Over the past one hundred years IUPAC has broadened its activities beyond a focus on the creation of a common language for chemistry. One of its core values is to encourage and support collaboration and communication among all its stakeholders and as a result IUPAC has developed a diverse portfolio of essential tools for the global application and communication of chemical knowledge. This collaboration is accomplished through the IUPAC Project system and this IUPAC Story is one of many examples of how successful and effective the Project system has become.
This IUPAC Story is about the book series, Successful Drug Discoveries, that resulted from IUPAC Project 2013-016-1-700. It is in the words of the Project chair, Dr. János Fischer (JF), currently an Associate Member of IUPAC Division VII, Chemistry and human Health, as noted in an interview by Ms. Zsuzanna Ferencz (ZF), Head of Library and Information Services at Gedeon Richter Plc where Dr. Fischer is research advisor. Read on and see how IUPAC supports an active global research network in their development of essential information resources. In Dr. Fischer’s own words “… my membership in IUPAC, and the personal contacts that came with it, played a big role in compiling all the volumes.” Thanks are due to Krisztina Rozsnyai for the English translation.
Any chemist or group of chemists from around the globe can submit a project proposal – they do not have to be part of an IUPAC Body. Proposals are reviewed in details and, if approved, funding is provided to the Project task group. Project deliverables can include traditional standardization of nomenclature and terminology, glossaries in specific fields, data standards, etc. The system facilitates a speedy resolution of problems while engaging the active participation of chemists worldwide who volunteer their time and expertise to address the problems of greatest importance that fall within IUPAC’s scope; i.e., they address at least one of the goals listed in the IUPAC Strategic Plan and satisfy a least one of the following criteria: (a) the proposals should be related to the needs of chemists around the world, not just those in a specific country or region; (b) they should be related to the role of chemistry for the needs of mankind; or (c) they should be best tackled by an international team. For more information on the IUPAC Project System, see <iupac.org/what-we-do/projects/>.