International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect
Minutes of Recent IBAME Meetings

Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held Sunday, 14 October, 2007
Kanpur, India

The Meeting started at 17:00.

Present: F. Berry (Chairman), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Vice Chairman), J. M. Greneche (Secretary), J. Balogh (Hungary), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), S. Croci (Italy), S. K. Date (India), M. Elzain (Oman), I. Felner (Israel), N. S. Gajbhiye (India), J. M. Genin (France), L. Häggström (Sweden), M. Y. Hassaan (Egypt), J.-C. Jumas (France), C. S. Kim (South Korea), G. Klingelhöfer (Germany), J. F. Marco (Spain), T. Nishida (Japan), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), F. Sanchez (Argentina), K. Szymanski (Poland), M. Reissner (Austria), Y. Yoshida (Japan); J. G. Stevens (Guest Member).

Since the meeting was initially expected to be held at 6 PM, it was proposed to be at 5 PM just after ending the Tutorial session.

According to the agenda:

1. Apologies for Absence. F. Waanders (South Africa), S. J. Campbell (Australia), G. Perez Alcazar (Colombia), S. Forder (UK), P. Gütlich (Germany), J. D. Fabris (Brazil), D. Ryan (Canada).

2. Minutes of Meetings of 4th and 8th September 2005. These were accepted as a correct record.

3. Regulations for Holding Radioactive Sources in the Different Countries. Because Prof. Reissner from Austria and the candidates to host ICAME'11 were not yet arrived, a round table was organized on the initiative of J. M. Greneche to debate on the rules to buy and to hold radioactive sources in all countries. It was concluded that the rules are rather similar by comparing from different countries, but attention has to be paid to avoid a strong administrative strengthening, making difficult the process of holding radioactive sources.

4. ICAME ‘07. N. S. Gajbhiye reported on the organisation of ICAME 2007. He gave details of (i) the number of invited lectures, oral, and poster presentations, (ii) the number of participants (about 270, with many Indian students who came as participants supported by local authorities), (iii) the facilities given by the Institute of Kanpur for logistics, and (iv) the financial situation, which has to be close to the equilibrium. On behalf of IBAME, Frank Berry acknowledged Prof. Gajbhiye and the organizing committee of ICAME'07 for the excellent atmosphere and for the effort in the logistics to host ICAME'07.

5. ICAME ‘09. Prof. M. Reissner, as Chairman of ICAME'09, reported on the status of the next ICAME, which will take place at Vienna in the Technical University (Austria). The main points developed in the previous presentation during the meeting of ICAME'05 at Montpellier are maintained with respect to accommodation, transportation facilities, and cultural program.

Two main points are now discussed. The dates of the conference, which are supposed to be 19-24 July 2009: they do not correspond to the expected ones earlier proposed by the organizers (end of August), but they were chosen by considering the International Conference on Magnetism, which will take place at Karlsruhe, Germany, on July 27 - 31 2009.

The second point concerns the registration fees, which are not defined: because the organizing committee decided to work by himself (without the support of any professional agency), Michael Reissner hopes to get registration fees (below 400 €? without lunches) as low as possible by comparing to those of other conferences. In addition, it is too early to know the total financial income to define the registration fee.

Michael Reissner replied to the questions of some delegates present during this meeting to know more about the logistics and the organization of ICAME'09. Frank Berry concluded that all the conditions are yet fulfilled to have a good scientific and pleasant conference at Vienna in July 2009!

6. ICAME ‘11. According to the request earlier made by the Secretary, it is concluded that there are only two candidates for hosting ICAME'11: Jerusalem (Israel) and Tokyo (Japan). Frank Berry asked the corresponding IBAME representatives to make their respective presentation.

Israel Felner proposed Jerusalem as hosting city to honour 3 well-known Israeli scientists (Professors Israel Nowik, Erika Bauminger, and Rolfe Herber). In addition to the historical and cultural aspects, he demonstrated the capacity to host international conferences from the different existing facilities.

Yutaka Yoshida (and Tetsuaki Nishida) presented a project which differed from the previous one proposed by S. Nasu during meeting of ICAME'05. The hosting is now Tokyo and he showed that the project will be supported by Yamada Science Foundation in order to make mutual benefit by the large participation of senior scientists and of students to make more active the Japanese community.

The debate was proposed by Frank Berry in order to ask questions to the two candidates on the scientific organization, security, meal facilities, dates, and costs.

The vote was postponed until the next meeting in order to give time for further questions and to get more IBAME representatives.

The Meeting ended at 18:45.

J. M. Greneche, Secretary
F. Berry, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held Tuesday, 16 October, 2007
Kanpur, India

The Meeting started at 18:00.

Present: F. Berry (Chairman), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Vice Chairman), J. M. Greneche (Secretary), J. Balogh (Hungary), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), S. Croci (Italy), S. K. Date (India), M. Elzain (Oman), I. Felner (Israel), N. S. Gajbhiye (India), J. M. Genin (France), L. Häggström (Sweden), M. Y. Hassaan (Egypt), J.-C. Jumas (France), C. S. Kim (South Korea), G. Klingelhöfer (Germany), G. Langouche (Belgium), J. F. Marco (Spain), T. Nishida (Japan), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), G. Perez Alcazar (Colombia), F. Sanchez (Argentina), H. Rechenberg (Brazil), J. Stanek (Poland), K. Szymanski (Poland), M. Reissner (Austria), Y. Yoshida (Japan); J. G. Stevens (Guest Member); Observers: J. Litterst (Germany), D. L. Nagy (Hungary).

