Resolution 5 - 27th General Assembly (2011)
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.
C4: Commission on Cosmic Rays
It is proposed to rename C4 to “Commission on Astroparticle Physics”.
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.
C6: Commission on Biological Physics and AC4: International Organization on Medical Physics (IOMP)
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.
C10: Commission on the Structure and Dynamics of Condensed Matter
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.
C17: Commission on Quantum Electronics
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.