Brisbane, Australia, July 12, 2002.
1. The Committee was established by the International
Sociological Association with a view to opening up a broader range
of opportunities for the participation of individual members in
the activities of the Association in the field of Sociology of Science
and Technology. To this end the Committee shall undertake measures:
a) to secure and develop personal and collegial
contacts between sociologists of science and technology throughout
b) to encourage the international dissemination and exchange of
information, developments and activities in the field of sociology
of science and technology;
c) to facilitate and promote international meetings and research;
d) to help actively individuals and organizations in countries
not represented to use the Committee and its facilities.
2. The Committee shall consist of a President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Board and members.
The members are individuals active in research and/or
teaching in the field of sociology of science and technology.
All the individuals members of the Committee have
the same voting rights.
All the decisions made by the Committee as a whole,
except these concerning the by-laws, are accepted by simple majority.
In the year of the elections the Board collects together all proposals
for reforming the by-laws and decisions on these are made by the
Committee with a 3/4ths majority.
3. The Board of the Committee is formed by a President,
Vice-President, Secretary and 7 members elected by the Committee
for a period of four years.
The Board is entrusted with the direction of all the
activities of the Committee, except as is regulated by the by-laws
or the Statutes of I.S.A. The President is the official representative
of the RC in the Research Council of the ISA. A report on the funds
of the Committee must be made every fourth year and presented at
the ISA meetings.
4. In the event the President is not able to continue
in his/her charge, the Vice-President will assume the Presidency.
In the event any other member of the Board is not able to continue
in his/her charge, the President will designate the person to replace
him/her, after consulting with the Board members.
5. Candidates for the President, Vice-President, Secretary
and the Board may be nominated by all members of the Committee.
The Board is responsible for listing the candidates and for sending
the list to individual members for voting. The Board must also ascertain
that the candidates agree to stand. Elections must be completed
at the Business Meeting in the ISA Congress, every four years.
6. It is strongly recommended that the Board arrange
meetings of the Committee at least once every two years.