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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Tempe AZ USA October 21-24. 1999.

Item 1 Approval of the minutes from 1998 .

The business report from the previous ISP meeting in 1998 was unanimously accepted.

Item 2. Report from Fechner Day 99

This year Fechner Day was held in Tempe, AZ and was organized by Peter Killeen and William Uttal. The conference had 83 registered participants (72 paying full fees). With a total budget of just under $20,000, the conference appears to be running a slight surplus at the time of this report.

Item 3. Treasurer’s Report

The current financial status of the Society is as follows:

1000 USD in Boston with Bert Scharf

6240.70 CAD in Vancouver with Lawrence Ward

358.22 USD in Tempe with Peter Killeen (conference surplus).

2800 USD in Tempe with Peter Killeen (ISP dues paid during 1999)

Item 4. Future Meetings


Fechner Day 2000 will be held in Strasbourg, France, Aug. 31st through Sept. 5th under the organization of Claude Bonnet.

Fechner Day 2001 will be held in coordination with the local Fechner Society and the German Society of Psychology (Division of History and Method) in Leipzig, commemorating the 200th anniversary of Fechner’s birth. Dates for the meeting (including both the ISP meeting and the Fechner Society’s program) are set for Oct. 20th through the 24th, 2001.

Rio was nominated as the site of Fechner Day 2002; this motion was accepted popular vote.

Several sites were discussed for Fechner Day 2003 including Boston, Russia, and Cyprus. An informal, non-binding poll of the business meeting attendees showed a preference for Cyprus. Birgitta Berglund (Sweden) has been given the responsibility of making a formal proposal.

Item 5. Financial Support

Marina Pavlova, Greg Neely and Bert Scharf have been given the assignment to continue the Society’s efforts to find funding for East European participants to the Fechner Day meetings.

Item 6. Election of Executive Committee

Greg Neely and Marina Pavlova have, with this meeting, completed their two-year mandates on the executive committee. Gert Haubensak (Germany) and Alexander MacRae (England) who were elected by popular vote will replace them. As per the Society’s by-laws, Claude Bonnet will also serve in the Executive Committee as the organizer of the next Fechner Day. The EC Chairperson thanked Greg and Marina for there service on behalf of the ISP.
Additional business and close
There being no other business for us to consider, the meeting was closed.

Minutes 2000

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Strasbourg France, August 31st -September 21st 2000. Submitted by Claude Bonnet.


Item1. Approval of the 1999 minutes

The report from the business meeting in 1999 in Tempe was unanimously approved.

Item 2. Elections to the Executive Committee

Martha Teghtsoonian and George Gescheider had completed their two-year terms on the committee and at the end of the meeting were thanked for the work they have done on our behalf.  Debra Zellner (USA) and Douglas Vickers (Australia) were the only nominees and were elected by acclamation.  Erdmute Sommerfeld, as organiser of Fechner Day 2001, will also serve on the committee.

Item 3. Fechner Day, :Leipzig, 19-23 October 2001

Erdmute Sommerfeld outlined plans for the meeting which will celebrate the 200th birthday of G. T. Fechner.  The ISP scientific meeting will be preceded by special lectures in his honour,.arranged by the Fechner Society.

Item 4. Fechner Day 2002

The invitation to Brazil is confirmed but the location has not yet been finalized.  There was general agreement that August would be preferable to October to make it easier to plan a long visit.

Item 5. Fechner Day 2003

Cyprus and Boston have been proposed.  On a show of hands there was overwhelming preference for Cyprus.

Item 6. ISP Groundrules for Fechner Day Meetings

Helen Ross was thanked for preparing a working paper with proposals for the conduct of ISP meetings. (See the ISP web site,  http://www.psy.ulaval.ca/~ispp/ )  The proposals were generally welcomed but it was agreed that there should not be a limit on the number of people attending or on the number of posters.  It was thought desirable to have posters on display throughout the meeting, with timetabled sessions at which their authors would be available to discuss them.  There was support for limiting the number of theme sessions to four in three days and it was agreed that sessions should not be very long or have large numbers of speakers.

