During 1995, the activity of the IOCG was governed by the preparation and performance of the Eleventh International Conference on Crystal Growth (ICCG-11), The Hague, The Netherlands, 18-13 June 1995, and the Ninth International Summer School on Crystal Growth (ISSCG-9), Papendaal/Arnhem, The Netherlands. Both events were organized by the Dutch Association for Crystal Growth, the Chairpersons C. F. Woensdregt (for ICCG-11) and J. P. van der Eerden (for ISSCG-9) were both from Utrecht University.
ICCG-11 was attended by more than 1000 scientists from all over the world. Eight plenary lectures on modern topics and novel developments in various fundamental and practical fields of crystal growth were presented, and 32 Microsymposia of 2 hours duration were held in four parallel sessions, resulting in a total of 196 oral contributions. In addition, 10 videos and about 630 posters were shown. The Conference Proceedings are published in the Journal of Crystal Growth.
During ICCG-11, meetings of the IOCG Executive Committee, of the Council and of the General Assembly were held under the direction of its (retiring) President, B. Cockayne. The following resolutions, among others, were approved: the Brazilian Society for Crystal Growth, the Czech and Slovak Association for Crystal Growth and the Romanian Materials Science Crystal Growth Society are formally accepted into the IOCG.
The offer of the Japanese Association for Crystal Growth to hold ISSCG-11 and ICCG-13 in 2001 in Japan should be accepted.
The possibility of the IOCG becoming an International Scientific Associate affiliated to ICSU, with a possible change of name to International Union for Crystal Growth, will be explored by the new President and Executive Committee.
An honorary post entitled Honorary Principal Founder of IOCG was created on the Executive Committee for the period 1995-1998 for the retiring Secretary and Principal Founder of the IOCG, Michael Schieber, Jerusalem, Israel, in recognition of his distinguished service to this organization.
The following officers and Executive Committee members are elected for the period 1995-1998, from the end of ICCG-11 through ICCG-12, which will be held in Jerusalem in 1998. President: T. Nishinaga (Japan); Vice-Presidents: K. W. Benz (Germany), R. F. Sekerka (USA); Secretary: G. B. Stringfellow (USA); Treasurer: C. F. Woensdregt (The Netherlands); Past-President: B. Cockayne (UK); Honorary Principal Founder of IOCG: M. Schieber (Israel). Executive Committee: P. Bennema (The Netherlands), A. A. Chernov (Russia), J. J. Favier (France), A. Horowitz (Israel), Jiang Min-Hua (People's Republic of China), H. Komatsu (Japan), H. J. Scheel (Switzerland), J. N. Sherwood (UK). Ex officio members: C. F. Woensdregt (The Netherlands), Chairman of ICCG-11; M. Schieber (Israel), President of ICCG-12; P. M. Dryburgh (UK), IOCG representative to the IUCr; H. Klapper (Germany), IUCr representative to the IOCG; J. N. Sherwood (UK), IOCG representative to IUPAC; D. J. Buttrey, IUPAP representative to the IOCG.
In addition, 35 councillors representing National Associations, 5 councillors representing nations who do not have a National Association and 4 ex officio councillors representing International Unions have been approved. The ex officio councillor representing the IUCr is M. H. Dacombe. The following IOCG Prizes, sponsored by the Dutch Association for Crystal Growth and the ICCG-11 Organizing Committee, were awarded: the Frank Prize to P. Bennema (The Netherlands) and the Laudise Prize to R. F. Feigelson (USA).
The first IOCG Distinguished Service Award, sponsored by the Japanese, Italian and British Associations for Crystal Growth, was presented to M. Schieber (Israel).
An important item considered during the IOCG Executive Committee and Council meeting was the stronger interaction of the IUCr and the IOCG in fields of common interest. It was agreed to consider holding a joint International Symposium on Crystal Characterization.
The Twelfth International Congress on Crystal Growth (ICCG-12) will be held in Jerusalem, Israel, in July 1998, the Tenth International Summer School on Crystal Growth (ISSG-10) at Lake Garda, Italy, in June 1998.
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