AES Constitution and Bylaws have been revised; comments are strongly encouraged from the membership before September 30th via the comments page.
There shall be the following classes of members: a) lifetime members, b) full members, c) student members, d) post-doctoral members, e) emeritus members, f) corporate sponsors, g) corporate members and h) such additional classes of members as may arise from time to time be created by recommendation of the Council and/or the membership.
Any qualified scientist in good standing possessing the Baccalaureate degree or higher, or its equivalent in training or experience, or a full-time undergraduate student is eligible for membership. Membership applications maybe submitted via the AES: Electrophoresis Society webpage, via fax, or postal mail to the Executive Director.
Resignation of any member in good standing shall be accepted by the Executive Director or any officer of the Society. Such resignations shall be in writing. Members will receive notification from the Executive Director the month before their membership is due to lapse. The member will be given a 30 day grace period beyond the renewal date after which time the member shall be dropped from the active membership mailing list and shall forfeit membership of the Society. Membership can be reinstated upon payment of current dues. Expulsion form the Society may take place upon a recommendation of the Council and with a majority vote of the membership present at the annual meeting.
There shall be at least one scientific meeting of the Society open to all interested scientists every 12 months. The schedule of times and places for these meetings shall be recommended by the President and approved by the Council.
There shall be held, at least every 12 months, a business meeting of the Society, in conjunction with a scientific meeting. At such meetings, voting rights shall be limited to members in good standing.
Special meetings of the Council or members may be called at any time by the President, or by the Secretary, upon written request by a quorum of members in good standing, Notices of any and all scientific, business or special meetings of the Society shall be sent in writing to each member in good standing not less than seven days prior to the designated time of the meeting.
10 percent of all members in good standing, or 10 members, whichever is smaller, shall constitute a quorum.
The order of business at all business meetings shall be as follows:
The authority on parliamentary procedure at all business meetings shall be "Roberts Rule of Order, Revised". Any questions regarding priority of business shall be decided without debate. The foregoing order of business may be altered by majority vote of the members present in person.
The Council of the Society shall meet at least once annually, to conduct all matters pertaining to the purpose and best interests of the Society. The Council will also hold monthly or bi-monthly meetings by phone and/or internet and may also hold (at the request of the President) additional meetings by mail, phone or in person at any time of the year upon written notice.
Proposed amendments of the Bylaws shall be submitted to all members in good standing for approval or disapproval followed by either; (1) approval of motion to do so by majority vote of the Council or (2) written petition to the council by a minimum of five members in good standing.
The members will have a 30 day period to object to any changes proposed – if more than 30% object to the proposed changes then the amendment will be voided, otherwise it will be approved.