Cape Town, South Africa, 10-11 October 2009, (minutes)
1.1. Membership of the following countries which have not paid their dues for 3 or more consecutive years, or have given plausible explanation for the default and
have not applied for extension shall be suspended: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba,
Korea, Philippines, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Tunisia, Venezuela.
Note : In the case that these members are willing to pay in future, the treasurer shall negotiate about the accumulated debt.
1.2. Programmes : That this General Assembly approves the current programmes, new programmes and their committees as per the recommendations of the Programmes Committee.
1.3. Finance : That this General Assembly approves the recommendations of the Finance Committee.
1.4. 31st General Assembly : That this General Assembly approves the venue of the 31st General Assembly in China, 2012.
1.5. Awards :
1.5.1. That this General Assembly approves the establishment of a student’s award for each programme
1.5.2. That this General Assembly approves the establishment of an IUBS medal for excellence and/or service in biology. Proposed title: ‘Darwin Medal’
1.6. Organismal Biology : That this General Assembly approves the initiative to highlight our concerns about the declining resources for organismal biology, and that these be expressed on our revised web page.
1.7. New Executive : That this General Assembly approve the recommendations of
the Nominations Committee for the new Executive.
president: G. Bernardi (Italy)
Vice presidents: J. Jungck (USA)Z. Zhang (China)
Secretary General: J.M. Jallon (France)
Treasurer: A. Pierrot‐Bults (The Netherlands)
Executive Committee Members:
P. Biro (Hungary)
Y. Dgebuadze (Russia)
R. Gadagkar (India)
L. Holtman (South Africa)
P. Kevan (Canada)
N. Mascie‐Taylor (UK)
R. Reski (Germany)
L. Rodriguez (Peru)
H. Salama (Egypt)
N. Stenseth (Norway)
H. Takeda (Japan)
J.L. Wu (Taiwan, China)
1.8. On the basis of the Treasurer’s report to the GA and the preliminary budget, the
ad hoc committee for finances proposes that the GA discharge the Treasurer for
the fiscal triennium 2007‐2009.
1.9. Appreciation : That this General Assembly commends and expresses sincere
thanks to our hosts, the team led by Professor Lorna Holtman and the University
of Western Cape for providing a wonderful, friendly venue, enabling a most
enjoyable gathering of the world’s bioscience community.
2. Approved Recommendations
Recommendations of the Programmes Committee
2.1. Integrative Climate Change Biology (iCCB) Co‐Chairs: Mikael Fortelius,
Christoph Scheidegger, Nils Christian Stenseth.
Recommendation: That support for the iCCB Programme be maintained. That this be chaired by Professors Mikael Fortelius, Christoph Scheidegger, Nils Christian Stenseth.
2.2. Biological Education (BIOED) President: John R . Jungck. Vice‐president : Lorna
Holtman. Sec‐Treasurer : Susan Adams. Ex officio members : Michael Atchia,
Motonori Hoshi, John Buckeridge, André Giordan. Members Executive
Committee: Anat Jarden, Israel; Chang‐Hung Chou, Taiwan; Daniel Raichvarg,
France ; Maria Rui de Vilar Correia, Portugal ; Nina Vorobjeva, Russia ; Franz
Radits, Austria ; Lee Traynor, Germany ; Bouaziz Azzoura, Tunisia ; Sonia Teppa,
Venezuela ; Plus IUBS Executive Director: Nathalie Fomproix.
Recommendation: That support for the BIOED Programme be maintained. That this be chaired by Professor John R. Jungck.
2.3. Traditional Knowledge Chairperson: Jan Salick
Recommendation: That support for this Programme be maintained. That this programme be chaired by Professor Jan Salick.
2.4. Darwin 200 Chairperson: Giorgio Bernardi
Recommendation: That this Programme be closed by the end of 2010 as its aims have been achieved in an excellent way.
2.5. Human Dimensions and Biodiversity Chairperson: Kamal Bawa.
Recommendation: That future support of this programme depends upon approval of a detailed science plan indicating deliverables and milestones to be evaluated during the upcoming triennium. The Chair is recommended to enlarge the Scientific Committee of the programme and to search for an Executive Committee Member of IUBS to become Co‐Chair of this programme.
