executive committee of the International Society of Pteridinology
President: Prof.Dr.Bohuslav Melichar
Onkologická klinikam Lékarská fakulta Univerzity
Palackého a Fakultní nemocnice, I.P.
775 20 Olomouc, Czech Republic
Phone: +420 583 444 295, Fax: +420 588 442 522
Secretary: Prof. Dr. Katharina Kurz
Department of Internal Medicine
Innsbruck Medical University
6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Treasurer: Univ.-Prof.Dr.Dietmar Fuchs
Institute of Biological Chemistry Biocenter
Innsbruck Medical University
Innrain 80, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Phone: +43 512 9003 70351, Fax: +43 512 9003 73330
Dr. Vojtech Parrak, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Dr. Rudolf Weber, Berlin, Germany
Constitution of the International Society
1. Name, headquarters, and area of activity
The association bears the name “ The International Society of
Pteridinology”, which may be abbreviated to “
The headquarters of the association are in Vienna, and its area of
activity includes all states in the world. Branches of the association
can be established in other countries.
Clause 2. The functions of the Society
The Society is non-profit making and has the task of furthering
pteridine research and its applications in colleges, research
establishments, and hospitals. One of the functions of the Society is
to represent the interests of pteridinology and of those people who
works in this area.
The Society will endeavour to achieve these aims by:
a) Uniting people who are interested in pteridine research and its
b) Organizing scientific conferences in pteridinology for disseminating
and discussing new developments and possible improvements to methods,
c) Further education events,
d) Publishing or arranging for publication in the field of
e) Furthering cooperation between the individuals working in pteridine
research and application laboratories,
f) Cultivating relations with appropriate organizations who pursue
g) Protection of the legal interest of those people working in the
field of the functions of the Society and clarification of the legal
position by establishing responsibilities.
Clause 3. The Society’s funds
The financial resources to carry out the functions of the Society will
be raised by means of:
a) A single grant and the annual contributions of the members.
b) Income from events; such income must be expended exclusively on the
promotion of scientific works in the field of pteridinology and related
spheres of work.
c) Subsidies from private and state sources.
d) Donations and other gifts.
The Society is liable for all the financial commitments according to
the existing law in Austria.
Clause 4. Members of the Society and their
Any person who is interested in pteridine research and its applications
and in related field of work is welcomed to become member of the
Before confirmation of the constitution, members are admitted by the
founding committee. This membership will become effective only on the
occasion of the inaugural meeting.
The International Society of Pteridinology compromises ordinary
members, honorary members, and corporate members.
a) Ordinary members: Individual people can be admitted to the ordinary
membership. Candidates should submit an application seconded by two
members to the management committee. The latter then decides upon their
admittance into the Society during a committee meeting. The decision
cannot be contested and no reason need be given. Candidates who have
been rejected can make a fresh application for membership only after
one year has elapsed. Members who have been admitted have voting rights
and pay a membership fee.
b) Honorary members: People of outstanding merit in the field of
pteridine research and its application or related fields of work can be
nominated honorary members by the general meeting at the request of the
managing committee. Honorary members have voting rights, entitlement to
vote and eligibility to be elected and do not pay any membership
c) Corporate members: Institutions and firms who want to promote the
aims of the Society can be admitted as corporate members. They pay the
Society an annual membership subscription, the amount of which is
agreed with the management committee, and will be represented by a
nominee. This nominee has only one vote at the general meeting, even if
he is himself an individual member. The management committee decides on
the admittance of corporate members.
Clause 5. Termination of membership
Membership is terminated:
a) On death in the case of individual people; on termination of the
body corporate in the case of such corporate membership.
b) By voluntary resignation, notice of which must be given in writing.
Any member who resigns remains obliged to pay the membership fee for
the current year.
c) When membership fee has not been paid throughout 2 years.
d) By expulsion due to non-fulfilment of the obligations as set out in
the constitution. The expulsion will be proposed by the management
committee on the basis of a simple majority vote, and will be ratified
by the general meeting.
Clause 6. Rights and duties of Society members
All members are entitled to participate in the general meeting and in
the scientific events, and to put forward motions. Confirmed payment of
membership fee is valid as membership card.
It is the duty of all members to protect the interests of the Society
to the best of their abilities, to abide by the constitution and
rulings, and to refrain from any action which could be detrimental to
the reputation of the Society. All members must pay the stipulated
The membership subscription is determined for the financial year by the
general meeting. It is payable in April of each year.
