IACT has been set up to continue, and indeed to expand, the excellent work of the former IUPAC Commission on Chemical Thermodynamics in establishing the highest standards in thermodynamics research and in routine thermodynamic property measurements; in promoting the critical compilation, and dissemination and application of thermodynamic data, and in advancing the theoretical understanding of such properties.
The importance of this work has been recognised by IUPAC which, at the IUPAC General Assembly in Ottawa in 2003, accorded IACT Associated Organisation status. A major role of IACT is the holding of a biennial scientific Conference, at which the Rossini Lectureship Award and Junior Award(s) are presented for excellence in chemical thermodynamics. IACT also encourages joint scientific projects.
The organisation of IACT is formally set out in the Constitution, given below. Article I gives the Names and Objectives, Articles II-IV describe Membership, Board of Directors and Officers, and Committees. Articles V-VII refer to Amendments, Bylaws, and Mail Ballots.
The Bylaws describe the Duties of Officers (Article I), Nomination and Election of Officers, Directors, Counsellors and Non-voting Members (Article II), Membership (Article III), Dues and Revenues (Article IV), and Audit (Article V). Article VI deals with Scientific Meetings of the International Association of Chemical Thermodynamics. Formal matters such as Quorum, Order of Business, Disputes, and Amendments are covered in Articles VII to X. Finally, details of Awards and Projects are presented in Articles XI and XII.Full Constitution of the International Association of Chemical Thermodyanmics