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Minutes of 72nd Meeting of Bureau
11-12 August 1999, Berlin, Germany


Prof. Jortner introduced the subject by noting it came from Dr. Hayes' VPCA. He commented that education in chemistry is the basis of education in science. IUPAC should not attempt to replace Governments and national bodies. Problems of education are different for developed and developing countries. CTC is currently involved in secondary and undergraduate education and in the coordination of the Union's education activities. Dr. Hayes in his VPCA has proposed that the CTC might be given a broader mandate and its name changed to reflect that broader mandate. The collaboration of CTC with COCI and CHEMRAWN on the upcoming education CHEMRAWN Conference was noted. Prof. Schneider asked if the Union was concerned with University Education and the equivalence and acceptance of degrees internationally. Prof. Wermuth noted that a group in Division VII was writing a pamphlet on science for the general public and another group had studied the Medicinal Chemistry Curriculum worldwide. He commented that this kind of activity might be part of the function of a Committee on Chemical Education.
Dr. Hayes proposed that the President be asked to appoint an ad hoc Committee on the Education Activities of the Union and that the question of a change in name and Terms of Reference be postponed until this Committee reports to the Bureau. The Bureau approved this proposal.

Dr. Hayes then proposed that the Bureau recommend to Council that the Chairman of CTC be made an ex officio, nonvoting, member of the Bureau, joining the Chairmen of the other operational committees. The Bureau approved this proposal.

14.3 DIDAC
Prof. Fischli described the DIDAC materials, a set of transparencies for use by secondary school teachers to teach fundamental chemical concepts. He hoped that the members had all had the opportunity to see the display presented by AGFA-Gevaert. The proposal is to have UNESCO distribute these materials to 15 countries. UNESCO is also studying the possibility of have this material translated into languages other than English, French and Dutch. Dr. Wright noted that DIDAC was being used in the Moscow school system. The possibility of making this material available on the IUPAC web site was discussed as well as converting it from transparencies to poster form. The latter format would make them more available for countries where overhead projectors were not readily available. The comment was also made that if IUPAC were to promote the use of DIDAC, the AGFA-Gevaert logo should be less prominent. Prof. Fischli commented that these issues should be discussed by COCI with AGFA-Gevaert.

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