Clause 7. The management committee
Society is managed the general meeting, the chairman, the secretary,
the treasurer and the arbitration court.
a) The Society will be headed by a management committee which will be
made up of the chairman, the secretary, the treasurer, and three
members. This management committee can, if required, call in advisers,
who have no voting rights.
b) With the exception of the chairman, the management committee
originates itself. This management committee is the validated by the
vote of the general meeting and proposes a suitable person for the
office of chairman. The Chairman is elected by the general meeting.
c) The members of the management committee remain in office for a
period of two years and can be re-elected.
d) The management committee makes its resolutions in a management
committee meeting by simple majority in the presence of more than half
of its members. If, in the event of an equal number of votes, a second
vote does not result in any change, the chairman will decide.
e) If, for no sufficient reason, a member of the management committee
does not fulfil his duties, the remaining members of the management
committee can propose a new election for this member of the management
8. The general meeting
a) The Society will hold at least one general meeting every financial
year. The convening notification will contain the agenda and must be
sent to the members at least four weeks before the appointed date. The
chairman or a deputy nominated by him from the management committee
will preside over the general meeting. At the first general meeting of
the financial year, the chairman of the management committee presents
the annual report and the balance sheet. Every general meeting is
quorate if one third of those members of the association who are
entitled to vote is present.
b) If a quorum is not present, then a new general meeting will take
place half an hour later. This general meeting will be quorate
regardless of the number of members present. It will decide by simple
majority. If at least a quarter of all those present who are entitled
to vote request a secret ballot, this must be implemented. In the event
of an equal number of votes, the chairman will decide; he can, however,
also request a second vote. A record is to be made of the chairman and
the secretary. Motions for the general meeting must be given to the
management committee in writing at least two weeks before the meeting.
Motions to amend the constitution must be given at least two months in
advance of the meeting.
Clause 9. Functions of the general meeting
The business functions of the general meeting are:
a) To accept the annual report and the annual statement of accounts and
to formally approve the management committee.
b) To elect the chairman, and to ratify the management committee.
c) To fix the membership subscription.
d) To adopt resolutions concerning important motions.
e) To vote on any amendments there may be to the constitution. For such
a resolution to be adopted validly a two-thirds majority of the members
present is required.
f) To nominate honorary members and, if the case arises, to deprive
members of honorary membership.
g) To expel members.
h) To adopt resolutions concerning appeals against the rulings of the
court of arbitration.
Clause 10. Duties of the management committee
The management committee concerns itself with all questions which
relate to the Society. In particular, its tasks are:
a) To convene the general meeting and to present the annual report.
b) To organize scientific conferences. A conference chairman will be
appointed to prepare these conferences. He will be a member of the
management committee for the duration of this activity. To assist him,
a member of the management committee will be appointed secretary.
c) To prepare further education events.
d) To standardize the applied methods and to elaborate standards.
e) The chairman represents the Society externally. Copies and written
notifications from the Society must be signed by the chairman and by
another member of the management committee. If the management committee
so decides, a member of the management committee can be authorized to
be a sole authorized signatory on behalf of the Society.
f) Management of the finances is the responsibility of the treasurer.
g) To examine applications for admittance and motions, to put forward
motions to the general meeting.
h) To put forward proposals for the nomination of honorary members.
i) To put forward motions with regard to the expulsion of
j) To observe the legal condition which stipulates that the association
may not allow any person expenses which are not related to the purpose
of the association or disproportionately high emoluments.
k) To respect the non-profit making purpose of the association.
Clause 11. The financial year
The financial year begins on 1st January and ends on 31st
Clause 12. Auditors
The annual statement of accounts will be examined by two auditors, who
will be elected for two years by the general meeting at the
recommendation of the management committee. One of them will be
replaced each year.
Clause 13. The court of arbitration
Disputes within the Society are decided by an arbitration court to
which each of the parties delegates a representative. These
representatives select an independent umpire from the management
committee. If no agreement is reached on the selection of an umpire,
then it will be decided by lot between the people who have been
proposed. The arbitration court makes its decision by majority vote.
Appeal to the general meeting is possible.
Clause 14. Dissolution of the Society
a) A motion for the voluntary dissolution of the Society can be put
forward only by at least a third of all members.
b) With the invitation to the general meeting, a detailed description
of the reasons for voluntary dissolution has to be enclosed. The motion
has also to include a proposal for the transfer of the assets of the
c) A three-quarter majority is necessary for a decision at this meeting.
d) In the event of a voluntary dissolution, the assets of the Society
will be made available by the management committee to the university
faculties of the founder members for research work in the field of
pteridines. The assets will be distributed in equal parts to these
The faculties of the founder members are:
Faculty of Science, Aston University
Faculty of Medicine, Innsbruck University
Faculty of Chemistry, Konstanz University
Faculty of Medicine, Vienna University
Faculty of Form and Science, Vienna University