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Medichem Newsletter November 20004

by the editorial board of the journal as publications in a regular issue of the IAOEH. The Vienna congress has had a very positive echo and the assembly applauded Hugo Ruediger for his good work.

Agenda Item 12: 2001 Medichem Congress in Prague

Richard Urbanek reported that preparations are well under way for this conference. A first announcement was already sent out to all Medichem and further copies were distributed in Singapore. All members are asked to advertise this congress as best they can in the own countries and to assist with the identification of speakers for the main topics and free communications sessions. The Congress will take place in the ****Diplomat Hotel which belongs to the Dutch Golden Tulip Group. This hotel is within walking distance of the Prague Castle and a subway station immediately in front of the hotel facilitates access to any point in the city. Accommodation proposals are being prepared in hotels of all categories.

Agenda Item 13: 2002 Medichem Congress

This congress is being planned in the US. Several options are still under evaluation at present but a decision will be taken in the near future. A city on or near the East Coast will probably be chosen as the venue.

Agenda Item 14: Medichem on the internet

Medichem's site on the internet is now operational. The address is http://www.medichem.org.au. Kerry Campbell, Noel Humphry's assistant, has put a lot of effort into setting up this site. Parts of it are still under construction. All Medichem members are encouraged to

visit Medichem on the internet and send any comments and suggestions directly to Kerry (kcampbell@dow.com).

Agenda Item 15: 2000 and 2001 Board Elections

Miroslav Cikrt of Prague was elected a new Board Member in May 2000. The Board still has 2 vacancies.

In 2001, the terms of office of five Board Members will come to an end and not all of them will seek re-election. It was noted that certain regions with increasing industrialisation (China, India, Latin America) are not represented on the Board. It is of course expected from Board members that they play a very active role in Medichem and would also have to have the resources to attend meetings regularly.

Noel Humphry’s term of office as Chairman will end in 2001 (with one year of “past-Chairmanship” to follow) and Andreas Flückiger confirmed his announcement of 1999 that after 8 years in office, he would resign as Secretary in 2001. However, he would be willing to run again for a seat as regular Board member. Candidates are sought to replace the departing officers and regular Board members. All Medichem members are asked to propose appropriate candidates by announcing them to the Chairman or Secretary already now or at the latest when the official call for candidates will be made in early 2001.

Agenda Item 16: Miscellaneous

No issues raised.

Dr. Andreas Flückiger, Basel (Switzerland)


Summary of Financial Statement

1999 income:

Sustaining memberships

CHF 16,766.64

Individual memberships

CHF 15,615.40

Bank account interest

CHF 1535.75

Refund on taxed 1997 interest

CHF 513.80

Support for Cape Town Congress (used as payback of Medichem's loan to Cape Town Congress)

CHF 2537.70

Support for proceedings of Vienna Congress  CHF 2438.50

Closure of Medichem's account in the UK              CHF 126.20

total income       CHF 39,533.99

1999 expenditure:

Bank fees                CHF 14.40

Tax on 1999 bank interest

CHF 537.50

Flowers funeral Prof. Indulski

 CHF 50.00

Medichem Prize Vienna

CHF 2752.00

Scholarship Scheme Vienna

CHF 3110.00

total expenditure

CHF 6,463.90

Credit balance Dec 31, 1998

CHF 117,166.07

1999 income

+CHF 39,533.99

1999 expenditure

-CHF 6,463.90

Credit balance Dec. 31, 1999

CHF 150,236.16

(USD 95,844.44)

Dr. Andreas Flückiger, Basel (Switzerland)

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