28 No. 6
President's Column IUPAC Within and Without
Bryan R. Henry
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.
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:
can we attract more students to chemistry? Do we need to
modify the curriculum? Can IUPAC play a role?
can we help regions and small countries to have a more effective
voice within IUPAC?
can we interact more effectively with governments and other
decision makers? How can we improve our interactions with
industry, other unions, ICSU, UNESCO, etc.?
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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