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Annual Report

August 1999 - July 2000

More complete information about many items in this report is to be found on individual pages on this web site. Links to these individual pages are provided (in parentheses) in the table of contents and again under the respective headings in the report below.


CONTENTS

  1. ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

     

  2.  ACTIVITIES

     

  3.  NEWS ITEMS


The period covered by this Report was one of great activity for the IUBMB.  The Task Force on International Governance worked assiduously and produced its draft report in time for the annual meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) and the triennial General Assembly.  The IUBMB Jubilee Lectures, to be financed by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund, were established.  A relaunched IUBMB journal was nurtured along its path and another one was prepared for relaunching.  The Education Committee's report on Standards for the Ph.D. Degree in the Molecular Biosciences was published and has been well received around the world.  Standing Orders that cover most of the Union's activities were completed and consolidated under one cover.  The annual EC meeting lasted three full days and again included the participation of representatives of the Regional Organizations.  The 17th Ordinary General Assembly was convened, elected four new members of the EC and the Nominating Committee for 2000-2018 and made other important decisions.  The 18th IUBMB Congress, cosponsored by FEBS and The Biochemical Society, immediately followed the General Assembly and was widely deemed a marked success.  A second EC meeting, held just after the Congress, was attended by the newly elected members, and chaired by the new President.  This Report, submitted in accordance with By-Law 8c, summarizes important happenings under three headings.


1. ORGANIZATIONAL MATTERS

The IUBMB Jubilee Lectures

At the first International Congress of Biochemistry held in Cambridge UK in 1949, the initial steps were taken that led to formation of the IUB (IUBMB since 1991).  To commemorate the 50th anniversary of that Congress, the IUBMB Jubilee Lectures have been established.  Up to four lectures will be awarded per year to be financed by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund, which was established from donations made to the Union in recent years.  Guidelines for IUBMB Jubilee Lectures are posted on the home page (http://www.iubmb.unibe.ch).  Applications for these lectures in 2001 are invited.

Task Force on International Governance

The Task Force was chaired by William J. Whelan and consisted of Brian F.C. Clark (from IUBMB), William Sawyer (from FAOBMB), M. Iqbal Parker (from FASBMB), Julio Celis (from FEBS) and Jack Preiss (from PABMB).  It conducted its work mostly by correspondence.  The chair also took opportunities provided by his scientific pursuits to attend meetings of Regional Organizations and individual society or academy officers of a variety of Adhering Bodies.  The draft report has been endorsed by the IUBMB EC and the General Assembly, and by ECs of FEBS and PABMB.  FAOBMB and FASBMB will consider the report at their meetings later this year.  The report provides a blueprint for increasing cooperation with the Regional Organizations in a wide variety of areas of mutual interest.

Financial Report

Presentation of Financial Report to General Assembly, July 16, 2000

In accordance with the Statutes 8.13 e and f, the Treasurer presented an audited financial report of income and expenditure in the triennium 1997-1999, the Balance Sheet at the end of the triennium and a Budget for the triennium 2000-2002.  These and a proposal to increase the unit subscription from $400 to $500 as from 2001, the first increase since 1992, were agreed by the Assembly.

Income and Expenditure

In Table 1, revenues and expenses for the triennium are compared with the budget for the triennium approved at the 16th Ordinary General Assembly in San Francisco in 1997 and with the results in the previous triennium.

Although exceeding budget, total revenues in the triennium 1997-1999 were only 6.8% higher than in 1994-1996, less than inflation in this period.  The main sources of income were publications (44% of total income) and subscriptions from Adhering Bodies (35%).  Notable are the decline in income from ICSU and the increase in interest income and in Donations, received from:

1. Amer. Soc. Biochem. & Mol. Biol.      $30,0001
2. Prof. Kunio Yagi $100,0002
3. Anonymous Donor $8,0473
4. Prof. Kunio Yagi  $4,8984