Item 7. Travel support for professional colleagues from eastern Europe

Marina Pavlova spoke to proposals prepared by herself, Greg Neely and Bert Scharf that the society should allocate funds from its reserves to assist professionals who have limited access to travel funds to attend our meetings.  She explained the great difficulty that colleagues in eastern Europe have in obtaining funds for travel to our meetings and of the great benefit they derive from them when it is possible to attend.  There was considerable sympathy for the difficulties described but the meeting agreed that the first claim on any surplus should be to bring students to the meetings.  The reserves need to maintained at a level that provides protection against an unpredictable shortfall in the finances of future meetings and it was agreed that they should not intentionally be allowed to fall below $8000US. (They are currently around $9000US.)  Local organisers should seek funding on a meeting-by-meeting basis to support colleagues from regions with poor access to travel funds, and many meeting organisers have been successful in doing so.  It was agreed that if, at any future time, sufficient ISP funds were to be available to support professional colleagues (after funding student travel) any procedure for allocation should be an open one, with a date being publicised by which applications should be made.  It was agreed that any decisions about such procedure and about allocations of funds should be made by the management committee at the relevent time.
Item 8. ISP Dues

It was agreed that in future, ISP dues should cover a period from 1 July to 30 June.  As a result, dues paid when attending an autumn meeting will, for instance, confer eligibility to nominate or second candidates for the management committee up to the following June.  Members were reminded that to remain a member in good standing, dues should be paid each year, even if the meeting is not attended

It was agreed that the dues for 2001-2002 would be $50US with an invitation to make an additional voluntary donation to support attendance at the meeting by disadvantaged professionals.

Minutes 2001

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Leipzig Germany October 20-23. 2001. Submitted by Simon Grondin.

Item1. Minutes

The report from the business meeting in 2000 in Strasbourg was unanimously approved.

Item 2. ISP Web Site

Doug Vickers reported that the website has been transferred to Adelaide and would be hosted there for several years.   The intention is to bring it up to date and maintain on it an archive of past decisions of business meetings.  Members are invited to send him suggestions for it by e-mail.
Adelaide will also set up and maintain integrated mailing lists for members to distribute information to each other.

Item 3. Finances

The sudden illness of the treasurer, Debra Zellner, that prevented her attending Fechner Day meant that no report was available, but it is understood that there has been no significant change in the satisfactory state of the society’s finances.  Thomas Lachmann reported that the Leipzig meeting has resulted in a surplus of about $850 US.  The meeting received financial support from the State of Saxony and $455 US donations from 14 members, which resulted in subsidised  registration fees to all participant and full support for the attendance of 15 participants from eastern Europe and 4 students.  Marina Pavlova particularly congratulated the organisers on their outstanding success in finding sponsorship for eastern colleagues.

It was agreed that all non-student participants attending future Fechner Days should pay ISP dues as a condition of registration.

It was agreed that students should be eligible for full membership of the ISP for a much reduced fee, the details to be considered by the Executive Committee.

It was agreed that next year’s dues should remain the same as this year ($50 US).

It was agreed that efforts should be made to have the ISP finances integrated into a single, permanent bank account that would be separate from the account used by the organisers of a meeting and would be operated by whichever members of each Executive Committee were given charge of it from time to time.

Item 4. Elections to the Executive Committee

Gert Haubensak and Sandy MacRae had completed their two-year terms on the committee. Wolfgang Ellermeier (Germany) and Simon Grondin (Canada) were the only nominees and were elected by acclamation.  José Aparecido da Silva, as organiser of Fechner Day 2002, will also serve on the committee.

Item 5. Future Meetings

José Aparecido da Silva outlined plans for the 2002 meeting in Rio de Janeiro, where a temperature around 26?C can be expected in October.

Birgitta Berglund has agreed to organise the 2003 meeting in Cyprus, but she was not present and no further details are yet available.

Lawrence Ward is willing to organise the 2004 meeting in Vancouver but is not especially anxious to do so.  He noted that although Vancouver is seen as an attractive location it can also be considered remote and there were only 50 registrations for the previous Fechner Day there.

