Tuesday 26th July 2005, 11.30am-1.00pm. These minutes were adopted at the General Assembly in Istanbul, August 2008.

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1 Welcome: The President, J Davies, welcomed National Delegates to the General Assembly.

2 Delegates: Representatives of the following National Committees and Member Societies were present:

Argentina Australia Austria Belgium
Brazil Bulgaria Cameroon Canada
Chile China (Taiwan) Croatia Czechoslovakia
Finland France Germany Hungary
India Indonesia (proxy) Israel Japan
Nigeria Philippines (proxy) Poland Russia
Spain Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom
USA Vietnam International Organisation for Mycoplasma

The Secretary General explained the new voting procedures and the number of votes to be cast under the statutes as had just been ratified at the Extraordinary General Assembly held on 25th July, 2005 at 11.00 – 11.200am .

3 Minutes of the previous General Assembly, Paris, 2002
Copies of the previous minutes had been posted to all member and associate societies in April, 2005 and had also been placed on the IUMS website. These were adopted as correct.

4 Report of the President J Davies

The President reported that he felt the importance of the Strategic Planning session held at his first EB meeting held in Washington could not be overstated as it had led to a number of improvements to the statutes of IUMS. He strongly recommended that, despite the cost, future Executive Boards should hold follow-up Strategic Planning sessions. He said objectives and progress need to be evaluated critically on a regular basis if IUMS was to maintain a significant role in the microbiological community. The President spoke of the need for IUMS to keep abreast of various issues affecting member societies, particularly at this time when the science of microbiology and the policies governing it are in a state of flux. He said the President must be in touch with member societies and admitted the he had not been diligent in this area. The President spoke of the threat of bio-terrorism in recent years which had raised issues of scientific ethics. He said that IUMS must defend the rights of microbiologists to be able to have free exchange of information and materials. The President said the politicisation of microbiology would be a detriment to all.
The President thanked those who had worked with him on the Board and said it had been a privilege to serve as IUMS President.
The report was adopted.

5 Report of the Treasurer WA Hamilton

The Treasurer gave the following report which is reprinted in full. At the previous meeting of the General Assembly at Paris in July 2002, it was reported that the accumulated fund balance at 31st December 2001 stood at US $ 228,623.
This represented an improved financial position from earlier years due, principally, to the contribution from the Sydney Congress in 1999, the increase in dues received from America after 2001, and a more efficient collection of national dues in general.
The financial contribution from the Paris Congress was largely responsible for a further increase in the balance to US $ 279,527 at 31st December 2002. This position has been maintained with the figures for 2003 & 2004 being, respectively, US $ 281,548 and US $ 294,203. During this three year period, income from national dues have held steady in the region
US $ 75,000 to 80,000. Total expenditure has also been relatively constant, between US $ 85,000 and 95,000.
The major items of expenditure remain those associated with the annual meeting of the Executive Board, and support for secretarial and financial services throughout the year. With the support of UNESCO (US $ 12,000 pa) and SGM (US $ 6,000 pa), the IUMS Fellowship Program has been expanded in recent years such that it now awards up to 7 Fellowships and 4 Travel Fellowships each year at a total cost of US $ 36,000. A figure of the order of US $ 15,000 is also expended in support of the work of the Pneumococcal Molecular Epidemiology Network (PMEN), and a number of small specialised scientific meetings.
The accounts presented had been audited by Chantry Vellacott DFK.

The report was adopted.

6 Report of the Secretary General JS Mackenzie
The Secretary General commented that he thought the new statutes would help ensure a more open and workable Executive Board. He reported that there had been two important ICSU meetings in the past year; one a meeting on Biosecurity, sponsored jointly by ICSU and the US National Academy of Science was attended on behalf of IUMS by Leda Mendonca from Rio de Janiero. The second to which IUMS was invited to collaborate with ICSU to provide input on behalf of the International Science Community into the Codes of Conduct for scientists at the meeting of the States Parties to Biological Convention at the United Nations. The latter was attended by G Cassell who was there as both a representative of the US Government and IUMS.
The Secretary General also commented on the need to ensure that as many member societies were represented at the General Assembly and that National Committees were not disenfranchised because of a lack of support for them financially.
The Secretary General raised the problem of the apparently increasing distance from the Executive arm of IUMS and the COMCOFs which he pointed out were the main working arm of IUMS.
On behalf of IUMS the Secretary General welcomed the Vietnamese Society for Microbiology and the International Organisation of Mycoplasma as full members and the Fijian Society for Microbiology and the Barbados Society for Microbiology as Associate Members. He said the admission of the International Mycoplasma Society as a full member would require alterations to the statutes which the new Secretary General would have to tackle. He thanked his colleagues on the Board for the past 6 years.
The report was adopted.

