects that will be carried will be reduced when the Commissions disappear. It was suggested that the present structure of technique-oriented Commissions be replaced by one based on areas of physical chemistry, focusing on areas where IUPAC could contribute significantly. No decisions on these matters were made in Berlin. The newly elected Division Committee is scheduled to meet around the beginning of March 2000 to continue the discussions and make decisions that will determine how the Physical Chemistry Division will function in the future.

The status of the projects of the Division is good. Of the 55 projects listed in the IUPAC Handbook 1998— 1999, 16 had been completed by 1999, 4 had been closed, and 30 were expected to be completed by 2001, leaving only 5 that may need to continue (after being reconsidered) under the new organization. New projects have been proposed, and the Division Committee will discuss them during the spring meeting and decide how these proposals should be managed. The question "Why IUPAC?" will be important when discussing future projects.

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Gerd Olofsson
IUPAC Physical Chemistry Division Committee I.0



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