Shape the future, join the ASP Council

The 2022 Australian Society for Parasitology Annual General Meeting will be held as a hybrid face-to-face (at the 2022 ASP Conference) and online Zoom meeting on Wednesday 6th July at 530pm. All ASP members will receive an email invitation to attend the AGM once the time has been confirmed. The minutes and reports for ASP meetings are available on WildApricot / members / resources section. To access them please login to your Wildapricot account and check the members resources or email the Secretary (secretary@parasite.org.au).

Every year the Australian Society for Parasitology (ASP) seeks nominations for positions on the ASP Council. To nominate someone you must be a member of the ASP. To be a member of the ASP Council you must be an eligible (under section 61A of the Act) adult and a member of the ASP. Check whether you are a financial member on the ASP membership site (https://asp.wildapricot.org/ ).

The ASP is an inclusive organisation. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, parasitologists of all ages and career stages and LGBQTI people.

The Society is also committed to achieving gender equality across all its Committees including, but not limited to, the ASP Council. The Society recognises and values the wealth of talent, creativity and discoveries achieved by women in parasitology. We acknowledge that women continue to be under-represented in the field, particularly at senior levels. The Society is, therefore, committed to gender equality in our discipline and in the Society. (Read about Gender Equality within the ASP Principles, By-Laws and Guidelines  https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/constitution/).

ASP Council Positions

ASP President

The ASP President is a position of great responsibility. It is anticipated that you would devote 700 volunteer hours of your time to this position for the ASP across a four year period.

The President-Elect shall be elected for a period of one term at the second Annual General Meeting in the term of the preceding President. At the conclusion of this term, the President-Elect will become President, serving two terms as President. At the conclusion of those two terms, the President will become Vice President and serve one term as Vice President.

Here is the position description for the ASP President

ASP Treasurer

Working closely with the ASP Executive and ASP Secretary, the ASP Treasurer is also a position of great responsibility. It is anticipated that you would devote 400 volunteer hours of your time to this position for the ASP across a two year period.

The Treasurer shall be elected for a period of two terms at every second Annual General Meeting.

Position description for the ASP Treasurer

ASP Executive Secretary

Working closely with the ASP Executive and ASP Secretary, the ASP Executive Secretary is also a position of great responsibility. It is anticipated that you would devote 400 volunteer hours of your time to this position for the ASP across a two year period.

The ASP Executive Secretary shall be elected for a period of two terms at every second Annual General Meeting.

Position description for the ASP Executive Secretary

State and Territory representatives, the representative from the Society’s Fellowship and Student representative

State and Territory representatives, the Fellows representative and the Student representative make up the ASP Council, along with the ASP Executive team and vote on decisions that affect the ASP. These are also positions of great responsibility. It is anticipated that you would devote a minimum of 50 volunteer hours of your time per year to this position for the ASP for a 1-3 year period, depending on how many terms you serve.

The State and Territory representatives, the representative from the Society’s Fellowship and Student representative will be elected for a single term and may not serve more than three consecutive terms.

A term is defined by the period elapsing between the termination of one Annual General Meeting and the termination of the next Annual General Meeting.

Position description for the ASP State and Territory Representatives
Position description for the ASP Fellows Representative
Position description for the ASP Student Representative

 

Rules

A member of the Council must be a member of the Society.

A member of the Society may be appointed to a casual vacancy on the Council under rule 20 “Vacancies on the Council” of the ASP Constitution 2019.

 

Electing the Council

How do I elect a member of the Council?

Any two members of the Society may nominate another member (the candidate) to serve as a member of the Council;

The nomination must be:

(i) in writing; and

(ii) agreed and endorsed by the candidate and the members who nominated him or her; and

(iii) submitted to the Secretary (secretary@parasite.org.au) at least one month before the Annual General Meeting at which the election is to be held;

How will we vote for the ASP Council positions?

Each member of the Society present and eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting may vote for one candidate for each vacant position on the Council.

What is there are no candidates nominated for a Council position at the AGM?

