At the General Assembly in São Paulo, IYCN and IUPAC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which outlines the following commitments:
IUPAC commits to:
1. Accept IYCN as an Associated Organization (AO) of IUPAC.
2. Waive Associated Organization (AO) fees for IYCN for five years.
3. Cooperate and coordinate with IYCN to promote IYCN-sponsored programming and activities at the World Chemistry Congress and other relevant conferences.
4. Provide limited administrative support via the Secretariat, (i.e. receiving funds on behalf of IYCN and reimburse costs from those funds).
5. Cooperate with IYCN to support growth of their organization and to improve outreach to younger chemists.
6. Provide consultation, mentorship, and advice on governance, membership, and organizational issues to facilitate a successful launch for IYCN.
7. Develop new programs to more rapidly and seamlessly integrate younger chemists into IUPAC activities.
IYCN commits to:
8. Participate in IUPAC as an AO.
9. Provide the IUPAC Secretariat with a current contact list for the IYCN Executive Board.
10. Develop IYCN programming in cooperation with IUPAC for the IUPAC World Chemistry Congresses.
11. Promote participation in IUPAC activities, conferences, and projects with IYCN members, including, but not limited to: IUPAC World Chemistry Congress, IUPAC General Assembly, and World Chemistry Leadership Meeting.
12. Cooperate with IUPAC on improving programs for younger chemists (such as the Young Observer program).
13. Coordinate development of new IUPAC projects; encourage IYCN members to join the IUPAC Affiliate Membership Program, especially if they are from a country that is not an IUPAC member.
14. Serve as a voice for younger chemists within IUPAC.
15. Openly communicate and work with IUPAC to provide support to young chemists and develop a fully represented international network without discrimination.
This MoU is ultimately designed to benefit younger chemists worldwide through provision of increased resources and opportunities for professional development, networking, and open access to scientific information. It is designed to benefit IUPAC through the involvement of IYCN scientists in IUPAC activities and events.
The MoU was signed by Ilya Vorotyntsev, elected IYCN chair, and Natalia Tarasova, IUPAC President.