General Assembly of The Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, Riga, Latvia, April 18th 2009
Board members present: Asta Krizanauskienè, Brian Lassen, Eva Osterman Lind, Juha Laakkonen, Muza Kirjusina and Inger Sofie Hamnes
Not present: Rune Stensvold
Local treasurers update the membership lists for their countries and inform the secretary when membership fees have been paid and registered. The secretary keeps a list of active members.
Information on how and where to pay the membership fees in the different countries will be put on the website. Local treasurers should send account numbers etc to Brian.
§2 ICOPA 2014
SBSP has been asked to support the Danish Society for Parasitology as they will apply to be the host country in 2014. Board members should check the possibilities and interest and contact Juha, who will reply on the request.
§3 Web page
Book of abstracts, posters and minutes from the General Assembly will be put on the web site.
Photographs of the board members should be sent to Brian.
Relevant links such as Nova, Finpar etc should be added to the SBSP home page.
§4 Other matters discussed
Brian presented an idea on how to build up a big data base which could be used for teaching or research purposes. Data included could be, for example results from various analyses at the laboratories, numbers of different animal species in the different countries, milk production etc.
Eva Osterman Lind
Minutes of the General Assembly of The Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, Rovaniemi, Finland, August 31st 2007
a) Election of a meeting Chairman
b) Acceptance of the agenda
c) Election of Secretary of the meeting
d) Election of two Members who shall ratify the minutes of the General Assembly
e) The Board's Business Report for the previous period
f) The Treasurer's Report of the financial situation and the Auditors' Report
g) The General Assembly's approval of the Business Report and Accounts, and to release the Board and the Auditors
h) Election to the vacant posts on the Board
Member from the Baltics: Muza Kirjushina
Member from Finland: Juha Laakkonen
i) Election of two Auditors
j) Establishment of annual fees for the next period: Same i.e. 25 euro for ordinary members and 10 Euro for students and members who have retired
k) Establishment of the place and time for the next General Assembly: The Board suggests: Riga, Latvia, - organised by Muza Kirjushina and colleagues.
Because of considerable overlap in attendees it is suggested to be aware of the timing of the WAAVP 2009 meeting and to place the SBSP symposium at a different time if at all possible. The next WAAVP meeting will be in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Aug 9-13, 2009
l) Other matters, which must be sent to the Board at least six weeks prior to the General Assembly.
SBSP Board business report
The board of the SBSP has met in Vilnius, 2005, and in Rovaniemi, 2007, and in-between the board has communicated successfully by email. The SBSP Webmaster, Arni Kristmundsson (IS), has successfully managed the SBSP homepage. For example information on the past and future SBSP Symposia as well as future meetings of other parasitological societies are announced - And links are provided, if Arní Kristmundsson is given the relevant information. Please supply Arní Kristmundsson with any suggestion you might have for added information to the SBSP members on this SBSP homepage!
SBSP has local treasurers in all countries and this functions very well. The finances will be further presented in the Treasurer's report by Jurijus Komisarovas.
Regarding the membership, the number of SBSP members has increased from approx. 211 in 2005 to 220 in 2007. The society has 7 members from Iceland, 31 members from Norway, 53 members from Sweden, 32 members from Denmark, 23 members from Finland, 42 members from the Baltic countries and 32 members from other countries. In total, 19 new colleagues joined the Society, while 10 have quit their membership.
Charlotte Maddox-Hyttel has represented SBSP at ICOPA in Glasgow (August, 2006) and was elected as member of the Executive Committee of the World Federation of Parasitologists (WFP) for the SBSP. Charlotte Maddox-Hyttel expressed her sincere gratitude to the board members (Heikki Henttonen (FIN), and Gediminas Valkiunas (LIT)), who are now leaving the board, and the members of the Scientific. We all wish to thank the Local Organising Committee (Heikki Henttonen and colleagues) for an excellent Symposium here at the Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi in Northern Finland with a very interesting scientific programme and a lovely social programme as well.