There is a possibility that Armando de Oliveira may be able to organise the 2004 meeting in Coimbra (Portugal) and it was agreed to make that the first choice if it is possible, with Vancouver remaining an option if it is not.

Douglas Vickers is willing to arrange a meeting in Australia, but not later than 2005, and Mary Florentine said that a meeting in Boston is a possibility for the future but not for the near future.

A plea by Claude Bonnet that meetings should always include a session on Applied Psychophysics was agreed, though it was recognised that the details of each meeting are the responsibility of the organiser.

Item 6. Proceedings

At the suggestion of Raul Kompass, it was agreed to ask the Executive Committee to report to the next Business Meeting on the implications of (a) having Fechner Day Proceedings included in the Science Citation Index and (b) of having an ISBN number allocated to the Proceedings.

Minutes 2002

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Rio de Janeiro Brazil October 22-26. 2002. Submitted by Douglas Vickers.

Before opening the official business meetig, the ISP president expressed congratulations and appreciation to José Aparecido da Silva and the organizing committee.

Item1. Minutes

The minutes of the 2001 meeting in Leipzig were approved (Proposed : Bill Petrusic; Seconded : Steve Link; Agreed nem con)

Item 2. Finances

A report (Attachment 2) was presented by Lawrence Marks on behalf of the treasurer, Debra Zellner. The possibility that the treasurer would not be a regular member of the executive committee, and would have a longer term, was discussed, but no motion was voted.

Item 3. Elections

Marina Pavlova mentioned that she received no email message this year regarding the nomination of new members on the executive committee. There were three nominations (Galina Paramei, Steve Link and Scott Parker) and two positions to fill. No new nominations were presented at the meeting itself. The voting was: Galina Paramei 19; Steve Link 24; Scott Parker 14. (At a subsequent meeting of the executive committee, it was agreed that Steve Link should be the new president of the ISP and Galina Paramei the new treasurer.)

Item 4. Future meetings

Elisabeth Borg provided information concerning the 2003 meeting to be held in a hotel in Cyprus (Greece) in October. Armando Monica de Oliveira confirmed that he will organize the 2004 meeting on campus at Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal) in October. Doug Vickers confirmed that he still considers preparing the 2005 meeting in Australia; Bruce Schneider mentioned that it might be difficult for most members to make the long trip to Australia in October and proposed to hold the meeting in August. Doug Vickers said that an August meeting would coincide well with the break between semesters at the University of Adelaide. This would also mean that the meeting could make use of university facilities and college lodgings. A more detailed proposal will be presented to the 2003 meeting in Cyprus.

Item 5. ISP Website

The ISP has had problems over the years in developing a Website and maintaining it up to date. Members were asked if they would agree to take the responsibility of the Web page. Simon Grondin and Yves Lacouture offered to take charge of the Website, and to make an effort to update and centralize an electronic mailing list. There will be money offered by the ISP for the development of the page, but the amount remains to be discussed by members of the Executive Committee.

Item 6. Annual Fees and Meeting Registration

It was agreed to send the Annual Fees ($50.) directly to the treasurer. Increasing fees was considered but members agreed that any increase should be in the registration to the meeting. Those paying Annual Fees receive the Proceedings even if they do not attend the meeting. Efforts should be made to remind members more than once a year to pay the Annual Fees. It was agreed that the Meeting Registration costs should be determined by the organizers and paid to them.

Item 7. Inclusion of papers in the Proceedings

Increasing the number of papers in the Proceedings is costly. For this reason, the following motion was passed (proposed by Bruce Schneider and adopted nem con): At the moment of printing the Proceedings, the registration costs and the annual membership fee for the current year must both have been paid. Otherwise, the text of the non-registered member will not be included in the Proceedings.

Item 8. Additional copies of Proceedings

It was agreed that, if someone wants to have extra copies of the Proceedings, they will be sold at their real cost (as determined by the organizers).

Item 9. New Journal in Psychophysics

Thomas Lachmann is working with a team of collaborators on the possibility of developing a new journal in psychophysics that may eventually to be related to the ISP. Members expressed reserve about the effort involved and the likely difficulties, but nevertheless encouraged Thomas to develop a more precise proposal. The possibility of having an electronic journal was also raised.