Total

$142,944 

1 for Wood-Whelan Travel Research Fellowships
2 used to create Special Initiatives Endowment Fund
3 added to Special Initiatives Endowment Fund
4 for financing Kunio Yagi Plenary Lectures

 

Total expenditure at near $1,000,000 was close to both budget and the amount spent in the previous triennium.  Total funds increased by more than $200,000 in the course of the triennium, a little less than the increase in the previous triennium.  However, in 1997-1999 the bulk of the increase was in the Endowment Funds.  The Operating Fund increased by only $74,000, about 7% of expenditure.  In addition a Congress Reserve Fund of $102,000 was created in preparation for the above-average expenditure on the 18th Congress expected in 2000.  The Special Reserve of $43,717 existing at the end of 1996 was transferred to the Special Initiatives Endowment Fund.

There were two notable departures from the budget, namely a large increase in the amount spent on Congresses, consequent on the decision to support the 18th International Congress by advancing $100,000 to the organisers and a decrease of $60,000 in the amount spent on Symposia and Interest Groups, which is by far the largest item of expenditure of the Union.

The subventions to the Associated Organisations are also an important way in which IUBMB supports scientific activity.  In general a subvention of $18,000 is granted to FASBMB, FAOBMB, and PABMB in the year in which each holds its Congress and $7500 in each of the other years of the triennium.  This is additional to possible subventions from IUBMB's Committees on Symposia, Interest Groups and Education in support of corresponding activities held in association with the triennial Congresses of the regional organisation or of symposia organised by the regional organisations in their non-Congress years.  The FASBMB was formed during the triennium and FEBS became an Associated Organisation late in 1999.

Table 1.  Revenues and Expenditure Account

Result All
Funds
1997-99
$US

Budget
1997
- 1999
$US

Result All
Funds
1994-96
$US

Revenues
ICSU/UNESCO Subventions 38,000 55,000   75,000
Publication activities - net      576,359 511,000  613,839
Subscriptions
  - Adhering Bodies  468,400 464,000 465,280
- Special Members  20,000 19,000 0
Interest on Bank Accounts 59,287 21,400 38,085
Reimbursements 2,400 0 1,594
Donations  142,943 10,000 30,220

Total Revenues  1,307,389 1,080,400 1,224,018
Expenses
Symposia 138,500 120,000 136,900
Interest Groups 144,000 225,000 206,500
Education   124,061 130,500  124,974
Wood/Whelan Research Fellowships   41,000 55,000 43,796
Associated Organizations
ICSU  24,607 18,820 22,162
PABMB 23,777 33,000 37,000
FAOBMB 33,000 33,000 37,000
FABMBS 5,747  0 8,000
FEBS 461  0 0
Nomenclature Committee 22,265 0 27,538
Nominating Committee 0  15,000 0
General Assembly 14,230  25,000 5,892
Executive Committee Meetings 100,477 110,000 114,965
IUBMB Congresses and Conferences   169,831 71,600   39,855
Representation on other bodies 9,638 2,000  5,902
General Administration 198,570 193,400 182,480
Loss on exchange  39,948   0  -2,265
Provision  0 16,000 0

Total Expenses 1,090,112  1,048,320 990,699
Excess of revenues over expenses  217,277  32,080   233,319
Fund balances at beginning of triennium  639,958  406,639
Fund balances at end of triennium  857,235 639,958

 

Budgets for Triennium 2000 - 2002
The Budget for the triennium is shown in Table 2 alongside the result of the triennium 1997 - 1999

