The International Ichnological Association must renew their officers every four years coinciding with the celebration of the International Ichnological Congress ICHNIA. Herein are established the general rules for the presentation of candidates and the election of officers. They collect the main regulations as they are in the by-laws plus some procedure regulations incorporated herein.
OFFICERS · The officers of the association shall be a president, secretary and treasurer.
· No officers shall serve more than a total of two consecutive terms in any given office.
· The president shall be the chief executive officer of the corporation, shall preside at meetings of the executive committee and ordinary business meetings of the General Assembly, shall be responsible for policies determined by the executive committee, shall act as spokesperson for the corporation, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the executive committee are carried into effect.
· The treasurer shall be responsible for all monies and valuable effects in the name and to the credit of the corporation, and for full and accurate accounting of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to the corporation. The treasurer shall render the president and to the executive committee at its ordinary meetings, or when the executive committee so requires, an account of the financial transactions and status of the corporation.
· The secretary shall assist the president, and shall be responsible for the minutes of all meetings of the Officers executive committee, the business meeting and any special meetings. The secretary shall substitute for the president if the president cannot serve. Should the office of president become vacant, the secretary shall become president and serve the remainder of the unexpired term.
· Candidates are required to be regular or honorary members in good standing.
· Members may stand for only one position in any given election.
· The period for members to present their candidatures is established to last between January 20th and March 7th 2016, that is between twelve and six weeks before the celebration of ICHNIA.
· Candidatures must be communicated to the IIA Secretary during that period by the own candidates clearly stating to which position they stand for.
· The secretary will communicate the totality of members which are the candidates standing for election no later than March 23rd 2016, two weeks after finishing the period for candidate presentation.
· Officers shall be elected by a simple plurality of votes.
· Members will vote personally during the General Assembly to be held during Ichnia or by mail (including e-mail) sent to the secretary until April 25th 2016, one week before the celebration of ICHNIA.
· Individual votes shall be cast for each designated position.
PLEASE NOTE: Candidates
for the Treasurer position should be aware that the financial activities
of the International Ichnological Association are based in Canada.
Ichnia 2016 in Portugal (http://ichnia2016.org/) will be a great event for all ichnologists. The International Ichnological Association (IIA) offers grants for participation in this event for undergraduate and graduate students who are members of IIA. For details visit:
Please, submit applications according to the instruction (see the link above) by e-mail (pdf files) to:
Alfred Uchman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
before 20th January 2016.
Second Latin American Symposium on Ichnology (SLIC2013)
SLIC 2013 activities included three fieldtrips, technical sessions and a short course. The symposium was attended by 75 people from Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, México, Argentina, USA, Canada, Poland, Italy and Hungary. The pre-symposium fieldtrip to the Neuquén Basin (Villa El Chocón and Zapala cities, western Argentina) was lead by Duncan McIlroy (Memorial University, St. Johns, Canada) and Juan Canale (Museo Paleontológico “Ernesto Bachmann”, Argentina). This trip was attended by 13 ichnologists. The fieldtrip guidebook can be found in this link.
A total of 59 contributions were received for the technical sessions (September 16, 17, 19 and 20), which included 36 oral and 23 poster presentations. Seven thematic sessions were opened by invited speakers covering the major fields of ichnology. The invited speakers included Renata Netto (UNISINOS, Brazil), David Loope (University of Nebraska, USA), Duncan McIlroy (Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada), Umberto Nicosia (Universita degli Studi di Roma, Italia), Daniel Poiré (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina), Ana Parras (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina), Pablo Pazos (CONICET - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Silvina de Valais (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Argentina). The intra-symposium fieldtrip (september 18) to see continental trace fossils at Salinas Grandes de Hidalgo (La Pampa province) was attended by 75 people. The abstracts book and the intra-symposium fieldtrip guide can be found here.
