Highlights of the Executive Committee Meeting

Highlights of the Executive Committee Meeting

IUPAC’s Executive Committee (EC) meets once a year to ensure the orderly discharge of the functions of the Union. In 2003, the EC Meeting was held 5–6 April in Bergen, Norway. The EC comprises the IUPAC officers, namely the president, vice president, past president, secretary general, treasurer, and three elected members, currently Oleg Nefedov, Hitoshi Ohtaki, and Ed Przybylowicz. IUPAC Executive Director John Jost acts as secretary of the EC.

At the recent meeting, the EC examined a few important proposals in anticipation of the Council Meeting of this coming August in Ottawa. Some of the most significant actions are described below.

Proposal to Reorganize the Governance of the Union

The EC examined and approved the report of the Governance Structure Committee (GSC), which makes two major proposals for changes in the governance of IUPAC:

1. creation of a new body tentatively called the Union Policy Committee, which would have one representative from each National Adhering Organization (NAO) and would provide input on policy issues to the new Executive Board

2. replacement of the Bureau and Executive Committee with a new body to be called the Executive Board, which would be composed of the five officers and four members elected by Council

The GSC report has been sent to the IUPAC NAOs for detailed study and comment. The proposals in the report will be voted on at the Council meeting in Ottawa.

Proposal to Bill National Subscriptions in National Currencies

By a resolution passed by Council in 2001, a Working Party on National Subscriptions, chaired by Christoph Buxtorf, was appointed to investigate National Subscriptions. The Working Party has designed an ingenious method of calculating National Subscriptions. It is still based on chemical turnover; however, it takes cognizance of the exchange rates of the national currencies of the member countries. The EC examined the proposed procedure and concluded that it could be quite beneficial to NAOs in managing their funds and is unlikely to have a significant long-range impact on the Union’s finances. The EC referred the proposal to the Council meeting in Ottawa for action.

Applications for New Associated Organizations

The EC recommended to the Council that the applications of the following organizations for Associated Organization Status be approved:

In addition, the EC recommended that the Council approve the revised Constitution of the International Association of Catalysis Societies, a current Associated Organization.

Conference Support

The EC recommended to the Council the approval of the new program of support for conferences on new directions in chemistry and conferences in developing countries. The new program would replace the existing separate programs and would change the approval and review procedures. Details can be found at <www.iupac.org/symposia/support.html>.

Revised Fund Policy and Investment Policy Statements

The Finance Committee, which meets each year in February or March, has revised its fund and investment policy statements to clarify the treatment of donations as endowment contributions. The EC approved the revised statements; these are available on the IUPAC Web site at <www.iupac.org/standing/fc.html>.

2004–2005 Budget

The EC approved the budget proposed by the Finance Committee and recommended approval by the Council. The proposed budget increases total National Subscriptions by only 1%. The budget is in balance with a total expense and revenue of USD 2.57 million for the biennium. The 2004–2005 budget will also include the allocation of USD 20 000 to the Committee on Chemistry Education for use in funding projects.

Location of Congress/General Assembly for 2007

The EC approved the application of the Italian National Adhering Organization, Consiglio Nazional delle Ricerche, to host the 2007 IUPAC Congress and General Assembly in Turin, Italy. The plans of the Consiglio Nazional delle Ricerche will be presented to the Council Meeting in Ottawa; approval will then be voted on by the Council.

In 2004, the EC will meet in early April in Bangalore, India, accepting an invitation of the Indian NAO. The minutes of the EC meeting are available on the IUPAC Web site. Questions/comments should be addressed to the executive director at <secretariat@iupac.org>.


The IUPAC Council will elect new Officers at its meeting in Ottawa, 16-17 August 2003. Nominations for the various positions are presented here

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