1. Apologies for Absence. F. Waanders (South Africa), S. J. Campbell (Australia), S. Forder (UK), P. Gütlich (Germany), J. D. Fabris (Brazil), D. Ryan (Canada).

2. Election of the Executive Board. Frank Berry explained about the process used and recently proposed to make the election as democratic as possible by first a large nomination by the IBAME delegates, then their acceptation to be candidate, and finally the vote by correspondence. Then Frank Berry asked the opinion of the delegates with respect to the addition or not of a vote which was not registered according to the rules previously defined, because the delegate did not receive the last electronic correspondences (shut down of computer for a few days). After debate, it was concluded that only the votes registered by correspondence have to be considered.

Frank Berry so gave the results:

Jean-Marc Greneche: 19
Göstar Klingelhöfer: 6
Jochen Litterst: 3
Denes Nagy: 20
Michael Reissner: 2
Elisa Baggio-Saitovich: 2

According to the number of votes, Denes Nagy and Jean-Marc Greneche accepted to chair as Chairman and Vice Chairman, respectively, for the next period, i.e. 2007-2013.

The secretary will be then elected.

3. ICAME ‘11. Because of the presence of delegates who were not present at the meeting held on Sunday, Frank Berry asked the two candidates to make a short presentation (1 mn) for hosting ICAME'11. After a small debate, the vote was processed, giving rise to the following result:

Tokyo (Japan): 17
Jerusalem (Israel): 9

Consequently, ICAME'11 will be hosted at Tokyo and chaired by Prof. Yoshida.

4. ICAME'13. Frank Berry asked if some delegates might be interested to host ICAME'13 in their countries. According to the following comments, no candidate is declared up to now!

5. IBAME Awards. As an “IBAME award” was recently attributed to Göstar Klingelhöfer, Frank Berry initiated a debate to the possibility of awarding someone for his scientific activity. The main questions of the debate were relative to the amount of money associated with, if any?, how much?; how? (one can compare to the “Muon Spin Community“, who? (senior scientist, student?). The questions remain opened and Frank Berry suggested that the next Executive Board has to solve this problem within the next period.

6. Financial Situation of IBAME. J. M. Greneche reported a positive balance of 3224.27 €.

7. IBAME Representatives. J. M. Greneche reported that the list of IBAME representatives is now legal, i.e. the period of office is updated, after a six-month period to convince the representatives to organize elections in their countries. The list will be sent soon to be published in a next issue of the MERDJ and to update the website.

8. Acknowledgment. Frank Berry declared that he enjoyed the last six years as a Chairman and he addressed many thanks to all the delegates of the audience for their fruitful collaboration.

The Meeting ended at 19:00.

J. M. Greneche, Secretary
F. Berry, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held Sunday, 4 September, 2005
Corum Conference Center, Montpellier, France

The Meeting started at 18:00.

Present: F. Berry (Chairman), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Vice Chairman), J. M. Greneche (Secretary), E. E. Alp (USA), K. Bharuth-Ram (South Africa), S. J. Campbell (Australia), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), R. Coussement (Belgium), S. Croci (Italy), S. K. Date (India), S. Forder (United Kingdom), R. Gancedo (Spain), J. M. Genin (France), F. Gonzales-Jimenez (Venezuela), P. Gütlich (Germany), R. Herber (Israel), J.-C. Jumas (France), G. Klingelhofer (Germany), J. Ladrière (Belgium), K. Lazar (Hungary), I. Lyubutin (Russia), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), M. Mashlan (Czech Republic), D. Nagy (Hungary), S. Nasu (Japan), H. Rechenberg (Brazil), R. Ruffer (Germany), J. Stanek (Poland), W. Sturhahn (USA), K. Szymanski (Poland), W. Steiner (Austria), and I. Suzdalev (Russia); J. G. Stevens (Guest Member); N. S. Gajbhiye (India) as host of ICAME’07 and M. Reissner (Austria) as candidate of ICAME’09.

1. Apologies for Absence. A. Deriu (Italy), K. K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan), B. Fultz (USA), L. Häggström (Sweden), and S. Morup (Denmark).

2. Minutes of Meetings of 20th and 21st September 2003. These were accepted as a correct record.

3. ICAME ‘05. Dr J. C. Jumas reported on the organisation of ICAME 2005. He gave details of: (i) the different committees and the role of the French speaking Group of Mössbauer Spectroscopy; and (ii) the financial situation, including the origin of financial support and the cost of the Corum. He reported on the financial support of nine students, in addition to the eight students who were funded by an anonymous donor. He also reported on the financial assistance given to cover the participation of 25 Eastern European colleagues. Finally, as the number of participants was larger than 300, it was possible to reduce the registration fees for some participants.

The organizers mentioned that ICAME’05 was not supported by the European Community due to technical difficulties related to the chronology in writing the project.

4. ICAME ‘07. Prof. N. S. Gajbhiye reported on the development of ICAME ‘07. He presented the First Announcement and the logistics (details of conference room, poster arrangements, accommodation, possibility for lunch and dinner, social program, facilities to travel to Kanpur). The organizers will keep the Board of IBAME informed about further developments and the proceedings.

