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Membership is open to all people with an interest in marine and/or aquatic plants. New members are requested to fill in the 'new members' form and return it with a payment of dues to the treasurer. Three types of membership exist
If you are a New Zealander please send your dues to: Dr Wendy Nelson, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, P.O. Box 467, Wellington 1, New Zealand.
B. Information on Dues
Dues are payable to the treasurer at 1st July of each year and a member is considered as financial until 30th June the following year.
Dues for Ordinary Members† = Aust. $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 GST (NZ $30.00) per financial year
Dues for Student Members* = Aust. $10.00 + $1.00 GST(NZ $ 10.00) per financial year
*Students must fill in a form from the current newsletter each year which is to be signed by their supervisor in the appropriate space. This form must accompany dues payment.
†Dues are not to be forthcoming from individuals awarded Life Membership of the Society
Dues entitle each member to a copy of the newsletters
published for the financial year.
C. Information on Travel Grants and Student Prizes
One of A.S.P.A.B's strongest commitments is the promotion of student research and involvement in the society's activities. The only avenue for this promotion is through the annual conference, and each year several awards and subsidies are given.
These are divided into two broad categories -
Travel AwardsLink to Student Travel Awards, Conditions
ASPAB Conference Travel
All students who attend the ASPAB conference (and present a paper or poster) are eligible for the travel subsidies. The amounts given are based on the funds left over from the conference. This system can vary depending on how well attended the conference has been and other financial factors, but it general all eligible students receive some contribution to their travel costs. Payment of travel awards is post conference.
All students can apply for international travel funds to attend conferences, workshops, courses and for herbaria and laboratory visits.
Prize for Student Presentation
The second category of awards is those given for the best student presentation. Two awards are given,
Judging of these awards is carried out by a panel of three, selected by the executive during a pre-conference meeting. At the conference the panel establish their judging criteria, attended all of the talks, and then met at the end of each day to discuss how the judging is progressing. For further information on how the judging is carried out and how to prepare your presentation, go to 'How to prepare a presentation'.
D. The Constitution of the Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany
Name of the Society
1. The name of the Society shall be The Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany, hereinafter referred to as the Society.
2. Membership of the Society shall be open to all persons with an interest in the general field of Phycology and Aquatic Botany, and to all institutions with an interest in this field, and shall be available upon payment of the prescribed fees.
Types of Membership
3. Two types of membership shall exist as follows:
With the exception of category b. all members shall have full voting rights. Membership of category b. entitles that member only to receive the newsletter and other publications of the Society.
Ordinary Members shall be persons who are or have been engaged in or directed research in a field relevant to the objectives of the Society, and who either possess appropriate academic qualifications or because of knowledge and experience possess an equivalent status.
Corporate Members shall be organisations or institutions which are engaged in or sponsor research in fields relevant to the objects of the Society.
Agreement by Members Admitted to Society
Lapse of Membership
5. Membership shall be deemed to have lapsed following non-payment of fees for two consecutive years.
Objectives of Society
6. The objectives of the Society shall be to
How Objectives Are to be Realized
7. The objectives of the Society shall be attained by
Winding up the Society
8. The Society may be wound up by resolution of the Society passed by a two thirds majority of those present at a meeting convened for the purpose, following three months notice of such resolution. The property and funds held by the Trustees on behalf of the Society shall be disbursed by the Trustees to a similar scientific society as directed by the Executive Committee in its absolute discretion.
The Annual General Meeting
9. An Annual General Meeting shall be held at least once in every calendar year, except that in exceptional circumstances meetings need not be held within one calendar year provided that such meetings shall not be more than twenty months after the preceding Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting Discourse
10. All items to be discussed at this meeting including nominations for any position under this constitution shall be circulated to financial members not less than twentyone days before the meeting.
The Executive Committee
11. The Society shall elect from its membership at its first meeting and thereafter at each Annual General Meeting, an Executive Committee comprising
Period of Term for Members of the Executive
12. Members of the Executive Committee shall retire at the next Annual General Meeting following their appointment and shall be eligible for re-election.
Re-election to the previously held position on the Executive is possible after the expiry of an intervening two-term period. The retiring President will be a member of the Executive, ex officio, for the ensuing term.
How to Nominate for a Position on the Executive
13. Nominations for the elected positions on the Executive Committee and acceptances thereof by the nominees shall be submitted in writing to the Secretary not less than twenty eight days prior to the Annual General Meeting.
Mid-Term Retiremnts from a Position on the Executive
14. The Executive Committee may fill any vacancy in any office of its membership between Annual General Meetings, from the membership of the Society.
Minimum Meeting Schedule for the Executive
15. The Executive Committee shall meet together when required by the President or Secretary and not less than once per year. The quorum for such meetings shall be three.
Auditing of the Societies Books
16. The Society at each Annual General Meeting shall elect one auditor.
Duties of Office Holders on the Executive
Powers and Duties of the Executive Committee
18. Subject to this constitution, the Executive Committee shall manage the affairs of the Society and it
19. At each Annual General meeting two trustees shall be elected and they shall hold office for five years and may be reappointed for further terms. In addition, the Treasurer, from time to time, shall also be a trustee.
Purpose of Trustees
20. All property whatsoever belonging to the Society shall be vested in the trustees, in trust for the use of the Society.
21. The Trustees shall deal with the property held in trust by them for the Society as directed by the Executive Committee.
22. Any vacancy occurring in the office of Trustee shall be filled initially by the Executive Committee until the next Annual General Meeting when a person shall be elected to fill the vacancy.
Indemnity of Trustees
23. Each trustee or office bearer Of the Society shall be entitled to be indemnified out of the assets of the Society in respect of any liability incurred in the bona fide performance of a duty entrusted to such person by this constitution or by the Executive Committee, resulting in proceedings civil or criminal.
Voting by Members of the Society for Officers of the Executive
24. Subject to this constitution voting on any business before the Society should be by such usual and proper manner as the Executive Committee may direct, and a simple majority shall prevail. All business of the Society shall be conducted by a quorum which shall be twenty members. In the event of a quorum not being present within 60 minutes of the declared time of commencement, the meeting shall stand adjourned to a date to be fixed by the Executive Committee.
25. All financial members of the Society, other than institutional members, shall have one vote. In the event of a tied vote, the motion shall be deemed to have failed.
Alteration of the Constitution of ASPAB
26. A motion for the alteration of any section of this constitution shall be made at a special general meeting of the Society. Members shall be given at least twenty eight days notice of the meeting and details of any proposed motion. No such motion shall be deemed to have been carried unless supported by not less than two thirds of all votes cast.
Quorum for Special General Meeting
27. The quorum for such a special general meeting shall be thirty financial members.
How to Request a Special meeting
28. Any five financial members may by written request
addressed to the Secretary require a special general meeting to be called
for this purpose and the Secretary shall refer any such requests to the Executive
E. The By Laws of the Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany
1. Annual Membership dues for the Society shall be as follows:
A reduced membership fee will be offered to full time students and other members as determined from time to time by the Executive Committee.
2. Votes at special general meetings will be cast by members present at the meeting and by members who sent postal votes which reach the Secretary before the start of the meeting.
3. Votes for the election of members of the Executive
Committee will be cast by members present at the Annual. General Meeting and
by members who send postal votes which reach the secretary three (3) working
days before the Annual General Meeting.
F. A short History of the Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany
Will this history ever be here!
Last update: Dec. 1, 2001 14:14