List of illustrations; Foreword; 1. The origin and early history; 2. Substance of the programme; 3. Preparations; 4. Operations; 5. Synthesis and transfer; 6. Publications; 7. Financing the programme Ronald Keay; 8. The meaning of IBP for the future Francois Bourliere; Appendices: 1. Resolutions from General Assemblies and meetings of SCIBP; 2. Membership of the SCIBP and its main committees; 3. National organisation of the IBP; 4. The meetings of IBP; 5. Publications; 6. Quantities, units and symbols for IBP synthesis; 7. List of abbreviations used in text; References; Index.