Statutes of the
Hungarian Neuroscience Society (HNS)
The Society is an organization of professionals involved in research in any branch of neuroscience, as well as any other persons with an interest in the methodologies and findings of neuroscience research.
I. GENERAL PROVISIONS
- The Society’s
- (a) name: in Hungarian: Magyar Idegtudományi Társaság (MIT)
in English: Hungarian Neuroscience Society (HNS)
(b) headquarter: Budapest
(c) country of operation: the Republic of Hungary
(d) official stamp (circular inscription):
(inside) Magyar Idegtudományi Társaság 1993
(outside) Hungarian Neuroscience Society
- The Hungarian Neuroscience Society (hereinafter referred to as the Society) is an autonomous association independent of all and any governmental institutions and non-governmental organizations.
- The Society is a legal entity.
II. AIMS AND MEANS OF THE SOCIETY
- The aim of the Hungarian Neuroscience Society is to support and develop neuroscience research, as well as to disseminate knowledge about the nervous system.
The Society fulfils its aim through the following means:
- It organizes regular conferences at various venues.
- It organizes scientific meetings.
- By making recommendations and, where possible, offering financial assistance, the Society supports higher education and professional training within the field of neuroscience.
- It represents the interests of neuroscience and professionals working in the field to domestic bodies and organizations.
- It promotes the international relations of Hungarian neuroscientists and cooperates with foreign neuroscience organizations.
III. MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY
- Members of the Society
- regular members,
- honorary members,
- supporting members.
(1) All regular members of the Society are entitled to exercise identical rights. That is, they can vote and can be elected, can participate in the Society’s activities and events, and may lay claims for all and any benefits provided by the Society.
- Members of the Society are obliged to comply with the provisions of the Statutes. Regular members are expected to pay their membership fees in due time. Pensioners are regarded to be regular members, but they are not required to pay a membership fee.
- Membership can be terminated following:
- (a) death,
- (b) resignation,
- (c) cancellation.
- The most important scientific forum of the Society is the conference.
- The Executive Committee asks a member of the Society to organize the conference.
- The date and venue of a conference is determined by the Executive Committee of the Society, in agreement with the designated organizer.
V. GENERAL ASSEMBLY
- The supreme body of the Society is the General Assembly, which comprises all members of the society.
- The General Assembly decides on all and any issues concerning the Society, and has exclusive competence in the following issues:
- it stipulates and modifies the statutes of the Society,
- it discusses reports on the Society’s activities, and determines its future tasks,
- it discusses and approves the Society’s budget and financial statements,
- it elects the Executive Committee,
- it decides upon any affiliations with international and Hungarian scientific organizations,
- it decides upon issues of granting and cancellation of membership.
- At least three weeks prior to the date of the meeting of the General Assembly, all members of the Society shall receive an invitation with the schedule of the meeting. The meeting of the General Assembly is deemed to have a quorum when at least half of the members are present. In case of the lack of quorum, a new meeting of the General Assembly can be held in 30 days (but not later than 24 hours). The new meeting is deemed to have a quorum irrespective of the number of members present. The General Assembly passes its resolutions with a simple majority in an open vote, but may call a secret ballot on any issue.
VI. OFFICE-HOLDERS OF THE SOCIETY
- The Executive Committee of the Society is elected for a term of 4 years in a secret ballot by the General Assembly. A person can only be re-elected to the same position once. The position of President is an exception, as he/she cannot be re-elected for the title, but shall remain a member of the Executive Committee for the subsequent term as a past president without being re-elected.
- Duties of the Executive Committee:
- it organizes the activities of the Society,
- it decides on any issues regarding events or other issues proposed by members of the Society,
- it organizes meetings of the general Assembly and reports its own activities on the meetings,
- it makes proposals for granting and cancellation of membership,
- it maintains contacts with domestic scientific, cultural and business organizations,
- it maintains contacts with foreign scientific societies.
PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIETY
- The president controls the activities of the Executive Committee.
- The president chairs the meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee.
- The president represents the Society in domestic and international forums.
SECRETARY OF THE SOCIETY
- The secretary keeps a register on the members of the Society.
- The secretary carries out the operative tasks related to the everyday activities of the Society.
- In case of incapacitation, the secretary acts on behalf of the president in administrative matters.
TREASURER AND SUPERVISOR
- The treasurer handles the assets and the financial bookkeeping of the Society.
- The supervisor exercises supervision over the treasurer and the cash management of the Society.
VII. ASSETS OF THE SOCIETY
The assets of the Society can accrue from
- membership fees,
- pledges and contributions from legal entities and private persons,
- the organization of congresses and events.