Since its inception in 1995, the INTS Symposia have gathered more and more enthusiasm for neurotrauma research and the INTS itself has grown and prospered as a society that organizes high level conferences. The local organizers, International Scientific Advisory Board and the Executive Committee have all gained experience in how to deliver the highest quality science in ways that are true to the mission of the Society.
However, this experience and the manner with which the INTS has evolved has diverted somewhat from the original INTS Constitution. We now find that the INTS acts differently than when the constitution was originally developed and adopted in 1995. As you can tell from perusal of this enclosed Constitution, there are many specific items that no longer work in developing and providing a high quality International Neurotrauma Symposium.
Therefore, below you will find a list of By-Laws that the Executive Committee has developed that serve as modifiers of our constitution. You will notice that the Bylaws differ mostly in the manner by which the Executive Committee is constituted. In order to provide continuity of expertise in organizing the symposia from year to year, the past, present and future local organizing committee chairs have newly designated roles on the Executive Committee. This allows a smooth transition from one symposium to the next.
INTS Bylaws and Constitutional Changes
The Executive Committee will be expanded and shall consist of the following:
President: The president will be the immediate past meeting organizer.
Vice-President: The Vice-President will be the next meeting organizer.
Secretary: The Secretary is elected by INTS membership elected for two INTS symposia and can stand for reelection once.
Treasurer: The Treasurer is elected for two symposia but the term alternates with that of the Secretary. Thus, either the Secretary or the Treasurer is elected with each Symposium.
Six members-at-large: Six members-at-large will be elected by INTS members for two meetings. There will be two groups of three members-at-large that alternate times of election (three after each symposium). Within each group of three members-at-large, one will be elected fromAustralasia, one from theWestern Hemisphere and one from Europe/Africa/Middle Eastern regions.
Immediate Past President: For continuity, the Immediate Past president will be an ex officio member without voting rights.
Elections may be carried out either by electronic mail or at the General Meeting that is held in conjunction with an INTS Symposium.
A General Meeting of the INTS Membership will be held at each INTS Symposium and no further notification will be required for those meetings.
Newly elected officers and members-at-large of the Executive Committee take office at the completion of the INTS Symposium at which they are elected.
Membership is defined as those paying dues at one of the last two symposia.
The INTS members fee remains at $25 per year, collected as an obligatory part of the registration fee at each symposium.
Fees are used for maintenance of the Society, but also can be made available for travel scholarships or to a local organizing committee to defer a portion of potential losses for a symposium, if such occurs.
The Executive Committee, with advice from the International Scientific Advisory Board, will act as a nomination committee for all elections.
The responsibility to choose the venues for the symposia and the Local Organizing Committee Chair (the Organizer) continues to reside with the Executive Committee with advice from the International Scientific Advisory Board. After adoption of these By-Laws, the Organizer becomes INTS Vice-President until the end of the symposium he/she organizes and then becomes INTS President. These positions are not elected.
All “mail” referred to in the Constitution will be electronic (Email).