5. ICAME ‘09. One country offered to host ICAME’09 – Vienna (Austria). Prof. Walter Steiner and Prof. Michael Reissner made a presentation covering conference rooms within the Technical University, accommodation, transportation facilities, costs, and cultural program. The candidates replied to questions from IBAME members concerning dates of conference (probably end August before the starting of the University academic year), and financial support for students and delegates from unfavoured countries.

The vote confirmed that Vienna (Austria) should host ICAME’09.

Prof. Steiner agreed to make a detailed presentation during the next IBAME meeting in Kanpur (India) in 2007.

6. ISIAME. Dr. R. Gancedo reported on the ISIAME held in Madrid in October 2004. The conference was successful (120 participants), despite the lack of financial support. The organization was achieved by the group of researchers in the host institute. The next ISIAME will be held in 2008 at Budapest (Hungary) and the Chairman of the Organising Committee is Prof. E. Kuzmann.

7. LACAME. Prof. Baggio-Saitovitch reported on the last LACAME’04 in Mexico and plans for LACAME 2006 in Brazil. She mentioned the small number of young researchers and students in Mexico due to the economic situation and expressed her hopes to see more participants at future LACAMEs.

The Meeting ended at 19:30.

J. M. Greneche, Secretary
F. Berry, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held Thursday, 8 September, 2005
Corum Conference Center, Montpellier, France

The Meeting started at 08:00.

Present: F. Berry (Chairman), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Vice Chairman), J. M. Greneche (Secretary), K. Bharuth-Ram (South Africa), S. J. Campbell (Australia), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), R. Coussement (Belgium), S. Croci (Italy), S. K. Date (India), M. Elzain (Oman), J. D. Fabris (Brazil), S. Forder (United Kingdom), R. Gancedo (Spain), J. M. Genin (France), P. Gütlich (Germany), L. Häggström (Sweden), D. Hanzel (Slovenia), M. Y. Hassaan (Egypt), R. Herber (Israel), J.-C. Jumas (France), J. Ladrière (Belgium), K. Lazar (Hungary), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), M. Mashlan (Czech Republic), S. Nasu (Japan), R. Rüffer (Germany), J. Stanek (Poland), K. Szymanski (Poland), W. Steiner (Austria); J. G. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Apologies for Absence. A. Deriu (Italy), K. K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan), B. Fultz (USA), S. Mørup (Denmark).

2. ICAME’11. A preliminary discussion concerning the hosting of ICAME’11 was opened. Prof. Nasu proposed that ICAME’11 be held in Nara in Japan. He made a presentation describing the local facilities and the hopes of the Japanese (young) Mössbauer community. Prof. K. K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan) expressed also his hopes to host ICAME’11 at Almaty (Power Point presentation reported during the meeting) on the basis of the increasing facilities and improving situation in his country after being isolated from the international scientific community. Prof. Eissa and Hassaan (Egypt) expressed also their hopes to host ICAME’11 in Cairo (a presentation was also made during the meeting). In addition, Prof. Rechenberg (Brazil) and Bharuth-Ram (South Africa) mentioned that a forthcoming ICAME could be organized in South America or Africa. It was concluded that the candidates interested in hosting ICAME’11 should prepare presentations (PPT) for the next IBAME meeting (India).

3. Sources. Dr. E. Baggio-Saitovitch reported on the limited number of producers of 57Co sources. She has met representatives of IAEA in Vienna and further developments are now in progress. It was agreed that IBAME representatives who wished to make suggestions should contact Elisa, who will report on progress by e-mail to all IBAME members by September 2006.

4. Websites. As response to the discussions related to the Crisis is the Mössbauer Community (see minutes of the last IBAME meeting of ICAME’03 Oman), it was agreed that an attractive WEB site should be developed under the responsibility of the Secretary J. M. Greneche. He reported that, after a working week-end with Ph. Gütlich and F. Berry at Mainz, an attractive WEB site devoted to the technique and its application was developed and its address is http://pecbip2.univ-lemans.fr/~moss/webibame/. Although not complete, J. M. Greneche invited all members to propose new topics in order to make the WEB site more attractive and more complete.

Prof. J. Stevens reported on another WEB site which is more devoted to the Mössbauer community (general information, conferences, instrumentation, sources, books, laboratories): its address is www.mossbauer.org and is separate from MEDC’s Web site www.medc.dicp.ac.cn.

It was agreed that the development of the three WEB sites is good and that J. M. Greneche, J. Stevens and Ph. Gütlich would work by electronic communication to make improvements and rationalise the existing WEB sites.

5. Financial Situation of IBAME. J. M. Greneche reported a balance of 2914 €, before payment of the annual fee for Associated Organizations (IUPAC) for 2006 (USD 50) and the 1$ tax per participant from ICAME’05.

6. Hyperfine Interactions. A statement from Prof. G. Langouche concerning the question of Hyperfine Interactions was presented by J. M. Greneche:

The present Publisher, Springer, underscribes the editorial policy that was followed by Hyperfine Interactions in recent years.

This means that Hyperfine Interactions mainly publishes conference proceedings in fields of science where hyperfine interactions are studied (including atomic and muon physics).

Apart from conference proceedings, the Journal also accepts regular articles, which are published twice a year in a regular volume.

