The IUPAC Company Associates (CA) program has been an important link between IUPAC and the chemistry-based industries for many decades. IUPAC provides an essential platform for the chemical industry and for chemists and related professionals from industry through networking, global recognition, and participation in IUPAC projects that span the field of chemistry. Company Associates participate actively by supporting IUPAC’s roles as the provider of the common language for chemistry, standards that facilitate chemical commerce, capacity building in the developing world, and conferences and projects that advance the chemistry enterprise.
As IUPAC approaches its second century it is focusing on new strategic programs such as Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development and on Big Data. We recognise the importance of these areas to industry and the contributions industry can make if more effectively engaged. In this context IUPAC has carried out a review of the CA program and has developed a proposal to revitalize the program to make it more relevant to companies and to the individual chemists and engineers who work for them.
The Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI) and the IUPAC Membership Relations Committee have surveyed IUPAC’s stakeholders to formulate ideas for enhancements of the benefits of membership in the Union. As a result, COCI has proposed changes and enhancements to the CA program. The Executive Committee and Bureau have been consulted and provided input, and the Bureau approved the proposed changes in April 2017. A revised CA Program proposal, including changes and enhancements, was approved at the 49th Council meeting in São Paulo, Brazil in July 2017. The new CA program for 2018, including current Company Associates and new CAs, is described in this letter.
The new aspects of the program will be phased in during the 2018-2019 biennium. The administration of the program, as in past years, allows NAO’s to choose to administer the program in their country or to have the IUPAC Secretariat manage their Company Associates with COCI. You may contact Mrs. Linda Tapp, Membership Manager at: email@example.com for information or questions. Dr. Carolyn Ribes is current COCI President and Dr. Bryan Hanley is the COCI Secretary.