Table 2. Budget for triennium 2000 - 2002

Proposed Budget
2000-2002

Results
1997-1999

OperatingFund EndowmentFunds Total Total
$US $US
Revenues
ICSU/UNESCO Subventions 15,000 15,000 38,000
Publication activities - net 500,000 500,000 576,359
Subscriptions
- Adhering Bodies 576,400 576,400 468,400
- Special Members 40,000  40,000 20,000
Interest on Bank Accounts 50,533 29,467 80,000 59,287
Reimbursements 0 2,400
Donations 0 142,943
Total Revenues 1,181,933 29,467 1,211,400  1,307,389
Expenses
Scientific Activities
IUBMB Congresses and Conferences 147,000 23,000 170,000 169,831
Symposia and Interest Groups 340,000 340,000 282,500
Education 120,000 120,000 124,061
Wood/Whelan Research Fellowships 10,000 40,000 50,000  41,000
Grants to Associated Organisations
PABMB 35,000 35,000 23,777
FAOBMB 35,000 35,000 33,000
FASBMB 35,000 35,000 5,747
FEBS 5,000 5,000 461
Nomenclature Committee 25,000 25,000 22,265
Special Initiatives 30,000 30,000 0
Administration
Nominating Committee 10,000 10,000 0
General Assembly 15,000 15,000 14,230
Executive Committee Meetings 105,000 105,000 100,477
Representation on other bodies, including subvention to ICSU 40,000  40,000 34,245
General Administration 200,000 200,000 198,570
Provision for unpaid subscriptions 20,000 20,000 0
(Profit)/Loss on exchange  0 0 39,948
Sub-total 390,000 390,000 387,470
Total Expenses 1,142,000 93,000 1,235,000 1,090,112
Excess of revenues over expenses 39,933  -63,533 -23,600 217,277
Fund balances* at beginning of triennium 497,096 360,139 857,235 639,958
Fund balances at end of triennium 537,029 296,606 833,635 857,235

* Excluding Congress Reserve Fund

 

The large proportion (41%) of IUBMB's total funds in the Endowment Funds, which have some restrictions on their use, exaggerates the effective assets.  Overall, the budget envisages a deficit of about $24,000, a profit of about $40,000 on the Operating Fund being offset by a deficit of about $64,000 in the Endowment Funds, mainly in the Wood-Whelan and Special Initiatives Funds.  This is possible by utilising some capital as well as income, since some gifts to these two endowments are meant to be spent, not just to provide income.

The Treasurer commented that income from Publications is the most uncertain item.  Some allowance was made for the declining royalties from TIBS, the initial costs of the replacement of BAMBI by IUBMB Life, the recent changes to Biochemical Education and the initial costs of further initiatives but not for possible changes in the nature of scientific publication that may adversely affect journal income.  This estimate may well turn out to be too optimistic.

He commented further that the triennial budget presented to and approved by the General Assembly can be no more than an expression of the intentions of the Treasurer and the Executive Committee for the coming triennium on the basis of information available at the time of its presentation.  They must be free to amend the expenditures under the various headings within the overall budget when circumstances make that necessary.  An example in the triennium 1997-1999 was, as mentioned above, the decision to advance $100,000 to the organisers of the 18th International Congress.  In the month of December each year, the Treasurer presents to the Executive Committee a Working Budget for the forthcoming year.

Since in accordance with the Statutes the budget was distributed some months before the Assembly, it could not take account of an anonymous donation of $100,000 received a few days before the Assembly and announced by the President at its opening, to found an Endowment Fund in the memory of the late Lars Ernster to be used to finance the travel of young scientists to the International Congresses of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Statutory Review of Committees

In accordance with Statute 7.1j that requires the EC to review each of its committees every three years, at its 2000 meeting the EC reviewed its relations with ICSU and its committees and groups and with non-regional Associated Organizations, and the Special Membership Committee.

Review of Relations with ICSU and its Committees and Groups

For the first time a representative of the ICSU Executive Board was present at the 2000 IUBMB EC meeting.  Dr. A.C.T. North was very helpful in providing information during the review.  It was noted that the annual meetings at which ICSU representatives came together for the General Committee or General Assembly were valuable for the continuing contacts they provided.  The fact that these representatives now come together only every 3 years instead of annually has diminished the value of ICSU as a forum for exchange of ideas and information.  The links between the Union and the ICSU committees on which the Union is represented have become much too tenuous.  The Union's representatives to the various ICSU committees and groups have been constituted as a virtual committee to be chaired by the Member for ICSU Activities.

