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In particular, at the General meeting GM-14 in

November 2001, a number of minor changes

were made to clarify the meaning of certain

statutes and by-laws, and to remove minor

conflicts between some statutes and related

by-laws. A change was also made to the

by-laws to allow electronic communication,

rather than postal communication, in certain

situations. The original constitution and by-

laws were derived mainly from the study

and research of M. Berthaud with the help

of E. Thomas. However, changes in the

Belgian law led to modify the Union statutes.

The new statutes were approved at the



General Meeting held in Beijing in 2010.

The major modification was the move to

an annual (rather than a triennial) budget in

addition to minor changes to procedures.

The schedule of General Meetings had thus

to be changed as one has to be held each

year (see section 5).

The objectives of the Union are to

promote, encourageanddevelopvacuum

science, techniques and the applications

of vacuum in all countries. The Union

encourages the establishment of national

vacuum societies and committees in

countries where they do not yet exist

and may coordinate the activities of

those national organisations in countries

where they do exist.The Union promotes

and coordinates international meetings

and develops educational material for

international use. It publishes notices

of national and international meetings

related to vacuum and other vacuum

activities of international interest.

The interests of the IUVSTA encompass

not only vacuum per se, but those

disciplines which use vacuum as an

important tool. It established Divisions

in 1977 to promote these disciplines

on an international scale. The growth

in membership of IUVSTA from 1962 to

2016 is shown in Table I and is discussed

later in detail in Section 10.

Until 2010 the official languages of the

Union were French, English and German.

Official communications were published

in all three languages with the original text

indicated. Although all three languages

were initially used during meetings with

instant translations provided, this had

soon become prohibitively expensive and

most presentations were finally delivered

in English. Since 2010, French is the

official language and English is the working

language of the Union.

The Representatives of ECM-109 Meeting -

2010.08.22, Beijing, China