7 Divisional Reports

Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology Division K H Schleifer
K Schleifer reported that BAM had provided some travel support for scientists from developing countries to attend the International Food Safety Conference in Spain in 2004. He said reports had been received from four of the five BAM COMCOFs with Medical Microbiology Interdisciplinary Committee (MEMIC) yet to report. The International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) is currently composed of 105 society representatives from 69 countries. The ICSP Judicial Commission and Bacteriologal Code had been represented at two meetings of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility in Copenhargen. It is planned to revise the Bacteriological Code and publish it in both printed and on-line formats. All ICSP officers as well as all taxonomic subcommittees and their members can be inspected at the ICSP website (www.the-icsp.org). The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) held its 37th General Conference in Hangzhou, China, from 11-18th October, 2004, followed by a seminar in Beijing where the approaches to food safety management and the microbial ecology of the food commodity groups were presented and discussed. Updating and revising Book 6 on Microbial Ecology has been finalized and will be published later this year. ICMSF also continues to provide scientific advice to Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene. More about ICMSF can be found at its website (www.ICMSF.org). The International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH) organized the 19th International Symposium “Food Micro 2004” under the title “New tools for improving microbial safety and quality” and the 20th International Symposium on “Food safety and food biotechnology: diversity and global impact’ is planned for Bologna in 2006. The ICFMH Working Party on Quality Assurance and Quality Monitoring of Culture Media published the second edition of Handbook of Culture Media for Food Microbiology (edited by JEL Corry, GDW Curtis, and RM Baird) in 2003. The International Journal of Food Microbiology continues to be the “flagship” of the ICFMH and it has gained increasing international recognition, achieving an impact factor of 2.26 in 2003. Further information on the ICFMH can be found on the IUMS website. The World Federation of Culture Collections (WFCC) recently published a revised update on the European Biological Resource Centres Network Information Resource on the International Regulations for Packaging and Shipping Microorganisms on its website (www.wfcc.info/). It has also published a report of the Committee on Postal, Quarantine and Safety Regulations Activities, Developments and Concerns, on its website, which provides valuable information on the transport of microorganisms, biosecurity issues relevant to culture collections, quarantine regulations, and outlines the plans and needs for future attention. The WFCC continues to be a major resource for culture collections and for aspects of microbial conservation and diversity. The 10th International Congress for Culture Collections was held in 2004 in Tsukuba, Japan.
The Chairman spoke of the long-term trend of rising submissions and acceptances for the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (IJSEM) and reported that the impact factor had risen from 2.87 to 3.19 in 2003. He said the journal had made an operating surplus and under the terms of the publishing agreement 5% of this is payable to BAM.
The report was adopted.

Mycology Division Report R Samson

The Chairman reported that the programme for the San Francisco Congress had been prepared by G Fleet and J Taylor, together with the local organising committee. He thanked them for their efforts.
He reported that from August of 2004 he had handled all the Mycology Division’s financial matters and the nomination of new officers due to the retirement of the Mycology Division’s secretary-treasurer.
The chairman presented reports on the Divisional COMCOFs.
International Commission on Antigens and Molecular Diagnostics.
International Commission on Yeasts (ICY);
International Commission on Food Mycology (ICFM);
International Commission on the Taxonomy of Fungi (ICTF);
International Commission on Penicillium and Aspergillus (ICPA);
International Commission on Indoor Fungi (ICIF); and
International Commission on Bionomenclature and Bioinformatics (ICBB).
The report was adopted.


Virology Division Report HD Klenk

The Chairman reported that the main activities for 2004 and had been the continued planning for the San Francisco Congress with a planned format similar to that held in Paris with the BAM and Mycology Congresses being held simultaneously and bridging plenary sessions for all three Divisions. HD Klenk reported that the Virology COMCOF, the International Committee for the Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), continues to meet annually for 3-4 days to review and discuss taxonomical proposals generated throughout the preceding year. The Eight Report of ICTV had recently been completed and was the definitive authority on virus taxonomy and nomenclature and currently lists more then 6000 viruses.
The Chairman reported that the activities of the Division continue to be published regularly in the Virology Division News which appears in Archives of Virology. He thanked M Mayo for his efforts as editor and reminded people that the Virology Division News was also available online at: http://link.springer.de/link/service/journals/00705/index.htm.
HD Klenk said that the Division continued to operate on a tight financial budget and reported that a detailed account of their current financial position was included with the IUMS Treasurer’s Report.
The report was adopted.


