One of the best meetings since World War II—that's how one delegate described the General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG), held in Canberra, Australia, last December. Overall, delegates indicate that the gathering was a satisfying one from scientific, organizational, and arrangement standpoints.

Persons from 71 countries participated (see Table 1). The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Libyan Arab Republic joined the Union as new members. For the first time, the People's Republic of China played a major part in the assembly. About 50 scientists from that country attended. There was also at least one participant from Taiwan at the sessions.