Present: John Grace, John Lee (chair), Eun-Shik Kim, Azim Mallik,
Rebecca Sharitz, and Gene Turner. Byung-Sun Ihm attended by invitation
for item 2.
Apologies were received from: Valerie Brown, Alan Covich, Sun-Kee
Hong and Bernd Markert.
1. Montreal Congress
The forthcoming Montreal Congress was considered in detail. Rebecca
Sharitz described the current stage of organisation and discussions
with the Ecological Society of America. Discussions focused on possible
plenary speakers and the need for strong symposium suggestions from
INTECOL members. A list of potential plenary speakers was compiled,
and a number of further enquiries were detailed before approaches to
individuals would be made. Although some symposia were known to be
being planned, there was an urgent need for more suggestions to be
prepared and submitted.
Although some of these symposia may not be selected by the programme
committee, there is a strong likelihood that these could become so
called organised oral sessions, so any effort now is unlikely to be
The overall programme design was reviewed, and it was agreed that there
was the need to incorporate an INTECOL General Assembly. This would be
held on Wednesday 10th August, 2005. Members thanked Rebecca Sharitz
for her tireless efforts in ensuring the success of this congress.
2. Review of the Web Site
Eun-Shik Kim showed members the intricacies of the new web site. The
strong consensus was that it was working very well and Eun-Shik was
warmly congratulated on his efforts which had made it such a success.
The new web site had arisen out of an agreement between the Board and
the President of the Ecological Society of Korea that the latter society
should host the site for three years. The arrangement would have to be
reviewed in 2006.
Discussions centred on how the web site could be made more useful to,
and used by, members. One suggestion that it could be a repository of
teaching materials (e.g. power point presentations) for use by members
only, and that material deposited should be time dated to last perhaps
5 years. It was suggested that the Bulletin Board could be used to
replace the Newsletter, but someone, who should be asked to be a member
of the Board if he or she wasn¡¯t already, should take responsibility
for ensuring a good flow of interesting information.
It was decided that there would be only one directory of ecological
societies to encompass both national and international societies.
Another directory might be produced for NGOs. It was important that
many more ecological societies are listed than at present.
Ideally future membership dues would be collected via the web site.
Further discussion was required to see how this could be achieved.
3. Promoting INTECOL
Discussions centred on ways of increasing benefits to members such as
by the continued development of the web site as detailed in 2 above.
Other discussions focused on the possibility of providing a publication
or publications (see 4 below). It was agreed that Board Members could
play a more active role in the Society, and this would be very much to
our advantage. One way to encourage this might be to produce new roles,
perhaps associated with our web-based activities.
No consensus was reached as to how a greater involvement of national
and regional ecological societies could be achieved, but the Ecological
Society of Korea¡¯s role in the development of the web site is an
excellent example in this respect. Greater involvement than at
present was thought to be highly desirable.
An approach had been received from a publisher to produce an on-line
version of Ecology International. Discussions centred on whether an
appropriate niche in the market could be identified. There was
enthusiasm that this could represent a real benefit to members,
and that a niche could perhaps be found. If so, the approach
would be to have discussions with several potential publishers
before coming to any decision.
5. Succession Planning
Both the President and the Treasurer will have completed two terms
of office by the Montreal Congress and will need to be replaced.
An outline discussion centred on the need to ensure a good geographical
spread of officers, and to attract experienced ecologists with some
knowledge at least of INTECOL¡¯s affairs to these roles. Further
soundings would be taken by the Officers, and the views of Board
Members not present would be particularly welcome.
The Board had agreed previously that, during the transition to the
web-based operation, no fees would be charged to encourage members
to register their membership through the web site. This arrangement
would run from 2004 until after the Montreal Congress in August, 2005.
Although this arrangement had had a negative effect on the finances in
the short term, it was hoped that eventually there would be a larger
membership with less turnover than in the past, and the net result
would be a healthier position.
It was agreed that the following membership rates would operate from 1st
September 2005: Annual Membership $US 30 ($20 for students and members
from developing countries).
For those members who might be encouraged to pay for 4 years in advance,
it was agreed that the following rates should apply: $100 ($60 for
members from developing countries).
7. Future Congresses
It was agreed that the next congress after Montreal would be held in
2009. In the event that 2009 proved to be impossible, 2008 would be
Two informal approaches had been received as possible venues. It was
agreed that an open competition would be held. Outline bids would be
sought via the web site and by the help of Board Members. These bids
should include the following information:
(a) the location and infrastructure required to host a conference of
(b) the experience of the potential organisers;
(c) the backing of the national ecological society or other relevant
(d) the potential for obtaining sponsorship;
(e) the structure and potential membership of the planning committee;
(f) the potential theme(s) of the congress.
Bidders should be made aware that the congress should aim to make a modest
profit and that only very limited start up funds would be available from
INTECOL. Bids should be received by 14th December 2004, and should not
exceed the equivalent of two pages of A4.
8. Revision of the Statutes
Potential changes to the Statutes had previously been circulated to all
Board Members. These had received the support of Board Members, but after
discussion it was agreed to make the following additional changes:
(a) That the Executive Board should consist of the President, Vice-
President, Secretary General, Treasurer and two Board Members.
The Executive Board should also have the power to co-opt up to
two other Board members to help it discharge its business
as and when appropriate.
(b) The Executive Board would decide the fate of the Society¡¯s
resources in the event of its dissolution, but these must be used
for the advancement of ecology or its application.
(c) The INTECOL Board should consist of a minimum of nine and
a maximum of 20 members.
The first of these is designed to increase the involvement of Board Members
in INTECOL¡¯s affairs, and to improve the operation of the Executive Board
business. The second replaces the previous amendment that the resources
should go to the treasurer¡¯s national ecological society because it is
conceivable that there may not be a national ecological society in the
Treasurer¡¯s country. The third is to allow flexibility, but not to
allow the Board to become too large to inhibit discussion or too small
to severely limit the range of expertise available.
9. Honorary Members
It was agreed that c.4 new honorary members should be elected in Montreal.
It was agreed that the primary criterion should be distinction in ecological
research or in the communication of ecological research, and that there
should be a good geographical spread of honorary members.
10. Any Other Business
(a) It was agreed that to explore the establishment of a new mid-career
prize in ecology (normally for ecologists up to 40 years old).
Possible sponsorship for the award would also be sought.
(b) John Lee warmly thanked Board Members for the most fruitful and
(Summarised by John Lee and Approved by the Board)