Item 10. Citation index

Ana Garriga-Trillo mentioned that the citation index issued raised last year (of (a) having Fechner Day Proceedings included in the Science Citation Index and (b) of having an ISBN number allocated to the Proceedings) had been postponed to the 2002 business meeting. However, it was manifestly too late to open it this year and the meeting was closed.

Minutes 2003

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Larnaca, Cyprus, October 19-23. 2003. Submitted by Wolfgang Ellermeier.

Item1. Minutes

Minutes of the Rio, Fechner Day 2002, meeting: Minutes, as corrected, were approved.

Item 2. Report by Elton Matsushima on the Rio meeting

A report on the meeting was given.

Item 3. Treasurers report

(Galina Paramei): There is still a need to consolidate the society’s finances. Currently the funds are distributed as follows:

• 450.- US$ were collected in membership fee this year to the U.S. account

• ca. 7000.- US$ are still believed to be in this account (with Debra Zellner, Montclair) from former fund raising.

• 1100.- EURO are with Claude Bonnet in Strasbourg, France

• Birgitta Berglund expects the current meeting to break even

A board of trustees was suggested to secure long-term fund raising. The motion that the executive committee shall explore the option of establishing such a board was unanimously approved by the membership.

Item 4. Students travel stipends

Guidelines for awarding travel stipends to students were proposed. It was stated that a minimum of 4 stipends shall be awarded each year, with a minimum of 300 US$ going to local, and 600 US$ to each of the overseas candidates. Criteria (presentation of a talk or poster, closeness to a Ph.D., and service to the ISP) and procedure (submit an application letter, CV, and request a recommendation) are specified in a separate document that Wolfgang Ellermeier will draft.

Item 5. Election of new executive committee members

Two nominations had been made to fill the positions of Simon Grondin, andWolfgang Ellermeier, who had served their terms. The two nominees, Lucia Regolin from Padova, Italy, and Mark Elliott from Munich, Germany, were elected by the membership with one abstention, and 51 in favour.

Item 6. Anniversaries

Preparations are already being made for the society’s 20th (2005) and 25th (2010) anniversaries. An address by the society’s historian, Helen Ross, is planned for the 20th anniversary. Furthermore, a CD-ROM with all proceedings from past meetings will be compiled.

Item 7. Proceedings

It was unanimously voted that future proceedings always be produced as a paper proceedings volume. There may be an additional CDROM, but a paper version is mandatory.

Item 8. Future conferences

The 2004 meeting will be held Oct. 19-21 in Coimbra, Portugal, and will be organized by Armando de Oliveira. It was unanimously agreed that for the 2005 meeting Doug Vicker’s invitation to Australia should be accepted. The meeting is going to be held in or near Adelaide, and the membership will be polled via e-mail regarding their preference for an August, or October meeting. A site for the 2006 meeting has not been determined yet, but there are offers from Japan, and the U.S.

Minutes 2004

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Coimbra, Portugal, October 19-21. 2004. Submitted by Lucia Regolin.

Item1. Minutes

Minutes of the Larnaca, Cyprus, Fechner Day 2003, submitted by Wolfgang Ellermeier meeting: Minutes, as corrected, were unanimously approved..

Item 2. Report by Mark Elliott on the society web site

The Society website was presented and people who contributed to it acknowledged. The website, housed both at Laval, Canada and in Leipzig, Germany, costs about 30 US dollars per year. The suggestion to have a pdf of all proceeding online would be very welcome except for the impossibility of handling such a huge file. Providing information about members’ labs in order to set up a direct link is encouraged. Members are also encouraged to provide any information about previous meetings which are currently missing from the website.

Item 3. Treasurers report

(Galina Paramei):

About 7000 US$ were leftover from previous meetings =

5500.- US$ are still believed to be in this account (with Debra Zellner, Montclair) from former fund raising.

