1. To increase membership dues by 3% each year, for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 and to introduce a regular annual inflationary increase from then on based on an international inflation indicator.
2. The statutes will be revised to permit a further two Vice-Presidents at Large to be elected so that there are a total of five Vice-Presidents at Large.
3. To amend the bylaw IIB to the following:
The General Assembly may grant exceptions for those Commissions that undertake long-term projects or where continuity is particularly important.
4. That IUPAP endorses the global project led by the European Physical Society (EPS), the Optical Society (OSA), the Institute of Physics (IOP), the IEEE Photonics Society, SPIE, the International Commission on Optics (ICO) and many other international partners to work through UNESCO to request a United Nations proclamation of an International Year of Light in 2015.
IUPAP expresses its strong support for International Year of Light goals that encompass science, education, outreach, and particularly its aims to promote physics education and improve the quality of life of citizens in the developing world.
5. The General Assembly approves the Executive Council’s recommendations on the review of the structure of commissions and agrees to delegate powers to the Executive Council to approve changes of commission names and mandates that arise from working groups on this review.
Executive Council recommendation: Chair of C4 should consult with C4 members and broader community in order to bring a recommendation on the action to be taken on this proposal to the late 2012 Executive Council meeting.
The proposal is to better connect both Commissions. The chair of C6 is a member of AC4 but the chair of AC4 is currently not an official member of C6. This should be corrected.
Executive Council recommendation: The chair of AC4 is an associate member of C6 and this is considered a satisfactory way of ensuring good connections between C6 and AC4.
There is a substantial overlap between the Commissions C5, C8, C9 and C10 all covering aspects of condensed matter physics. It is proposed to dedicate C10 specifically to the emerging field of soft matter physics. The name could be either “Commission on Soft Matter” or “Commission on the Structure and Dynamics of condensed and soft matter”.
Executive Council recommendation: Chair of C10 should consult C10 members and broader community in order to bring a recommendation on the action to be taken with this proposal to the late 2012 Executive Council meeting.
The on-going efforts to align C17 with the research topics of modern optics and photonics are strongly supported. Possible new names to be considered for C17 include “Laser Physics and Photonics”, “Quantum Optics and Photonics” or “Optics and Photonics”.
Executive Council recommendation: Working group to be set up by chair of C17 and to include representatives of all relevant commissions and affiliated commissions with remit to put some recommendations regarding Commission name to late 2012 IUPAP Executive Committee meeting.
The GA will delegate power to the Executive Council to approve the change of name that might be resolved by the Working Group.
The GA will delegate power to the Executive Council to approve the changes of Commission names and mandates that might arise from working groups that might be established from the reporting back of C4 and C10 chairs in late 2012. It is envisioned that such working groups would report back in late 2013.
6. IUPAP fully endorses the proposal to establish an International Year of Crystallography.
7. IUPAP endorses the revision to the IUPAP statement on the Universality of Science made at the 2008 GA to include opposition to discrimination on the grounds of disability, gender identity, sex or sexual orientation.
8. The General Assembly notes with approval the decision taken by the Executive Council to re-establish the Working Group on Energy.
9. That IUPAP will appoint a gender champion from the Executive Council. A Vice-President will act as gender champion. The chair, or other representative, of the Women in Physics Group is requested to liaise with the Gender Champion.
10. IUPAP resolves to support the International Association of Physics Students (IAPS).
In order to support the International Association of Physics Students in its central aim of encouraging and facilitating interaction between physics students from different countries, IUPAP should encourage all national bodies adhering to IUPAP to:
Furthermore the Secretary General should contact IAPS and establish whether there are other ways in which IUPAP itself could support and encourage the development of IAPS.
11. The IUPAP General Assembly formally accepts the following names and symbols:
12. IUPAP will adopt the resolution on women in physics. IUPAP resolves to:
13. IUPAP strongly endorses the principles and practices of peer review and recognises that peer review is an essential part of the scientific endeavour.
14. IUPAP continues to express very strong support for the establishment of SESAME as a critically important regional scientific facility, noting the progress to date. As a matter of urgency, IUPAP calls upon the relevant bodies to come up with the necessary funding to enable the project’s objectives to be achieved. IUPAP commits, within its own resource limits, to provide financial support to SESAME.
15. That the proposed slate of candidates for commission members and officers be adopted.
16. That the proposed slate of Executive Council members be adopted.