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42nd IUPAC Council Meeting

Ottawa, Canada, 16-17 August 2003

42nd IUPAC General Assembly
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Election of Officers and Bureau Members

According to Statute 5.401, Council must elect:

  • Officers of the Union
  • Elected Members of the Bureau

Nominations for the various positions that fall vacant at the end of 2003 must be received by the Secretary General at the IUPAC Secretariat before 15 June 2003, i.e., two months before the start of the Council meeting (Bylaw 2.221). The situation for each position is set out below:


Prof. Leiv K. Sydnes (Norway), Vice President and President-Elect, becomes President on 1 January 2004 (Statute 4.2).

> View '01 bio - while candidate for vice president


Vice President–Vacancy
The vice president to be elected at the 42nd Council Meeting will be president-elect, and will become president on 1 January 2006.

Nominations for vice president received are as follows:

  • Prof. Hitoshi Ohtaki (Japan) > bio
  • Prof. Robert G. Gilbert (Australia) > bio
  • Prof. Bryan Henry (Canada) > bio

The retiring President,
Prof. Pieter S. Steyn (South Africa), will remain an Officer (Statute 6.1) and a Member of the Bureau for a period of two years (Statute 7.2).

Secretary General
Dr. Edwin D. Becker (USA), the present Secretary General, completes eight years (1996-2003) of service and is not eligible for re-election.

Nominations for secretary general received are as follows:

  • Prof. David StClair Black (Australia) > bio
  • Prof. John Corish (Ireland) > bio

Dr. Christoph F. Buxtorf (Switzerland), the present Treasurer, was elected to a four-year term (2000-2003) in 1999. He is eligible for re-election for a second four-year term. As of 15 June 2003, there were no other nominations for treasurer.

  • Dr. Christoph F. Buxtorf (Switzerland) > bio

Bureau (Four Vacancies Minimum)
According to Statute 7.2, the Bureau consists of the Officers, the Presidents of the Divisions/Sections, together with not less than ten other Members elected by Council, who shall be known as "Elected Members".

At the conclusion of the 41st Council in Brisbane, there were ten Elected Members of the Bureau. At the 42nd Council, the Bureau will make recommendations to Council as to the number of Elected Members (ten or more), who should be on the Bureau for the succeeding two years.

Elected Members are elected for a period of four years, and they are eligible for election for a second period of four years.

No Adhering Organization shall have more than one Elected Member of the Bureau.

Statute 7.2 also states that "the principle of fair geographical representation of Members shall be taken into account".

Elected Members of Bureau, retiring in 2003, who are not eligible for reelection, but may be nominated for another office:
Prof. H. Ohtaki (Japan); Prof. G. M. Schneider (Germany).

Elected Members of Bureau, retiring in 2003, who are eligible for reelection for a further four-year period:
Prof. N. J. Moreau (France); Prof. O. M. Nefedov (Russia).

Elected Members of Bureau, who were elected at the 41st Council until 2005:
Prof. Chunli Bai (China); Prof. S. Chandrasekaran (India); Prof. Robert G. Gilbert (Australia); Dr. Edwin P. Przybylowicz (USA); Dr. Alan Smith (UK); Prof. Gus Somsen (Netherlands).

At least four Elected Members of the Bureau must be elected at the 42nd Council in Ottawa, i.e., the minimum number of ten Elected Members (Statute 7.2) less the six Elected Members who continue in office until 2005.

Nominations for Bureau received by the statutory deadline of June 15th, 2003, are as follows:

  • Prof. Bryan Henry (Canada) > bio
  • Prof. Anders Kallner (Sweden) > bio
  • Prof. Dr. Werner Klein (Germany) > bio
  • Prof. Nicole Moreau (France) – reappointment > bio
  • Prof. Oleg Nefedov (Russia) – reappointment > bio


The situation -as of 1 May 2003- is published in Chem. Int. 25(4), 16-22, 2003.

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