The By-laws were prepared in 2000 for the event of the 5th Isotope Workshop
held in Cracow, Poland. The By-laws comes into operation by a two-thirds
majority vote of the participants of the 5th Isotope Workshop. After validation
of the By-laws, any changes shall be made by the General Assembly on the
proposal of the Advisory Board.
By-laws of the European Society for Isotope Research
The organization shall be known as the European Society for Isotope Research
(ESIR). The word "Society" used hereinafter shall be understood
to mean ESIR.
The main objectives of the Society are as follows:
to foster co-operation between scientists of all
regions of Europe and the World working in the field of isotope geochemistry
and other fields of isotope research.
to promote exchanging scientific ideas by providing
a forum for scientific discussions in the field of isotope research with
special attention to the geosciences.
The Society's membership includes only individual members. Individuals who
are interested in the field of isotope research can be a member of the Society
by participating at the regular meeting of the Society and by paying the
membership fee. Honorary members are free of the membership fee and are
elected by the General Assembly. Student members have 50% discount on the
membership fee. Sustaining members support the Society by extra fee that
is appreciated by the Society.
The Society organizes a biannual meeting called Isotope Workshop. The language
of the Workshop is English. The place of the meeting shall always be in
Europe with special care to minimize participation costs. Attendance of
researchers from Central and Eastern Europe should be promoted. Isotope
Workshops are organized to represent the fields of isotope research with
special attention to isotope geochemistry. Workshop themes are represented
by scientific sessions in which important fields of isotope geochemistry
are always included.
A) General Assembly
The General Assembly has the highest power in the
The General Assembly holds its regular meetings at
the Isotope Workshops.
The General Assembly elects the delegate members
of the Advisory Board by more than 50%+1 of the votes made personally at
the Assembly or submitted in advance. Any member can be proposed, voted
for and elected. Proposals can be made at the General Assembly or submitted
to the Advisory Board by mail. In case of proposals submitted by mail, the
Advisory Board should contact all nominees if they accept the proposal.
In case of proposals made at the Assembly, the nominee should declare the
acceptance or the proposer should present the nominee's declaration. Submitted
votes of all ESIR members are regarded valid provided that the vote had
been received by the chairperson of the Advisory Board by mail before the
General Assembly meeting. Proposals for Advisory Board delegate members
can also be sent by mail to the chairperson of the Advisory Board. Votes
and proposals are valid if an accompanying letter containing the member's
personal data is included and the letter is signed. The vote and proposal
should be included in a separate envelope closed. The proposal shall be
presented for the General Assembly by the chairperson of the Advisory Board,
the vote shall be treated anonymously.
The General Assembly exclusively makes decisions
on any change in the Statutes and By-laws. Proposals for changes should
be sent to the chairperson of the Advisory Board. The letter must contain
the proposer's personal data and signature. The Advisory Board makes the
decision if the proposal is supported by at least 50%+1 votes. If supported,
all members should be informed not less than 3 months before the next Isotope
Workshop. If not supported, the proposer should be informed and the case
should be presented at the General Assembly by the Advisory Board. Proposed
changes are validated by 67%+1 of the votes given by members present and
received by the Advisory Board by mail.
D) Advisory Board
The Society is fully governed by the Advisory Board
(Board hereinafter). The Board consists of the President, Vice-President,
Past-Presidents of the last 2 Isotope Workshops and 6 delegate members elected
by the General Assembly to achieve a better geographical and multidisciplinary
representation. The General Assembly elects 2 substitute members for the
case of decrease in the number of delegate members The Chairperson of the
Board is the President, or in case of the President's absence, the Vice-President.
The Board shall be responsible for supervising the
activities of the Society and Workshop organization and for achieving the
objectives of the Society.
The Advisory Board prepare changes of the Statutes
and By-laws according to the needs of the Society's development.
The Advisory Board determines the membership fee.
The Board decides on the place of the next Isotope
Workshop and elects the next President and Vice-President before the meeting
of the General Assembly. Nominations for the next Isotope Workshop should
be sent or given to the Advisory Board. The Board makes its decision after
the presentation(s) of nominee(s) at the audience of the Isotope Workshop.
The Society's President is the organizer of the next
Isotope Workshop. The President is elected by the Advisory Board members
present with 67%+1 of the votes. The election is held at the actual Isotope
Workshop. The President is in office for two years.
The President is
responsible for the organization of the next Isotope Workshop;
establishes the scientific sessions;
takes care of the financial support of the Workshop;
arranges the distribution of information in the scientific
The President keeps contact with the Advisory Board
and informs the Board members on the development of Workshop organization.
The Vice-President is elected by the Advisory Board
members present with 67%+1 of the votes. The election is held at the actual
Isotope Workshop. The Vice-President helps the President in organizing the
Workshop and acts as a deputy. In the absence or in case of vacancy of the
President the Vice-President holds all the responsibilities and duties of
The Secretary is appointed by the President for the
period of two years. The main task of the Secretary is to promote the distribution
of information on the Isotope Workshop.
The Treasurer is responsible for handling the financial
issues of Workshop organization and membership fees. The Treasurer is appointed
by the President for the period of two years.
VALIDITY AND CHANGES
The By-laws are prepared in 2000 for the event of
the 5th Isotope Workshop held in Cracow, Poland. The By-laws comes into
operation by a two-thirds majority vote of the participants of the 5th Isotope
Workshop. After validation of the By-laws, any changes shall be made by
the General Assembly on the proposal of the Advisory Board.