18. PROPOSED CATEGORY OF "ASSOCIATE NATIONAL ADHERING ORGANIZATIONS"
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Dr. Becker introduced the subject by noting the desire of the
Union to involve more countries in the work of the Union. The
two options described in the position paper presented to the Council
cover a range of possibilities for new forms of association short
of full membership. The discussion concluded that the Bureau should
recommend to Council that the category of Observer Country be
replaced with that of Associate National Adhering Organization,
with no change in membership fee or benefits. It was felt that
the name change would emphasize the desire of the Union to have
the ANAOs be more than observers of the work of the Union.
19. FELLOWS AND AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAMS
Dr. Jost reviewed the cost of operating the AMP in its current
form. The program shows a small net income from dues in excess
of the costs of operating the program. This is due to the reduced
cost of providing Chemistry International since IUPAC has
begun publishing the magazine and the reduced operating costs
of the program at the Secretariat due to a change in operating
philosophy. The Bureau recommended to Council that the AMP be
continued subject to a report to Council by the Secretary General
The costs of the Fellows program are modest and the Executive
Committee at its Tokyo meeting approved the distribution of free
copies of Chemistry International to all Fellows indefinitely.
20. STATUS REPORT ON IUPAC SECRETARIAT
Dr. Jost reviewed the changes in staff at the Secretariat during
1998-9. Highlights of changes in operations regarding payments
and collections were described.
21. IUPAC WEB SITE AND OTHER PUBLICITY ABOUT
Dr. Jost described the dramatic increase in the amount of material
contained on the IUPAC web site. Of special note was the incorporation
of information on the current
projects of the Divisions and Standing Committees. This has
resulted in greater attention to updating this information by
the various IUPAC bodies as compared to the former situation where
the current project information was available only at the Secretariat.
Traffic at the web site has steadily increased since it was moved
to North Carolina. Mirror sites are now available in the UK, Germany,
and Japan. The ability to send e-mail notices to various groups,
such as NAOs, members and fellows as well as other organizations
by using a list server has greatly enhanced the Union's ability
to communicate with its constituencies.
A standard set of transparencies has been created and provided
to IUPAC representatives to IUPAC sponsored conferences. This
has improved the ability of the representatives to describe IUPAC
and its activities to their audiences.