8 Report: UNESCO, IUMS, SGM Fellowships D Sordeli

D Sordelli tabled the list of successful applicants for the two types of fellowships now offered by IUMS. The results of these are tabled (for pdf click here).
The report was adopted

9 Report on the IUMS Awards F Tomita
F Tomita reported that the selection committees for IUMS Awards chose the following recipients for the IUMS Awards, 2005

The Stuart Mudd Award: Sir John J Skehel

The Arima Award: Dr Arnold L Demain

The Van Niel Award It was reported that to date no decision had been finalized on
this award

F Tomita congratulated both awardees on behalf of IUMS.

10 Code of Ethics G Cassell
G Cassell spoke of her attendance at the recent meeting of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention at the United Nations in June, 2005. She stated that she believed that IUMS had an obligation to ensure that all of its Member Societies are encouraged to adopt a suitable Code of Ethics. She said the IUMS Board proposed the following Code should be sent out to all Member Societies as a guide for developing their own code, and also that the new Committee on Public Policy should be carry out a survey of all Member Societies to gain information on how many actually had Codes in place.
She proposed that the following paragraph should be adopted as the IUMS Code of Ethics for the Prevention of the Misuse of Scientific Knowledge, Research and Resources:
There has always been the potential for dual application of scientific knowledge for beneficial or malicious purpose. However, current societal and geopolitical changes have increased the risk of the misuse of this knowledge. The IUMS reaffirms its major goal is to promote research and the open exchange of scientific information for advancement of the health and welfare of humankind and the environment and strongly discourages any uses of knowledge and resources to the contrary. In particular, the IUMS strives to promote ethical conduct of research and training in the areas of biosecurity and biosafety so as to prevent use of microorganisms as biological weapons and therefore to protect the public’s health and to promote world peace.
The Assembly endorsed this Code and ratified the proposal that all members, if they do not currently have a Code of Ethics, be encouraged to adopt the above.

12 Report of the Nomination Committee for the new Executive Board
The Chairperson (J Davies) presented the report: The nominations for the IUMS Executive Board were presented and voting took place for the positions of President Elect and Members-at-large. The other members of the EB were elected unopposed.
The new IUMS Executive Board:

President: Karl Schleifer (Germany)

President Elect: Daniel Sordelli (Argintina)

Immediate Past President: Julian Davies (Canada/Wales)

Vice President: Keith Klugman (USA)

Vice President: Joan Bennett (USA)

Secretary General Rob Samson (The Netherlands)

Treasurer: Heinz Zeichhardt (Germany)

Members-at-large Katherine Smart (UK)

Members-at-large M Mitsuyama (Japan)

13 Announcement of the IUMS Congress Site – 2011

The President announced that the Executive Board had selected Sapporo, Japan for the Congress site for the IUMS Congresses, 2011. The Congresses are to be held over 2 weeks with a similar format to that in Sydney and Turkey.

14 Any Other Business

There was no other business

15 Executive Board Handover Meeting

New Executive Board Members were invited to attend the Handover Meeting on Thursday 28th July, 2005 from 12.30 – 1.30pm.

The meeting closed at 1.00pm

Draft Minutes of the IUMS General Assembly in Montreal 2014 click here

Minutes of the IUMS General Assembly in Sapporo 2011 click here

Minutes of the IUMS General Assembly in Istanbul 2008 click here

Minutes of the IUMS General Assembly in San Francisco 2005 click here

Minutes of the IUMS General Assembly in Paris 2003 click here

Minutes of the IUMS General Assembly in Sydney 1999 click here

 

Minutes of the General Assembly in Sapporo, Japan 2011

Sunday 11th September 2011, 10.00am – 12.00pm. These minutes are being adopted at the next General Assembly in Montreal, Canada, September 2014.

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Welcome

The President, Daniel Sordelli (DS), welcomed the National Delegates to the General Assembly.

 

Delegates

Roll-call and introduction of voting delegates by the Secretary General and his assistant. All attendees presented themselves. Representatives of the following National Committees and Member Societies were present:

Canada: Alain Lamarre

France: Eric Oswald & Sylvain Brisse

Italy, Israel, Turkey, Estonia, Germany, India, Latvia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Spain: Miguel Vicente by proxy

USA: Joan Bennett by proxy

Singapore: Yuan Kun LEE

Australia: David Ellis

Korea: Jongsik Chun

Japan: Yoshi Kawakoa

UK: Geoffrey L Smith

Poland: Stefan Tyski

Hungaria: the delegate reported to secretary after the meeting, too late for voting.