If, at the start of the meeting, there are not enough candidates nominated, nominations may be taken from the floor of the meeting.

Who can be a candidate?

An adult who is not ineligible to be elected as a member under section 61A of the Queensland (QLD) Associations Incorporation Act 1981 (https://www.legislation.qld.gov.au/view/pdf/inforce/current/act-1981-074 ).

Remember that a member of the Council must be a member of the Society.

How and when will we know who the candidates are?

A list of the candidate’s names in alphabetical order, with the names of the members who nominated each candidate, will be posted on the ASP website (https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/ ) at least one week immediately preceding the Annual General Meeting.

What responsibility do the ASP Council Executive have?

The Council Executive must ensure that, before a candidate is elected as a member of the Council, the candidate is advised:

(a) whether or not the Society has public liability insurance; and

(b) if the Society has public liability insurance—the amount of the insurance.

See ASP Constitution 2019 for more detailed information about ASP Council https://www.parasite.org.au/the-society/constitution/

 

Positions currently vacant

The following nominations for Council representatives will be voted upon at the ASP AGM on the 6 July 2022:

 

Nomination for President-Elect, 2022

Danny Wilson has been nominated for the position of President-Elect from 6 July 2022 by Nick Smith and Rebecca Traub. See Danny’s profile here.

Nomination for Victorian State Representative, 2022

Sarah Preston has been nominated for the position of Victorian State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Clare Anstead and Jill Chmielewski. See Sara’s profile here.

Nomination for New South Wales State Representative, 2022

Michelle Power has been nominated for the position of New South Wales State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Clare Anstead and Sarah Preston. See Michelle’s profile here.

Nomination for Queensland State Representative, 2022

Swaid Abduallah has been nominated for the position of Queensland State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Andrew Kotze and Ali Raza. Dr Swaid Abduallah is a Lecturer in Parasitology at the School of Veterinary Science at The University of Queensland.

Nomination for Northern Territory Representative, 2022

Deborah Holt has been nominated for the position of Northern Territory Representative from 6 July 2022 by Ian Beveridge and Abdul Jabbar. See Deborah’s profile.

Nomination for Tasmanian State Representative, 2022

Nick Fountain-Jones has been nominated for the position of Tasmanian State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Mike Gardiner and Barbara Nowak. Nick Fountain-Jones is an early career disease ecologist from the University of Tasmania, Australia with broad interests in how parasites disperse or transmit and interact with one another and their environment and ultimately how this could shape evolution.

Nomination for Australian Capital Territory State Representative, 2022

Melanie Rug has been nominated for the position of ACT State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Cibelly Goulart and Kevin Saliba. See Melanie’s profile.

Nomination for South Australia State Representative, 2022

Gerrut Norval has been nominated for the position of South Australian State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Mike Gardiner and Jill Chmielewski. See Gerrut’s profile here.

Nomination for Western Australia State Representative, 2022

Narelle Dybing has been nominated for the position of Western Australia State Representative from 6 July 2022 by Abdul Jabbar and Sarah Preston. Narelle completed her PhD in Parasitology at Murdoch University and is currently working as a research assistant in Parasitology, Conservation Biology and Plant pathology.

Nomination for ASP Student Representative, 2022

Jill Chmielewski has been nominated for the position of ASP Student Representative from 6 July 2022 by Sarah Preston and Clare Anstead. Jill is a PhD student studying at the University of Adelaide. As a member of Dr Danny Wilson’s lab her research is molecular biology focused and aims to better understand the blood stage of malaria causing parasites Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium knowlesi.

Nomination for ASP Fellows Representative, 2022

Ian Beveridge has been nominated for the position of ASP Fellows Representative from 6 July 2022 by Barbara Nowak and Brian Cooke. See Ian’s profile.

Timeline

March 2022 – Open Applications

6 June 2022 – Close Applications

29 June 2022 – ASP members will be emailed list of nominees for ASP Council positions

6 July 2022 – Elections and announcement of ASP Council

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