The legal domicile of the Union shall be Geneva, Switzerland.
Article 22 of the Statutes shall be changed to “In the case of discussion as to the interpretation of the Statutes, the English text will be used exclusively.” In the English version of the statutes and “Le texte anglais sera le texte de reference pour l’interpretation … donner despresent status.” in the French text.
Considering the modifications of the statutes adopted by this and previous General Assemblies, the Council is requested to prepare a revised version of the statutes and bylaws to be proposed for adoption at the next General Assembly.
The statutes prescribe that the members of the Council and the Commissions remain in office until the close of the General Assembly following their election. General Assemblies are normally held in the month of September to allow Commissions to meet in conjunction with major conferences to conduct their business.
In view of the exceptional timing of this General Assembly it is therefore proposed that transfer of office be postponed until 1 September 1999.
Resolution: In view of the exceptional circumstances, it is resolved that current members of the Council and Commissions remain in office until 31 August 1999.
The following formal statement shall be adopted by the General Assembly.
Physics – the study of matter, energy and their interactions – is an international enterprise which plays a key role in the future progress of humankind. The support of physics education and research in all countries is important because:
In summary, for all these reasons, physics is an essential part of the educational system and of an advanced society. We therefore urge all governments to seek advice from physicists and other scientists on matters of science policy, and to be supportive of the science of Physics. This support can take many forms such as:
It is resolved that an IUPAP Working Group on Women in Physics be formed. The mandate of the group shall be to:
This statement on the formation of a working group on neutron sources was adopted by the IUPAP Council and Chairs, September 1998.
The IUPAP Council notes the importance of neutron sources to many areas of science and technology and the usefulness of an ad-hoc meeting held earlier this year and brought together members of IUPAP Commissions, leaders of regional user groups and representatives of the involved organization.
The Council desires that this kind of meeting continue on an experimental basis to discuss issues including the need for new sources, upgrades to existing sources, availability, access, instrumentation requirements, long range planning and international coordination.
We recommend that on a rotating basis an annual meeting be held at the major regional conferences on condensed matter physics in Asia, Europe and North America. The meeting should include if possible chairs of IUPAP Commissions C3, C5, C6, C8, C9, and C10, representatives of the regional neutron users groups, representatives of appropriate laboratories, and representatives of others involved organizations.
The IUPAP Commission Chairs should report tho the IUPAP Council in writing after each such meeting on issues that have risen and on any necessary actions that IUPAP should take to further progress in neutron science. To facilitate such meetings the council will make available the sum of CHF (Swiss francs) 5000 per year to help defray travel expenses for those unable to obtain sources of funding. R. Klein will organize the 1999 meeting in Europe and H. Sato the year 2000 meeting in Asia.
The Council will evaluate the usefulness of such meetings after two years.
Resolution on Major Facilities.