founding procedure and tasks

International Fog and Dew Association (IFDA)

The scope of the association is to organize an International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew every three years after 2016. Further meetings may be organized or co-sponsored upon approval of the board. Conference results are actively disseminated to the scientific community and to the public. The association is a non-profit organization.

founding procedure:

  1. The association is founded on 29 July 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland, per acclamation of the attendees of the 7th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew.
  2. Any attendee of the 7th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew may declare membership in the association by signing an initial membership list.
  3. The members elect ten board members for a time period of three years.
  4. The board members elected, from the board members group, a president of the association, two vice presidents, and a scientific chairman, for a time period of three years.
  5. Following completion of the 7th conference,
    1. membership in the association may be declared by any person, organization or company that deals with issues of atmospheric fog or dew either directly or indirectly. There are no membership fees. The membership may be denied or revoked by the president in cases of obvious misconduct (for example „spamming“).
    2. The 8th International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew will take place in Taiwan in the year 2019.
    3. a general assembly of all members will be held during each International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew (every three years). A new board will be elected. It is envisaged that at least three members of the former board will be replaced. The new board will elect a new president and two new vice presidents (see item 4, above). Re-election of the former president should be avoided.

tasks:

general assembly: meets every three years during the International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew, selects the board members for the next three years; discusses general ideas and proposals.

board: selects a location and a local conference host for the next International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew, keeps close contact to the local host during conference planning; selects a scientific chairman for the next conference; agrees on initiatives to further develop the association procedures and tasks. Votes of the board are organized by the president and decisions are made by majority votes. In the event of a tie, the president has the deciding vote.

president: operates the day-to-day business of the association, including construction an maintenance of a homepage, organizes membership, a mailing list; corresponds with members and conference organizers; presides over board and general assembly meetings, organizes votes.

scientific chairman: puts together a scientific committee and a presentation prize committee for the upcoming International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew, organizes the agenda of the conference in close cooperation with the local conference host.

local conference host: provides a location for the upcoming International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew, organizes the conference including prizes for presentations, organizes local and international funding, supports potential conference participants with travel funds when required.

Note that the association does not nominate a treasurer. Any member-activity within association needs to be financed by the member itself or his/her home institution. Leadership positions such as president, scientific chairmen, and board members are voluntary and unpaid. The finances of the International Conference on Fog, Fog Collection, and Dew are within the full responsibility of the local conference host. If further financial transactions need to be organized, i.e., donations to the association, the president will be prompted to take responsibility within the legal framework of his/her country of residence. Any personal financial liability of board members is excluded.

Wroclaw, Poland, 29 July 2016