Let's get ready for the IIR's centenary

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The First International Congress of Refrigeration washeld in Paris in 1908, the year during which helium wasliquefied for the first time; many national refrigerationassociations and also the organization that gave rise to theIIR in 1920 were also set up in 1908.So 2008 will be the IIRs centenary year, but instead ofcelebrations taking place in Paris only, as was the case forthe IIRs 90th birthday in 1998, the IIR plans to go global forthe occasion: the Executive Committee of the IIR approvedthis approach in June 2005.The year 2008 must not be just another commemoration:it must provide an opportunity to raise awareness, on aglobal scale, concerning the value of refrigeration in termsof the health and well-being of humanity, and the need tohave at our disposal greater means in order to address theenvironmental challenges our planet is facing: thesechallenges will radically change the way we designrefrigerating equipment. New regulations governingrefrigerants are in the pipeline, particularly in Europe. TheLe premier Congre`s International du Froid a eu lieu a`Paris en 1908, annee de liquefaction de lhelium; cest aussilannee de creation de nombreuses associations nationalesdu froid et lembryon de ce qui deviendra en 1920 lInstitutInternational du Froid.Aussi, 2008 doit devenir le 100e anniversaire de lInstitutInternational du Froid (IIF), mais, contrairement auxprecedents anniversaires (1998.), celui-ci doit devenirnon seulement un evenement parisien, mais aussi, voiresurtout, un evenement mondial, comme la decide le ComiteExecutif de lIIF en juin dernier.2008 ne doit pas etre une commemoration de plus: cedoit etre loccasion dune prise de conscience mondiale delutilite du froid pour la sante et le bien-etre de lhumanite,et de la necessite de moyens accrus pour repondre aux defisenvironnementaux de notre plane`te: ils vont changerradicalement notre manie`re de concevoir les installationsfrigorifiques. De nouvelles reglementations sur les frigor-ige`nes se preparent, notamment en Europe. Le prix duInternational Journal of Refrigeration 29 (2006) 12www.elsevier.com/locate/ijrefrigIIR news Nouvelles de lIIFLets get ready for the IIRscentenaryPreparons le 100e anniversaire !would appear to be lasting.These factors compel us to implement technologicalAutant de facteurs qui imposent des changementstechnologiques rapides pour aborder la decennie a` venir.0140-7007/$35.00 q 2005 Elsevier Ltd and IIR.doi:10.1016/j.ijrefrig.2005.11.001price of oil, and therefore of energy, has risen as was thecase during previous oil crises, but this time, the price hikepetrole, et donc de lenergie, a grimpe comme lors desprecedents chocs petroliers, mais cette fois-ci durablement.changes rapidly in order to meet the challenges we will facein the decade to come.Refrigeration is more than ever necessary for humanityand its use will continue to expand; however, the way inwhich this development occurs needs to change. This trendprovides us with additional reasons to reaffirm the value ofour national associations and the IIR.This centenary should provide an opportunity to seek outthe IIRs roots in order to better prepare the future.The IIR intends to stage several joint centenarycelebrations with the French Refrigeration Association(Association Francaise du Froid) and features include: ajoint conference in Paris in June 2008; a book on the historyof refrigeration; display materials for an exhibition on thehistory of refrigeration; presentation of cutting-edge sectors;a mobile exhibition calling in on French teaching establish-ments in the refrigeration field.Much of this material could be used (and translatedwhere necessary) during the events to be held in othercountries during 2008. The IIR will serve as a hub.We need to start getting ready for these events now, andwill be happy to receive proposals and offers of assistance.As we begin 2006, we must give thought to the majorchallenges awaiting us and also get ready for 2008, averitable Refrigeration Year worldwide.Le froid est plus que jamais necessaire pour lhumaniteet son utilisation continuera a` crotre, mais ce developpe-ment devra se faire autrement. Autant de raisons pourreaffirmer fortement lutilite de nos associations nationaleset de lIIF.Cet anniversaire doit etre loccasion de retrouver sesracines pour mieux se projeter vers lavenir.Avec lAssociation Francaise du Froid, plusieurs actionssont deja` en cours delaboration pour le 100e anniversaire:un colloque commun a` Paris en juin 2008; un livre surlhistoire du froid; des documents dexposition de cettehistoire, mais aussi de presentation des differents secteursen evolution; une exposition itinerante dans les etablisse-ments denseignement francais.Nombre de ces materiaux pourront servir, moyennant lestraductions eventuelles, lors de divers evenements a` creer,dans les autres pays, dans le courant de lannee 2008. LIIFsen fera le relais.Il est necessaire de preparer, de`s maintenant, cesevenements, et nous attendons toutes les propositions etbonnes volontes.En abordant lannee 2006, nous devons penser aux defismajeurs qui nous attendent, et preparer pour 2008 uneveritable Annee du Froid dans le monde entier.IIR News / International Journal of Refrigeration 29 (2006) 122

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