South Africa as a region represented at International Society for Electrochemistry (ISE)
Regional representative: Prof K Ozoemena
12 October 2013
I thought I should share the following updates with you:
1. THE 13TH ISE TM SPECIAL ISSUE OF ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA:
The project has gone very well. Thanks to all of you who participated in the review process. I did the last review of the 60 submitted articles on the 30 September 2013. I am still hopeful that we will publish all the accepted articles by the end of this year.
2. ISE ANNUAL MEETING (2019)
I have expressed an interest to some of the ISE Executive Committee members that we (South Africa) will be interested to host the 2019 Annual ISE meeting in Cape Town. All the years (2014 until 2018) have already been taken, so I am proposing that we put application for the 2019. According to the ISE rules, we should submit a formal application on or before March 2014. So, please, kindly suggest the theme of the proposed meeting and get back to me before the 30 November 2013. It is important that we submit a strong motivation for this crucial meeting. I have already started some discussion with the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).
3. RSA MEMBERSHIP OF THE ISE
Recruitment is an on-going activities for all of us, and we have done quite well in this regard. Our membership now stands at 110 (from a mere 12 in 2010). This record number now places us as the top 9 countries with the highest number of ISE active membership. This is GREAT and THANKS TO ALL of you for helping to make electrochemistry visible in the country. The ISE is truly appreciative of our Region, and we received a special mention by the ISE President during the ISE General Meeting at the recent meeting of the ISE in Queretaro, Mexico.
We should keep up with the good work, RECRUIT and RECRUIT.
4. APPOINTMENT TO THE SMC OF THE ISE
I have been appointed member of the Scientific Meetings Committee (SMC) on the ISE (for three years: 2014 2016). As you may know, the SMC is tasked with the long-term financial planning of the society, organising, as well as the monitoring of scientific and technical interests of Society Members. The Committee meets twice a year in March at the ISE headquarters in Switzerland and in September at a host nation for the ISE annual meeting. This is the first for Africa and, according to Prof Christian Amatore (in an email to the ISE Executive) "this is a good news since, besides the presence of Ken among us it is a visible move that shows the will of ISE to consider all people from all countries". This is really a great honour to all of us (not just to me) and recognition of the work that we do in support of the course of the ISE in Africa.
ISE Regional Rep (RSA)