is the news magazine of IUPAC. News about IUPAC, its chemists, its publications,
its recommendations, its conferences and the work of its commissions
and committees is published bimonthly in Chemistry International.
No. 1 (January)
Problems of Greece from a Chemical Point of View
Greece, owing to its geomorphology and its fragmented structure, has
an extremely wide range of envirionments with a vast variety of natural
conditions, including high mountainous areas as well as subtropical
regions. Over the last century, and especially after the 1960s, a significant
move of population toward the coastal areas took place as these areas
experienced increased economic development, mainly through tourism,
industry, tranport, and agriculture.This expansion and intensification
of economic development activities has increased environmental problems
and threats to Greece's wildlife, leading to the considerable decrease
in the number of many specicies.
No. 2 (March)
West African Chemical Society: A Catalyst for the Development of African
The West African Chemical Society (Société
Ouest-Africaine de Chimie [S.O.A.CHIM.]) was established in 1994 by
a group of scientists from nine West African countries (Benin, Burkina
Faso, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal,
and Togo). The aim of the society is to develop chemical sciences in
West Africa, both from an educational and research point of view. To
this end, the society uses four means of communicating information:
seminars, a monthly information bulletin, the Journal de la Société
Ouest-Africaine de Chimie (published twice a year), and the annual
S.O.A.CHIM. Congress, the last two of which took place in Cotonou (Benin)
in 1998 and Niamey (Niger) in 1999.
No. 3 (May)
in Slovenia Reflects Rich History and Advances in Both Industry and
Slovenia’s geographic and demographic area has witnessed an extraordinarily
rich development of chemical knowledge, education, industry, and use
of chemicals and chemical products, mainly because the region that is
now Slovenia has been, throughout history, an active crossroads of different
economic paths, interests, areas, specific features, and problems.
No. 4 (July)
In attempting to weave the tale of chemistry in Argentina, the main
problem is the choice of an adequate frame of reference. Of the many
possibilities, I have favored a historical approach; because science
and technology are essentially historical processes, it seems to be
the most appropriate choice. Therefore, this tale is divided into periods
of varying length of time that I hope will give a clear picture of
how chemistry activities today in Argentina came into being.
No. 5 (September)
Outlook for Chemistry in Chile in 2000
This article surveys the history of chemistry in Chile as well as the
current general aspects of research, human resources, graduate programs,
and the main features of the Chilean Chemical Society.
No. 6 (November)
International Ethical Guidelines for Science (ICSU-SCRES)
SCRES focuses part of its present activities on the possibility of
formulating international ethical guidelines regulating scientific research.
Ethical guidelines have been formulated to regulate activities within
various scientific disciplines, and some of these go beyond the national
perspective (e.g., the ban on human experimentation without informed
consent). Ethics in science has gained increasing relevance in the past
decades when the development of science has been very rapid, and traditional
values and familiar moral intuitions appear threatened by some discoveries,
as the heated debate around, for example, mammal cloning illustrates.