Those present were reminded that only Delegates and IUMS EB Members can vote and the GA also needs to vote regarding the proposed changes to the IUMS Constitution. The vote will be executed by raising hands.

 

Minutes of the previous General Assembly, Istanbul, 2008

The minutes were approved. The minutes of the current meeting will be posted on the website after the GA

 

Short presentation about ICSU by Professor Kari Raivio, Chair of the ICSU Committee on Scientific Planning and Review

Professor Kari Raivio made a presentation to the GA, giving an update on ICSU activities, strategies and new initiatives. He was asked how Biology could be better represented on the ICSU board and replied that the constitution of the 4 Union representatives in the ICSU Board cannot be influenced by ICSU. IUMS should actively propose and recruit support. It was noted that the Asian regional office was based in Kuala Lumpur and serves all Asia. Scientists from all over the region are represented in the regional office.

Report of the President (Daniel Sordelli)

Daniel Sordelli (DS) joined the IUMS EB in 2005 and has been involved in the fellowship committee since then. As President-Elect DS was part of the public policy committee. As President DS was involved in different international activities: policy, biosecurity, education etc. DS is confident this all will continue under new leadership. Over the last period the EB started an outreach program and so far this has been very successful. Outreach was done in both Singapore and in Bali. These initiatives will certainly continue in the future. Concerning the Sapporo Congresses, it was noted that despite the economic recession and the disaster in Japan in March 2011, the IUMS congresses has been a scientific and financial success. DS thanked the efforts from all involved in organizing the congress and for the pleasant and enjoyable cooperation.

Report of Treasurer (H Zeichhardt)

Hans Zeichhardt (HZ) reported that he had given financial reports for 2008, 2009 and 2010 at the IUMS EB. Chantry Vellacott had been used as Auditor and the reports were prepared with UK proper accounting standards. All reports were approved by the IUMS EB. The IUMS has both General Funds and Designated Funds, such as the accounts for the Arima and Mudd Awards. HZ explained that the IUMS income comes from fees from affiliated societies of different countries, conference congress income, and some agencies/organizations support the IUMS with fellowships and / or travel grants (e.g. SGM). Some reduction in income had occurred, due to the US National Science Foundation cancelling grant support to the National Academy of Sciences that was used to support the BioUnions. However, despite this, the finances were in a satisfactory state. IUMS expenditure was mainly on payments to the 3 IUMS Divisions, grants and fellowships and costs incurred by the EB meetings. In 2008 the General funds were US$ 207K, in 2009 it was $188K.

Following the report of the treasurer, there were 2 questions from the GA. The report was adopted unanimously.

Report of the Secretary-General (RA Samson)

Robert Samson (RAS): the Union is still growing. During the period 2008-2011, 7 new societies joined and the total number of member countries is now 64 and the total number of member societies is 120. Some countries like Hong Kong and Iceland did not pay their dues and are no longer members. Fiji and Colombia joined as associate members. Many societies suffer due to the economic situation and sometimes funding to pay the dues is hard to find.

The Secretariat of the IUMS is currently located in Utrecht, Netherlands, at the CBS-KNAW. CBS and the Dutch Academy ("KNAW") are very supportive of IUMS and CBS runs the IUMS website. The site is visited quite often, however IUMS would like to use the website more. Agendas, minutes etc. of the divisions can be placed on the website. If you would like links on the site to your local or regional meeting, contact RAS. Communication and correspondence with societies was not very effective in the beginning, due to faulty email addresses but during the last 3 years many updates have been made, resulting in an up to date list. If an email address changes, please inform RAS or any future Secretary-General.

Following the report there were no questions and the report was adopted unanimously.

Divisional Reports

BAM. (Chair Michael Hecker). In Michael Hecker’s absence, DS reported that Miguel Vicente was elected the new Vice-Chair and Doerthe Becker the new Treasurer/Secretary. The report will be placed on the website and any questions can be sent to the Chair/Vice-Chair by email.

Mycology. (Chair Scott Baker - SB). DS reported that Teun Boekhout was elected the new Vice-Chair. And Masayuki Hayakawa was elected the new Secretary / Treasurer. It was noted that the mycology division had had a great meeting, with good sessions and speakers and was looking forward to Montreal 2014. The Division has some active COMCOF’s and hosts an active outreach program.

