One key element of the SDIC proposal is the consolidation within the
Division Committees of the responsibility for organization and management
of both continuing programs (such as symposia) and short-term projects.
These Committees and their Officers will provide the scientific leadership
of the Union. They must be carefully chosen to ensure that each Committee
has the necessary vision, breadth and expertise to seek out promising areas
for IUPAC involvement, to select the highest quality proposals and to manage
the implementation of projects.
Bylaw 4.1 (see Appendix 4) describes the role of Division Committees
in some detail, largely in terms of structure and process (membership and
size, elections, limitations of authority, reports, Committee meetings,
etc.). The functions of the Division Committee emphasize its administrative
role in forming and dissolving Commissions and as an intermediary between
Commissions and the Bureau. However, the Bylaws provide broad (if somewhat
nebulous) authority to the Division Committee "to plan and organize
scientific meetings and other activities ..." and "to prepare
a budget for the Division ..." The SDIC proposes that the Bureau promulgate
a policy that builds on the statutory framework and makes it clear that
the Division Committee is to be the focus of scientific work in the Division
and has the overall responsibility itself for initiating, developing and
managing the work of the Division.
As described below, the Division Committee will be expected to select
scientific Task Groups to carry out individual projects and may appoint
advisory groups as needed. Although the proposed policy is formulated in
terms of each Division Committee individually, the SDIC believes that interdisciplinary
activities will be of increasing importance; hence, each Division Committee
must be charged with making positive efforts to initiate interdisciplinary
projects and to work collegially with other Division Committees to provide
effective development and management of such projects.
Formation of the SDIC
Organization and Management of Scientific Work
Responsibilities of Division Committees
Election of Division Committees and Division Officers
Conversion to a New Project-Driven System
Operation of a Project-Driven System
Evaluation of Projects
Role of the Secretariat
Summary of Recommendations on Organization and
Summary of Formal Actions Required
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