NOTES FROM THE THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IASPRR

AGENDA OF THE THIRD GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IASPRR

Cumberland Resort, Lorne, Australia, 22 Feb 1996, 18.30 h

  1. Welcome by the President
    Approval of the reports:
  2. Report of the second General Assembly
  3. Annual reports 1994 and 1995
  4. Treasurer's report 1994 and 1995
    Announcements:
  5. Affiliation ISHS and lUBS
  6. Preparation of Election Board 1998
  7. Organization of Congresses in 1998 and 2000
  8. IASPRR Plant Reproduction network
  9. Any other business

Ad: 2. Report of the General Assembly of the IASPRR, held in Vienna, Austria 12 July 1994, University centre Augasee Althaneraeae Biocentre, 15.30 h

1. The President, Prof. R.B. Knox welcomed the 32 members and 12 interested persons present. The president asked the secretary to deal with points 2, 3, and 4 according the constitution.

2. Report of the first General Assembly was shortly introduced by the secretary and accepted.

3. Annual reports 1992 and 1993 were accepted without discussion.

4. Treasurer's reports 1992 and 1993. The deposits of the regional coordinators remained in their countries because of the high banking rates.Their Bank data will be added in the report of 1994. The reports were accepted.

5. The members agreed with the biennial frequency of the congress because of the quantity, importance and actuality of the plant sexual reproduction research.
The next l4th international congress in 1996 will be organized by Prof. Knox and held in Melbourne. The question is to organize this in relation to other congresses, the intention is to hold it in February. The members accepted this proposal.

6. There are 108 postal ballots which all support the proposal for the Board.

The new Board is installed as follows:
President: Prof. M. Cresti (Italy)
Vice President: Prof. K.R. Shivanna (India)
Secretary Prof. M.T.M. Willemse (The Netherlands)
Members: Prof. T. Batygina (Russia) Prof. J. Bednara (Poland); Prof. S. Blackmore (United Kingdom); Prof. V.S. Polito (USA); Prof. F.H.Tang (China)

The secretary remarked that in case there is a postal ballot without a real selection of candidates the Bylaws should be adapted to make it possible to avoid an expensive postal ballot.

The past President handed over the meeting to the new President. The president thanked the past President and the members of the previous Board for their activities given for the IASPRR. The President said be strived for a larger and coherent Association, especially stimulating for young scientists to study sexual reproduction research.

7. Any other business. Prof. Jensen proposed to edit an extra Newsletter with subjects of interest about plant sexual reproduction as its actuality, new developments, available jobs and funding, but not in concurrence with other existing Newsletters in the field of sexual plant reproduction.

The meeting sustained this proposal and Prof Jensen was asked to take the initiative. Maybe the journal of Sexual Plant Reproduction can be involved.

Related to the fields of interest mentioned in the database a comment was made to include more topics than are actual presented during this congress. The system followed is indeed to cover topics on plant sexual reproduction, but the organizer is permitted to focus on some one more special topic as was done during this congress.

The Secretary announced that the book in Russian about "Embryology of flowering plants: terminology and concepts" can be ordered via Prof. Batygina.

8. The president thanked all participants and closed the meeting at 16.50 h.

M. Willemse, Secretary.

Ad: 3. Annual report 1994.
A membership/data base letter was sent in April, together with the agenda of the General Assembly in Vienna, with the annual and treasurers reports of 1993 and agenda of the Board meeting Information are given on coming IASPRR congresses, the IASPRR awards and information about congresses, books and courses A list of new members was presented and from the data base a survey of West European members was given. Contact between members of the Board was only by correspondence. Main points included the Vienna Congress, the election of the new Board, reports of the General assembly and Board meeting.

The main activity of the Association was the XIV congress on Sexual Reproduction in July, organized by Profs. Heberle-Bors, Hesse and Vicente held in Vienna. The Congress was visited by about 200 participants and Prof. Knox made a report of this and good Congress, published in the journal of Plant Sexual Reproduction vol 7:363-365. A supplement of Protoplasma will collect several papers presented during the General Assembly the new Board is elected based on the 108 Postal ballots. Prof. Jensen proposed to edit the extra Newsletter.

