Foundation of International Committee on Activation Analysis (ICAA)
 
From the results of the first three MTAA conferences, it was evident that the conferences were fulfilling a real need of the intemational community of activation analysts. Hence, during MTAA-3, members of the 10-man informal Conference Committee, plus a number of persons active in MTAA-3 as Plenary Speakers and/or Session Chairmen, met to discuss the possibility of forming a more formal enlarged Conference Committee and to initiate exploration of possible sites for a MTAA-4 conference.
 
During the 1968--1972 period, progress was made by correspondence. In this period, a 21-member Conference Committee was decided upon (each member to serve for three conferences, 7 going off the Committee (or being reelected) at each conference; new members being elected to replace outgoing members who were not reelected). The first group of 21 members was voted
in; and France was approved as the country that would host MTAA-4.
 
Commencing just prior to MTAA-4, when the International Conference Committee was first formally constituted and reached its regular size of 21 voting members, the Committee has operated very effectively.
 
This first full 21-member Conference Committee consisted of the following persons:
  1. Philippe ALBERT
  2. Ivan P. ALIMARIN
  3. Saadia  AMIEL
  4. Oswald ANDERS
  5. Dominique COMAR
  6. Gerald COOK
  7. Charles ENGELMANN
  8. Lloyd FITE
  9. Derek GIBBONS
  10. Francesco GIRARDI
  11. Vincent GUINN
  12. Julien HOSTE
  13. Robert JERVIS
  14. Jean LAVERLOCHERE
  15. George LEDDICOTTE
  16. John LENIHAN
  17. William LYON
  18. Max PEISACH
  19. Nobufusa SAITO
  20. Albert SMALES
  21. Richard WAINERDI

As yet, there was no designated Conference Committee Chairman or Secretary (Guinn continuing to perform this function on an informal basis).

As many as possible of the Committee members meet one evening of each conference to review the conference in progress, have a preliminary discussion of possibilities for the next conference, and introduce newly elected members of the Committee - the new Committee then commencing to function at the conclusion of that conference.

If is of interest to note that the Committee in effect at MTAA-8 included only 5 members who were on the Committee at the time of MTAA-4 (ALBERT, ENGELMANN, GUINN, JERVIS and PEISACH).
 
The other 16 were newer members (CHATT, DAMS, SANKAR DAS, DEBRUN, DE GOEIJ, GRIMANIS, HEYDORN, IYENGAR, LUX, PARR, REVEL, SABBIONI, SCHWEIKERT, SPYROU, STEINNES and VANDECASTEELE), thus illustrating the dynamic nature of the composition of the Committee, but with some degree of ongoing continuity.