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Vol. 32 No. 4
July-August 2010

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Nominations Requested for Members of IUPAC Divisions and Commissions

Nominations are requested for candidates for all membership positions on IUPAC division committees and commissions (titular member, associate member, and national representative) for the 2012–2013 biennium. The ratification of memberships and terms of service will be finalized at the Bureau meeting in the second quarter of 2011.

A complete list of the current membership of the division committees and commissions is provided on the IUPAC website. Titular members are chosen by election. Associate members and national representatives are appointed, usually following the determination of titular membership.

IUPAC hereby requests proposals for membership on the following division committees:

  • I Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
  • II Inorganic Chemistry
  • III Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry
  • IV Polymer
  • V Analytical Chemistry
  • VI Chemistry and the Environment
  • VII Chemistry and Human Health
  • VIII Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation

and commissions:

  • Physicochemical Symbols, Terminology, and Units
  • Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights

Guidance for Proposing Nominees
Each member of an IUPAC body is expected to become an active participant in the work of the body in helping to decide on the program and in initiating and reviewing proposals for projects. These duties require the members to have expertise in the relevant disciplinary area and to be able to exercise sound scientific judgment. Much of each committee’s work is conducted by e-mail correspondence. The Union is able to guarantee travel expenses to a meeting at the General Assembly only for Titular Members of division committees. Travel expenses for other members and for meetings outside the General Assembly are dependent on each division committee’s budget and on the availability of outside funds.

IUPAC is sometimes criticized for having a membership that is predominantly male, relatively old, and drawn principally from academic institutions. In many instances, this is understandable because of the need to select senior, experienced people who are able to devote adequate time to this activity along with their full time jobs; however, the Union is making a serious effort to diversify the membership of IUPAC bodies. In making nominations, please make every effort to consider well-qualified female chemists, “younger” chemists with the required expertise and commitment, and industrial chemists.

Each proposal for consideration for membership on a division or commission must identify the intended committee or commission and must be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and/or adequate information on the individual’s qualifications to permit an informed evaluation and selection. Each nominee will be considered for all vacant positions on the committee unless otherwise specified.

Proposals should be submitted to the IUPAC Secretariat, preferably by e-mail attachment<secretariat@iupac.org>, by 31 July 2010. All proposed names for divisions received by this date will be forwarded to the relevant Division Nominating Committee for consideration as nominees for titular membership according to Bylaw 4.103. Those not elected as titular members subsequently will be considered for appointment as associate members or national representatives.

Nominating committees are charged with looking broadly for well-qualified candidates. Your proposals will help them ensure that we are able to establish significant pools of candidates to permit competitive selection.


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