Review of Relations with Non-Regional Associated Organizations

In recent years, whereas relations with the Regional Organizations (FASBMB, FAOBMB, FEBS, PABMB) all of which are Associated Organizations, have been marked by increasing cooperation and collaboration at a variety of levels, those with most of the other Associated Organizations have not flourished in the same way.  The nature of the relations with these organizations is to be explored further in coming months.

Review of Special Membership Committee

The Committee was encouraged to extend invitations to join as Special Members to publishers and scientific institutes in addition to industrial companies.

Matters from the 17th Ordinary General Assembly

The 17th Ordinary General Assembly convened in Birmingham UK on 16 July 2000.  About 100 persons (delegates, associate delegates, members and proposed members of the Executive Committee, representatives of Associated Organizations, and invited observers) were present.

The Assembly approved the nomination of Mary Osborn as President-Elect, Peter Dolphin as Treasurer, Jacques-Henry Weil as General Secretary, Cecilia Hidalgo as Member for Education, and William Lennarz as Member for Congresses and Conferences.

The Executive Committee of IUBMB consists of

  • Brian F.C. Clark (Denmark), President

  • Mary Osborn (Germany), President-Elect

  • Frank Vella (Canada), General Secretary (until 31.12.2000)

  • Jacques-Henry Weil (France), General Secretary (as of 1.1.2001)

  • E.C. (Bill) Slater (UK), Treasurer (until 31.12.2000)

  • Peter J. Dolphin (Canada), Treasurer (as of 1.1.2001)

  • Yasuhiro Anraku (Japan), Member for ICSU Activities

  • Angelo Azzi (Switzerland), Member for Publications

  • Cecilia Hidalgo (Chile) Member for Education

  • William J. Lennarz (USA), Member for Congresses and Conferences

  • Vito Turk (Slovenia), Member for Symposia and Interest Groups

At the Assembly the IUBMB Distinguished Service Award was presented to:

  • Peter N. Campbell (UK)

  • Anthony W. Linnane (Australia, in absentia)

  • Uriel Z. Littauer (Israel)

The Assembly elected the following to the IUBMB Nominating Committee for 2000-2018:

            Chair:              Joel Weiner (Canada)
            Members:        Rowena Matthews (USA)
                                   Joan Guinovart (Spain)
                                   Nicholas Hoogenraad (Australia)
                                   Anders Sundan (Norway)
            Alternate:         Robert Michell (UK)
            The Nominating Committee will also include:

                                    Brian F.C. Clark (IUBMB President, Denmark)
                                    Yasuhiro Anraku (as second member from the Executive Committee, Japan)

The Assembly elected as Auditors for 2000-2018:

            Karel van Dam (The Netherlands)
            Uriel Z. Littauer (Israel)

The Assembly approved the Proposal to Amend Statutes 5 and 6.  These Statutes concern the appointment of the Nominating Committee and the Executive Committee.  Before the amendments these were mixed with each other and difficult to read and to follow.  The amendments moved the material from Statute 5 to Statute 6, rearranged Statute 6 to give a more logical order, shortened Statutes 5.6 and 5.7 to avoid repetition, and added a new Statute 6.8 to make it clear who is eligible to nominate members of the Executive Committee.

The Assembly approved by a large majority the proposal of the Executive Committee that the Unit Subscription be increased from $400 to $500 and that the minimum subscription be $1000 as of 1.1.2001.

The Assembly acknowledged an anonymous donation of $100,000, in the name of the late Lars Ernster, to be used for Travel Fellowships at IUBMB Congresses, and one to be provided by William J. Whelan for $18,000 for the Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships Fund.

Standing Orders

The Job Descriptions for officers and members of the EC, Terms of Reference for Committees, and Guidelines for a wide variety of IUBMB activities have been formulated and were approved by the EC.  They have been consolidated under one cover and designated IUBMB Standing Orders.  These will be posted on the home page.

Membership of the Union

The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) is now an Associated Organization.  This means that the IUBMB family now includes all four Regional Organizations (FASBMB, FAOBMB, FEBS, PABMB) as Associated Organizations.

