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International Society of Biomechanics in Sports:

Call for Appointed Student Representative on the Board of Directors

Background:

The International Society for Biomechanics in Sports (ISBS) and its annual conference has traditionally been a popular learned society for student biomechanists. ISBS has a high student membership which engages with the society in terms of conference attendance (on average, approximately 31% of attendees are student members, many of whom will present) and participating in the student incentives.

Role:

The student representative (SR) represents the student members of ISBS on the board of directors (BOD), and is expected to engage with the activities expected of all other members of the Board, namely attendance at the pre- and post-conference Board meeting at the annual conference and other communications throughout the year with BOD and Executive members.  They will liaise with a student representative from the host institution (nominated by the Chair of the Organising Committee) in relation to the arrangement of student-specific activities at the annual conference.  The SR may engage with any other activities they feel may enhance the student experience and engagement with the society, and encourage student members to remain part of ISBS as full members. As per the current constitution, the SR does not have voting rights, but should present the opinion of the student body in discussions prior to any votes being taken by the remaining Board members. It is expected that the SR has a good understanding of ISBS and its ethos and goals, and will represent the views of the student membership while maintaining this vision.

Requirements:

  1. Student member of ISBS in good standing at time of appointment
  2. More than 12 months into graduate study – there is no restriction on penultimate year students expressing interest in the position as the role can overlap with the first year post-terminal degree.
  3. The priority for selection of a candidate is finding a suitable, interested, motivated individual who will be a good, fair ambassador for the student members of the society. Rotation of the geographical location of the candidate is strongly recommended.

Procedure for selection:

As per the ISBS constitution, student members currently cannot hold an elected office.  The SR is hence appointed by the President of ISBS and a committee of at least two other members of the Society in good standing.  Interested candidates will be expected to submit a 200 word short bio by email to Gillian Weir (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by August 31st 2018 which should include their background and interests, why they would be a suitable student representative, their understanding of the ISBS ethos and what they would like to achieve in their term.  Candidates will be expected to be in attendance at this year’s annual conference in Auckland (unless prior notice is given to the committee) to allow the President and committee to meet them during the conference, and to attend the post-conference meeting.

The term of appointment is two years (2018-2020).  The President will announce the appointment of the SR at the society’s AGM.  Members may only serve one term as SR, and this time does not count towards the 10 year term limit applied to elected full members of the BOD.