  • Hyperfine Interactions again has a second main editor. This is Prof. H. Kluge (Darmstadt Germany) who is a well known expert in atomic physics.
  • The transfer from Kluwer to Springer as publisher has been beneficial in terms of wider electronic access for the scientific community, since many university libraries have package deal subscriptions to the whole set of Springer-journals.
  • A market analysis has learned that the price setting by Springer for the Journal itself and for electronic access to Hyperfine Interactions is not higher than for competing journals.
  • Springer keeps offering attractive conditions for those conference organizers that want to buy a set of conference proceedings volumes for the conference participants. Experience has learned that these conditions are generally better than with competing publishers.
  • The impact factor of Hyperfine Interactions is stable and on the same (or even slightly better) level than other journals that publish mainly conference proceedings.
  • It should be stressed that the publication date of the conference proceedings does not depend on the publisher. It is determined by the date at which the local conference organizer submits the manuscripts to the publisher.

7. IBAME Representatives. J. M. Greneche reported on the need to update the list of IBAME representatives. It was agreed that he should circulate to IBAME members a list of entitlement to places on IBAME.

The Meeting closed at 9:30.

J. M. Greneche, Secretary
F. Berry, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held Sunday, 20 September, 2003
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

The Meeting started at 16:45.

Present: F. Berry (Chairman), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Vice Chairman), J.-M. Greneche (Secretary), K. Bharuth-Ram (South Africa), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), N. A. Eissa (Egypt), R. Gancedo (Spain), J.-M. Génin (France), L. Häggström (Sweden), Ö. Helgason (Iceland), J.-C. Jumas (France), K. K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan), C. S. Kim (Korea), G. Langouche (Belgium), J. Lipka (Slovakia), G. Long (USA), M. Maslan (Czech Republic), S. Nasu (Japan), A. Pérez Alcázar (Colombia), I. Suzdalev (Russia), M. Takeda (Japan), A. Trautwein (Germany), A. Yousif (Oman); J. G. Stevens (Guest Member); G. Amthauer (Austria) and N. S. Gajbhiye (India) as candidates of ICAME'07.

1. Apologies for Absence. S. J. Campbell (Australia), R. Coussement (Belgium), S. Forder (United Kingdom), B. Fultz (USA), P. Gütlich (Germany), J. Ladriere (Belgium), K. Lázár (Hungary), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), S. Mørup (Denmark), D. Nagy (Hungary), Q. Pankhurst (United Kingdom), D. Rancourt (Canada), W. Steiner (Austria).

2. Minutes of Meetings of 2nd and 4th September 2001. These were accepted as a correct record.

3. ICAME '03. Prof. A. Yousef reported on the organisation of ICAME 2003. He paid particular attention to several difficulties on the organization (September 11th 2001, Iraqi war, SARS, and computer viruses during recent weeks), but also the success in enabling 38 participants (only 22 were able to accept) to be supported.

Prof. Yousef also mentioned that Chinese participants were not given exit visas to leave China. It was agreed that the Secretary should inform IUPAC of this situation.

4. ICAME '05. Prof. J.-M. Génin reported on the preparation of ICAME '05 and presented the First Announcement. It was agreed that the various committees for organising the scientific programme, the proceedings, social activities, and domestic arrangements need to be rapidly established.

5. ICAME '07. Two countries were declared candidates to host ICAME'07. Dr. Namdeo Gajbhije had expressed hopes during the the IBAME meeting in Oxford held in 2001 of making a proposal. Dr. N. S. Gajbhiye and Prof. G. Amthauer made presentations covering conference rooms, accommodation, and transportation facilities where ICAME'07 might be held in Kanpur (India) and Vienna (Austria), respectively. The two representative candidates replied to questions of IBAME members concerning dates of conference, support from national Mössbauer communities, and financial support for students and delegates from unfavoured countries. It was agreed that the "rule" of alternative conferences held in a European and a non-European country need not to be strictly applied.

The vote declared Kanpur (India) the place to host ICAME'07.

Prof. J. Lipka (Slovakia) and Prof. M. Maslan (Czech Republic) expressed hopes that ICAME'09 might be held in Bratislava and organized by both Czech and Slovak Mössbauer groups.

Prof. K.K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan) expressed his hopes to host a future ICAME on the basis of the increasing facilities and improving situation in his country after being insulated from the international scientific community.

6. ISIAME. Dr. R. Gancedo reported on the preparation of ISIAME to be held in Madrid in October 2004. He emphasized mainly the financial situation (support will be attributed in 2004), the number of invited speakers limited to 8 and presented again the main transportation and accommodation facilities arranged for ISIAME next year in Madrid. The Registration Fees are expected to be 500 Euros, which will cover Proceedings, excursion, lunches, and banquet.

The Meeting ended at 17:30.

J.-M. Grenèche, Secretary
F. Berry, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held Monday, 21 September, 2003
Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

The Meeting started at 16:45.

Present: F. Berry (Chairman), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Vice Chairman), J.-M. Grenèche (Secretary), K. Bharuth-Ram (South Africa), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), R. Gancedo (Spain), J.-M. Génin (France), L. Häggström (Sweden), Ö. Helgason (Iceland), J.-C. Jumas (France), K. K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan), C. S. Kim (Korea), G. Langouche (Belgium), J. Lipka (Slovakia), M. Maslan (Czech Republic), S. Nasu (Japan), A. Pérez Alcázar (Colombia), I. Suzdalev (Russia), M. Takeda (Japan), A. Trautwein (Germany), A. Yousif (Oman); J.G. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Apologies for Absence. S. J. Campbell (Australia), R. Coussement (Belgium), S. Forder (United Kingdom), B. Fultz (USA), P. Gütlich (Germany), J. Ladrière (Belgium), K. Lázár (Hungary), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), S. Mørup (Denmark), D. Nagy (Hungary), Q. Pankhurst (United Kingdom), D. Rancourt (Canada), W. Steiner (Austria).

