Nominations open ahead of IBRO elections

9th May 2022

The call for nominations ahead of IBRO elections is now open


IBRO, in the autumn of 2022, will host the elections for the positions of President, Secretary General-elect and Treasurer of IBRO. The elections for two new members of the Pan-European and US-Canadian Regional Committees (PERC and USCRC respectively) will be carried out in parallel.

As a member society of IBRO, the BNA can make nominations for these positions. The number of these nominations is limited, and so the BNA will internally process and shortlist referrals prior to IBRO's own deadline.

If you are interested in being nominated for an IBRO position by the BNA, please read all the information below and complete the referral form at the bottom of this page.

Deadlines:

  • Submissions of interest to the BNA for BNA-supported nomination to elections for the below-listed positions: 1200, Friday 3rd June 2022

These nominations will be processed and submitted to IBRO by the BNA on Thursday 9th June 2022


IBRO President

Position and terms

Candidates will be elected for a term of three years starting on 1 January 2023 and ending on 31 December 2025. In case of the election of a first-term candidate, the elected President may serve for a second and final three-year term.

Requirements for candidacy

Candidates must be active scientists with highly visible research careers within or closely related to the broad area of neuroscience. Nominees for the position of IBRO President shall have high international standing with extensive leadership experience from previous or current roles in the governance of national and/or international neuroscience organizations or institutes. Thorough understanding of IBRO's global position, role, values and mission within the international neuroscience community is considered essential for the elected IBRO President to appropriately represent the organization toward international partners, members and stakeholders. Familiarity with the structure and organization of IBRO and of the Strategic Plan is considered essential in this context. In addition, nominees should generally have a good understanding of the scientific publishing landscape. 

To actively support the development and advancement goals of IBRO, proposals of candidates who reflect IBRO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are encouraged.

Tasks of the President

The President, who serves as the head IBRO Officer with a main responsibility for the strategic direction of the organization, shall act as IBRO’s principle spokesperson in all matters, including externally towards the community and stakeholders, internally towards IBRO’s members, committees, the IBRO Secretariat, and other elected Officers. 

The President, supported by the other elected Officers, oversees the work of the Regional Committees, ensuring integration of IBRO’s values in all its actions and partnerships. As spokesperson, the President is expected to allocate sufficient time for the promotion of IBRO, including representing the organization in various international scientific meetings and events.


IBRO Secretary General-elect

IBRO’s scientific leadership and boards comprise the position of a Secretary General, who serves an active term as Secretary General of three years. The active term is preceded by a one-year term as Secretary General-elect and followed by a one-year term as Immediate Past Secretary General. The term for the Secretary General-elect will start on 1 January 2023 and end on 31 December 2023, after which the three-year term as active Secretary General starts on 1 January 2024. 

Requirements for candidacy

Candidates must be active scientists with research careers within or closely related to the broad area of neuroscience. Nominees for the position of Secretary-General-elect must have prior leadership experience from work in committees or in governing bodies of national and/or international neuroscience organizations or institutes. Prior commitment to and understanding of IBRO’s structure and organization, its values and mission within the international neuroscience community are considered important elements for candidates standing for the election as IBRO Secretary General-elect. 

To actively support the development and advancement goals of IBRO, proposals of candidates who reflect IBRO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are highly welcome.

Tasks of the Secretary General-elect (duration: 1 year)

The Secretary General-elect is expected to liaise with the Secretary General about the role and participate as invited non-voting attendee in internal and external IBRO business meetings. There are no official duties linked to the position as Secretary General-elect. 

Tasks of the Secretary General (duration: 3 years)

As an IBRO Officer, the Secretary General participates in leadership discussions and decision making when establishing policies and actions of the organization. On behalf of the Officers, the Secretary General has responsibility to oversee that administrative processes are implemented in alignment with the mission and strategic values of IBRO. The Secretary General supports the President in his/her role and is responsible for executing the meetings of the IBRO Board, the Executive Committee and the assembly of the Governing Council.


IBRO Treasurer

Position and terms

Candidates will be elected for a term of three years starting on 1 January 2023 and ending on 31 December 2025. In case of the election of a first-term candidate, the elected Treasurer may serve for a second and final three-year term.

Requirements for candidacy

Candidates must be active scientists with research careers within or closely related to the broad area of neuroscience. Nominees should ideally have prior financial management and leadership experience from national and/or international neuroscience organizations or institutes. Appreciation and good understanding of basic accounting principles are essential elements for the Treasurer. A good understanding and interest in the structures of international financial investment markets is furthermore very relevant. 

Prior commitment to and understanding of IBRO’s position, role, values and mission within the international neuroscience community is important for the position.

To actively support the development and advancement goals of IBRO, proposals of candidates who reflect IBRO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are encouraged.

Tasks of the Treasurer

As an IBRO Officer, the Treasurer participates in leadership discussions and decision making when establishing policies and actions of the organization. The Treasurer has responsibility for overseeing the transparent use of IBRO funds in alignment with the mission and values of the organization. In this capacity and advised by the Finance Committee and fellow Officers, the Treasurer has responsibility for ensuring that the Secretariat implements accurate accounting principles. 

As Chair of the IBRO Finance Committee and on behalf of the organization, the Treasurer acts as liaison between the financial partners of IBRO, including with the various banks that are managing IBRO funds and investments on behalf of the organization. The Treasurer advises the Executive Committee on investment strategies.


IBRO Regional Committee member

Position and terms

Available positions: Two members of Pan-European (IBRO-PERC) and Two members of US-Canadian Regional Committees (IBRO-USCRC).

Candidates will be elected for a term of three years starting on 1 January 2023 and ending on 31 December 2025. In case of the election of a first-term candidate, the elected Regional Committee member may serve for a second and final three-year term.

Requirements for candidacy

Candidates must have active research careers within or closely related to the broad area of neuroscience research and should be based and have their research activity in the region for which they are nominated.

In addition, nominees should ideally have some prior leadership experience from national and/or international neuroscience organizations or institutes.

General understanding of IBRO’s position, role, values and mission within the international neuroscience community and the vital role of the Regional Committees are considered relevant elements for the election of new Regional Committee members.

To actively support the development and advancement goals of IBRO, proposals of candidates who reflect IBRO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are encouraged.

Tasks of the Regional Committee members and Chairs

The Regional Committee members and Chairs support the implementation of IBRO’s mission in the region where they are elected and help plan relevant activities, programs partnerships in their region. Further, the role as member of an IBRO Regional Committee include:

  • To identify, develop and ensure that education and training programs meet local, national, and regional needs 
  • To promote neuroscience in the region through support of outreach, mentoring, and capacity building
  • To review and evaluate applications for regional and international programs 
  • To participate in exchanges aimed at building consensus, making decisions and assuring accountability, including for the completion and collection of reports.

Nominee form

To actively support the development and advancement goals of IBRO, proposals of candidates who reflect IBRO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, are encouraged.

After submissions have been processed, the BNA will inform all applicants of the outcome.

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