Virology. (Robert Lamb - RL): RL organized the scientific programme for the International Congress of Virology in Istanbul, 2008, which was very successful. The Virology Division had contributed to an Outreach workshop in 2010 in Singapore, which was received very well. The virology meeting in Sapporo starts tonight and there were 1600 registrants. The division hosts a journal and was searching for a new Editor-in-Chief. The new officers of the division would be elected at the Virology Division EB meeting.

Following the Reports of the Divisions there were no questions. The reports were adopted unanimously.

Report: UNESCO, IUMS, SGM Fellowships (D. Sordelli)

DS reported that the fellowship committee runs the fellowships. This was done by Yuan Kun Lee (YKL) and in the period 2009-2010, 6 fellowships were offered of which 2 were for Nigeria and 2 for Argentina. The committee received very positive reactions from the fellowship awardees.

Report on IUMS Awards (J. Bennett)

The Mudd award was not made this year, due to lack of a strong candidate. The Arima award went to Dr. Omora (Japan). The Van Niel Award (not administered by IUMS) went to George M. Garrity.

Report of the Nomination Committee for the new Executive Board

Nominations for the Executive Board of 2012-2014 were recorded:

President-Elect: Yuan Kun Lee (Singapore) – election unopposed

2 Vice-Presidents: Pierre Talbot (Canada), Steve Lerner (USA) and Gabriel Gutkind (Argentina)

2 Members at Large: Victor Romanowski (Argentina), Sang-Ki Rhee (S Korea) and Anupam Varma (India)

Treasurer: Helmut Fickenscher (Germany) – election unopposed

Secretary General: Robert A. Samson (Netherlands) – re-election unopposed

The available candidates (or their proxy) presented themselves and made short statements in support of their candidature: IUMS President asked the GA if there were any objections to the re-election of the unopposed positions of Secretary General, President-Elect and Treasurer. No opposition was voiced.

After the votes were cast and counted the outcomes were announced. The new IUMS EB Officers were and would take office during the IUMS Hand Over Meeting to follow the IUMS GA:

President: Geoffrey L. Smith (UK)

President-Elect: Yuan Kun Lee (Singapore)

Secretary General: Robert A. Samson (Netherlands)

Treasurer: Helmut Fickenscher (Germany)

Vice-Presidents: Pierre Talbot (Canada) and Steve Lerner (USA).

Members at Large: Sang-Ki Rhee (Korea) and Victor Romanowski (Argentina)

The President congratulated newly elected members. Directly after this meeting the handover meeting will take place.

Change of the IUMS Constitution

Stephen Lerner (SL) reported that at the 2008 EB meeting it became clear that reworking of the constitution was needed. In 2010 the EB approved the revised constitution, which was then sent out to the affiliated societies. SL summarized the proposed changes: C2, C9 (description of EB); C10 (Nomination and Election of EB), a third term was added; C11 (Terms of Members of the EB); C22 (Arrears in Dues Payments by National Committees); Bylaws section 20 (B20) – Raise fee from US $30 to US $50, Ratification.

During questions it was noted that the phrase "Institutional Memory" may not translate well, that the EB needs a plan for succession of the Secretary General before he finishes his 3rd term.

The voting on these proposals was executed by raising hands. Changes to the constitution as described by SL were accepted by the GA, unanimously.

IUMS Outreach Programs. Summary of activities.

SL reported that the first outreach program took place in Singapore in June 2010: it was a 3-day meeting with 99 participants and as sponsored by a $30K grant from ICSU. Feedback was very positive and both the presenters and participants all enjoyed it. Yuan Kun Lee was thanked warmly for all his work on the program. SL received the go-ahead from the EB with organizing a 3-day program in Hyderabad, India, probably in October 2012.

RAS organized a second outreach program Food and Food Safety. He approached the ICFM (Food Mycology) and ICFMH (International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene) and both were very interested in cooperating and sponsoring. It was a great workshop with 10 speakers and tremendous interest has already been received from other countries for this workshop. Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand all showed interest in this program. Africa and South America are also interesting fields for this workshop. Anyone interested in running this workshop: please contact RAS.

