Statutes of The International Association for Ecology
Dear Members: Please note that these Statutes are currently being revised by the
Board in light of converting the Association's administration to a web-based system.
P1 Name and seat of the association
1. The association shall carry the name International Association for Ecology
(INTECOL). It is entered
into the "Vereinsregister" of the district court of the city of
Osnabrueck. After registration it carries the
attribute "registered association"
(eingetragner Verein) in the abbreviated form "e.V."
2. The association is affiliated with the ICSU family of scientific organizations as the
for general ecology within the International Union of Biological
P2 Aims of the Association
|1. The association pursues exclusively and directly goals of public utility as specified in
the section of
tax exempt activities of the revenue regulation.
2. The association will assist and/or support the following:
a) the development of the science of ecology and the application of ecological
principles to global
problems, especially by assisting international cooperation;
b) the collection, evaluation and distribution of information about ecology;
c) national, regional and international actions which will serve ecological
research, training of
personal, coordination of general publications of
ecological principles and the recognition of the
importance of ecology for economy and society;
d) the organization of conferences, meetings, symposia, programs and projects,
conduct of speaking-
series, publication of manuscripts, and measures which
are deemed necessary to reach the goals
of the association.
P3 Non-profit status
The association operates as a non-profit organization and seeks no financial gain for it
The association uses for its identification the acronym INTECOL.
1. The association distinguishes the following membership types
a) ordinary members;
b) associate members, by associating regional and national associations of
c) affiliate members, scientific institutions, organizations or corporations;
d) honorary members.
2. The application for membership is to be sent to the executive board which decides
acceptance. The accepted member recognizes the statutes of the
3. Membership terminates
a) by death;
b) by renouncement in writing to the executive board;
c) by expulsion through the board;
e) if membership fees or other payments are overdue for more than one year and are not received
within 6 months after dunning.
Expulsion requires 2/3 majority vote of the board. With the
termination of membership all demands from the association are lost.
P6 Rights and obligations of members
1. Members have the right to participate in the general assemblies of the
association, to make proposals
and to cast their votes. Each member has one
vote which he/she can cast only in person. He/she
may be elected for offices
after reaching 18 years of age.
2. Members are obliged to pay their dues set by the general assembly monthly
in advance. Honorary
members pay no dues.
3. Members receive published information such as newsletters, bulletins, and
information about the
congresses of the association.
P7 The use of the financial resources of the association
1. The means of the association may only be used for objectives written in the
statutes. The members
receive no payment from the association.
2. No member may benefit from expenditures alien to the aims of the
association or from extraordinarily
P8 Fiscal year
The fiscal year is the calendar year.
P9 Governance of the association
The governing bodies of the association are
a) the general assembly (council);
b) the executive board, consisting of the president, the general secretary, and the
association will be represented before court and otherwise by
two members of the executive board,
normally by the president and the
c) the board, consisting of nine additional members which will be elected by
the council with bare
majority taking into account adequate regional
representation. The past president is always a
member of the board.
P10 The general assembly (council)
1. Every fourth year the general assembly will be called together in conjunction
with the international
congress of the association. The invitation to the
council meeting will be published in the newsletter at
least one year in
2. Specified proposals to the council must come in writing to the executive
board at least one month
before the event.
3. The council covers at least
a) the report of the board;
b) the report of the auditors;
c) the clearing (discharge) of the board;
d) acknowledging the election of the new board.
The board will be elected for four years with bare majority. It will conduct
the business of the
association until the next election. President, general
secretary and treasurer will be elected separately
from the other board
e) the election of two auditors.
The auditors may not be board members. One re-election is possible.
However, each time one auditor
f) all changes of the statutes;
g) decisions about the proposals entered;
h) declaration of honorary members;
i) dissolvement of the association
4. An extraordinary council meeting must be called if at least 1/3 of the ordinary
members announce this
in writing and give the reason for such a meeting.
Any ordinary and extraordinary council meeting may be competent when
properly announced. It rules
over proposals with bare majority with the
exception of changing statutes or dissolution of the
association. Each council
meeting and resolutions passed require a protocol which needs to be
by the chairman and must be countersigned by one member of the executive
P11 Executive board and board
1. The executive board is responsible of the orderly administration of all offices
and has to appoint
temporary replacements in case any member of the
executive board is incapacitated.
2. Executive board and board are called together by the president and if he/she
be absent, by the
general secretary. The invitation including the agenda
should come ordinarily in writing three months in
advance. In exceptional
cases, a deadline of one month serves. Executive board and board decide
with majority vote unless the statutes
direct otherwise. In case of equal votes, the vote of the board
member presiding over the meeting decides.
3. Each session requires a written protocol which has to be signed by the
presiding board member and
the keeper of protocol. The protocols are to be
4. Members of executive board and board carry their offices honorarily.
P12 Changes of statues
1. Statute changes require a 3/4 majority of the members present, when at least 1/3
of the ordinary
members are present.
2. If less-than 1/2 of the members are present, it is necessary to publish a
proposed change of statutes
in the newsletter of the society and the vote pro
or contra the change must be sent to the general
secretary. Of the ballots, 3/4
need to be positive.
The association is liable only for such financial obligations which were caused by
the executive board up to the amount of DM 5,000.00 for a single event.
Engagements higher than DM 5,000.00 require
a majority agreement of the
P14 Dissolving the association
1. The dissolution of the association can be achieved only by an extra-ordinary
council meeting in which
3/4 of the ordinary members vote positive. If less
than 1/2 of all members are present, the procedure
laid down in P12, 2 is to be
2. In case of dissolution or annulation of the association or in case its present
purpose ceases to exist,
its assets go to the Gessellschaft fur Okologie, which
has to use it exclusively for purposes of public
Revised by mail vote of membership 08/30/1996
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