Reference numberCD/38/8
TitleLetter from [William Whitehead] Watts, Secretary of the Conjoint Board of Scientific Societies, to the Secretaries of the Royal Society
Date5 October 1922
DescriptionInforms the Royal Society that careful consideration has gone into the constitution and functions of the Conjoint Board of Scientific Societies in the future. Discusses the Board's work during the war, and their research into adhesives, Empire water power, anomalies revealed by magnetic surveys, and other operations needing many branches of science. Discusses similarly their actions on the postwar increase in the cost of scientific productions, censorship, paper shortages, and other things designed to benefit a number of Societies. Discusses the financial assistance necessary for such work. Proposes now in the new constitution to no longer initiate action, but confine itself to action demanded by the interests of the constituent Societies it serves.

Asks whether the Royal Society would like to continue to be a member of the Board. Also asks their opinion on the idea that leading Scientific Societies in 'the Dominions' should be invited to join the Board, and whether the Board will continue to take up questions relating to scientific education.
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