First General Assembly

An important event at the 1998 Seattle Congress was the First General Assembly of Acoustical Societies of the World. As part of a plan to be more representative of the world's acousticians, the ICA has reorganized as an Affiliate Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) and applied for similar representation in the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM). In preparation for this Congress, the ICA invited all major national and regional acoustics organizations to apply for membership in the Commission and send delegates to the First General Assembly to be held at the Congress venue. We were pleased that 70 representatives from over 30 acoustics organizations attended the congress and passed the new By-laws of the Commission. In addition, the new members of the Governing Board were elected.