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Office

The iEMSs Office (2020-2022)

President 

Stefan Reis, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Secretary

Ke Zhang, Hohai University, China

Treasurer

Ioannis Athanasiadis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Vice -presidents

Min Chen, Nanjing Normal University, China

Marina Erechtchoukova, York University, Canada

Peter Khaiter, York University, Canada

Nigel W.T. Quinn, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States

 

Arbitrators

Carlo Lepori, IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland
Andrea-Emilio Rizzoli
, IDSIA USI/SUPSI, Switzerland

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2022, before the iEMSs 2022 biennial meeting.

Past-presidents

2016-2020 Dan Ames, Brigham Young University, United States

2012-2016: Andrea Emilio Rizzoli, IDSIA, Switzerland

2008-2012: Alexey Voinov, ITC, U Twente, The Netherlands

2004-2008: Giorgio Guariso, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, EU

2000-2004: Anthony J. Jakeman, Australian National University, Australia.

Board

The iEMSs Board of Directors (2020-2022)

In addition to the Office members, the following iEMSs members compose the Board of Directors:

  • Alexandrov Georgii
  • Ames Daniel P.
  • Cuddy Susan
  • Demir Ibrahim
  • Gibert Karina
  • Gualtieri Carlo
  • Iwanaga Takuya
  • Jakeman Anthony
  • Knightes Christopher
  • Koch Jennifer
  • Liu Junzhi
  • Mannina Giorgio
  • Nazrul Islam
  • Nejadhashemi Pouyan
  • O’Brien Kate
  • Park Daeryong
  • Qin Chengzhi
  • Rizzoli Andrea
  • Sànchez-Marrè Miquel
  • van Griensven Ann
  • Vervoort R. Willem
  • Voinov Alexey A
  • Wang Dali
  • Wu Wenyan

The iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office are in charge for 2 years, new elections will be held in 2022.

Scope and Aims

iEMSs (we pronounce it “eye-em-es”) is a not-for-profit organization uniting private persons and organizations dealing with environmental modelling, software and related topics.

The aims of the iEMSs are to:

  • develop and use environmental modelling and software tools to advance the science and improve decision making with respect to resource and environmental issues. This places an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the development of generic frameworks and methodologies which integrate models and software tools across issues, scales, disciplines and stakeholders with respect to resource and environmental issues;
  • promote contacts among physical, social and natural scientists, economists and software developers from different countries and coordinate their activities;
  • improve the cooperation between the sciences and decision makers/advisors on environmental matters;
  • exchange information in the field of environmental modelling and software among scientific and educational organizations and private enterprises, as well as non-governmental organizations and governmental bodies.

 To achieve these aims, the iEMSs:

  • organizes international conferences, meetings and courses in environmental modelling and software;
  • publishes scientific studies and popular scientific materials in the Environmental Modelling and Software journal (Elsevier);
  • hosts a website which allows members to communicate research and other information relevant to the Society’s aims with one another and the broader community;
  • delivers regular information to members through the website and mailing lists.

 

Rules

Awards of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)

The International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (IEMSS) (henceforth, “the Society”) has three categories, namely Natural Systems, Socioeconomic Systems, and Software Systems. The Society is by its nature integrative, and the three categories reflect different emphases and perspectives regarding modelling and software.

The Society proposes to award Fellowships, Biennial Medals, Early Career Research Excellence Prizes, Student Prizes for Best Paper and Presentation, and Student Commendations for Excellent Paper and Presentation, in each of the three categories.

Fellowships are intended to be awarded in every odd-numbered year in between the Biennial Conferences.

Biennial Medals, Early Career Research Excellence Prizes, and Student Prizes and Commendations are intended to be awarded in every even-numbered year to coincide with the Biennial Conferences.

 

