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 Summary of Formal Actions Required



Strategic Plan:

The Executive Committee has approved the Strategic Plan for 1998-99 and has authorized its use to guide program development during the current biennium. The Plan has been distributed widely within IUPAC and among the NAOs, and has been publicized outside the Union. Proposed actions for implementation of the Plan and for updating it biennially will be presented by the IUPAC Officers separately from this report.

Organization and Management of Scientific Activities:

If the EC accepts the recommendations of the SDIC in April, 1998, implementation will require a series of actions that may be summarized as follows:

April - September, 1998: The EC should ensure that the report by the SDIC, together with its own views and proposals for implementation, is widely distributed within IUPAC and among the NAOs with a request for comments, identification of potential problems, and suggestions for improvements. During this period, written communications and informal dialogue among IUPAC Officers, Division Presidents and Commission Officers should be encouraged.

September, 1998: The Bureau will be asked to approve a policy that (i) vests in Division Committees responsibility for selection of and management of scientific projects, (ii) defines the composition of Division Committees and procedures for selection of Division Committees and Division Officers, (iii) establishes criteria for approval of projects, and (iv) calls for a phasing out of all current Commissions.

October, 1998: NAOs should be advised of the new policies and asked for comments and/or suggestions for modification of the policies. NAOs should be advised of changes in Bylaws that will be requested in 1999.

October, 1998 - August, 1999: Division Officers and Division Committees, in consultation with their Commission Officers, should develop plans for making the transition to a project-based system no later than 2001, with some aspects phased in if desired in 1999. IUPAC Officers and the Secretariat should provide any required assistance and cooperate in modifying procedures whenever possible to facilitate the Divisions' efforts.

August, 1999: Council will be asked to modify Bylaw 4.307 as described in the report. Council will be asked to terminate all existing Commissions, effective December 31, 2001.

Executive Summary
Formation of the SDIC
Strategic Plan
Organization and Management of Scientific Work
Responsibilities of Division Committees
Election of Division Committees and Division Officers
Project-Driven System
Conversion to a New Project-Driven System
Operation of a Project-Driven System
Evaluation of Projects
Role of the Secretariat
Financial Considerations
Summary of Recommendations on Organization and Management
Summary of Formal Actions Required
Concluding Statement
Appendix 1
Appendix 2
Appendix 3
Appendix 4


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