Statutes

EUROPEAN SKULL BASE SOCIETY (E.S.B.)
(Non-profit Society)



I. NAME AND REGISTERED OFFICE


The Society shall carry the name "European Skull Base Society"
(abbreviation E.S.B.S.).

2. OBJECTS OF THE SOCIETY


The Society is a multidisciplinary, scientific association of skull base sciences. It will devote itself to promote the free interchange of knowledge and experience between persons who are active in the fields of research, teaching, diagnosis and therapy of skull base diseases within Europe. The purpose of the Society is to ensure the development and improvement of multidisciplinary centres. It will also evaluate and systematize current advances made by each of the skull base disciplines to benefit all patients with skull base disease.
The chief aims of the Society will be:
1. to hold scientific congresses,
2. to promote exchange visits between members,
3. to enhance postgraduate education,
4. to collaborate in research projects and professional matters,
5. to sponsor publications and
6. to act as a professional advisory body to other groups as well as with government agencies.
The Society is a non-profit association and the funds of the Society shall be used only for the purposes of realising the intentions stated in the Statutes.

3. MEMBERSHIP


The Society shall have REGULAR, ASSOCIATE, CORPORATE AND HONORARY members from any European country.
A REGULAR member shall be one engaged in the practice as well as research and teaching of skull base science and related disciplines, who is resident within Europe.
An ASSOCIATE member is one engaged in the practice as well as research and teaching of skull base science and related disciplines, who is resident outside Europe.
A CORPORATE member shall be a legal entity that supports the aims of the Society.
An HONORARY member shall be an emeritus person who bas rendered particular service in the field of the skull base disciplines.
The accepted geographical definition of Europe shall determine eligibility for membership. A two thirds majority of the Executive Committee shall decide in cases of doubt. Applications for membership should be made to the Secretary and must be supported by two regular members before they can be considered by the Executive Committee.

4. ORGANIZATION


The Society shall consist of:
1. The Executive Committee
2. The European Council
3. The Plenary Meeting
Executive power of the Society is vested in the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall consist of the President, the President-Elect, Secretary General, Treasurer and seven additional members. The members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by simple majority from among the members of the Society by a secret ballot.
The selection of candidates to be considered for election to the Executive Committee shall be made by the Nominating Committee from those within the European Council or active, regular members. No more than two members of the Executive Committee shall come from the same country. The Executive Committee shall include at least one member representing the field of neurosurgery, one member the field of otorhinolaryngology, one member neuroradiology and one member maxillo-facial surgery.
The presence of at least half of the members of the Executive Committee shall be necessary for the conduct of business.
The Executive Committee shall elect the following: the President, President- Elect, Treasurer and Secretary General. In the first term, half the Executive Committee will serve for a period of two years and the other half for four years. Thereafter the members of the Executive Committee shall be elected for a term of four years. The maximum period in office shall be two years for the President and the President-Elect. Members of the Executive Committee may be re-elected once, thereafter at least four years must elapse before re-election can take place.


The INTERIM COMMITTEE will consist of eleven members who will include a President, President-Elect, Deputy President, Secretary, Treasurer, Nominations Secretary and five others. This Committee will serve until the first Plenary Meeting of the European Skull Base Society.
The President or the Treasurer shall represent the Society in legal matters and have executive powers on their own within authorization rendered by the executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall only adopt resolutions with the majority of its members present at the Executive Committee Meeting.
The President has the casting vote.
The Plenary Meeting shall have legislative powers. All members of the Society in good standing shall be entitled to attend any Plenary Meeting. The Plenary Meeting shall be held every two years during the European Skull Base Congress of the Society.
The President, upon resolution of the Executive Committee, shall notify the members of the Society of a Plenary Meeting. The Plenary Meeting shall adopt resolutions by simple majority of the members present. Minutes shall be kept of the proceedings at the Plenary Meeting, such minutes to be signed by the President and Secretary.
The EUROPEAN COUNCIL shall serve as an advisory board to the Executive Committee. Each European Country with more than ten members has the right to be represented on the Council, but should have no more than three members on the Council. These should preferably be of different disciplines and shall be appointed in accordance with the Regulations of the Statutes. The European Council will meet during the Congress of the Society as well as at any extraordinary meeting indicated by the President. The President of the Society shall serve as chairman.
The Society shall hold its Official Congress every two years and during the Congress there will be the Plenary Meeting and the European Council Meeting.

5. AMENDMENTS OF THE STATUTES


Amendments of the Statutes can be proposed by a majority vote of the Executive Committee or by a written request signed by at least fifty regular members of the Society. The amendments of the Statutes can be made by ballot or at a Plenary Meeting by resolution of two thirds of the members present. The functions and practice of the Society, whenever not detailed in the Statutes, are indicated in the Regulations.
The Executive Committee shall have the authority, as necessary, to modify the Regulations.
In any matter concerning the interpretation of the Statutes, the decision shall rest with the Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall resolve any matters concerning the Society that are not covered explicitly by the Statutes.
The Society shall be subject to the laws of the country in which the Society has its registered office.
The President of the Society has the right, upon legal advice, to make any amendments of the Statutes that are necessary for registration of the Society or for recognition of its non-profit status by the tax authorities.

6. LANGUAGE


The Language of the Society and its publication is English. The English version of the Statutes shall be binding in all cases.

7. DISSOLUTION


A resolution of two-thirds of the members of the Society shall be necessary to dissolve the Society. If the Society is dissolved or the previous purposes are abolished, the funds of the Society shall be transferred to a public corporation or any other recognised non-profit society that supports science and research.