2. LACAME. Prof. Baggio-Saitovitch reported on plans for LACAME 2004 in Mexico, expressing her hopes to see participants from countries out of South America.

3. Constitution Changes. Prof. F. Berry suggested that the constitution might be changed to make easier and faster decisions in certain circumstances. Discussion agreed to the following proposition of change to the IBAME constitution:

If there is a need for IBAME to make a decision on a matter when a meeting of IBAME is not scheduled within a reasonable timescale, the Secretary of IBAME, after consultation with the Chairman and the Vice Chairman, will seek the views of IBAME members by electronic means. The Executive Members will agree the consensus opinion. If no reply is received within two weeks to an electronic consultation initiated by the secretary of at least 50% of IBAME Members, the decision will be taken by the Chairman after consultation with the Vice Chairman and Secretary and a full explanation of circumstances and decisions taken circulated to IBAME Members immediately.

4. Sources. Dr. E. Baggio-Saitovitch raised awareness and concern resulting from the limited number of producers of 57Co sources. The discussion revealed also some difficulties for producers of Mössbauer equipment. It was agreed that Dr. E. Baggio-Saitovitch should, within the next 12 months, report electronically to all IBAME Members on the availability and accessibility of sources. She may invite other IBAME Members to assist her in this task.

5. Mössbauer Crisis. Prof. J. Stevens pointed some features from his data analysis (reported in oral presentation on Thursday) that Mössbauer activity is currently in decline. The number of regular papers is rather constant while the number of participants to Mössbauer conferences is decreasing and the number of advertisements for Mössbauer equipment and sources is strongly declining. A round table discussion concluded that Mössbauer spectrometry remains an excellent tool for different types of materials, but is often used as a routine technique, after shifting from physics to chemistry and archeology, geology, biology, and related topics. Nevertheless, Mössbauer spectrometry may be less appropriate in new topics (nanosciences for example), and does "compete" with many new technique developed in the last 20 years. Finally, questions concern the future of well known Mössbauer laboratories as the age of the community increases.

First some steps to address the decline were discussed, such as the organization of national workshops devoted to the applications of Mössbauer spectrometry. It was agreed that an attractive WEB site should be developed under the responsibility of the Secretary J.-M. Grenèche. It was also agreed that John Stevens and Denes Nagy should discuss Communication responsibilities via MEDJ and MIX.

6. Financial Situation of IBAME. Dr. J.-M. Grenèche mentioned that after recent bank transfers (from Germany to France), payments of IUPAC subscription and interests, there is 2772 Euro. He pointed out that the 1$ tax per participant was not obtained from ICAME01. Writing this report, the tax has been delivered from ICAME03.

7. Hyperfine Interactions. A message to the Secretary from Prof. D. Nagy, Hungary (excused for ICAME'03) was discussed. Prof. G. Langouche, Belgium, editor-in-chief of Hyperfine Interactions, replied that he was not familiar with the electronic subscription rates imposed by the present publisher (Kluwer). He promised a report on this matter, including possibly a comparison with other similar journals. Moreover he announced that Hyperfine Interactions will move to a new publisher (Springer) and that the Hyperfine Interactions C series will be discontinued. Finally he stated that the delays in the publication date of some recent Mössbauer conferences were not due to the publisher but to the failure of the local editors to deliver the manuscripts in time and in agreement with the stipulations in the contract between publisher and local editor.

The Meeting closed at 18:30.

J.-M. Grenèche, Secretary
F. Berry, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held on 2001 Sunday, 2nd September, 2001
in the Examination Schools, Oxford

Present: P. Gütlich (Chairman), G. Langouche (Vice-Chairman), F.-J. Berry (Secretary), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), S. J. Campbell (Australia), W. Steiner (Austria), J. Ladrière (Belgium), R. Coussement (Belgium), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Brazil), A. Pérez Alcázar (Colombia), O. Schneeweiss (Czech Republic), N. A. Eissa (Egypt), J.-C. Jumas (France), J.-M. Grenèche (France), A. Trautwein (Germany), C. Pietzsch (Germany), D. L. Nagy (Hungary), K. Lázár (Hungary), Ö. Helgason (Iceland), I. Nowik (Israel), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), A. Deriu (Italy), T. Shinjo (Japan), K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan), A. A. Yousif (Oman), J. Stanek (Poland), I. Suzdalev (Russia), I. Lyubutin (Russia), J. R. Gancedo (Spain), L. Häggström (Sweden), Q. Pankhurst (UK), J. Silver (UK), B. Fultz (USA), D. Taylor (USA), J. G. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Apologies for Absence. Professor Steen Mørup (Denmark), Professor Bruno Miglierini (Slovakia), Professor Denis Rancourt (Canada), Professor Yuanfu Hsia (China).

2. Minutes of Meetings of 29th and 30th August 1999. These were accepted as a correct record.

3. Matters Arising from Minutes. It was suggested that a reduced Registration Fee for ICAME be offered to retired participants in the future.

4. Election of Chairman. Professor F. J. Berry was nominated and elected as Chairman of IBAME.

5. Election of Vice Chairman and Secretary. It was agreed that the election of the Vice Chairman and Secretary be held at the Meeting of IBAME on Tuesday, 4th September.

