Current Status

The agreement has been in continuous operation since its inception and in fact was just approved by the International Agency for a five year extension beginning March 1, 2012. Membership has grown to twelve countries with the addition of Switzerland, Belgium, Finland, and Korea.

 

Each member country in turn hosts the annual gathering of investigators at a Task Leaders Meeting. Here, the presentation of progress through papers and poster sessions offers opportunity for close interaction with fellow scientists. The ten or so tasks of the late 1970s has increased to in excess of fifty tasks today, and the two-day Task Leaders Meetings that attracted 25 people then now last up to four days and draw 50 or more researchers.

 

The ten or so individual tasks of the late 1970s have evolved into a set of multinational collaborations with in excess of fifty participants today, and the two-day Task Leaders Meetings that attracted 25 people then now last up to four days and draw 50-60 or more researchers.