President’s Report 2013
It is my pleasure on behalf of the Chemical Society to present the annual report for the year ending 2013. Affiliated to the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies, the Chemical Society of the South Pacific (CSSP) is one of 175 Professional Chemical Societies worldwide. It has a total membership of over 100 and is governed by an Executive Committee of 7 members. From the time of its inception in 1985, there has been tremendous improvement in the type of activities the society offers, increase in the student participation and a strong relationship the society has built with the industrial sector.
This year the society is very grateful to the following organization for sponsoring the society’s activities; Faculty of Science Technology and Environment and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences of The University of the South Pacific to allow the use of laboratory facilities, Mobil Oil, William and Gosling for providing financial sponsorship, Vodafone for providing mobile phones as the prize for one of the competition, CDP for providing free delivery of our parcels, Pleeas Breaveages for providing bottled water, Central Rentals for giving a huge discount on the hire of the car to conduct the competition in the West and Laucala Bay Pharmacy for providing trophies.
The activities for this year started in June with the preliminary round of the competition being held at the four centres; Nadi Muslim college, Xavier college, Labasa Sangam and USP laucala campus. I thank the principals and the school management for hosting us at no cost. This year a new competition, Bio-Battle was introduced and was trialed with schools from the southern district. It will be one of the activities in the CSSP calendar from next year.
This year we also tried to establish links to regional countries where we have the USP campuses. We hope from next year the competition will be extended to some of these countries so that we truly reflect on our name. In addition, the society will try and launch its own website by the end of this year. We hope by next year this website will be fully operational.
The Chemical Society will continue to strive to bring the latest knowledge and discoveries to your doorsteps through the support of our sponsors. We also hope to receive more support from the schools to allow students to participate in such competitions in the near future.
I would like to thank all members for their contribution towards the society this year. May I take this opportunity to introduce our website. http://thecssp.org
Dr. David Rohindra