Extraordinary General Assembly 2021

1 – 5 February 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ISC Governing Board has taken the decision to hold the 2021 General Assembly in October 2021 online, and to reschedule the Muscat Global Knowledge Dialogue to early 2023.

In addition, the ISC Governing Board facilitated an electronic extraordinary General Assembly (eGA) from 1 โ€“ 5 February 2021.

๐Ÿ’ฌ Submit your feedback regarding the eGA via the form below.

Please tell us about your overall experience. Did you manage to register fine for the meeting? Was the platform easy to navigate? Did you like the networking function and the virtual exhibition (Expo)?
Do you feel that we provided sufficient support and guidance prior to and during the meeting regarding registration, navigation, live support for trouble shooting, etc.?
In order to allow Members to participate in the meeting across different timezones, we scheduled the meeting at different times on all three conference days. Please tell us how you were satisfied with the chosen times for the different meeting days.

1 – Agenda

โ–ถ Recordings from day 1 of the eGA are available here: Part 1, Part 2

โ–ถ Recordings from day 2 of the eGA are available here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

โ–ถ Recording from day 3 (Q&A, informal discussion) is available here: Lunch session


At the 2021 extraordinary General Assembly, ISC Members discussed and voted on the approval of proposed changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure and elected the 2021 Elections Committee.

๐Ÿ“‘ View the agenda day-by-day

Indicated times refer to CET. (Convert times to your local time.)


Monday, 1 February

15:45 – 16:00Demonstration: How to navigate the Hopin event platform
16:00 โ€“ 16:10Welcome
16:10 โ€“ 16:15Election of Tellers
16:15 โ€“ 16:25Introduction of the proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of
Procedure
16:25 โ€“ 17:20Discussion: Changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure
Group I: Membership (categories and application)
17:20 โ€“ 17:30Break
17:30 โ€“ 18:30Discussion: Changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure
Group II: Governing Board (composition and roles Officers, CEO)
18:30 โ€“ 18:45Presentation of final proposed changes (group I and II)
18:45 โ€“ 19:00Closing remarks
19:00 – 20:00Networking
20:00 – ongoingExplore the Expo (virtual exhibition)

Tuesday, 2 February

07:45 – 08:00Demonstration: How to navigate the Hopin event platform
08:00 โ€“ 08:10Welcome
08:10 โ€“ 08:20Introduction of the proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure
08:20 โ€“ 08:30Briefing on day 1 of the eGA including full final texts of proposed changes for group I and II
08:30 โ€“ 09:30Discussion: Changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure
Changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure (discussion)
Group III: Elections (Committee and procedure)
09:30 โ€“ 09:45Discussion: Changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure
Group IV: Other changes
09:45 โ€“ 10:00Break
10:00 โ€“ 10:10Presentation of final proposed changes (group III and IV)
10:10 โ€“ 10:15Introduction of the final version of the changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure, opening of online voting
10:15 โ€“ 10:30Elections Committee: Introduction and voting procedure
10:30 โ€“ 10:40Closing remarks
10:40 – 12:00Networking
11:30 – ongoingExplore the Expo (virtual exhibition)

Wednesday, 3 February

ISC staff will be available on the virtual platform – please join us for informal discussions and networking opportunities. We stand ready to clarify any questions regarding the eGA and related voting procedures, your membership and current opportunities for collaboration.

11:00 โ€“ 12:00Networking
12:00 โ€“ 13:00Discussion: Lunch (or Breakfast or Dinner) and Learn with the ISC
Join us for an open conversation about membership engagement and opportunities for collaboration
13:00 – 14:00Networking
14:00 – ongoingExplore the Expo (virtual exhibition)

Online voting on the proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure and the 2021 Elections Committee remains open.


Thursday, 4 February

Online voting on the proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure, and the 2021 Election Committee remains open.


Friday, 5 February

Online voting on the proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure, and the 2021 Election Committee will close at 12:00 pm (noon) CET.

2 – Changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure

Update: 98 ISC Members have cast their votes regarding the proposed changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure, whereby over 97 % have approved the proposed changes in all groups.


In late 2019, the ISC Governing Board invited all ISC Members to submit suggestions for possible changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure. A dedicated working group has reviewed the suggestions and developed a revised version. The proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure have been grouped in four categories (please see document below).

Final versions of the proposed changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure by Group, published after day 2 of the eGA (2 February 2021):


Proposed in-session amendments to the changes in Group I and II, published after day 2 of the eGA (1 February 2021):


Proposed changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure, including the rationale for the changes, published in preparation for the eGA (December 2021):


Proposed revised version of the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure, published in preparation for the eGA (December 2021):

3 – Elections Committee


The three-year term of the International Science Councilโ€™s Governing Board comes to an end in October 2021, and ISC Members will be invited to elect a new Governing Board during the second ISC ordinary General Assembly, which will be held on 11 โ€“ 15 October 2021.

According to the current ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure, an Elections Committee, which is chaired by the President and four additional members proposed by the Governing Board shall be responsible for advising on and managing the Governing Board nominations and election process. The additional members will be elected by ISC Members from the list of candidates below during the extraordinary General Assembly in February 2021.


Candidates

The following candidates have been proposed by the ISC Governing Board to stand for election for the 2021 ISC Elections Committee. (Download the list here)

Alice Abreu

BRAZIL

(Sociology)

Brito Cruz

BRAZIL

(Physics)

Cheryl de la Rey

SOUTH AFRICA

(Psychology)

Ke Gong

CHINA

(Electronic Engineering)

Adam Habib

SOUTH AFRICA

(Political Science)

Yuko Harayama

JAPAN

(Education)

Mahouton Hounkonnou

BENIN

(Mathematics, Physics)

Oladoyin Odubanjo

NIGERIA

(Medicine, Health)

Pรคivi Pahta

FINLAND

(Philology)

Rรฉmi Quirion

CANADA

(Neuroscience)

Flavia Schlegel

SWITZERLAND

(Health, Governance)

Colin Tukuitonga

NEW CALEDONIA

(Public Health)

Vaughan Turekian

USA

(Chemistry)

Jaime Urrutia-Fucugauchi

MEXICO

(Geophysics)

Ewine van Dishoeck

THE NETHERLANDS

(Astrophysics)

Hebe Vessuri

ARGENTINA

(Anthropology)


Election

The proposed changes to the ISC Statutes and Rules of Procedure, which ISC Members are invited to vote on during the extraordinary General Assembly in February 2021, have a potential impact on the role and composition of the Elections Committee. Most importantly, if the proposed changes are accepted, the Elections Committee will consist of nine (President + eight additional members) rather than five (President + four additional members) members. Furthermore, the Elections Committee will be required to provide ISC Members with two or three candidates per Governing Board position, rather than a whole slate without maximum.

In accordance with Rule of Procedure 2.7, and since the voting on the proposed changes to the Statutes and Rules of Procedure will be facilitated in parallel to the election of the 2021 Elections Committee during the extraordinary General Assembly in February 2021, ISC Members may elect their top four (in case the proposed changes to the Statutes are not approved) as well as top eight (in case the proposed changes to the Statutes are approved) candidates via the online voting above.

4 – Recordings



Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the
ISC Membership Liaison Officer Anne Thieme.


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