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Vol. 27 No. 6
November-December 2005

IUPAC in Beijing—Division Roundups

- Division I. Physical and Biophysical Chemistry
- Division II. Inorganic Chemistry
-- Commission II.1. Isotopic Abundances and Atomic Weights
- Division IV. Polymer
- Division VIII. Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation
- CHEMRAWN

CHEMRAWN
John M. Malin, Chairman

At the CHEMRAWN Committee meeting, 10 committee members and one observer participated. In addition, IUPAC Vice President Bryan Henry attended one session to explain some strategy issues of the Union and to participate in discussions.

The committee reviewed the results of the last conference, CHEMRAWN XV: Chemistry for Water, evaluating in particular the Bangladesh Workshop on water arsenic pollution that was carried out as a post-conference activity. Committee members stressed that CHEMRAWN should consider working with other divisions on future projects in this area because similar situations exist in many countries. The committee expressed appreciation for Raymond Hamelin’s work in initiating and organizing this conference.

The committee also discussed upcoming conferences. In preparation for CHEMRAWN XII, a successful Workshop on Soil Fertility and African Food Supplies was held in Tanzania on 7 August 2004. The committee discussed the fact that CHEMRAWN XII still needs a clear financial supporter and that cooperation with other Union bodies is necessary to make the conference a success.

It was also announced that the location of CHEMRAWN XIII: Cleaner Energy has been changed from India to China. Given the present energy situation, the committee is eager to organize this conference. In addition, the proposed CHEMRAWN XVII: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation Strategies is planned for 8–12 July 2007 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. The scientific committee (composed of 16 scientists) has started to prepare a detailed agenda, substantial preparatory work has already been completed, and some financial support has already been obtained.

 

Part 2 of the Divisions Roundups from the 2005 GA will appear in the next issue of CI (Jan.-Feb. 2006)


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