6. ICAME '01. Dr. D. Dickson reported on the organisation of ICAME 2001.

7. ICAME '03. Professor Ali Yousif reported on the preparation of ICAME '03. Issues relating to Conference costs (which Professor Yousif expects to be no greater than those associated with ICAME 99), and visa granting arrangements were discussed.

8. ICAME '05. Professor J.-M. Genin proposed that ICAME '05 be held in Montpellier, France. The proposal was agreed.

The Meeting ended at 18:03.

F. J. Berry, Secretary
P. Gütlich, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held at 2001 on Tuesday, 4th September, 2001
Magdalen College, Oxford

Present: P. Gütlich (Chairman), G. Langouche (Vice-Chairman), F. J. Berry (Secretary), R. Mercader (Argentina), S. Campbell (Australia), W. Steiner (Austria), J. Ladrière (Belgium), R. Coussement (Belgium), E. Baggio-Saitovitch (Brazil), H. Rechenberg (Brazil), G. Pérez Alcázer (Columbia), O. Schneeweiss (Czech Republic), S. Mørup (Denmark), N. A. Eissa (Eqypt), J.-C. Jumas (France), J.-M. Grenèche (France), A. Trautwein (Germany), C. Pietzsch (Germany), D. Nagy (Hungary), K. Lázár (Hungary), Ö. Helgason (Iceland), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), T. Shinjo (Japan), S. Nasu (Japan), C. S. Kim (Korea), K. Kadyrzhanov (Kazakhstan), J. Stanek (Poland), I. Suzdalev (Russia), I. Lyubutin (Russia), F. Waanders (South Africa), R. Gancedo (Spain), L. Häggström (Sweden), Q. Pankhurst (United Kingdom), J. Silver (United Kingdom), B. Fultz (USA), D. Taylor (USA), F. González Jiménez (Venezuela), J. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Apologies for Absence. Professor Bruno Miglierini (Slovakia), Professor Denis Rancourt (Canada), Professor Yuanfu Hsia (China).

2. Election of Vice-Chairperson. Dr. E. Baggio-Saitovitch was nominated and elected as Vice-Chairperson

3. Election of Secretary. Professor Nagy, Professor J. Stevens and Dr. J.-M. Grenèche were nominated. The votes cast by the first secret ballot were as follows: Nagy 17, Stevens 7, Grenèche 12, Invalid 1.

The votes cast by the second secret ballot were as follows: Nagy 18, Grenèche 19. Dr. J.-M. Grenèche was elected as Secretary.

4. IBAME Executive. Professor P. Gütlich thanked Professor Langouche and Professor F. Berry for their service to IBAME. Professor F. Berry recorded the gratitude of IBAME to Professor P. Gütlich for his work as Chairman.

5. Electronic Communication. Professor J. Stevens described how the Mössbauer Effect Data Centre will continue to develop communications within the Mössbauer community through electronic means. Professor D. Nagy described the plans of MIX to continue to provide scientific services in the immediate future.

6. ISIAME. Dr. R. Gancedo outlined plans for ISIAME to be held in Madrid in October 2004.

7. LACAME. Professor F. Gónzalez Jiménez reported on LACAME 2000 in Venezuela and plans for LACAME 2002 in Panama.

8. SEEHEIM. Professor P. Gütlich reported on preparations for a Seeheim Conference in 2002.

9. Applications of Mössbauer Spectroscopy Conference. Professor I. Lyubutin reported on a recent Conference in Russia and plans for another Conference in St. Petersburg in 2002 where overseas participants would be welcomed.

10. 57Co Sources. Dr. E. Baggio-Saitovitch raised awareness and concern resulting from the limited number of producers of 57Co sources.

11. ICAME '07. Dr. Namedeo Gajbhije expressed hopes that ICAME'07 might be held in India. IBAME requested that a full proposal be made at its Meeting in Oman in 2003.

The Meeting closed at 21:10.

F. J. Berry, Secretary
P. Gütlich, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
29 August 1999

Minutes of the meeting held in the Congress Center at Garmisch Partenkirchen on Sunday, 29th August 1999, at 17:00:

Present: P. Gütlich (Chairman), G. Langouche (Vice-Chairman), F. J. Berry (Secretary), B. Arcondo (Argentina), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), S. Campbell (Australia), J. Cashion (Australia), R. Coussement (Belgium), J. Ladrière (Belgium), E. B. Saitovitch (Brazil), H. Rechenberg (Brazil), D. G. Rancourt (Canada), Y. Hsia (China), S. Music (Croatia), O. Schneeweiss (Czech Republic), S. Mørup (Denmark), N. Eissa (Egypt), J. Grenèche (France), J. Jumas (France), E. Gerdau (Germany), A. Trautwein (Germany), O. Helgason (Iceland), S. Date (India), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), I. Nowik (Israel), T. Shinjo (Japan), S. Kikuta (Japan), S. Nasu (Japan), B. Niesen (The Netherlands), A. Van der Kraan (The Netherlands), A. Yousif (Oman), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), D. Hanzel (Slovenia), J. R. Gancedo (Spain), F. Waanders (South Africa), R. Wappling (Sweden), I. Lyubutin (Russia), I. Suzdalev (Russia), D. Dickson (United Kingdom), B. Fultz (United States), R. D. Taylor (United States), F. Gónzalez-Jiménez (Venezuela), J. G. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Chairman's Introduction. Professor P. Gütlich welcomed members to the meeting.

