Executive Committee Election 2022

The election of four members of the International Society for Biocuration Executive Committee (ISB EC) will be held from September 26 – October 03, 2022.

Emails will be sent to current members on 26th September. Only current members, as of 20 September 2022, who receive this email will be allowed to vote. Please note that if you are an ISB member and do not receive the email please contact us at isb@biocurator.org.

Please view the information about the six candidates who are standing for election to the Executive Committee (EC).

The composition of the Executive Committee is to be increased to eleven (11) members, each with a 3-year term. Being a member of the Executive Committee is a great way to become directly involved with the work of our society, and contribute to the decisions that are taken on behalf of the biocuration community. We would like to encourage all members interested in running for election to register.

Serving on the ISB EC minimally involves attending monthly (1 hour)  teleconference meetings, following up on any action items from meetings, and  promoting the ISB’s activity to members and non-members. Examples of activities performed by EC members include reviewing micro-grant submissions, preparing call for participation for hosting Biocuration meetings, preparing materials for the ISB election, monitoring ISB mail and maintaining the website. We particularly encourage candidates with web development skills, or who have experience working with WordPress to apply. The typical workflows involve basic knowledge of Git, PHP/HTML/CSS for fine tuning of the WordPress website, WordPress plugins management, domain name/email redirection management.

There are specific positions such as Chair, Secretary and Treasurer that do require a larger time commitment, as they are in charge of leading the steps of the EC and by extension the membership. There is no expectation that new EC members would take on these responsibilities.

4 positions on the Executive Committee are up for election in 2022/2023. Two new positions are being created and two of these positions are currently held by Randi Vita and Ruth Lovering, both of whom can re-stand for election. As the ISB is a non-profit organization governed by Swiss law one member of the ISB Executive Committee has to be a resident of Switzerland. Therefore, we require a resident of Switzerland to be elected to the ISB Executive Committee. (The current ISB EC members are here.)

2022 Electoral Process

A) The Nominating Committee:

A Nominating Committee (NC) has been formed to oversee the electoral process, to review applications, and establish the final list of candidates. We are very grateful for their assistance with the execution of this election. The members of the 2022 Nominating Committee are:

  • Caio de Carvalho
  • Cristina Casals
  • Pratibha Gour
  • Pankaj Jaiswal
  • Sabrina Toro

B) Instructions to Candidates: 

  1. If you would like to run for a position on the Executive Committee, please fill out this form by 29 August 2022, which includes a ‘statement of intent‘, a brief biographical sketch, and a ‘conflict of interests‘ statement describing any activities, memberships of other associations, editorial positions on journals, etc. (Please email Caio de Carvalho at 1caiocarvalho@gmail.com if you are unable to access this form.)

C) Timeline:

  • Nominations will be received until 29 August 2022.
  • The NC will review all candidacies and share their selections with the ISB Executive Committee by 15 September 2022.
  • A list of candidates must be available by 26 September 2022 on the website (with letters of intent)
  • Emails announcing the candidates and voting must be sent to members on 26 September 2022.
  • Voting will take place online over the course of one week from 26 September – 03 October 2022. (Further details about the voting process will be shared soon).
  • The election officer TBC.
  • Only current members, as of 20 September 2022, who receive an email* will be allowed to vote.

*Note – please note that if you are an ISB member and do not receive the email please contact us at isb@biocurator.org

The Nominating Committee is looking forward to receiving your applications!