RULES OF CONSTITUTION

 

1 TITLE

 

The title of the Group will be the GENOME STABILITY NETWORK. The Group is affiliated to the United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society (UKEMS).

 

2 MISSION STATEMENT

 

The Group exists to promote the idea that the study of genome stability is fundamental to understanding the biology of the cell and human health.

 

3 OBJECTIVES OF THE GROUP

 

i) Bringing together, laboratory scientists, epidemiologists, clinicians and all others with an interest in genome stability to pursue a multi-disciplinary approach.

 

ii) Promoting the use of model organisms for research in genome stability.

 

iii) Providing a forum for meetings, workshops and other activities to discuss all aspects of genome stability.

 

iv) Encouraging younger research workers/students to participate in the field of genome stability, eg through presentations at meetings.

 

v) Providing a resource for interested parties new to the field of genome stability.

 

vi) Representing the field on issues relating to genome stability, both nationally and internationally and providing a commitment to public understanding of science.

 

4 MEMBERSHIP

 

Membership will comprise those involved in the field of genome stability. Members will regularly receive details of future meetings, meeting notes and other items of interest. Members may also wish to join UKEMS. UKEMS members will receive discounted registration for Network meetings and will have access to other UKEMS benefits and activities.

 

5 ADMISSION OF MEMBERS

 

Application for Membership of the Genome Stability Network shall be made to the Secretary of the Network. There shall be no membership qualifications other than members should work for a relevant organisation, or be a consultant, and have an interest in some aspect of genome stability.

 

6 THE COMMITTEE

 

The Network will be managed by a Committee consisting of a Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and six ordinary members. A quorum will comprise 6 out of the 9 members. Committee members will serve for three years following an election by ballot of members. Nominations for Committee membership require a proposer and a seconder, who should be members of the Network. Elected members will be eligible for re-election for one further term of three years. Members who have served two consecutive terms will not be eligible for re-election for three years. Officers will be elected by the Committee.

 

In the first instance the founding Committee members will serve until at least December 2006 when 3 members will be selected by drawing of lots for re-election. Three additional founder members will be similarly selected in 2007 and 2008.

 

7 VOTING RIGHTS

 

Only Genome Stability Network members will be allowed to vote.

 

8 MEETINGS

 

The Group will normally hold at least one scientific meeting a year. The annual meeting will provide a showcase for UK based genome stability activities and also encourage younger researchers to present their work. Meetings will be organised under the supervision of the Committee but may be delegated to others outside the Committee. Participants will be charged for attendance at meetings.

 

9 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

This will be held during the Group's main annual meeting and all Members will be welcome to attend, although only Network members will be allowed to vote. Network members who wish to add items to the Agenda must do so in writing 28 days prior to the meeting.

 

10 FINANCE

 

The Treasurer, on behalf of the Committee, will be responsible for maintaining the finances of the Network. The Treasurer will issue an annual statement of the finances at the AGM and to the Treasurer of the UKEMS. Accounts for each meeting will be submitted to the Committee and audited.

 

The Group is a non-profit making organisation. Any surpluses obtained will be directed to all reasonable costs of running the Group, including the organisation of meetings and payment of honoraria, as appropriate.

 

11 CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION

 

The Rules of the Constitution may be changed by voting at the AGM. Any proposed changes must be notified in writing to the Membership at least 2 weeks prior to the AGM. Changes to be Constitution require a Genome Stability Network proposer and seconder.

 

Version 2: 10 July 2004