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Vol. 28 No. 6
November-December 2006

President's Column — IUPAC Within and Without

by Bryan R. Henry

In this brief column I want to touch
on a number of issues and events
that I believe are important or of
interest to the IUPAC community.

A recurring concern of IUPAC officers and member organizations is how to allow everyone to get their issues “on the table.” To address this problem, the Executive Committee approved a proposal at its April 2006 meeting to hold a series of round table discussions at the next General Assembly (GA) in Torino, Italy, in August 2007. These discussions are intended to allow small groups of Council delegates to discuss subjects of mutual interest in a setting conducive to the easy exchange of ideas. National Adhering Organizations and Bureau members were invited to propose topics, and during the most recent Bureau meeting in Madrid on 7 October 2006, the following topics were identified:

  • How can we attract more students to chemistry? Do we need to modify the curriculum? Can IUPAC play a role?
  • How can we help regions and small countries to have a more effective voice within IUPAC?
  • How can we interact more effectively with governments and other decision makers? How can we improve our interactions with industry, other unions, ICSU, UNESCO, etc.?
  • How can we increase the global visibility of chemistry, enhance public understanding of chemistry, and improve its public image? How can we improve the visibility and image of IUPAC?

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