On the Proposal of a jury of Profs. Cresti, Heberle-Bors, Hesse, Linskens and Mascarenhas, the IASPRR medal for the best 'lecture' was given to Dr. Y.Q. Li, University of Siena and a document for the best poster to Dr. Ir. C.J. Keijzer, University of Wageningen. In September the request of the IASPRR to join the International Union of Biological Sciences is accepted during the 25th General Assembly of the IUBS.

The IASPRR cooperation with the ISHS remains on a low level because of the rearrangement of the ISHS.

On 31 December there were about 355 members.

Annual Report 1995.
A membership/data base letter was sent in May. This letter included very positive notes on the previous Congress in Vienna as well as reports of the second General Assembly in Vienna, of the Board meeting and the annual report 1994. Information was given to join the new plant reproduction internet and other information about congresses, books and courses. A list of new members was presented and from the data base, a survey of North, South America and Australia was given.

Contact between members of the Board was only by correspondence Main points included the Melbourne Congress. A new activity of the Association was the introduction of the open IASPRR internet in June. This internet receives a quit good response and in end of December there were about 130 subscribers. The special congress volume on Sexual Reproduction appeared as a supplemental issue of Protoplasma volume 187, 1-4. This volume could be distributed as a special prize for the IASPRR members. After the rearrangement of the ISHS and because of lower profit for each other, the IASPRR cooperation with the ISHS was ended. On 31 December there were about 390 members, especially by the actions to recruit new Australian members by Prof. Knox, about 25 and new Bulgarians by Dr. Todorova, about 10.

Ad: 4. The treasurer's annual report 1994

Survey of the financial year 1994 in Dutch guilders:

Balance 1993	    f  4.033,30

                    Credit side     Debit side
contributions       f  1.711,56
bank interest       f     12,24
                    ___________
                    f  1.723,80

medals                             f 2.250,00
bank costs                         f   120,60
ISUS membership                    f   325,00
chamber of commerce                f    61,00
printing costs                     f   106,63
                                   __________
                                   f 2.863.23

Balance 1994	    f  2.893,87

The positive bank balance is about $ 1700. - Two members of the IASPRR will be invited to audit the accounts and they approved the accounting.

Bank balance Representative India: 5800/ Rs. approx. $ 190/.

The treasurer's annual report 1995

Survey of the financial year 1994 in Dutch guilders:

Balance 1994	    f  2.893,87

                    Credit side    Debit side
contributions       f    126,50
bank interest       f     10,80
                    ___________
                    f    136,68

porto costs                        f    16,00
bank costs                         f    33,20
chamber of commerce                f    61,00
printing costs                     f   166,60
                                   __________
                                   f   276,80


Bank balance	    f  2.753,75

The positive bank balance is about $ 1700. Two members of the IASPRR will be invited to audit the counts and they approved the accounting. Bank balance Representative Australia: $A 1228,25.

Ad: 5. Affiliation ISUS and IUBS
The contact with the ISHS has been stopped in 1995, because of the reorganisation of this society and low mutual profit. The IUBS membership contains an international IASPRR acknowledgement and the IUBS can help in financial guarantee by placing of loans in case of congress organisation. The IUBS organizes several international programs.

Ad: 6. Preparation election Board 1998.
According to the Bylaws (C) the election of the Board will be in July 1997 and this election will be prepared by (Bylaws D, 1-3): "The president shall appoint six members of the Association to serve as a nomination committee. The list of nominees will be presented to the entire membership in the form of a postal ballot. . .". A point of discussion is to involve, from financial point of view, if possible instead of a postal ballot, the E-mail and the Plant Reproduction Internet.

Ad: 7. Organization Congress 1998 and 2000.
The next Congress organisation in 1998 is offered to and accepted by the Department of Plant Cytology and Morphology of the Agricultural University of Wageningen. The Congress in 2000 will be held abroad in Canada.

Ad: 8. IASPRR plant-reproduction network.
The Plant-Reproduction network has about 140 members. A number of users are not members of the IASPRR, which they are not obliged to be. The network is used more and more and can be a good source for communication between scientists in the field of sexual plant reproduction. It functions partly instead of an extra Newsletter which has been difficult to organize. See report of previous General Assembly point 7.

Secretary IASPRR

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