The Azerbaijan Society of Biochemists and Molecular Biologists and The Biological Society of Cyprus were admitted as Adhering Bodies.

The Asociacion Panamena de Bioquimica y Biologia Molecular was admitted as an Associate Adhering Body.


2. ACTIVITIES

Symposia and Interest Group Activities

The following Symposia and Interest Group activities were sponsored:

Symposia

29/8 - 4/9/99 13th Congress on Flavins and Flavoproteins, Konstanz, Germany
16-18/9/99 Mammary Gland Biology, Tours, France
25-30/9/99 First General Meeting of the International Proteolysis Society, Mackinac Island, Mich., USA
10-13/10/99 6th IUBMB Conference:  Molecular and Cellular Networks.  STATS and SMADS, Seoul, Korea
31/10-5/11/99 10th Int'l Symp. on Vitamin B6 and Carbonyl Catalysis and 4th Meeting on PQQ and Quinoproteins, Santa Fe, NM, USA
8-11/1/2000 Millennium Conference on Nucleic Acid Therapeutics, Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA
28/1/2000 Ethics and Molecular Life Sciences, Dublin, Ireland
26-31/3/2000 Frontiers of Protein Structure and Function, San Francisco CA, USA
27-30/5/2000 Structural Biology:  Protein Folding and Protein-Nucleic Acid Interactions, Caxambu, Brazil

Interest Groups

22-27/8/99 XVth Int'l Symp. on Glycoconjugates, Tokyo, Japan
10-19/9/99 Molecular Mechanisms and Structure in Cellular Signalling, St. Martin de Londres, France
4-6/11/99 Int'l Symp. on Oxidative Stress, Redox Regulation and Signal Transduction: Clinical Implications, Kyoto, Japan
2-3/12/99 Bioflavinoids and Polyphenols in Health and Disease, Dinard, France
5-10/12/99 "Beyond 2000".  A Healthy Lifestyle for Senior Citizens:  Frontiers in Molecular Gerontology, Melbourne, Australia
20-24/2/2000 Gordon Research Conference on Protons and Membrane Reactions, Ventura, CA, USA
8-12/4/2000 Advanced Research Workshop on tRNA:  An Adaptive Molecule, Cambridge, UK
25/5/-4/6/2000 Prospectives in Crystallography of Molecular Biology and Methods in Macromolecular Crystallography, Erice, Sicily, Italy

Education

Workshops

1-10/10/99 Course on Molecular Biology Techniques in Malaria, Kampala, Uganda
6-8/10/99 Workshop on Biochemical Education in Biological Sciences in Chile, Santiago, Chile
28/11-3/12/99  IUBMB-FAOBMB Workshop on Biochemical Education, Dunedin, New Zealand
28/3-1/3/2000 Molecular Biology Workshop, Sousse, Tunisia
19/5/2000 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Membrane and Muscle Proteins, Baltimore, USA

Standards for the Ph.D. Degree in the Molecular Biosciences

This report was produced and published on behalf of the Education Committee.  Some 13,000 print copies were distributed around the world.  Some 4,000 requests were made for it via the homepage.  The report was also published in IUBMB Life, in Biochemical Education, and BioFactors, and was distributed to all registrants at the 6th IUBMB Conference in Seoul in October 1999, the 14th FAOBMB Symposia in Dunedin in December 1999 and the 18th IUBMB Congress in Birmingham in July 2000.  Translation into Spanish, Chinese, Persian and Romanian has been undertaken.