  1. Fellowships:
    • In every odd-numbered year, the Society will confer one Fellowship in each category for: “Unselfish dedication to promoting the aims of the Society, and for outstanding contributions to environmental modelling and software.”
    • Fellows are entitled to use the postnominal “FIEMSS”.
    • Fellowships will commence in 2003.
    • Any member of the Society may be nominated for Fellowship. The fellowships are to be proposed by the President and Vice-Presidents. Self-nomination is not permitted. The seconder must be a member of the Society. Candidates will be notified of their nomination.
    • Nominations should be sent directly to the President of the Society by 30 June in every odd-numbered year, and should be accompanied by a written statement and a curriculum vitae of the nominee.
    • A Fellowships Committee will be determined by the Biennial General Meeting for the following two years, and will be chaired by the President.
    • Recommendations for Fellowship will be approved by the Executive and the Board of Directors.
    • The honour of being the inaugural Fellow of the Society should be given to the President of the Society. Any President will automatically become a Fellow on taking up the position.
  2. Biennial Medals:
    • In every even-numbered year, to coincide with the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer one Biennial Medal in each category for: “Exceptional research contributions to environmental modelling and software, and for promoting the aims of the Society.”
    • Biennial Medalists automatically become Fellows of the Society, and are entitled to use the postnominal “FIEMSS”.
    • Biennial Medals will commence in 2004.
    • Any member of the Society may be nominated for a Biennial Medal. The proposer and seconder must be members of the Society. Self-nomination is not permitted. Candidates will be notified of their nomination. (v) Nominations should be sent directly to the President of the Society at least three months before the Biennial General Meeting in every even-numbered year, and should be accompanied by a written statement and a curriculum vitae of the nominee.
    • A Biennial Medals Committee will be determined by the Biennial General Meeting for the following two years, and will be chaired by the President.
    • Recommendations for Biennial Medals will be approved by the Executive and the Board of Directors.
  3. Early Career Research Excellence Prizes:
    • In every even-numbered year, to coincide with the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer one Early Career Research Excellence Prize in each category for: “Early career research excellence in environmental modelling and software.”
    • An early career researcher should have graduated with a PhD degree or equivalent within seven years of being nominated for the award. For the inaugural prizes, a researcher should have graduated with a PhD degree or equivalent within ten years of being nominated for the award.
    • Early Career Research Excellence Prizes will commence in 2004.
    • Any member of the Society may be nominated for an Early Career Research Excellence Prize. The proposer and seconder must be members of the Society. Self-nomination is not permitted. Candidates will be notified of their nomination.
    • Nominations should be sent directly to the President of the Society at least three months before the Biennial General Meeting in every even-numbered year, and should be accompanied by a written statement and a curriculum vitae of the nominee.
    • An Early Career Research Excellence Prizes Committee will be determined by the Biennial General Meeting for the following two years, and will be chaired by the President.
    • Recommendations for Early Career Research Excellence Prizes will be approved by the Executive and the Board of Directors
  4. Student Prizes for Best Paper and Presentation:
    • In every even-numbered year, to coincide with the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer one Student Prize for Best Paper and Presentation in each category.
    • Student Prizes were first awarded at the Inaugural Biennial Conference in 2002.
    • Consideration for Student Prizes and Commendations for Excellence is through self-nomination to the Convenor of the Biennial Conference before the commencement of the conference.
    • The Convenor of the Biennial Conference and the President will appoint a Student Prize Committee in each category. (v) At least two members of the Committee will attend each student presentation. (vi) If the student is not the first-named author on a multi-authored paper, or if the authorship on a multi-authored paper is not alphabetical, a brief written statement by the supervisor as to the student’s contribution to the paper should accompany the nomination.
  5. Student Commendations for Excellent Paper and Presentation:
    • In every even-numbered year, to coincide with the Biennial Conference, the Society will confer one or two Student Commendations for Excellent Paper and Presentation in each category.
    • Student Commendations for Excellence were first awarded at the Inaugural Biennial Conference in 2002.
    • Consideration for Student Prizes and Commendations for Excellence is through self-nomination to the Convenor of the Biennial Conference before the commencement of the conference.
    • The Convenor of the Biennial Conference and the President will appoint a Student Prize Committee in each category.
    • At least two members of the Committee will attend each student presentation.
    • If the student is not the first-named author on a multi-authored paper, or if the authorship on a multi-authored paper is not alphabetical, a brief written statement by the supervisor as to the student’s contribution to the paper should accompany the nomination.

 

Bylaws of the iEMSs

 

Bylaws of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs)

a not-for-profit organization

Approved by the Constituting Meeting of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society

June 18, 2000, Halifax, Canada

Revised August 2008

Revised July 2010

ARTICLE I – NAME AND PLACE

1.This international society is named “INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL MODELLING AND SOFTWARE SOCIETY (iEMSs)” and is established according to articles 60 and following of the Swiss Civil Law.

2.The iEMSs is headquartered at the office of the iEMSs President or Secretary or Treasurer at a location determined by the iEMSs Board.

Note: the iEMSs headquarters are located c/-:
IDSIA
Galleria 2, via Cantonale
6928 Manno, Switzerland

 

ARTICLE II – PURPOSE AND ACTIVITIES

1. The Society (iEMSs) is a not-for-profit organization uniting private persons and organizations dealing with environmental modelling, software and related topics.

2. The aims of the iEMSs are to:

  • develop and use environmental modelling and software tools to advance the science and improve decision making with respect to resource and environmental issues. This places an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and the development of generic frameworks and methodologies which integrate models and software tools across issues, scales, disciplines and stakeholders with respect to resource and environmental issues;
  • promote contacts among physical, social and natural scientists, economists and software developers from different countries and coordinate their activities;
  • improve the cooperation between the sciences and decision makers/advisors on environmental matters;
  • promote environmental modelling and software;
  • exchange information in the field of environmental modelling and software among scientific and educational organizations and private enterprises, as well as non-governmental organizations and governmental bodies.

3. To achieve these aims, the iEMSs:

  • organizes international conferences, meetings and courses in environmental modelling and software;
  • publishes scientific studies and popular scientific materials in the Environmental Modelling and Software journal (Elsevier);
  • hosts a website which allows members to communicate research and other information relevant to the Society’s aims with one another and the broader community;
  • delivers a regular newsletter to members.

4. The iEMSs does not certify anyone as a practising environmental modeller or software developer.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

1. Membership of the iEMSs is open to anyone who wishes to promote its aims.

2. Four categories of membership are available: full, non-annex 1, retiree, and  student. All classes of membership have the same voting rights.

