Role of the International Academy
The International Academy of Food Science and Technology takes initiatives, with appropriate co-ordination by and in consultation with the IUFoST Governing Council, to promote food science and technology, stimulate education and training, and improve international cooperation. Among its activities, the International Academy nominates candidates for the Scientific Council for General Assembly approval and sends proposals for members of working groups upon request to the Scientific Council through the IUFoST Board. Its responsibilities also include providing scientific advice to the Scientific Council in conjunction with the IUFoST Governing Council.
Role of the Academy Executive Council
The Executive Council of the Academy (ECA) directs the work of the Academy. It consists of a Past President, a President, a President-elect, and two further Fellows as Executive Councillors. The Secretary General of IUFoST acts as Secretary to the Executive Council, and shall attend its meetings in a non-voting capacity.
The Academy meets in conjunction with the World Congresses of IUFoST. The Executive Council meets in conjunction with the meetings of the Governing Council of IUFoST, as possible. The President of the International Academy is a voting member of the IUFoST Governing Council and the Scientific Council and attends Governing Council and Scientific Council meetings in this capacity. Other meetings may also be arranged when necessary, desirable and possible at the call of the President of IUFoST, or the Academy President or the Secretary to the Executive Council.
Role of the Scientific Council in IUFoST
The IUFoST Scientific Council is composed of the Chair, Chair-elect, Past Chair, two councilors and the President of IAFoST. The Secretary-General is a non-voting member. Its responsibilities include:
- Maintenance of the scientific standard and integrity of IUFoST scientific activities in conjunction with the Governing Council, approval of publicly released scientific matters and the content of learned statements on scientific matters,
- Recommending to the Secretary-General at request and with advice from appropriate Fellows of the International Academy and IUFoST President and Governing Council, chairs and members of Working Groups and scientific commissions, no larger than is essential, to carry out specific tasks such as preparation of position papers and offering of expert advice.
- Oversight in conjunction with the IUFoST Board and Governing Council of the scientific outputs from working groups and recommendation for dissolution of such working groups when their original purpose is fulfilled.
- Recommending meetings, symposia, workshops and conferences that IUFoST should co-sponsor or endorse.
1. Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the International Academy (IAFoST).
2. Only Fellows of the International Academy at the time of nomination are eligible.
3. A signed statement that the nominee agrees to serve under the specified conditions must accompany nominations together with a background statement of approximately 200 words.
4. Nominees must accept that IUFoST cannot pay the expenses of members of the Scientific Council or International Academy Executive Council if travelling on IUFoST business except under exceptional circumstance. However, the Scientific Council and Academy Executive Council rarely meet face-to-face and normally conduct business by electronic mail, post and conference call.
5. Nominees to the position of Scientific Council Chair-elect should be aware that, if and when they assume the position of Scientific Council Chair, their responsibilities include participation in IUFoST Board meetings (usually conference calls) and attendance at the annual Governing Council meetings of the Union. Nominees to the position of Academy President-elect should be aware that, if and when they assume the position of Academy President, their responsibilities include participation in IUFoST Governing Council meetings.
6. A ballot shall be issued, if sufficient candidates, for the elections of Academy Executive Council. In the event that the unsuccessful nominee (s) wish to be considered for the Councillor position, there will be two ballots - first for President Elect and then following the close of the President Elect Ballot there shall be a ballot for AEC Councillor position (2). Executive Councillors can serve for a maximum of two terms on the AEC and Scientific Council in their elected positions.