The APS International Society Relations Committee (ISRC) assists Council through the Presidential Team (PT) to identify, develop and engage in activities in support of partnerships with international societies and organizations; delivers content and services to our international partners; and provides APS members greater access to the scientific content of partner societies and organizations.
Organizational StructureTo carry out its responsibilities, the International Society Relations committee is comprised of the following
The ISRC 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 ISRC is charged by Council to assume a leadership role in: implementing components of agreements between APS and international societies and organizations; identifying needs of APS international partners, including language translations of APS products, and working with APS Press, Ed Center, Pub Board and/or other appropriate offices, boards and committees to develop appropriate content; and keeping Council informed of ISRC activities through the Vice President (VP), annual reports and, upon request, by providing interim updates. 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 partnerships. It is the responsibility of ISRC to assist the PT in defining opportunities for alliances with associated international societies and organizations, developing co-sponsored activities such as symposia and/or workshops, special topic meetings, webinars/webcasts, and applications of social media, in joint discussion with representatives of associated international societies and organizations and APS staff. The ISRC will develop a matrix for current and future partnerships with international scientific societies and organizations and provide recommendations for Council’s consideration.
Responsibilities of the ChairThe chair will engage all members of the ISRC, and lead the committee in establishing priorities and individual member assignments for follow-up actions. The ISRC 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 ISRC will set the agenda for a business meeting at the APS annual meeting.
Responsibilities of the MembersISRC members will evaluate established partnerships and potential new partnerships with associated international societies and organizations based on the mutual and strategic benefit of APS and the associated society or organization, and make recommendations to the PT through the ISRC chair. 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 ISRC and associated international societies and organizations, 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.