The post-symposium fieldtrip was devoted to the Miocene-Pliocene Río Negro Formation marine and continental trace fossils (near Viedma city, Río Negro province), Pleistocene from Pehuen-Có with diverse mammal and bird footprints and Holocene human footprints sites from Monte Hermoso (the last two from Buenos Aires province). This trip was guided by Noelia Carmona and Juan Ponce (CONICET – Universidad Nacional de Río Negro), Mariano Perez and Ricardo Melchor (CONICET - Universidad Nacional de La Pampa), and Teresa Manera and Cristina Bayón (Universidad Nacional del Sur). This trip was attended by 12 ichnologists. The fieldtrip guidebook can be downloaded here.
The postgraduate short course “Laboratory and field ichnological techniques” was attented by 13 students. It was taught by Pablo Puerta, J. Marcelo Krause (both from Museo Palentológico “Egidio Feruglio”, Trelew, Argentina) and Emilio Bedatou (Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina).
The next SLIC will be held at Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay) and the organizing committee is presided by Mariano Verde (Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Uruguay).
Last month we suffered the sudden loss of our member and friend Jordi Maria de Gibert. Jordi was a very active member of the trace fossil research community; he helped to organize our Association from the very beginning, and he was always finding new ways to get all ichnologists around the world together and communicating. He was not only a gifted scientist, but also a really wonderful person, with many very good friends in our scientific community worldwide. We miss him deeply...
The third edition of the International Ichnological Congress was celebrated with great success between August 13th and 18th 2012 in Saint John's. It was organized by the Ichnology Group of the Memorial University of Newfoundland. More than 80 participants of 20 countries participated with near 90 contributions on a variety of ichnological topics. pre-, mid- and post-meeting fieldtrips beautifully complemented the scientific sessions
On August 15th, the IAA Business Meeting took place. The president Luis Buatois and the secretary Jordi M. de Gibert informed members of the main developments of our association since its formal constitution in 2009. IIA had 26 members in 2010, 62 in 2011 and it currently has 82 (60 regular + 22 students). A call to non members was made to join the association. Money obtained from fees until now has been used to pay for 6 student travel grants (400 $ each) to attend to Ichnia.
On August 18th, election of new officers was carried out. We had three candidates for three positions and all were elected, Alfred Uchman as the president (36 votes), Noelia Carmona as the secretary (35 votes) and Jennifer Scott as the treasurer (34 votes). Decission was made that the next ICHNIA would be celebrated in 2016 in Barcelona and Jordi M. de Gibert was assigned the organization of the event.
The International Ichnological Association must renew their officers every four years coinciding with the celebration of the International Ichnological Congress ICHNIA.
This is going to happen for the first time this summer during our meeting in New Foundland this August . Both Luis Buatois (President) and Jordi M. de Gibert (Secretary) feel that it is time for others to take the lead of our young society and we want to encourage those of you with the experience and the will to do it to step forward.
You can download here the complete regulations for the electoral process, which are in the following lines briefly summarized:
Do not hesitate to contact us (Luis Buatois or Jordi M. de Gibert) for further information.
Shahin Dashtgard and Noelia Carmona have completed the edition of the 28th volume of the Ichnology Newsletter!
Within the new IN you will find links to a variety of Ichnological websites, and, on page 7, an interactive PDF that can be manipulated by clicking on the images. Editors want to thank all of you who contributed articles: without those contributions there would be no newsletter.
We hope you all enjoy reading about the latest news from our dynamic ichnological community!
Shahin Dashtgard (Simon Fraser University) set up a group in LinkedIn to serve as a professional network for world ichnologists. In order to join, you must first sign up for Linkedin and then join the group with the name Ichnological Association.
A new coeditor for Ichnology Newsletter | March 24th, 2011
Noelia Carmona (Instituto Argentino de Oceanografía) will replace Murray Gingras as coeditor of Ichnology Newsletter. She will work with Shahin Dashtgard (Simon Fraser University) in order to produce a new issue (num. 28) of this long-living informal publication.
New web site | March 4th, 2011
The new website of the International Ichnological Association has started being operative with the purpose of providing essential information about the functioning and activities of our newborn association. Please check it out and send your feedback to email@example.com.