RULES OF THE INTERNATIONAL BIOACOUSTICS COUNCIL
Revised version, accepted at the General Assembly Meeting (GAM) on 16th September 2011 during the XXIII Congress
1.1. The name of the Council shall be THE INTERNATIONAL BIOACOUSTICS
COUNCIL, which may be abbreviated to IBAC.
2.1. To further the science of bioacoustics by the holding of congresses and by setting up task forces to examine specialist areas.
2.2. To encourage and effect liaison between amateurs and professionals
working in bioacoustics.
2.3. To encourage students to take part in IBAC's activities.
2.4. To share information by means of an informative website.
3.1. IBAC shall be governed by a Executive Committee consisting of 2 Officers (a Chairman and an Honorary Secretary) and up to a maximum of six Committee Members, each of whom shall serve for four years with eligibility for re-election.
3.2. The Executive Committee shall have the power to appoint a Non-Executive President from among the senior and long-serving supporters of IBAC.
3.3. The Executive Committee shall have the power to expel from its number any of its Officers or Committee Members who have failed to attend two consecutive General Committee Meetings.
4.1. The office of IBAC shall be at the British Library (Wildlife Section), 96 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2DB, UK, or at any other location deemed by the Executive Committee.
5 COMMITTEE MEETINGS
5.1 General Assembly Meetings shall be held before the conclusion of the IBAC congress (normally held in alternate years).
5.2. A notice convening the General Assembly Meeting, together with an Agenda listing the items to be considered, shall be circulated to all delegates inside congress packs.
5.3. If necessary, Special Committee Meetings devoted to urgent measures shall be held outside of the congress period.
5.4 The scope of business to be transacted at the General Assembly Meeting shall be:
i. To receive the Chairman’s report on IBAC activities since the last meeting.
ii. To discuss and approve two potential venues for the next IBAC conference and encourage suggestions for future venues.
iii. To consider and elect candidates to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee.
iv. To consider such other business as may have been brought forward by, or with the approval of, the Executive Committee.
5.4. Decisions shall be taken by a simple majority of votes from those present (each officer or delegate attending the congress) having one vote, except for the Chairman who shall have the casting vote in the event of an equal division.
5.5. A Quorum shall consist of half the members of the Executive Committee, including the officers, and half the number of delegates present at the General Assembly Meeting.
5.6. Deliberations shall be recorded in the Minutes, to be read by the Honorary Secretary at the next General Assembly Meeting.
6.1. The Executive Committee may appoint from time to time such Sub-Committees as may be deemed necessary. These may include individuals who are not Officers or Members of the Executive Committee.
6.2. Such Sub-Committees shall conform strictly to such regulations and instructions as may be imposed upon them by the Executive Committee.
6.3. Meetings and proceedings of any Sub-Committee shall be governed by the Rules regulating the Meetings of IBAC, insofar as they are applicable.
7 APPLICATION OF FUNDS
7.1. Any funds of IBAC shall be applied solely toward IBAC's objects.
8 DISSOLUTION, LIQUIDATION
8.1. IBAC shall be dissolved if, at a General Assembly Meeting, a resolution shall be passed by a majority of three-fourths of the Executive Committee and congress delegates, provided that twenty-eight days notice has been given of any such proposal.
8.2. In the event of IBAC's liquidation, the Meeting shall nominate one or more liquidators who shall enjoy the widest powers in realising IBAC's assets and discharging its debts.
8.3. Any balance accruing from such Liquidation shall be donated to an association having similar aims, which shall be designated by the Meeting.
9 ALTERATIONS TO THE RULES
9.1. Alterations to the Rules may be approved only at a General Assembly Meeting.