Commission Bylaws

Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy (STAND)

Division of the History of Science and Technology (DHST)

International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST)

Adopted at a Zoom meeting on 3 June 2021, 4:10 p.m. Eastern time.

Aims

Article 1. The aims of the Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy STAND shall be:

1.      To promote and coordinate interdisciplinary historical studies on the relationships between science, technology and diplomacy including:

·         The role of scientists in international relations.

·         The shaping of global governance through science and technology.

2.      To promote wide-ranging investigations in terms of chronological coverage and global reach (nations, regions, and continents represented) with a focus on science and technology diplomacy.

Statutes and Rules

Article 2. Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy shall be governed by the Statues and Rules of Procedure of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST), Division of the History of Science and Technology (DHST).

Article 3. The Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy is an international scholarly association financially dependent upon the DHST. The Commission shall report annually to the Secretary General and shall submit reports on its activities to each General Assembly, when the question of continuation shall be put to the vote. For the creation and continuation of an Historical Commission, a two-thirds majority in the General Assembly shall be required (ref. DHST Statutes and Rules, Art. 8).

Communication with Members and the Public

Article 4. The Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy shall maintain a mailing list to be used for the announcement of its General Assemblies, conferences, and other events and items of interest to its membership.

Article 5. The Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy shall maintain a website with regularly updated information concerning its events and activities as well as directions for joining the mailing list.

Membership

Article 6. Membership in the Commission on Science, Technology & Diplomacy shall be free and open to individuals with an interest in the history of science, technology and diplomacy who join the Commission’s mailing list here;https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A0=SCIENCEDIPLOMACY

Officers and Elections

Article 7. Subject to the final approval of DHST General Assembly and/or the DHST Council, the Commission shall elect a President and the following officers: up to four  Vice-Presidents, a Treasurer, Secretary, and a communications officer/webmaster. The President in conjunction with the officers can appoint up to four otherwise ordinary members of the Commission to serve on the Commission Council. The President and Officers can use these additional Council members to achieve a balance of geographic, career-stage, gender and protected categories representation. Any Past-Presidents who would like to remain active may also serve on the Council as an ex officio member of the Council. The Commission Council which shall decide issues of policy between quadrennial meetings of the DHST.

The duties of the Officers are as follows:

President:

·         Conducts the business of the Commission as its primary officer in accordance with the aims of Article 1 above

·         Coordinates the work of the other Officers and volunteers

·         Represents the interests of the Commission to the DHST

·         Files an annual report and request for financial assistance to the Secretary General of the DHST by November 15 of each year

·         Serves on the General Assembly of the DHST

Vice-presidents

·         Advise the President on matters of policy

·         Choose from among their number to become President if the elected President is unable to carry out the duties of the office

Treasurer

·         Collects and disburses Commission funds

·         Manages the commission bank account

·         Prepares any necessary financial reports

·         Advises the President and Vice-presidents on matters of policy

·         Serves on the General Assembly of the DHST

Secretary

·         Keeps a permanent record of membership, attendance and proceedings of the Commission and serves as its historian and archivist

·         Advises the President and Vice-presidents on matters of policy

Communications Officer/Webmaster

·         Issues announcements of Commission business

·         Maintains and updates the website as well as any blogs and other online social media the Commission may choose to employ

·         Advises the President and Vice-presidents on matters of policy

EC Officer

 Promotes, on behalf of the commission, initiatives targeting ECscholars, especially to broaden its activities in geographical areas that are less represented in the commission in the specific, and the disciplinary areas represented within the commission  more generally

  • Advises the President and Vice-presidents on matters of policy

Appointed Council Members

·         Advise the President on matters of policy

Past President

·         Advises the STAND officers on matters of policy and may serve, if she/he wishes, as an ex officio member of the Commission Council.

Nominating Process

Article 6. Candidates for office will be selected by an open call for self-nominations, including a short statement of interests and goals in seeking office, in advance of the quadrennial International Congress of History of Science. Elections shall be held either by a confidential ballot in advance of the quadrennial International Congress of History of Science, or at the Congress itself. Newly-elected officers shall begin their terms on January 1 of the year following the election but will be treated as officers between the Congress and the start of their terms for the purpose of advising the President and participating in discussions among officers. If a position needs to be filled between quadrennial elections, it shall be filled by an interim appointment agreed to by a two-thirds majority of the Commission Council, consisting of the elected Officers and the appointed Council Members.Article 7. These Bylaws may be amended by agreement of a two-thirds majority of the Commission Council, consisting of the elected Officers and the appointed Council Members. The amended Bylaws will be communicated to the entire membership. 

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