Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the ISP
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.