The APS International Society Relations committee (ISR) develops and oversees overarching strategies that will guide future investments and activities in support of international society partnerships: Seeking out opportunities to engage in international society relationships; increase interactions between APS and associated international societies; deliver content and services to our international partners; and provide APS members greater access to the scientific content of partner societies
Organizational StructureTo carry out its responsibilities, the International Society Relations committee is comprised of the following
The ISR chair is appointed by Council to serve a three-year term and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. Prior to the chair’s final year of their term the Committee will nominate potential candidates for the chair position. Council appoints the new chair/vice-chair. Upon appointment, the vice-chair will begin a one-year term prior to their term as chair.
Prospective candidates to be considered for Committee membership may be nominated by the Committee or the APS general membership, or by self-nomination. Members will be formally appointed by a majority vote of the Committee and will serve a three-year term but may not serve more than two consecutive terms
General responsibilities ISR is charged by Council to assume a leadership role in establishing strategic partnerships and alliances with associated international societies. That role originated from personal connections between APS leaders and colleagues in other international societies. Council believes that APS members benefit from a more strategic and focused effort to develop overarching strategies that will guide investments and activities in support of international society alliances. It is the responsibility of ISRC to define opportunities for alliances with associated international societies, review existing partnerships for relevancy, and provide a framework to establish new alliances. The ISRC will provide a matrix for current and future partnerships with international scientific societies and provide recommendations for Council’s consideration.
Responsibilities of the ChairThe chair will engage all members of the ISR, and lead the committee in establishing priorities and individual member assignments for follow-up actions. The chair will serve as the primary point-of-contact for exchange of all correspondence, timelines and pertinent information regarding the proposed relationship with the associated society and will communicate with the designated representatives and members of their organization. The ISR chair will update Council at least quarterly on all activities currently underway and provide oversight on actions. The chair will inform Council and submit requests if actions are required by Council. The chair and members of the ISR will set the agenda for a business meeting at the APS annual meeting and include representatives of the associated international society if attending. The associated international society will provide the names of their executive team and key contacts to the chair of the ISR.
Responsibilities of the MembersISR members will evaluate the potential for partnerships with associated societies based on the mutual and strategic benefit of APS and the associated society. Members will make recommendations to Council through the ISR chair. Committee members, under the direction of the chair will access international society relations based on the guiding principles for conducting reviews of associated international society relationships. Committee members are expected to participate actively in regular committee discussions and respond in a timely manner to the chair. Committee members are responsible for maintaining regular liaison between the ISR and associated international societies and be broadly familiar with international society activities and issues of interest to APS. Members should be proactive in bringing issues to the committee’s attention and in pursuing opportunities to benefit APS through international associations.