1. Introductory Remarks and Finalization
Prof. Jortner opened the meeting by thanking the Gesellschaft Deutscher
Chemiker for inviting the General Assembly and Congress to Berlin.
He offered the congratulations of the Bureau and the Union to the
GDCh on the 50th Anniversary of its refounding. Prof. Jortner noted
the progress made in the past biennium on the work of the Union. He
noted especially the adoption of a Strategic Plan, the initiation
of changes in the organization and management of IUPAC's scientific
work, the establishment of procedures for project approval and evaluation,
the continuing excellence of the Union's scientific work, and the
continuing efforts to increase the impact of IUPAC on chemistry and
society. There were no changes to the proposed agenda.
2. Minutes of 71st Meeting
Arising from Minutes (not covered by Items on Agenda)
There were no items arising from the Minutes
of the 71st Bureau meeting not on the Agenda.
Prof. Somsen asked if Item 7 of
the Bureau Minutes regarding the Division Presidents meeting would
be discussed. Dr. Becker noted that the subject had been discussed
at the Division President's Meeting on Monday and that a report
was in preparation.
of the 71st Meeting of the Bureau were approved.
3. Minutes of 126th
Meeting of Executive Committee
The Minutes of the 126th
Meeting of the Executive Committee were received by the Bureau.
Prof. Jortner noted some of the highlights from the Minutes of the
Executive Committee, including the Vice
President's Critical Assessment and the Workshop
on Advanced Materials held in Hong Kong this past July. Prof.
Somsen noted his appreciation of the decision by the EC to extend
distribution of Chemistry
International to IUPAC Fellows indefinitely. He then asked
what decisions had been made concerning the projects submitted to
ICSU for funding. Dr. Becker replied that the project on Biodiversity
Workshops, submitted to ICSU in the greater than USD 50000 category,
had been denied by ICSU. IUPAC had agreed to fund part of the costs
of this project in 1999 from central funds, with the remainder to
be funded form divisional funds. The three projects submitted in the
less than USD 50000 category had been funded by ICSU for a total of
USD 7000. Discussions were in progress to decide how to allocate this
Prof. Corish noted that the Working
Party on Priority Claims for Elements 110-112 had completed its
work. A report on its findings had been drafted and after further
consultation would be published. Item 31 of the Executive Committee
Minutes should be corrected to show that the next step will be taken
by the Commission on Nomenclature of Inorganic Chemistry (CNIC), not
by a Task Group. There were no questions about other items not on
4. Approval of Basic
Elements for Council Meeting
Dr. Becker noted the change in the total number of votes assigned
to delegations due to the nonpayment by the Pakistan Chemical Society
of its 1998 National Subscription. He then reviewed the voting procedures
to be used during the Council Meeting. He noted that the bylaws require
separate ballots for each Officer. In order to save time in the process
the ballots for the three Officers will be distributed simultaneously
and the voting carried out concurrently since there are no contests
for the Secretary General and Treasurer positions. The Bureau approved
the appointment of Dr. S. Langer, nonvoting secretary of the United
Kingdom delegation, and Dr. J. Morton, nonvoting secretary of the
Canadian delegation, as Tellers, along with the Treasurer, Prof. J.
M. Ward. The Bureau then approved a recommendation to Council that
elections be held at 10 AM on Saturday (14 August 1999).
5. Nominations and Elections
Dr. Becker reviewed the candidates for Officers and the Bureau. The
effect of the election of each of the candidates for Vice President
on the election of members to the Bureau was described. He pointed
out that the bylaws require that there be at least ten elected members
of the Bureau. The Bureau may decide to increase the number of elected
members if it wishes.
Prof. Jortner commented that the Union had been making efforts to
increase its geographical spread. With the increase in the number
of National Adhering Organizations and the increase in the work expected
from Bureau members, it might be reasonable to increase the number
of elected members by one or two. There was a general discussion of
the advisability of increasing the number of elected members to its
previous number of twelve, or to eleven as a compromise. The consensus
was that a change was not now warranted. The question will be reconsidered
at the next General Assembly.
Prof. Jortner asked if there were any additional nominees for Vice
President, Secretary General, or Treasurer. Prof. Ward reviewed the
qualifications of Dr. Buxtorf, the nominee for Treasurer. There were
no additional nominations.
Prof. Jortner asked if there were any nominations for the Bureau.
There were none.
Prof. Jortner asked if the Bureau wished to make any recommendations
to the Council on any of the elections. The Bureau did not wish to
make any recommendations.
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