Future IUMS Congresses

2014: The IUMS Congresses will take place in Montreal, Canada from July 27 – August 1, 2014. Pierre Talbot (PB) provided an update on the congress venue and preparations and reported that a website was already available www.montraliums2014.org. Members of the National Organizing Committee were introduced to the GA. In response to questions PB reported that the registration fee was likely to be in line with the last IUMS Congresses, but the final figure would depend on the economic situation. Students would pay half rate and grants would be available. It was noted that foreign nationals would need to request their visa to visit Canada a long time in advance and information was on the www site.

2017: At the IUMS EB meeting, bids to hold the 2017 IUMS Congresses were received from Singapore and South Korea (Seoul). After due consideration Singapore was chosen and the meeting will take place in July/August 2017.

AOB

Fusao Tomita (FT) reported that after the commemorative ceremony held in the presence of his Royal Highness the Emperor of Japan 121 people attended the reception. The local government sponsored IUMS Sapporo and the Sapporo organization received 14 million Yen in financial support. The final number of participants at the 3 congresses was 4200 and therefore the payment to the IUMS will be little over US $90K. FT thanked all for their kind and efficient participation and cooperation. FT also thanked the EB members for organizing outreach activities during the congress. All congratulated FT on this excellent outcome.

Notification of the new Executive Board Members to attend the Handover Meeting

Announcement: the handover meeting will take place in the downstairs meeting room at 3 PM. Apart from the EB, all new elected members need to be there and also those EB members whose terms are ending. GS: thanks DS for running a very successful office and for his excellent speech last night at the commemorative ceremony. GS thanked all other EB members that have finished their terms at this meeting and all other people that have worked so hard to make this meeting such a success.

 

 

 

 

The final authority in administration of the Union lies with the General Assembly exercised collectively by delegates of National Committees (See Constitution B18) of the Member Societies and members of the Executive Board. The General Assembly may direct the Executive Board to establish any Division or other working group deemed necessary for the administrative or scientific work of the Union.

The General Assembly ordinarily meets at least every three years on the occasion of an International Congress organized under auspices of the Union, convening at least once during each meeting. The last meeting of the GA was in Montreal Sunday July 27 2014. For the draft minutes of this meeting click here. For minutes of previous General Assemblies click here.

The General Assembly elects the Officers of the Union (the President-Elect, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary-General, and Treasurer) and two Members-at-Large, receives reports and, as required, approves activities of the Executive Board and initiates further business.

Next GA meeting - Singapore 2017.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The final authority in administration of the Union lies with the General Assembly exercised collectively by delegates of National Committees (See Constitution B18) of the Member Societies and members of the Executive Board. The General Assembly may direct the Executive Board to establish any Division or other working group deemed necessary for the administrative or scientific work of the Union.

The General Assembly ordinarily meets at least every three years on the occasion of an International Congress organized under auspices of the Union, convening at least once during each meeting. The last meeting of the GA was in Sapporo Japan on 10 September 2011. For the draft minutes of this meeting click here. For minutes of previous General Assemblies click here.

The General Assembly elects the Officers of the Union (the President-Elect, two Vice-Presidents, Secretary-General, and Treasurer) and two Members-at-Large, receives reports and, as required, approves activities of the Executive Board and initiates further business.

Nominations, containing a biography of the nominee and a statement indicating a willingness to serve, were sought from National Committees and from Divisions for the offices of President-Elect,  two Vice- Presidents,  Secretary-General (unopposed change in Constitution),  Treasurer (unopposed) and  two Members-at-Large. It is important to note that members of the Executive Board will be responsible for specific portfolios and that nominees are aware about their duties and responsibilities. Nominations for officers for the Executive Board 2014-2017 can be found here.

New members (Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer) for the Executive Boards of the Divisions (Virology, BAM and Mycology) will be sought by their Secretary/treasurer.

For the number of delegates for your National Committee click here

Next GA meeting - Montreal 2014.

This meeting will take place Sunday July 27 2014, 11.00-13.00 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal’s Convention Centre). Room 518A-B. Click here for the Agenda or download the PDF.

Council Meetings of the Divisions in Montreal.

  • Monday, July 28, 11:00 – 13 :00  IUMS Mycology and Eukaryotic Microbiology Division Council Meeting
  • Monday, July 28, 11:00 – 13 :00  IUMS Virology Division 1st Council Meeting
  • Wednesday, July 30, 11:00 – 13:00 IUMS Virology Division 2nd Council Meeting
  • Wednesday, July 30, 11:00 – 13:00 BAM Division Council Meeting

Venues and dates of the meetings of the divisions, ComCofs of BAM and Virologtmeetings are now also posted on the Congress website at: http://www.montrealiums2014.org/side_scientific_program/business_meetings_e.shtml