Publications

The IUBMB publications continue to contribute the major portion of the Union's income.  However revenue from publications has been decreasing as a result of a fall in subscriptions which is only partly offset by an increase in the cost of subscriptions.  IUBMB publications comprise:

  • IUBMB Life (which is issued monthly and replaced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Internatinoal in August 1999) acquired W.J. Whelan and A. Azzi as editors-in-chief as of May 1999 succeeding Kelvin J.A. Davies.
  • Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry (six issues per year; editor-in-chief Roger Lundblad) continued to experience a significant increase in papers submitted.
  • BioFactors (eight issues per year; editors-in-chief: L. Flohe, E. Niki, and W.J. Whelan).  A new agreement was signed between IUBMB, ISVRB and IOS Press.
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education (six issues per year; editors-in-chief: Don Voet and Judith Voet) replaced Biochemical Education as of July 2000.
  • Trends in Biochemical Sciences (monthly; editor-in-chief, T. Hunt) continued to be the largest generator of revenue.  A new contract has been signed that includes a revenue from all electronic products related to the journal.
  • Enzyme Nomenclature and IUBMB Nicholson Metabolic Maps continue to do well with the creation and preparation of electronic versions.

Congresses and Conferences

  • The 6th IUBMB Conference was held in Seoul, Korea on 10-13 October 1999.  There were 1,250 participants from 30 countries and 540 submitted abstracts.
  • The 18th IUBMB Congress (cosponsored by FEBS and The Biochemical Society) in Birmingham UK on 16-20 July 2000 was widely considered to have been a marked success.  There were:  9 plenary lectures; around 200 speakers; over 50 symposia, workshops, demonstrations, and education sessions; two satellite meetings; a comprehensive trade exhibition; sessions on the public understanding of science; about 2500 posters; and just over 3000 registrants.
  • The Young Scientists Travel Fellows pre-Congress Symposium was attended by nearly all of the 120 who had received awards.  All presented their posters and half of them made oral presentations.  The Travel Fellows dinner was attended by about 30 guests including members of the Executive Committee and delegates and associate delegates to the General Assembly. 
  • The oppportunity was also taken to hold a variety of meetings between members of the EC and their constituencies, and a workshop on Setting Up a Home Page.
  • The 19th IUBMB Congress will be held in Toronto, Canada on 20-24 July 2018 and will be cosponsored by PABMB.
  • The 7th IUBMB Conference will be held in Bergen, Norway on 4-8 May 2002.
  • An IUBMB/SASBMB Special Meeting in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2001 is to be sponsored by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund.
  • The 20th IUBMB Cognress will be held in Kyoto, Japan on 18-23 June 2006 and will be sponsored by FAOBMB.

Nomenclature

  • The two committees (Nomenclature Committee of IUBMB and Joint Committee on Biochemical Nomenclature) have extended their use of the Internet for communication.  The Enzyme List, which is maintained by the NC-IUBMB, containing over 3500 enzymes, was made completely available on the web at http://www.chem.qmw.ac.uk/iubmb/enzyme .  This provides the following information: the recommended name, the reaction catalysed, the Enzyme Commission number, and relevant interfaces, with crosslinks where possible, to their Medline citations and to protein databases.  The list is actively curated in response to advances in biochemical knowledge, with updating of existing entries and addition of new entries.  Proposals for new entries, and updated entries, are also provided for comment.  In order to improve the usefulness of the website, a glossary is being constructed, and a start has been made on diagrams of the pathways that contain the individual enzymes.
  • A detailed revision and extension of the classifications of ATPases and GTPases was carried out and nearly 60 new entries added.
  • A panel was set up with representation from JCBN and including other experts to prepare new proposals for nomenclature and classification of transport proteins.
  • The Inter-Union Bioinformatics Group is supported by ICSU.  Among its aims are:  to monitor worldwide developments in Bioinformatics; to facilitate inter-process communication, such as standardization of data formats; and to organize relevant education activities.  The group, which includes among its members three members of NC-IUBMB, held its first meeting in Boston in June 2000.
  • Metabolic Maps are a graphic way of representing metabolism.  Dr. D. Nicholson has generously transferred the copyright of his metabolic charts to IUBMB, and continues to develop mini-maps as a teaching aid, to illustrate specific areas of metabolism.  These maps use recommended nomenclature of enzymes throughout.