1163.- EURO are with Claude Bonnet in Strasbourg, France

200. – EURO are leftover from the Meeting in Brazil

430 Cyprus pounds are leftover from the 2003 meeting (Birgitta Berglund)

Donations amiunted to 165+105 euros, and this is obviously not enough. Donations are stongly encouraged.

An important issue concerns the difficulty in handling such a sparse budget, spread in several bank accounts and only accessible by different people. The need of opening a new bank account as a no profit society and to get rid of all of the other accounts is put forward.

A main issue arises about how should non-attendants pay for their registration to the Society.

Another main issue concerns the fact that the Society registration has expired, and that it has been impossible to register the Society in Marseille because in order to do so all the documentation should be translated into French.

Item 4. Students travel stipends

Four students received a stipend.

Item 5. Election of new executive committee members

After examining the list of candidates the President explains that only two nominations were confirmed by the candidates themselves: Galina Paramei for reconfirming her past position of treasurer and Lawrence Ward to replace Steve Link who retires the presidency this year. The two nominees were elected unanimously.

Item 6. Future meetings

The 2005 meeting, as resulted from the ballot For the 2006 meeting the cconducted in 2004, is to be held in Adelaide, Australia. Candidate venues for the 2006 meeting are 1) Indiana, 2) Tokyo and 3) England. The membership will be polled via e-mail in due time regarding their preference between these three possible venues.

Minutes 2005

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Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP

Traverse City, Michigan, October 19-22, 2005.

Submitted by Lawrence Ward, acting for Lucia Regolin, she not being in attendance. The meeting was chaired by Lawrence Ward, Vice President, as the President was not in attendance.


Item1. Previous Meeting Minutes


Minutes of the Coimbra, Portugal, Fechner Day 2004 meeting, submitted by Lucia Regolin, were unanimously approved.

Item 2. Treasurer’s report

(Lawrence Ward read the report from Galina Paramei, she not being in attendance, and augmented it re the accounts he holds in Vancouver)
Lawrence Ward has established accounts in Vancouver that hold the Society’s funds, having been consolidated from various accounts as follows:

 Debra Zellner (from former ISP account):  $5439.87 USD
 Claude Bonnet (FD 2000):  $1561.20 CAD
 Birgitta Berglund (FD 2003):  $ 940.00 USD
 Armando de Oliveira (FD 2004):  $6300.00 USD
 ISP dues 2005 (Weiler):  $50.00 USD
 Donations for students and Eastern European scientists:
     From FD 2004 (part of Armando’s transfer)  $ 330.00 USD
     From anonymous donor:  $ 500.00 USD
     To John Monahan for FD 2005:  $1600.00 USD
 To be paid as student and EE scientist stipends:
(5x$800 and 2x$400)
 $4800.00 USD

Currently in Treasury in Vancouver after payout of stipends: approx  $9300.00 USD

John Monahan will transfer any excess from FD 2005 (including donations he received) to the account held by Lawrence in Vancouver when he settles accounts in Traverse City. Lawrence estimated that the treasury would contain about $11,000 USD after John’s transfer, down from about $14,000 USD as a result of startup for the conference and the stipends that were paid in excess of donations.

Item 3. President’s Report by Mark Elliott

(read by Lawrence Ward in Mark’s absence and abbreviated here).
Mark’s report consisted of six items with a recommendation for a discussion and vote on items c and e below. (a) Given the great shock of the deaths of Doug Vickers and Sandy Bolanowski (the Society once again sends its condolences to their families) and events in Western European universities, and the pervasive influence of the discipline of cognitive neuroscience, it seems advisable to change the Society to ensure continuation of the Society in a robust state; (b) honorary membership conferred upon Erich Schröger, Yves Lacouture, Simon Grondin and Lawrence Ward in thanks for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the Society and in an effort to ensure that these services continue to be provided; (c) recommendation of the establishment of a committee to form a Board of Trustees from the senior members of the Society to oversee extending the reach and role of the Society in  promoting psychophysics as a discipline; (d) Mark is attempting to register the Society in Ireland and establish a second bank account there; (e) upgrades to website to cost E2400 and substantial amounts per year as well and this requires a more steady source of income; it would be desirable to collect dues from a larger group of members than just meeting attendees each year, he would like Secretary and Treasurer to set up PayPal account and somehow compel more people to pay dues each year; (f) heartfelt thanks to John Monahan, Sonya Sheffert and Jim Townsend for arranging this year’s meeting in the face of the shock of the deaths we experienced.

