Shape the future, join the ASP Council

The 2020 Annual General Meeting for the Australian Society for Parasitology Inc. will take place as an on online Zoom meeting on Wednesday 29th July, 2 – 5pm AEST. Please register in advance for this meeting, check your Membership email for the registration link or email the Secretary (secretary@parasite.org.au). Please see the agenda and reports for this meeting, log onto 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 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

We have received the following nominations for Council representatives and these will be voted on at the 2020 AGM on 29th July 2020:

  • State and Territory representatives for a 1-year period, from July 2020
  • the Fellows representative for a 1-year period, from July 2020
  • the Student representative for a 1-year period, from July 2020
  • We have a nomination for President-Elect from July 2020

 

Nomination for President-Elect, July 2020

Rebecca Traub has been nominated for the position of President-Elect from July 2020 by Barbara Nowak and Una Ryan. Professor Rebecca Traub was awarded the John Frederick Adrian Sprent Prize of the Australian Society for Parasitology in 2005, for her outstanding PhD thesis on “Dogs, humans and gastrointestinal parasites; unravelling epidemiological and zoonotic relationships”. Rebecca was awarded the Bancroft-Mackerras Medal of the Australian Society for Parasitology in 2019 for her enormous contributions to veterinary public health, with a focus on the epidemiology, diagnosis and control of companion animal parasites and vector-borne diseases transmitted between animals and humans. (See Rebecca’s profile)

Nomination for Victorian State Representative, July 2020

Clare Anstead has been nominated for the position of Victorian State Representative from July 2020 by Abdul Jabbar and Robin Gasser. See Clare’s profile.

Nomination for New South Wales State Representative, July 2020

Tommy Leung has been nominated for the position of New South Wales State Representative from July 2020 by Anson Koehler and Tom Cribb. See Tommy’s profile.

Nomination for Queensland State Representative, July 2020

Ali Raza has been nominated for the position of Queensland State Representative from July 2020 by Ala Tabor and Andrew Kotze. See Ali’s profile.

Nomination for Northern Territory Representative, July 2020

Deborah Holt has been nominated for the position of Northern Territory Representative from July 2020 by Steven Kho and Damian Oyong. See Deborah’s profile.

Nomination for Tasmanian State Representative, July 2020

Scott Carver has been nominated for the position of Tasmanian State Representative from July 2020 by Barbara Nowak and Petra Del Rocio Quezada Rodriguez. See Scott’s profile.

Nomination for Australian Capital Territory State Representative, July 2020

Cibelly Goulart has been nominated for the position of Australian Capital Territory State Representative from July 2020 by Alexander Maier and Christina Spry. See Cibelly’s profile.

Nomination for South Australia State Representative, July 2020

Michael Gardner has been nominated for the position of South Australia State Representative from July 2020 by Gerrut Norval and Danny Wilson. See Mike’s profile.

Nomination for Western Australia State Representative, July 2020

Alireza Zahedi has been nominated for the position of Western Australia State Representative from July 2020 by Charlotte Oskam and Amanda Barbosa. See Ali’s profile.

Nomination for ASP Student Representative, July 2020

Coralie Boulet has been nominated for the position of ASP Student Representative from July 2020 by Teresa Carvalho and Christian Doerig. See Coralie’s profile.

Nomination for ASP Fellows Representative, July 2020

Ian Beveridge has been nominated for the position of ASP Fellows Representative from July 2020 by Barbara Nowak and Rob Adlard. See Ian’s profile.

Timeline

May 2020 – Open Applications

29 June 2020 – Close Applications

22 July 2020 – ASP members will be emailed list of nominees for ASP Council positions

29 July 2020 – Elections and announcement of ASP Council

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