Summary Minutes of Physical Chemistry Division Committee Meeting
in Wageningen, Netherlands, April 1 - 2, 2000.
The Physical Chemistry Division Committee (PCDC) met in April to review
ongoing activities and to discuss how the Division can adapt to the
new regime with drastically changed obligations for the PCDC. The suggestion
to the Secretary General in October 1999, that a half-time Scientific
Liaison Officer should be assigned to the Division had not met with
any enthusiasm. However, the Division President and Vice President will
continue their efforts to acquire administrative support.
A tentative set of procedures and criteria for the review of new project
proposals, prepared by the Division President, will be used on a provisional
basis until adopted in some form in Brisbane.
PCDC is of the opinion that IUPAC needs to be more active in the field
of data bases as there are important unresolved questions about ownership,
maintenance, cost etc. IUPAC should appoint a group of people to look
into the matter.
PCDC decided to start the procedure to create a new Commission to fill
the function of Commission I.1 on Physicochemical Symbols, Terminology,
and Units. The name suggested was "Commission on Quantities, Units,
and Symbols in Physical Chemistry".
In view of the importance of biophysical chemistry and the fact that
it covers the whole field of physical chemistry, the PCDC decided to
request that the name of the Division be changed to "Division of Physical
and Biophysical Chemistry.
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