The Board decided, somewhat late in the preparation for this 2nd SBSP Symposium, to offer student grants to eligible student members of the SBSP. Selection criteria included evidence of studentship within the past year of application and submission of an abstract for presentation at the Symposium. In total 5 applications were received, and all applicants were granted the sum of 500 Euro to aid their participation in the meeting. The successful recipients were: Daniel Benesh (Fi), Asta Krizanauskiene (Lt), Olga Novokhatskaya (ru), Vaidas Palinauskas (Lt), and Tuula Sinisalo (Fi).
After the Symposium, the Bulletin of the SBSP will be published presenting the proceedings of this meeting, and Jorun Tharaldsen has once again been kind enough to act as the editor.
Minutes of the General Assembly of The Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, Vilnius, Lithuania, May 28th 2005
Number of persons present (see enclosed presence list): 45 - including 41 SBSP members.
1. Opening of the meeting:
President Karl Skirnisson opened the General Assembly.
2. Election of the chairperson of the meeting:
Tellervo Valtonen was elected.
3. Acceptance of the agenda:
Agenda of the meeting was accepted.
4. Election of the secretary of the meeting:
Allan Roepstorff was elected.
5. Election of two members to approve the minutes of the General Assembly:
Jorun Tharaldsen and Jesper Monrad were elected.
6. Report of the SBSP activities over the last two years:
Karl Skirnisson presented the report on Board activities during the past period. The board of SBSP been meeting in Bergen, 2003, and in Vilnius, 2005, and in-between the board has communicated successfully by email. A homepage has been successfully established, and Arni Kristmundsson (IS) will continue as the Webmaster. The Bulletin of the SBSP has stopped as a scientific journal; however, it continues by presenting the proceedings of the scientific SBSP meetings, and Jorun Tharaldsen continues as the editor. SBSP has local treasures in all countries and this functions very well. The number of SBSP members has increased from 170 in 2003 to approx. 211 in 2005, hereof 34 members from the Baltic countries. Karl Skirnisson has presented SBSP at EMOP in Valencia (2004). Karl Skirnisson expressed his gratitude to the board members (Katja Pulkkinen (FIN), Cecilia Thors (SE), Romualda Petkeviciute (LIT) and Einar Strömnes (NO)), who are now leaving the board, and the members of the Scientific and the Local Organising Committee (Gediminas Valkiunas and colleagues) for an excellent conference.
7. Report from the treasurer:
The SBSP treasurer Katja Pulkkinen made a financial report. The society has 211 members (of which 8 are members of honour) and a fortune of 13900.50 Euro. For details see attached Treasurer's report.
8. Approval of Business and Treasurer's reports:
Both reports were approved by General Assembly and the Board was released from responsibility.
9. Election of the members of the Board:
Charlotte Maddox-Hyttel (DK) was elected as the President
Arni Kristmundsson (IS) was elected as a new member
Haakon Hansson (NO) was elected as a new member
Johan Höglund (SE) was elected as a new member
Jurijus Komisazovas (LIT) was elected as a new member
Gediminas Valkiunas (LIT) continues as the Vice president
10. Election of two auditors:
Matthias Eydal (IS) and Katja Pulkkinen (FIN) were elected as auditors.
11. The annual fees for the next period:
25 euro for ordinary members and 10 Euro for students and members who have retired were approved by General Assembly.
12. Time and location of the next General Assembly:
The next meeting and General Assembly will be held at the Arctic Centre, University of Rovaniemi, Finland (in Lapland), August 29-31, 2007.
15. Other matters
No suggestions were received from the members. The suggestion of the board to appoint two honorary members of SBSP, Docent Tellervo Valtonen (FIN) and Dr. habil Vytautas Kontrimavichius (LIT), was applauded by the General Assembly.
The new president, Charlotte Maddox-Hyttel, acknowledged the former president Karl Skirnisson for his excellent work. She expressed also her gratitude to the former members of the board during the past period and mentioned that the challenges of the next period will be to continue the updating of the homepage, recruit new members, and think of what the accumulated fortune may best be used for.
Charlotte Maddox-Hyttel Chairman
Allan Roepstorff Secretary
Jorun Tharaldsen Scrutiniser
Jesper Monrad Scrutiniser