Bylaws

 

TITLE I : Name, Headquarters, Aims

ARTICLE 1

The European Rare-Earth and Actinide Society (ERES) is a permanent association set up under the provisions of the Swiss law (Civil Code 60ff), with headquarters in Lausanne.

ARTICLE 2

The ERES encourages the development of scientific and technological activities in the field of f-elements, with special reference to European and neighbouring countries.

The aims pursued by the ERES are :

  1. Promotion of European international and interdisciplinary research projects.
  2. Exchange of professional, technical, industrial and commercial informations by suitable means, e.g. newsletters, journals, electronic mail, and so on.
  3. Promotion of educational activities, e.g. workshops, summer schools, etc.
  4. Organization of international conferences on f-elements (ICFE), in co-ordination with other similar conferences.
  5. Maintenance of close contacts with similar societies and organizations around the World, including national and international bodies.

TITLE II : Membership

ARTICLE 3

There are two forms of membership :

Membership is subject to a fee proposed by the Executive Committee and approved by the General Council.

ARTICLE 4

Membership implies compliance with the present bylaws and with the decisions taken by the General Council and the Executive Committee.

ARTICLE 5

Membership may be terminated at the end of the calendar year, upon two months' notice, or at the request of the Executive Committee for justified reasons.

ARTICLE 6

Members are not personally liable for the contracted debts of ERES.


TITLE III : Organization of the ERES

ARTICLE 7

The organs of ERES are the General Council, the Executive Committee, and the Advisory Committee.

ARTICLE 8

  1. The General Council consists of all the members of ERES and is its leading organ.
  2. The general council should meet at least triennially, possibly in connection with an ICFE meeting, to discuss the agenda and to determine the general policy of ERES.
  3. In particular, the General Council has the following rights and functions :
  1. Approval and modification of the bylaws.
  2. Determination of the annual membership fees.
  3. To vote on the reports on ERES activities and finances presented by the Executive Committee.
  4. Triennial Election of the Executive and the Advisory committees. The election procedure is as follows:
    - the names of candidates are submitted to the executive Committee and a complete list is mailed to all ERES members, together with a postal ballot. Corporate members have 5 or 10 votes, depending on
    the amount of their membership fees.
  5. Triennial election of two auditors who prepare a report on the financial situation of ERES and who control the proper management of the financial affairs by the Executive Committee.
  1. At the request of 20% of all ERES members or of the Executive Committee, an extraordinary meeting of the General Council may be organized upon three months' notice.

ARTICLE 9

The General Council may appoint committees to undertake specific duties within the field of activity of the ERES.

ARTICLE 10

  1. The Executive Committee consists of a president and of three vice-presidents, elected for a three-year term. Reelection is possible.
  2. It directs the ERES and is responsible for the financial management of the society.
  3. It prepares a report on the activities and on the financial situation of the ERES. This report must be submitted to the General Council for approval, together with the auditors' report.
  4. It prepares the elections.

ARTICLE 11

The association, and not its members, is liable for engagements taken by the president or the vice-presidents.

ARTICLE 12

  1. The Advisory Committee consists of one to two delegate(s) from each country represented in the General Council, depending on the size of its ERES membership.
  2. The term of office is three years. Re-election is possible.
  3. The Advisory Committee may enlarge itself by inviting members of other countries or institutions.
  4. The members of the Advisory Committee collect information on the research and technology on f-elements in their country and help obtaining financial support for the ERES through their governmental agencies, national
    foundations and private companies.

TITLE IV : FINANCIAL ASPECTS

ARTICLE 13

  1. The ERES is a non-profit making organization.
  2. The finances of the ERES consist of :
    1. The membership dues.
    2. Gifts, donations, and legacies which may be granted to the society.

TITLE V : FINAL DISPOSITIONS

ARTICLE 14

A resolution for winding-up, merger, or alteration of ERES can only be passed by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the votes of all members of the General Council.

In case of winding-up, the financial assets of ERES shall be given to a similar scientific organization.


Leuven, September 5, 1990; modified August 31, 2012, Udine.
Adopted by the General Council