Let's get ready for the IIR's centenary

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<ul><li><p>The First International Congress of Refrigeration was</p><p>held in Paris in 1908, the year during which helium was</p><p>liquefied for the first time; many national refrigeration</p><p>associations and also the organization that gave rise to the</p><p>IIR in 1920 were also set up in 1908.</p><p>So 2008 will be the IIRs centenary year, but instead of</p><p>celebrations taking place in Paris only, as was the case for</p><p>the IIRs 90th birthday in 1998, the IIR plans to go global for</p><p>the occasion: the Executive Committee of the IIR approved</p><p>this approach in June 2005.</p><p>The year 2008 must not be just another commemoration:</p><p>it must provide an opportunity to raise awareness, on a</p><p>global scale, concerning the value of refrigeration in terms</p><p>of the health and well-being of humanity, and the need to</p><p>have at our disposal greater means in order to address the</p><p>environmental challenges our planet is facing: these</p><p>challenges will radically change the way we design</p><p>refrigerating equipment. New regulations governing</p><p>refrigerants are in the pipeline, particularly in Europe. The</p><p>Le premier Congre`s International du Froid a eu lieu a`</p><p>Paris en 1908, annee de liquefaction de lhelium; cest aussi</p><p>lannee de creation de nombreuses associations nationales</p><p>du froid et lembryon de ce qui deviendra en 1920 lInstitut</p><p>International du Froid.</p><p>Aussi, 2008 doit devenir le 100e anniversaire de lInstitut</p><p>International du Froid (IIF), mais, contrairement aux</p><p>precedents anniversaires (1998.), celui-ci doit devenirnon seulement un evenement parisien, mais aussi, voire</p><p>surtout, un evenement mondial, comme la decide le Comite</p><p>Executif de lIIF en juin dernier.</p><p>2008 ne doit pas etre une commemoration de plus: ce</p><p>doit etre loccasion dune prise de conscience mondiale de</p><p>lutilite du froid pour la sante et le bien-etre de lhumanite,</p><p>et de la necessite de moyens accrus pour repondre aux defis</p><p>environnementaux de notre plane`te: ils vont changer</p><p>radicalement notre manie`re de concevoir les installations</p><p>frigorifiques. De nouvelles reglementations sur les frigor-</p><p>ige`nes se preparent, notamment en Europe. Le prix du</p><p>International Journal of Refrigeration 29 (2006) 12</p><p>www.elsevier.com/locate/ijrefrig</p><p>IIR news Nouvelles de lIIF</p><p>Lets get ready for the IIRscentenary</p><p>Preparons le 100e anniversaire !would appear to be lasting.</p><p>These factors compel us to implement technological</p><p>Autant de facteurs qui imposent des changements</p><p>technologiques rapides pour aborder la decennie a` venir.</p><p>0140-7007/$35.00 q 2005 Elsevier Ltd and IIR.</p><p>doi:10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2005.11.001price of oil, and therefore of energy, has risen as was the</p><p>case during previous oil crises, but this time, the price hike</p><p>petrole, et donc de lenergie, a grimpe comme lors des</p><p>precedents chocs petroliers, mais cette fois-ci durablement.</p></li><li><p>changes rapidly in order to meet the challenges we will face</p><p>in the decade to come.</p><p>Refrigeration is more than ever necessary for humanity</p><p>and its use will continue to expand; however, the way in</p><p>which this development occurs needs to change. This trend</p><p>provides us with additional reasons to reaffirm the value of</p><p>our national associations and the IIR.</p><p>This centenary should provide an opportunity to seek out</p><p>the IIRs roots in order to better prepare the future.</p><p>The IIR intends to stage several joint centenary</p><p>celebrations with the French Refrigeration Association</p><p>(Association Francaise du Froid) and features include: a</p><p>joint conference in Paris in June 2008; a book on the history</p><p>of refrigeration; display materials for an exhibition on the</p><p>history of refrigeration; presentation of cutting-edge sectors;</p><p>a mobile exhibition calling in on French teaching establish-</p><p>ments in the refrigeration field.Much of this material could be used (and translated</p><p>where necessary) during the events to be held in other</p><p>countries during 2008. The IIR will serve as a hub.</p><p>We need to start getting ready for these events now, and</p><p>will be happy to receive proposals and offers of assistance.</p><p>As we begin 2006, we must give thought to the major</p><p>challenges awaiting us and also get ready for 2008, a</p><p>veritable Refrigeration Year worldwide.</p><p>Le froid est plus que jamais necessaire pour lhumanite</p><p>et son utilisation continuera a` crotre, mais ce developpe-</p><p>ment devra se faire autrement. Autant de raisons pour</p><p>reaffirmer fortement lutilite de nos associations nationales</p><p>et de lIIF.</p><p>Cet anniversaire doit etre loccasion de retrouver ses</p><p>racines pour mieux se projeter vers lavenir.</p><p>Avec lAssociation Francaise du Froid, plusieurs actions</p><p>sont deja` en cours delaboration pour le 100e anniversaire:</p><p>un colloque commun a` Paris en juin 2008; un livre sur</p><p>lhistoire du froid; des documents dexposition de cette</p><p>histoire, mais aussi de presentation des differents secteurs</p><p>en evolution; une exposition itinerante dans les etablisse-</p><p>ments denseignement francais.Nombre de ces materiaux pourront servir, moyennant les</p><p>traductions eventuelles, lors de divers evenements a` creer,</p><p>dans les autres pays, dans le courant de lannee 2008. LIIF</p><p>sen fera le relais.</p><p>Il est necessaire de preparer, de`s maintenant, ces</p><p>evenements, et nous attendons toutes les propositions et</p><p>bonnes volontes.</p><p>En abordant lannee 2006, nous devons penser aux defis</p><p>majeurs qui nous attendent, et preparer pour 2008 une</p><p>veritable Annee du Froid dans le monde entier.</p><p>IIR News / International Journal of Refrigeration 29 (2006) 122</p></li></ul>