2.6. Bioethics Chairperson: John Buckeridge. Members : Regine Jahn, Michael Atchia,
Harufumi Nishida, Dorsamy Pillas, Wang Sung. Secretary : Jessica Reeves. Ex
officio member : John Jungck
Recommendation: That support for this Programme be maintained. That the programme be renamed the IUBS Ethics Commission. That this programme be chaired by Professor John Buckeridge.
2.7. Genomics and Evolution Chair: Giorgio Bernardi. Initiation group: Werner
Arber, Gary Felsenfeld, Daniel Hartl, Takashi Gojobori
Recommendation: That the programme “Genomics and Evolution” be initiated and financial support be provided. That the programme shall be chaired by Professor Giorgio Bernardi.
2.8. Modernizing the codes to meet future needs of scientific communities
(BIOCODE) Co‐Chairs: David Hawksworth, Regine Jahn, Ellinor Michel, Ralf
Recommendation: That the programme on BIOCODE be initiated and financial support shall be provided. That this Programme be chaired by Professors David Hawksworth, Regine Jahn, Ellinor Michel and Ralf Reski.
2.9. Biology Research and Education Resources in Africa Co‐Chairs: Jean‐Marc
Jallon, Lorna Holtman, Salama Hussein.
Recommendation: That this programme shall be initiated and financial support
shall be provided. That this Programme be chaired by Professors Jean‐Marc Jallon, Lorna Holtman, Salama Hussein.
2.10. Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC) Co‐Chairs: Zhang
Zhibin, Yury Dgebuadze, Hari Sharma
Recommendation: That the programme BCGC be initiated and financial support be provided. That this Programme be chaired by Professors Zhang Zhibin, Yury Dgebuadze, Hari Sharma.
Recommendation: That IUBS maintains links with Diversitas through ex officio Programme Committee members, Professors Nils Christian Stenseth and Jean‐Marc Jallon. That the Executive Director informs Diversitas about this decision.
IUBS Activities :
2.12. Recommendation: That IUBS supports the international conference on
invasive species as a contribution to the programme BCGC. (5000 Euro)
Recommendations of the Finance Committee
2.13. The committee recommends seeking advice from the bank about the most advantageous management of the time deposit account maintaining a low risk profile.
2.14. The account in US $ should be used when payment has to be made in this currency and the account should be closed in due time.
2.15. The basic funds for the programmes should be increased to 7,500.‐€ for the first year. Application for further funding requires a report about the achievements and an action plan including a budget.
2.16. The mandatory reserve, covering the costs for one year should be reduced to 400,000.€
2.17. A young scientists fund should be established to support participation of doctoral student and postdocs in the activities of IUBS. An active contribution (oral/poster) is required for application. The financial ceiling of that fund shall be 10,000.€ per year. Selection of the funded applications shall be by the officers.
2.18. As stated in the Treasurer’s Report, the ad hoc committee suggests to the G.A. to encourage IUBS Ordinary and Scientific Members to provide financial support to specific scientific initiatives and programs on an ad hoc basis.
2.19. Statutes and other Protocols: That this General Assembly approve the
establishment of a working party to undertake the revisions of the Statutes,
Bylaws, including procedures and protocols. Specifically that
2.19.1. Only Ordinary and Scientific Members of IUBS may nominate candidates for the Officers and Members of the Executive Committee as described in the By‐laws. As approved at the 28th GA, nominees need not be from IUBS member countries/regions.
2.19.2. The practical deadline for the nomination should be two weeks before the opening of the General Assembly.
2.19.3. Only one person from any country/region may serve on the EC regardless of whether the nominating body is an Ordinary Member or a Scientific Member of IUBS.
2.19.4. The following documents should be attached to every nomination sheet, and they must be 5 pages or fewer in total: A one‐page statement on what and how the nominee will serve IUBS if elected, CV, a list of major publications.
Note: Since changes in Statutes and Bylaws must be announced 3 months in advance of a G.A., these proposals, which were only approved in principle by the 30th G.A. must be formally approved by the 31st G.A.