3. Voting rules: the request for a vote is sent out from the Office. The request must be sent out at least 15 days before the vote opens. The decision is taken by the simple majority of those who voted.

4. Members are not liable for debts of the society.

5. Applications for membership must be made in writing on the appropriate form and will be formally reviewed by the iEMSs Office.

6. Membership is terminated if the membership fee is not paid.

7. A member can be expelled from the iEMSs if he/she acts intentionally against the interests of the iEMSs. The iEMSs Board decides on expulsion by a 2/3 majority.

ARTICLE IV – BODIES OF THE iEMSs

1.The bodies of the iEMSs are

  • the General Meeting of all members of the iEMSs (General Meeting of the iEMSs);
  • the iEMSs Board;
  • the iEMSs Office. 

ARTICLE V – GENERAL MEETING OF THE iEMSs

1. General Meetings of the iEMSs are held every second year.

2. The General Meeting of the iEMSs receives the annual business report of the iEMSs, made by the iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office.

3. The General Meeting of the iEMSs

  • elects the members of the iEMSs Board;
  • considers and votes for approval of the bylaws suggested by the iEMSs Board.

4. Elections and approvals may also be handled through mailings coordinated by the iEMSs Secretary.

5. Terms of members of the iEMSs Board and the iEMSs Office will be two years. Every two years a call will be issued for nominations to the Board and Officer positions. Elections will be held to select the Society Board from the list of nominees. An Elections Committee will be appointed by the Board and will organize the elections BEFORE the meeting by means of electronic vote. The results will be announced during the BGM.

Current Board Members can be reelected for multiple terms without any limitations. Nominees are expected to have contributed actively to society activities and functions. Service contributions can include service as a session organizer, participation as an editor of the iEMSs conference proceedings, input as a group or thread moderator, and notable other efforts for the general benefit of the society.

 

ARTICLE VI – THE iEMSs BOARD

1. The iEMSs Board consists of the following members elected by the membership of iEMSs

  • 7 members of IEMSS office,
  • 8-25 members of iEMSs
2. The iEMSs Board appoints two arbitrators for financial oversee. Arbitrators can be Board members

3. The iEMSs Board runs the business affairs of the iEMSs. It is responsible for the newsletter and the annual business report. The Board defines the tasks of the iEMSs Office.

4. The Board may suggest bylaws in order to regulate

  • Governing of the iEMSs;
  • Organizing and running meetings;
  • Elections;
  • Expulsion of members.

5. Meetings of the iEMSs Board shall take place when deemed necessary. The iEMSs Board meetings shall be convened by the President at least four weeks in advance and in writing (which may be by email).

 

ARTICLE VII – THE iEMSs OFFICE

1. The iEMSs Office consists of two or more of

  • the iEMSs President
  • the iEMSs Secretary;
  • the iEMSs Treasurer;
  • iEMSs Vice-Presidents
  • And staff appointed by the Secretary.

2. The iEMSs Secretary and the iEMSs Treasurer may be the same person.

3.The iEMSs Office has special tasks defined by the iEMSs Board.

4. An amount of 1000 EUR per year can be ordered by the Office without the need for approval from the Board.

 

ARTICLE VIII – MEMBERSHIP FEE

1.The Board may set out a reasonable membership fee for all the categories of membership: full, non-Annex 1, student, and retiree. For those who have registered for an iEMSs Biennial Meeting, membership will be automatic for the ensuing two years. Non-full members will be entitled to substantially reduced registration fees at iEMSs Biennial Meetings. For those not registering for an iEMSs Biennial Meeting, a membership fee will be payable for the ensuing two years.

2.The membership fee shall be fixed and approved by the membership present at the regular biennial general meeting of the society.

3.The maximum membership fee is 100 CHF per year.

 

ARTICLE IX – CIRCULARISING THE MEMBERS

1.The members will receive an iEMSs Newsletter or a similar document for announcements of news of the iEMSs. The material may be integrated into the Environmental Modelling and Software international journal.

 

ARTICLE X – REGIONAL GROUPS AND COMMITTEES OF THE iEMSs

1. Regional or Special Interest Groups may be established and are strongly encouraged. They shall be subject to approval by the iEMSs Board.

2. Members of such groups shall be members of iEMSs.

3. Regional or Special Interest Groups shall accept and follow the articles of the iEMSs.

4. Regional or Special Interest Groups shall inform the iEMSs Board about their activities annually.

5. A regional or Special Interest Group may be dissolved by a 2/3 majority of the iEMSs Board if it acts intentionally against the interests of the iEMSs.

6. The iEMSs Board may establish committees as required for the performance of its duties and may select members of the iEMSs to serve on committees.

 

ARTICLE XI – LIQUIDATION

1. If liquidation of the assets of the iEMSs is necessary, the iEMSs Board is the liquidator.

2. Liquidation requires approval by a 2/3 majority of the membership of the iEMSs.

3. After liquidation the remaining assets of the iEMSs are to be devolved upon a similar not-for-profit organization.