Item 4. Discussion of Mark’s item 3(a), honorary membership.

After the reading of item 2(a) above it was reported that some members objected to using Honorary Membership in perpetuity to reward members for service. Much discussion ensued and several members argued that the practice was ill-advised. It was moved by Scott Parker and seconded by John Monahan that: The Executive consider undoing the permanent Honorary Membership described by the President and propose a shorter-lasting way of rewarding members for service, a report on this process to be presented at Fechner Day 2006 with a motion for approval by the membership. After further discussion this motion was passed approximately 40 “yes” to 1 “no”.

Item 5. Discussion and vote on Mark’s item 3(c) above:

It was considered moved by the President that: a committee be formed to advise on the formation of a Board of Trustees as in 2(c) above, a report to be made at Fechner Day 2006. After considerable discussion of the purpose and functioning of this Board, a call was made for a second but none was forthcoming. Thus the motion died for lack of a second.

Item 6. Discussion and vote on Mark’s item 3(e) above:

It was considered moved by the President that: starting from this year the Society collect dues independent of Fechner Day in an effort to provide additional monies for further development of the Society website, using PayPal. It was pointed out that a small number of members do pay dues each year and receive the Proceedings in return. Discussion ensued about means of getting more non-attending members to pay dues, with discouraging results. After considerable further discussion of this proposal, a call was made for a second but none was forthcoming. Thus the motion died for lack of a second.

Item 7. Student and Eastern European scientist travel stipends

Six students and one EE scientist received travel stipends to attend FD 2005:

  1. Alessia Bastianelli
  2. Christel Ildei
  3. Isabel Martins
  4. Boaz Ben David
  5. Petr Dusek
  6. Marc Pouliot
  7. Elisabeth Olsen

Selection was made using the applicants’ abstracts from a larger group of applications by a committee of the Executive.

Item 8. Election of new executive committee members


Four nominees were presented who had previously agreed to serve:
Sasha Sokolov (proposed by Bob Teghtsoonian)
Olivier Mairesse (proposed by Mark Elliott)
Yoav Arieh (proposed by Larry Marks).
Ehtibar Dzhafarov (proposed by Galina Paramei)

Olivier Mairesse withdrew his name because his research is moving in a clinical direction and he might not be able to attend meetings and present relevant research. A written ballot was held and the two nominees who received the most votes, Sasha Sokolov and Ehtibar Dzhaforov, were declared elected to the Executive.

Item 9. Future meetings.

FD 2006: Hertfordshire (St. Albins) England, 25-28 July: Diana Kornbrot made a presentation, providing information on the proposed meeting structure, the area including accommodations, and the options re registration fees.

FD 2007: Tokyo, Japan, 20-23 October: Shuji Mori made a presentation, providing information about meeting structure and costs, and emphasizing the attractiveness of Tokyo as a place to visit as well as the Tokyo International Exchange Center as a meeting venue.

After some discussion of possible meeting venues for 2008 and 2009 (the latter is the 25th anniversary of the Society), including the possibility of a meeting in Eastern Europe, possibly Moscow, and Cassis in 2009, Bruce Schneider volunteered to hold FD 2008 in Toronto. Bruce will begin to plan and other candidates for FD 2008 and later were invited.

Item 10. Other announcements outside the business meeting.

Lawrence Ward announced, on Fechner Day, that Duncan Luce, a longtime and faithful member of the ISP, had won the US National Medal of Science for 2003 (conferred in March 2005). This is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the US Government on an American scientist and we are proud and honoured that Duncan is an active member of our Society.

At the banquet Bob Norman proposed a birthday toast to Irina Skotnikova, another longtime member who was unable to be with us in Traverse City this year.

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Minutes of the General Meeting of the ISP

at Fechner Day 2006, St. Albans, Herfordshire, U.K. July 27, 2006.

