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Election of IPS Board Members

Nominations are now open around the world for IPS Board Members, who will commence office in 2020. These nominations close on 2019 August 1.

The IPS Council has passed the several governance-related changes to the By Laws and the Standing Rules. These allow an elected board model to replace the current council model with a board model, based on six continental zones.

The Board is to consist of the Officers (elected as usual, every two years) and up to three board members from each of the following six geographic zones: Africa, North America, Latin America (including South America, Central America and the Caribbean), Asia, Europe, and Oceania. Russia has agreed to be part of Europe for this purpose, and future suggestions for inclusion of certain countries within specific continental zones will be determined by the Council or Board as the needs arise. The number of board members from each zone shall be one for zones with fewer than 50 current IPS members; two for zones with between 50 and 499 current IPS members; and three for zones with 500 or more IPS members.

Full information is given in the updated By Laws and Standing Rules of the IPS.

In regions covered by an affiliate, the affiliate makes nominations for board members. In regions not covered by an affiliate, individual members may make nominations directly for people within their continental zone.

Therefore, if you are a member of an IPS affiliate, or you are in a region covered by an affiliate even if you are not specifically a member of that affiliate, please discuss your proposed nomination with the officers of that affiliate body. IPS Affiliate groups are listed on the IPS website at

Importantly, please discuss your proposed nomination with the intended nominee. I have included, below the line of asterisks, the sections of the relevant new By Laws and Standing Rules that specify the duties of board members.

Nominations for board members within your continental zone are to be sent to Martin George at and ccd to the IPS Secretary, Patty Seaton, at

A reminder: nominations will close on 2019 August 1.

If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to email me (Martin George) at the above email address. Also, as many of your affiliate representatives will be at the 2019 IPS Council Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, I shall be there to answer any further questions, so feel free to ask questions through your local affiliate group.

It is important to note that the new board structure will take effect with the first seating of the board, which will be in Edmonton at the 2020 IPS Conference.

Martin George

Chair, IPS Elections Committee 

Election history: 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 (special election), 2016.

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