Wood-Whelan Research Fellowships

Eleven young scientists, out of 24 applicants, were awarded Fellowships.  The awards ranged between $457 and $1609 (total $13,600).  The awardees were:

  • Arjun Ghazi (India)
  • Marina Martin (Argentina)
  • Shilpa Rao (India)
  • Boudjeko Thaddee (Cameroon)
  • John H. Hallsson (Iceland)
  • Jyoti K. Jaiswal (India)
  • Irina Sorokina (Lithuania)
  • Subhojit S. Sen (India)
  • Zayna A. Khayat (Canada)
  • Jose L. Daniotti (Argentina)
  • Rosana A. Mesa (Argentina)

3. NEW ITEMS

Publicity

Publicity of IUBMB activities and developments took several forms:  News Releases and News Bulletins mailed electronically and posted on the website; a printed Newsletter which was widely distributed and posted on the website, an abbreviated version also being published in IUBMB journals and The Biochemist; the brochure IUBMB 2000 which was updated, made generic, and widely distributed including to all registrants at the 18th IUBMB Congress; a poster IUBMB 2000 which appeared in IUBMB journals and distributed at the 18th IUBMB Congress; some 13,000 copies of the Education Committee report on Standards for the Ph.D. Degree in the Molecular Biosciences were mailed to 1500 addresses around the world; some 4000 requests for the Standards report were made via the home page; articles on This Is The IUBMB which have appeared in each issue of IUBMB Life.  The home page continued to be popular with 2478 visits in August 1999 and 8915 in June 2000, total 50,700 in this period.

Dates of Future Meetings

  • The next meeting of the Executive Committee is scheduled for 24-26 November 2001 in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • The 18th Ordinary General Assembly will take place on Wednesday 23 July 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

Call for Proposals for IUBMB Conference in 2019

Proposals are invited from Adhering Bodies interested in hosting the IUBMB Conference in 2019.  They should reach the General Secretary (Dr. J-H. Weil) by 1 September 2001.  Guidelines for IUBMB Conferences can be obtained from the General Secretary or via the home page.

Geography and Gender in the Membership of Committees and Editorial Boards

In March 1998 some 250 persons (of whom 10 were females) from 33 countries formed part of the committees and editorial boards of IUBMB.  As of August 2000 there were 320 persons (of whom 34 were females) from 31 countries in these positions.  The increase in numbers was due largely to the increase in size of editorial boards.  If delegates and associate delegates are taken into account the total number of persons involved in the work of the Union approaches 400 and the number of countries involved becomes 70.

Addresses of EC Members

Dr. Brian F.C. Clark, President, Fax: +45 8619 1959,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Mary Osborn, President-Elect, Fax: +49 551 201 1578,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. F. Vella, General Secretary (until 31.12.2000), Fax: +1 306 955 1314,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Jacques-Henry Weil, General Secretary (from 1.1.2001), Fax: +333 88 614 422,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. E.C. Slater, Treasurer (until 31.12.2000), Fax: +44 1590 689 079,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Peter Dolphin, Treasurer (from 1.1.2001), Fax: +1 902 494 1355,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Yasuhiro Anraku, ICSU Activities, Fax: +81 554 634 431,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Angelo Azzi, Publications, Fax: +41 31 61 3737,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Cecilia Hidalgo, Education, Fax: +562 777 6916,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. William J. Lennarz, Congresses and Conferences, Fax: +1 61 631 632 8575,
E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Vito Turk, Symposia and Interest Groups, Fax: +386 1 2573 594or +386 1 4252 017,
E-mail: [email protected]


Acknowledgements

IUBMB is grateful to its many friends who have made financial contributions to support its activities during the period of this report.  These include Kunio Yagi, Don Nicholson, William J. Whelan, an anonymous donor, the Special Members, International Council for Science (ICSU), UNESCO and Molecular Cell Biology Network.  The Union is also grateful to all those who have given of their time, energy experience and talent.  Without them the Union's work for the advancement of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the benefit of mankind would not have been possible.

             F. Vella
            26 September, 2000