1.  Minutes of Fechner Day 2005

The minutes of the previous meeting (FD2005) were approved,

2. Treasurer’s report

Galina Paramei The treasurer made a report as to the current funds and previous expenditures (for students etc.).

Treasurer’s report provided as a separate (see appendix below) document.

3. Presentation and vote on website upgrade

The statement by the chair, Lawrence Ward, on the recommendation of the Executive Committee (April 25, 2006) for the upgrading of the ISP website was approved in principle.

4. Presentation and vote on funding options for (3) if approved

Discussion ensued on the manner of implementation of these recommendations.
Consequently, the following motions were moved:

Motion 1. That €3500.00 Euros be allocated for the set up of the  ISP web site and that €1200 be allocared for subsequent yearly maintenance of the ISP web site. Yearly maintenance is for each calendar year

Passed unanimously.

Motion 2. The Executive Committee authorizes Mark Elliott to be in charge of the website and that he approach and work together with the person he designates to set-up and maintain the site.

Passed unanimously.

Motion 3. The proposal defined by Motion 1 should be continued subsequently until the ISP decides that another proposal should be pursued, or the ISP no longer has the funds to support it.

Passed unanimously

It was also suggested that a “quality check” group or subcommittee be formed to assist and monitor the operation of the website. The most likely members of that committee would be the signatories of the original proposal contained in the Appendix of the April 25, 2006 recommendation. The signatories were: Danny Algom, Yoav Arieh, Mark Elliott, Larry Marks, Scott Parker, Helen Ross, Bert Scharf, Mimi Teghtsoonian, and Bob Teghtsoonian.

Motion 4. The annual ISP membership dues are not for covering the costs of production and printing of the proceedings of the annual meeting. These are the responsibility of the host organizers.

1 opposed, 2 abstentions, and passed by majority.

Motion 5. The annual dues shall remain at $50.00 USD. Dues are to be paid by January 1st and are to be paid to the treasurer (or to Lawrence Ward) and not to the conference organizer. As suggested by Lorraine Allen members are to be reminded by e-mail, early in October that dues are to be paid by Janurary 1st.

1 opposed, passed by majority.

It was also stipulated that membership in ISP is required for access to the Website Proceedings and discussion forums. Mark Elliott had earlier suggested that the proceedings become accessible for ISP members through the Website.

5. Students travel stipends and conference support

The following were supported by the ISP, or by the conference itself, to attend Fechner Day 2006:
Vagner Custódio
Claudia Wilimzig
Vlad Zotov
Suncica Zdravkovic

The following student was supported by the Maths, Stats and Computing Section fo the British Psychological Society
Louise Shanagher

6. Election of new executive committee members

Executive Committee. Diana Kornbrot and Bill Petrusic were elected as new members of the Executive Committee.

7. Future Meetings

Fechner Day 2007, Tokyo, Japan. (Shuji Mori).
Fechner Day 2008, Toronto, Ontario. (Bruce Schneider).

Mark Elliott most kindly offered to organize and host the 2009 Fechner Day meetings in Galway, Ireland.

8. Other Business


Minute Takers:


Galina Paramei and Bill Petrusic


Appendix: Treasurer’s report

by Galina Paramei, ISP Treasurer

 1. ISP account (currently):

  • US$ 9,698.52 in the US account
  • CAD $3.43 in the Vancouver account

 2. Total amount spent on subsidizing travel grants

(four persons; June 2006):

  • US$ 2,900
  • the actual amount spent: US$ 2,800
  • the transfer fee  and US$  GPS exchange: US$ 100

 3. Interest: ca. US$ 200

4. The following were supported by the ISP, or by the conference itself, to attend Fechner Day 2006:

  • Vagner Custódio:         £450
  • Suncica Zdravkovic:     £450
    (The travel grant £450 includes: £65 conference fee; £15 ISP fee;  the remaining £370 available in Travellers Cheques)
  • Claudia Wilimzig:       £300
  • Vlad Zotov:              £300
    (The travel grant includes £65 conference fee; £15 ISP fee; the remaining £220 available in Travellers Cheques)


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