International Society for Aeolian Research - ISAR
Article 1. NAME
The name of the Organization is the International Society for Aeolian Research (ISAR)
Article 2. PURPOSE
1. The purpose of the Organization is to promote contacts among scientists undertaking research in aeolian processes, landforms, and modeling, to stimulate scientific research in aeolian topics and related fields, and to further the application of the results of such research into practical applications.
The Organization tries to accomplish these objectives by:
a. Promoting contacts among those undertaking research in aeolian processes and related subjects for discussion and comparison of research results;
b. Initiating conferences such as the International Conference on Aeolian Research (ICAR) conferences, and related conferences;
c. Organizing relevant excursions and demonstrations;
d. Establishing contacts and cooperation with organizations in other fields of science aimed at similar general purposes;
e. Supporting the publication of a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
2. The organization shall be organized and operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes and not for profit.
Article 3. DURATION
1. The Organization is constituted for an indefinite period of time.
2. The financial year of the Organization coincides with the calendar year.
Article 4. MEMBERSHIP
1. Membership shall be open to all persons and institutions interested in the study or application of aeolian processes and related subjects.
Four categories of members shall be recognized:
a. Individual members – persons actively engaged in or, after retirement, retaining an active interest in aeolian research and its applications;
b. Student Members – students actively engaged in formal studies at a university, college or similar institution of higher education.
c. Corporate members - institutions, companies, and organizations of manufacturers, dealers and users of equipment related to aeolian processes. Such corporate bodies may only have one individual member representing it in the Organization
d. Honorary members - distinguished workers in aeolian research who have retired from active posts. Honorary members are nominated by active members and approved by the Board.
2. Membership shall be terminated by:
a. Death of a member or, in the case of a corporate member, when the corporation ceases to exist;
b. Resignation by a member or corporate member;
c. Notice given by the Organization. Notice will be given upon failure to pay dues as stipulated in the Bylaws.
Article 5. BOARD
1. The Board of the Organization consists of the President, the President-Elect, the immediate Past President, the Secretary, and the Treasurer, and as many other members as are provided for in the Bylaws. Members of the Board shall be members of ISAR.
2. The composition of the Board shall preferably reflect the different disciplines and countries represented within the Organization.
3. The President, President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be the Officers of the Organization.
4. The Board shall conduct the business of the Organization during the period between meetings of the General Assembly in accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws and the recommendations of the General Assembly. The Board has the power to suspend a Bylaw temporarily subject to the approval of the General Assembly.
5. The President shall normally annually, call a meeting of the Officers of the Organization. In case such a meeting cannot be arranged, he/she may conduct his business by correspondence/email.
6. Board membership shall be terminated by:
a. Expiration of the term for which the Board member was appointed;
b. Death of the Board member;
c. Resignation by the Board member;
d. Notice given by the General Assembly. Notice will be given upon failure to pay dues as stipulated in the Bylaws.
Article 6. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
1. The affairs of ISAR shall be administered by the General Assembly and, on behalf of the General Assembly, by the Board. The General Assembly is the highest authority of ISAR.
2. Transactions of the General Assembly shall include:
a. Reports from Officers and Board, including the presentation of financial accounts;
b. Reports from Chairpersons of Committees and Working Groups and from persons entrusted by the Board or General Assembly with special tasks;
c. Presentation of and voting on amendments to the Constitution and to the Bylaws;
d. Announce the election results of Officers and Board; election of Honorary Members;
e. Setting the membership fee for the next period;
3. All members have the right to attend the General Assembly, to participate in debates and to present proposals for nominations of Board members. In voting, each member has one vote and may authorize any other person present at the General Assembly to act as his or her proxy. Authorization to act as a proxy must be reported in writing to the Board.
4. Decisions of the General Assembly shall be by simple majority of votes, except for those on amendments to the Constitution and on the dissolution of ISAR, which shall be transacted as determined by Articles 8 and 9. If requested by at least one-third of the members present, or by the Board, voting shall be by secret ballot.
5. The President and Secretary of the Board shall act as Chairperson and Secretary of the General Assembly.
6. General Assemblies will be called by the Board by written convocation, to be mailed to the members not later than two months before the date of the General Assembly.
Article 7. FINANCES
1. The financial means of the Organization shall be acquired by:
a. Membership fees;
b. Profit from properties and transactions;
c. Grants, donations, legacies, and funds received from organizations or individuals.
2. With the exception of Honorary Members, all members shall pay an annual fee determined by the General Assembly and laid down in the Bylaws. The fees are payable on 1 January each year.
3. The funds of ISAR shall be held in custody by the Treasurer, who shall forward a report of the financial accounts to the Board annually. Normally the account shall be established in the country in which the Treasurer resides.
Article 8. AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION
1. The Constitution may be amended only at a General Assembly. Amendments may be proposed by the Board or by at least ten members acting in concert. Proposals for amendments must be received at least four months before a General Assembly by the Secretary, who shall notify the membership not later than two months before the date of the General Assembly. The amendments shall take effect immediately after they have been ratified by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast
Article 9. DISSOLUTI0N
1. The Organization shall be dissolved only by an email ballot among the entire membership and by a two-thirds majority of the votes cast.
2. Upon dissolution the Board shall distribute the assets and accrued income of the Organization to one or more non-profit organizations with objectives akin to its own.
Article 10. DOMICILE
The legal domicile of ISAR shall be Lubbock, Texas, USA.
Article 11. REPRESENTATION
The legal representatives of ISAR shall be the President and one other Officer. Together, they can authorize one person to legally represent the Organization.
Article 12. BYLAWS
The Organization shall establish Bylaws concerning the conduct and procedures to be followed within the Organization.