Committee Mission Statements

 
 

ONE LINE DESCRIPTIONS AND MISSION STATEMENTS FOR IBNS COMMITTEES
(Note: Mission Statements were approved by Council January 31, 1996)


Animal Use/Ethics Committee

Mission Description:The Animal Use Committee is a consulting body available to advise members of the Society about issues, regulations, and practices relating to proper and humane care of experimental animals.

Mission Statement: The Animal Use Committee is a consulting, data gathering, and educational body regarding issues relating to animal regulations, care, and use. The goal is to help members avoid unnecessary obstacles that might hinder their research efforts, but without compromising appropriate and humane treatment of experimental animals and research excellence. The education of individuals within and outside member institutions is an important aim of the Committee. Institutional guidelines, interpretations of more widely applied guidelines, and external pressures vary greatly for members of an international society such as IBNS. However, we seek to elucidate and recommend, where possible, general principles that might be applied to prevent difficulties experienced by scientists of all countries using animals in their research.

Mission Description: The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to establish and continue to develop a dynamic code of ethics that defines the standards of professional conduct for members of the IBNS.

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to develop guidelines for standards of professional conduct, including appropriate and responsible use of laboratory animals and humans in behavioral neuroscience research. The purpose of the Ethics Committee is not to address allegations of misconduct. However, the Committee may make recommendations to the President regarding membership revocation based on a public record of misconduct (e.g., if a member is found guilty of professional misconduct by an appropriate institution subsequent to a formal investigation).


Communications

Mission Description: The Publications Committee is to make recommendations to the Council covering the use of the IBNS imprimatur in all publications of the IBNS including but not limited to scientific and educational materials, brochures, the IBNS newsletter, announcements, and advertisements.

Mission Statement: The primary responsibility of the Publications Committee is to make recommendations to the Council covering the use of the IBNS imprimatur in sponsoring scientific and educational materials, including books, journals, videos and other related materials that might come before the Council; e.g. release of official Society information, statements to the public such as advertisements, brochures, etc. The Publication Committee will also be responsible for policy and providing advice for the editing, production, quality, and distribution of the IBNS newsletter and any other future regular publications.

The Public Relations Committee disseminates accurate and timely information concerning research in the field of behavioral neuroscience, to the scientific community, funding agencies, legislative authorities, and the general public.It is the purpose of the Public Relations Committee of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society to disseminate accurate and timely information concerning research in the field of behavioral neuroscience, to the scientific community, funding agencies, legislative authorities, and the general public. The Committee will implement this charge through advertisements and receptions at the annual meetings of relevant organizations. By fostering a positive relationship with the lay public, scientists, and organizations involved in the neurosciences, the potential scientific and the therapeutic benefits of Behavioral Neuroscience will be promoted.

Education and Training Committee

Mission Description: The purpose of the Education and Training Committee is to promote the participation and achievement of trainees in the field of Behavioral Neuroscience, and includes activities such as assistance to students for travel to the annual meeting and implementation of training programs in the field.

Mission Statement:The purpose of the Education and Training Committee is to promote the participation and achievement of trainees in the field of Behavioral Neuroscience. Activities include fund raising efforts to assist student attendance and interaction at international meetings, and the design and implementation of training programs in the behavioral neurosciences, including summer courses and laboratory exchange programs.

Fellows/Honorific Awards Committee

Mission Description: The Fellows/Honorific Awards Committee will be composed of the Past-President, President, President-Elect, along with one or more outside members chosen by the President from among the current Fellows of the Society. This Committee shall: (a) review nominations for Fellow status in the Society and make recommendations to Council regarding these nominations; and (b) review nominees and recommend to Council awardees for honorific awards given on behalf of the Society.

 Finance and Fundraising Committee

Mission Description: The Finance and Fundraising Committee, in consultation with the Treasurer, oversees all financial arrangements of the Society.

Mission Statement: The Finance and Fundraising Committee, in consultation with the Treasurer, oversees all financial arrangements of the Society. This includes, but is not limited to, reviewing an annual audit of the Society's financial records submitted by the Treasurer; assisting the Treasurer with the preparation of a draft annual budget; consulting with the Treasurer about investments; recruiting sustaining members and benefactors of the Society; recruiting and establishing contracts with exhibitors at the Annual Meeting; overseeing and approving administrative expenditures of the Society; recommending to the Council any changes in dues structure deemed necessary for the financial health of the Society. Matters involving significant expenditures or financial commitments by the Society must be submitted to the Finance Committee which will then make a recommendation to the Council. An annual report of all Finance Committee actions will be submitted to the Council.

Local Organizing Committee

Nominations Committee

Mission Description: The Committee on nominations uses information from the general membership, current officers, and the council members to produce for the annual election a slate of nominees for the various vacant offices of the Society. Each year, according to the time schedule established by the IBNS bylaws, the Committee produces a slate of nominees for the various offices of the Society.

The Committee works with information from the general membership, the Council, and current Society officers to select appropriate candidates for each available position. The slate of nominees is printed, distributed to the membership and tallied by the IBNS Central Office.

Membership Committee

Mission Description: The Membership Committee's mission is to assist the Council with the multiple issues associated with establishing and maintaining membership in the IBNS.

Mission Statement: The Membership Committee's mission is to assist the Council with the multiple issues associated with establishing and maintaining membership in the IBNS.There are five categories of membership in the IBNS, each with specific qualifications.

Program Committee

Mission Description: The function of the Program Committee is to coordinate and schedule the program of the annual meeting.

Mission Statement: The function of the Program Committee is to coordinate and schedule the program of the annual meeting. The Committee is responsible for decisions regarding acceptability of submitted material for either oral or poster presentations, for the scheduling of oral paper and poster sessions, for inviting keynote speakers, and for scheduling symposia. The Committee suggests general themes for the meeting and acts in an advisory capacity regarding satellite symposia. The Committee is responsible for preparation of the preliminary and final programs and the abstract book. The goal of the Committee is to ensure that the program of the annual IBNS meeting is of a high quality and that it fairly represents the interests of the membership.