International society IUPAP meets at GSI
On Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics visited GSI. The working group „International Cooperation in Nuclear Physics“ and the „Commission on Nuclear Physics“ held their annual general meetings.
„Our Mission is to assist in the worldwide development of physics, to foster international cooperation in physics, and to help in the application of physics toward solving problems of concern to humanity”, it says on the IUPAP’s website. This target they pursue by sponsoring suitable international meetings and assisting in organising committees. Furthermore they foster free circulation of scientists and the preparation and the publication of abstracts of papers.
Among other things IUPAP together with its sister organisation in chemistry IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) is responsible to acknowledge the discovery of a new element and to appoint the discoverers. This allowed GSI to name six new elements of the periodic system of the element after IUPAP and IUPAC rated the confirmations of other laboratories as sufficient.
In their annual meetings the participants discuss the newest developments in physics and compile the main research focuses for the next 10 to 20 years. Particpants report from Asia, Latin America, Europe, Canada and the USA. In this way they keep an overview of research activities at existing facilities and of progress at facilities under construction. In this context they visited the construction site of the new particle accelerator facility FAIR, whose main shareholder is GSI.
IUPAP is a non-governmental organisation which is financed by the contribution of their members, who are delegated by national institutes and research communities.