2. Apologies for Absence. Dr. V. McCann (New Zealand), Professor T. Katila (Finland).

3. Minutes of Meeting of 14th and 15th September 1997. These were confirmed as an accurate record.

4. Matters from Minutes.

ICAME Registration Fees: It was agreed that future ICAME Registration Fees should be approved by the IBAME Executive Committee.

Proceedings: It was agreed that this should be discussed at the next meeting of IBAME.

5. Election of Secretary. Professor F. J. Berry was proposed by Professor S. Mørup and seconded by Professor P. Gütlich. This was unanimously approved by the Board.

6. Amendment to Constitution. The Board approved the following revision to Section III of the Constitution: "When a Member of the Executive Committee ends their term of office, that person shall remain a Member of IBAME until the first election that would normally be held in their own country."

7. Operational and Working Practices. The Board approved the following statement: "The objectives of IBAME are to advance the diffusion of knowledge in the field of the Mössbauer Effect and its applications and to promote the activities of the international community working in this interdisciplinary field of basic and applied research. It is suggested that events such as these should be notified ot the Chairman of IBAME as quickly as possible so that he can make the appropriate announcement and statement on behalf of the Community."

8. IBAME Elections. Professor F. J. Berry reported on elections held in 1998 and 1999.

9. ICAME 2001. Dr. D. P. E. Dickson reported on preperations for ICAME 2001.

10. ICAME 2003. Dr. A. Yousif made a proposal that ICAME 2003 be held in Oman. Professor S. Campbell made a proposal that ICAME 2003 be held in Australia. It was agreed that a decision be taken at the next meeting of IBAME.

It was agreed that IBAME should meet on Monday, 30th August at 19:00 hrs.

F. J. Berry, Secretary
P. Gütlich, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
30 August 1999

Minutes of the meeting held in the Congress Center at Garmisch Partenkirchen on Monday 30th August 1999 at 19:00:

Present: P. Gütlich (Chairman), G. Langouche (Vice-Chairman), F. J. Berry (Secretary), B. Arcondo (Argentina), R. C. Mercader (Argentina), S. Campbell (Australia), R. Coussement (Belgium), J. Ladrière (Belgium), E. B. Saitovitch (Brazil), H. Rechenberg (Brazil) D. G. Rancourt (Canada), Y. Hsia (China), G. P. Alcazar (Colombia-Peru-Paraguay), S. Music (Croatia), O. Schneeweiss (Czech Republic), S. Mørup (Denmark), N. Eissa (Egypt), J. Grenèche (France), J. Jumas (France), C. Pietzsch (Germany), E. Gerdau (Germany), A. Trautwein (Germany), D. L. Nagy (Hungary), O. Helgason (Iceland), S. Date (India), M. Carbucicchio (Italy), T. Shinjo (Japan), S. Kikuta (Japan), S. Nasu (Japan), B. Niesen (The Netherlands), A. Van der Kraan (The Netherlands), H. de Waard (The Netherlands), A. Yousif (Oman), M. Miglierini (Slovakia), D. Hanzel (Slovenia), J. R. Gancedo (Spain), I. Lyubutin (Russia), I. Suzdalev (Russia), D. Dickson (United Kingdom), B. Fultz (United States), R. D. Taylor (United States), F. Gónzalez-Jiménez (Venezuela), J. G. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Chairman's Introduction. Professor P. Gütlich welcomed members to the meeting.

2. Proceedings of ICAME. It was agreed (24 votes for, 14 against) that: Potential organizers of ICAME are requested to specify clearly under which form the proceedings will be published, when they present their proposal before IBAME. Approval of an ICAME-proposal by IBAME therefore includes approval of the intention of a specific proceedings-formula. If, during the four years between the approval of the ICAME-proposal and the actual conference, the local organisers wish to modify or adjust their original proceedings-proposal, they should obtain the explicit approval from the IBAME Executive Committee. It was also agreed that whilst IBAME does not prescribe a specific proceedings-format, several formulas are acceptable. These were discussed and the popularity of each noted.

  1. All contributions are published in a regular international journal as regular papers (40 for, 1 abstention).
  2. All contributions are published in a proceedings-volume which is not part of a regular journal (21 for, 7 against, 6 abstentions).
  3. All contributions are published in 2 volumes with identical appearance. Volume 1, which is part of a regular international journal, contains the invited and oral contributions. Volume 2, which is not part of a regular international journal, is an official publication which can be cited and contains the posters (e.g. as 4 page camera-ready manuscripts) (28 for, 3 against, 9 abstentions).
  4. Publication in a regular international journal in which only the invited and oral contributions are published as full papers, while the poster-contributions are published as 1-2 page extended abstracts (9 for, 24 against, 6 abstentions).
  5. Only the invited and oral contributions are published in a regular international journal (7 for, 26 against, 6 abstentions).
  6. All articles are kept on a web-site for a certain amount of time (3 for, 25 against, 13 abstentions).
  7. CD Rom publication (18 for, 7 against, 15 abstentions).
  8. New ideas (32 for, 3 abstentions).

3. ICAME 2003. Summaries of proposals that ICAME 2003 be held in Oman (Dr. Yousif) and Australia (Prof. S. Campbell) were presented. 29 votes were in favour of Oman. 13 votes were in favour of Australia.

4. ICAME Contribution to IBAME. It was agreed that $1 from each ICAME participant be contributed to IBAME.

5. European Physical Society. It was agreed that the representation of EPS on ICAME Committees should be by Professor Nagy.

