Statutes

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Article 1
Pursuant to Article 11 of the Statutes of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (Institute of Catalan Studies, hereinafter called the IEC) approved by the Plenum on the 22nd of January and 2nd of April 2001, and pursuant to Article 67 of the Regulations of the internal regime of the IEC approved at the Plenum of 8th of April 2002, the Statutes of the Societat Catalana de Química (Catalan Society of Chemistry) are hereby modified.


Article 2
The purpose of the Societat Catalana  de Química, affiliated to the IEC and belonging to its Science and Technology Section, is to promote the cultivation of chemistry, to foster research therein, to divulge the results in the territories of Catalan language and culture, and to promote renewal in the teaching of chemistry and its social diffusion.


Article 3
The Societat Catalana de Química is governed by these Statutes and by the Regulations of the internal regime, as well as by the Statutes of the IEC (22.1.2001 and 2.4.2001) and the Regulations of the internal regime of the IEC (8.4.2002).


Article 4
The headquarters of the Societat Catalana de Química are those of the IEC.


Article 5
The Societat Catalana de Química conducts its activities in the territories of Catalan language and culture. Catalan, therefore, is the language of the Societat and is used normally in all events and publications. Any exceptions to this general rule must be approved by the Governing Board.


Article 6
The members of the Societat are those who have been admitted in the manner laid down by the Regulations and who are up to date whith the payment of their dues. The Societat Catalana de Química comprises full members, students, correspondents, and honorary members. Membership may be lost in the event of repeated non-payment of dues or by decision of the General Assembly upon the proposal of the Governing Board.


Article 7
The organs of government of the Societat are: the General Assembly and the Governing Board.


Article 8
1. The General Assembly is the sovereign organ of the Societat and is formed, with equal rights, by all those members who shall attend.

2. The General Assembly meets when the president indicates or when 15% of members demand. A minimum of one meeting a year is compulsory.

3. The functions of the General Assembly are as follows:

a) To approve the minutes of the sessions.

b) To approve the proposals for modifications of the Statutes, before submitting them to the IEC.

c) To approve the Regulations of the internal regime and possible modifications thereof.

d) To approve the general lines for action of the Societat and the monitoring of the management of the elected officers  of the Governing Board.

e) To approve the accounts for the year ending and the budget for the following year.

f) To accept registrations of new members and terminations of membership.

g) To elect the members of the Governing Board.

h) To create, modify or eliminate specialised sections.


Article 9
1. The Governing Board is the organ of management, representation and administration of the Societat, and acts as the executive organ of the Assembly.

2. The Governing Board is formed by president, secretary, treasurer and between four and twelve members. The Governing Board is renewed every three years. Any vacancies in the first three offices shall be filled by the Board provisionally until the next election as laid down in the regulations.

3. The functions of the president are as follows:

a) To order the convening of the General Assembly and of the Governing Board and to chair their meetings.

b) To ensure the execution of agreements.

c) To exercise the representation of the Societat.

d) To attend as a full voting member the meetings of the corresponding section and the Plenums of the IEC.

e) To sit on the Affiliated Societies Commission and on any other commissions that the IEC may create.

f) To inform, in agreement with the delegate of the IEC, the corresponding section about the activities and operation of the Societat.

4. The functions of the secretary are as follows:

a) To convene the General Assembly and the Governing Board when the president so orders.

b) To bear witness to the agreements made at the meetings of the General Assembly and the Governing Board and to draw up the corresponding minutes.

c) To issue the relevant certifications on behalf of the Societat.

d) To  notify the Permanent Board of the IEC of the programme of activities of the Societat, any changes made in the Governing Board, and the agreements of the General Assembly.

e) At the end of each academic year, through the corresponding section, send the annual report to the general secretary of the IEC.

5. The functions of the treasurer are as follows:

a) To receive the sums allocated to the Societat for whatsoever items.

b) To pay the expenses authorised in accordance with the budget.

c) To write up the annual financial report and budget.


Article 10

A full of emeritus fellow of the IEC, elected by the corresponding section and ratified by the Plenum, acts as delegate of the IEC to the Governing Board, and will be responsible to the IEC for the publications and events of the Societat. The delegate is called to attend the meetings of the Governing Board of the Societat and acts as liaison between the IEC and the Societat.


Article 11
The Societat may organize the working groups, sections and commissions it may deem appropiate for the pursuance of its objectives.


Article 12
The Societat has a publications committee formed by a director of publications and the members the Board deems appropiate. This Committee watches over the suitability of the papers presented and proposes them for publication if it deems fit.


Article 13
The Governing Board shall appoint a member who is to be responsible for the web page of the Societat. This member shall ensure the efficient functioning of this page and that its content is in line with the objectives set forth in Article 2 of these Statutes.


Article 14
An internal set of regulations, approved by the General Assembly, shall regulate the functioning of the Societat in any matters not provided for in these Statutes.


Article 15
The following are resources of the Societat:

  1. Ordinary resources: the amounts of the members’ dues and the contributions of the IEC.
  2. Extraordinary resources: subsidies and donations made by entities or private individuals, and the tangible or intangible assets of all types that for whatsoever cause shall come fo form part of the Societat.

Article 16
The dissolution of the Societat Catalana de Química may be proposed by the Governing Board unanimously, or at the request of 50% of the members of the Societat. The agreement shall be made at an extraordinary General Assembly, but shall not come into effect while one third of the members agree to continue the Societat, nor until a report has been made on the agreement and the agreement proposed to the corresponding section, and until it has been judged favourably by the IEC Permanent Board and approved by the Plenum of the IEC by absolute majority.


Article 17
In the event of dissolution, the existing assets and the documentation of the Societat Catalana de Química shall be integrated with those of the IEC.


Article 18
These Statutes may be reformed at a General Assembly of members convened to this effect. For the reform to be valid, the favourable vote of two thirds of those present must be obtained and it must be approved by the Plenum of the IEC.


Article 19
These Statutes shall come into force after having been judged favourably by the Plenum of the IEC.