31 No. 4
From the Editor
Aside from its formal membership of National Adhering Organizations, IUPAC also actively maintains relationships with other international organizations whose “aims and activities are in harmony with those of the Union” (IUPAC Statutes). Currently, there are 30 such organizations which vary broadly in scope and reach. For a quick glance at these IUPAC associates, see <www.iupac.org/ao>.
- The Chemical Heritage Foundation, whose mission is to develop and maintain world-class collections of materials that document achievement in the chemical sciences.
- The International Organization for Chemical Sciences in Development, whose mission—inspired by a deeply-felt ethical concern for the disparities between industrial and developing countries—is to collaborate with chemists in developing countries to help them build capacity in the chemical sciences and serve their communities in practical ways.
- The Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, and the Federación Latinoamericana de Asociaciones Química, whose missions are to promote the interests of professional chemists in their respective regions without infringing upon the autonomy of any of the member societies.
- The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine, whose mission is to enhance the science and quality of diagnosis and therapy for patients throughout the world.
Each of these organizations has a somewhat unique relationship with IUPAC. CI readers have, over time, been treated to articles about these organizations and about joint projects or activities with them, all of which attest to the harmony of these connections.
In this issue, Mieke Kleijn, secretary and treasurer of the International Association of Colloid and Interface Scientists (IACIS), reviews the history and objectives of the association. According to Kleijn, “colloid and interface science becomes more exciting every day!” and the feature she offers on page 8 (in print) surely makes that case.
CI continues to value such submissions illustrating the scope of other organizations. If you too are eager to share an article about the status and goals of your organization, or about recent developments or specific events, do contact us; we always like to hear from you.
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