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Publicly Available Published by De Gruyter May 24, 2017

Election of IUPAC Officers and Bureau Members

From the journal Chemistry International


At the 49th IUPAC General Assembly in São Paulo, Brazil, on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July 2017, the Council will be asked to elect a Vice President and members of the Bureau to fulfill the vacancies created by retiring members. IUPAC National Adhering Organizations have been invited to submit nominations. (

On 1 January 2018, Qi-Feng Zhou (China), Vice President and President-Elect of IUPAC, will become President. Natalia Tarasova (Russia), current President, will become Past President and remain an officer and a member of the Bureau for a period of two years. Meanwhile, Marc Cesa (USA), current Past President, will retire. Secretary General Richard Hartshorn (New Zealand) and Treasurer Colin Humphris (UK) were both elected by the Council in August 2015 for a four-year term and will continue their service for two more years.


The Vice-President to be elected at the 49th Council will be President-Elect and will become President on 1 January 2020.

The nominations received for Vice President are as follows:

  1. Christopher M.A. Brett (Portugal)

  2. Javier García-Martínez (Spain)

Elected Members of Bureau

Elected Members serve four-year terms, and are eligible for re-election to a second four-year term. No National Adhering Organization shall have more than one Elected Member on the Bureau, and the principle of fair geographical representation of Members shall be taken into account, as stipulated in the IUPAC Statutes.

The following are Members whose terms continue to the end of 2019:

  1. Christopher M. A. Brett (Portugal) (2012-2015, 2016-2019)

  2. Mei-Hung Chiu (China/Taipei) (2016-2019)

  3. Hemda Garelick (UK) (2016-2019)

  4. Ehud Keinan (Israel) (2016-2019)

  5. Kew-Ho Lee (Korea) (2016-2019)

  6. Pietro Tundo (Italy) (2016-2019)

The nominations received for Elected Members of the Bureau are as follows:

  1. Russell J. Boyd (Canada) (2014-2017); reappoint

  2. Tavarekere K. Chandrashekar (India) (2014-2017); reappoint

  3. Javier García-Martínez (Spain)

  4. Mary Garson (Australia)

  5. Christopher K. Ober (USA) (2014-2017); reappoint

  6. Ken Sakai (Japan)

At the conclusion of the 48th Council at Busan in August 2015, there were ten Elected Members on the Bureau. At the 49th Council in São Paulo, the Bureau will make recommendations to the Council as to the number of Elected Members (no less then ten) who should be on the Bureau for the succeeding two years. At least four Elected Members will be elected at the Council in São Paulo, i.e., the minimum number of ten Elected Members, less the six Elected Members who continue in office until 2019.

In addition to the five officers and the ten Elected Members, the Bureau also includes the eight Division Presidents (each elected by their individual Division), and the chairs of the following Standing Committees: the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE); the Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI); CHEMRAWN (the Committee on CHEMical Research Applied to World Needs); the Interdivisional Committee on Terminology, Nomenclature and Symbols (ICTNS); and the Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards (CPCDS).

What Does the Bureau Do?

The Bureau is established by the Council to act for the Union during intervals between meetings of the Council; it therefore fulfills important functions by ensuring continuity. The principal duties of the Bureau—as quoted in the statutes—are as follows:

  1. to ensure the strict observance of statutes and bylaws

  2. to prepare the agenda for meetings of the Council and in particular to make provision for elections

  3. to make recommendations thereon to the Council

  4. to attend the meetings of the Council

  5. to implement the decisions of the Council and execute the program of the Union as directed by the Council

  6. to take steps to ensure that international congresses of pure and applied chemistry are held

  7. to take decisions about the holding of scientific meetings as proposed by the division committees

  8. to take all other steps necessary for the good conduct of the affairs of the Union

See Statutes S7 and Bylaws for more details.

Online erschienen: 2017-5-24
Erschienen im Druck: 2017-7-26

©2017 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Boston

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