6. Nomenclature and Conventions in Mössbauer Spectroscopy. Professor F. J. Berry reported that this has been referred to Commissions I.I and 1.5 of IUPAC. No questions or adverse comments had been made by these Commissions.

7. MEDC. Professor J. Stevens reported on developments to the Mössbauer Effect Data Journal.

F. J. Berry, Secretary
P. Gütlich, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
14 September 1997

Minutes of the meeting held in the Inter-Continental Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday 14th September 1997, at 18:00:

Present: P. Gütlich (Chairman), G. Langouche (Vice-Chairman), F. J. Berry (Secretary), R. Coussement (Belgium), E. B. Saitovitch (Brazil), Y. Hsia (China), N. A. Eissa (Egypt), C. Pietzsch (Germany), D. Nagy (Hungary), O. Helgason (Iceland), G. Principi (Italy), A. Yousif (Oman), D. Hanzel (Slovenia), H. Pollak (South Africa), J. R. Gancedo (Spain), A. M. Van der Kraan (The Netherlands), F. Gónzalez-Jiménez (Venezuela), D. P. E. Dickson (United Kingdom), B. Fultz (United States), J. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Chairman's Introduction. Professor P. Gütlich welcomed members to the meeting.

2. Apologies for Absence. Professor G. Long (United States), Professor T. Katila (Finland), Dr. S. Campbell (Australia).

3. Minutes of Meeting of 10th September 1995. Present: Dr. A. Van der Kraan. The minutes were confirmed as an accurate record.

4. Minutes of meeting of 12th September 1995. Present: Dr. A. Van der Kraan, Dr. J. Stevens. The minutes were confirmed as an accurate records.

5. Matters Arising. Professor Berry reported that the following representatives to IBAME had been elected:

Iceland - Professor O. Helgason
Oman - Professor A. Awadh Yousif

6. ICAME '97. Dr. E. Baggio-Saitovitch reported on meetings of the Programme Committee and Organising Committee. She reported on organisational matters and that 240 people had registered. Professor Gütlich thanked Dr. Baggio-Saitovitch for all her work in organising the conference.

7. Dates of ICAME. Professor G. Long had raised by correspondence the problem of ICAME being scheduled for September. After discussion it was agreed that the most financially favourable time to the local organisers was the important consideration.

8. ICAME '01. Dr. D. Dickson made a proposal that ICAME '01 should be held in the United Kingdom.

It was agreed that IBAME should meet on Tuesday 16th September 1997.

F. J. Berry, Secretary
P. Gütlich, Chairman


Minutes of the Meeting of IBAME
Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
16 September 1997

Minutes of the meeting held in the Inter-Continental Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, on Tuesday 16th September 1997, at 13:00:

Present: P. Gütlich (Chairman), G. Langouche (Vice-Chairman), F. J. Berry (Secretary), R. Mercader (Argentina), R. Coussement (Belgium), E. B. Saitovitch (Brazil), H. Rechenberg (Brazil), Y. Hsia (China), Li Fashen (China), N. A. Eissa (Egypt), F. Varret (France), J.-M. Grenèche (France), A. Trautwein (Germany), F. Parak (Germany), C. Pietzsch (Germany), D. L. Nagy (Hungary), I. Nowik (Isreal), O. Helgason (Iceland), G. Principi (Italy), S. Nasu (Japan), A. A. Yousif (Oman), J. Lipka (Slovakia), D. Hansel (Slovenia), R. Gancedo (Spain), H. Pollak (South Africa), A. Van der Kraan (The Netherlands), D. P. E. Dickson (United Kingdom), R. D. Taylor (United States), B. Fultz (United States), J. Stevens (Guest Member).

1. Chairman's Introduction. Professor P. Gutlich welcomed members to the meeting.

2. Apologies for Absence. Professor G. Long (United States), Professor T. Katila (Finland), Dr. S. Campbell (Australia).

3. ICAME '99. A report on plans for ICAME '99 in Garmisch, Germany, was presented by Professor F. Parka and Professor A. Trautwein. Matters concerning parallel sessions, letters of invitation to participants, conference fees and conference proceedings were discussed.

4. Future ICAME. It was agreed that Organisers of future ICAME should discuss their plans with the IBAME Executive and, via a closed electronic mailing, with members of IBAME. The ICAME registration fees (Including those for students) should be approved by the IBAME Executive Committee. It was agreed that members of IBAME should form the International Advisory Board of future ICAME. It was agreed that $1 per participant be contributed from each ICAME to IBAME.

5. ICAME '01. Professor A. Yousif made a proposal that ICAME '01 should be held in Oman. After a vote it was agreed that ICAME '01 should be held in the United Kingdom.

6. ICAME '03. It was agreed that a decision should be made at ICAME '99. Oman and all other countries were encouraged to make a proposal.

7. Proceedings of ICAME. It was agreed that local organisers should advise IBAME of any problems relating to the publications of the Proceedings of ICAME.

8. Nomenclature and Conventions for Reporting Mössbauer Data. It was agreed that, with two further amendments, the document should be sent to IUPAC.

9. Any Other Business.

  1. Professor F. J. Berry reported that Dr. H. Rechenberg had been elected to represent Brazil.
  2. Professor J. Stevens reported on developments in the Mössbauer Effect Data Center.

F. J. Berry, Secretary
P. Gütlich, Chairman


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