To meet the challenges occurring worldwide in chemistry and chemical industry,
IUPAC has developed its Strategic
Plan to redefine its role as the international organization principally
responsible for the promotion of the Chemical Sciences. This Plan provides
guidelines for the Union to respond to the globalization of science, to
the expansion of the borders of chemistry in a wide range of scientific
fields, to the interdisciplinary nature of modern chemistry and to the
service of chemistry to society. The Strategic Plan articulates the policy
of the Union and provides general guidance to our operating arms, the Divisions
and the Standing Committees.
The present structure of the Union precludes the fulfillment of many of
its central scientific functions, as reflected in organizational fragmentation
and resulting hindrance in the inception and conduct of horizontal interdisciplinary
projects. The founders of IUPAC envisioned and made provision for the organization
and action of a dynamic Union. In time, the concept of a changing structure
was replaced by the current system of long-term Commissions, with little
opportunity for Divisions to plan for scientific renewal and growth. Significant
past attempts for the restructuring of IUPAC by the creation of the Pool
Titular Members and by interdisciplinary unification of Divisional activities
have not been effective. IUPAC must build on past successes but must aim
toward its future accomplishments, impact and image.
The Bureau has now approved a policy and an operational program based on
the conceptual framework that the Union represents and serves the entire
world chemistry community. The objective is to improve quality, relevance,
international impact and effectiveness of the Union's scientific work.
The integrated program constitutes a holistic plan, which rests on major
changes in the responsibilities of the Division Presidents and Division
Committees, in the election procedures on the Division level, in project
evaluation and in the future function of Commissions.
I would like to articulate explicitly and clearly that these changes are
aimed at the enhancement of IUPAC's future contributions and impact, and
do not in any way question the accomplishments and dedication of IUPAC'S
bodies and of the eminent scientists who collectively have contributed,
over the decades, to the Union's reputation.
I am delighted that the Bureau has approved the integrated program, some
elements of which will begin immediately. To implement the program, we
shall consult closely with our National Adhering Organizations, which collectively
constitute the ultimate authority of the Union and are in turn accountable
for the public and scientific resources used by all IUPAC bodies. The newly
approved program will shape IUPAC's role towards the 21st century.
Professor Joshua Jortner