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In this page are deposited and reminded the reports written after General Assemblies or special meetings of the SIBIOS Council.
They are the formal memory of decisions taken during the Assemblies or Meetings and from which the SIBIOS-ISSB life is ruled.

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Contents


REPORT on the GENERAL ASSEMBLY September 26th, 2008, Fremantle Australia
COMPTE-RENDU de l'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE du 26 septembre 2008 Fremantle Australia

SIBIOS members were invited to contribute to the General Assembly
members of the Council and Board were invited to contribute to the Council Meeting after the General Assembly.
This report is based on minutes taken during the General Assembly by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy and Oana Moldovan, and additional comments given by members.
The assembly is open at 16h00 under the presidence of Boris Sket.

Listing of members present and formally represented during the general assembly
Elke Aden, Maria Elina Bichuette, Trian Brad, Claude Boutin (represented b y Louis Deharveng), Arthur Clarke, Nicole Coineau (represented by Louis Deharveng), Louis Deharveng, Elzbieta Dumnicka, Mirto Etonti, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, Piero-Mauro Giachino (represented by Louis Deharveng), Mark Harvey, John Holsinger, William Humphreys, Leonardo Latella (represented by Stefano Taiti), Remko Leijs, Guy Magniez, Alejandro Martinez, Giuseppe Messana (represented by Stefano Taiti), Oana Moldovan, Janice Muriel-Cunho, Monique Nguyen Duy - Jacquemin (represented by J.-J. Geoffroy), Pedro Oromi, Roman Ozimec, Jakob Parzefall, Slavko Polak, Beatrice Sambugar (represented by Stefano Taiti), Alberto Sendra, Boris Sket, Fred Stone, Stefano Taiti, Eleonora Trajano, Peter Trontelj, Maja Zagmajster.
Number of members present or formally represented = 34

The requested quorum must represent at least 1/4 of the members of the Society.
The Society comprises 225 members. The requested quorum is 56 people.
Many members of the Society could not join the Symposium and the General Assembly and did not send delegations. Several members of the Society present at the Symposium did not contribute to the General Assembly. All those members cannot be represented, unfortunately.
The requested quorum is not obtained and the Ordinary General Assembly cannot be validly held, for the first time in the history of the Society.
The Ordinary General Assembly is closed.

The President Boris Sket convokes urgently an Extraordinary General Assembly.
The Extraordinary General Assembly is declared open at 16h30 under the presidence of Boris Sket.

Professor Heminthon-Smithe gives some quick words and comments. Western Australia is an important centre foe subterranean biology and a place of great interest for conservation.

The president Boris Sket reads the agenda of the General Assembly.

1- OPENING AND MORAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT / INTRODUCTION ET RAPPORT MORAL DU PRESIDENT
The moral report 2006-2008 is read by the President Boris Sket to the General Assembly. There is a formal vote on the moral report by the General Assembly:
Against = nobody
Abstention = nobody
For = the report is unanimously adopted

 

2- APPROVAL OF THE REPORT OF THE PREVIOUS GENERAL ASSEMBLY / APPROBATION DU COMPTE-RENDU DE L'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE PRECEDENTE
This report on the General Assembly held at Cluj-Napoca on July 15th, 2006, is published on the SIBIOS Website and has been sent to all members by e-mail or by post with the Sibios Newsletter n°7and several members answered after reception.
There is a formal vote on the report by the General Assembly:
Against = nobody
Abstention = nobody
For = the report is unanimously adopted

3- FINANCIAL REPORTS / RAPPORTS FINANCIERS
The financial report has been prepared and sent to the Council by the Treasurer Jos Notenboom. It is to be sent to the members of the Society and exhibit during the Symposium. The report is presented by Oana Moldovan.
There is a formal vote on the financial report:
Against = nobody
Abstention = nobody
For = the financial report is unanomously adopted by acclamation

It is proposed to maintain the annual membership fees as it is:
50 euros for Regular membership including the Journal "Subterranean Biology"
30 euros for Regular membership without the Journal "Subterranean Biology"
30 euros for Student membership including the Journal "Subterranean Biology"
But, in addition, the Council recommends to consider the income situation of members living in low economy countries, with a possibility of a fee at 30 euros for members in low income and non employed, by official request to the Secretary. There is a general discussion and a strong suggestion to the next Council to manage the question.

4- TREASURY QUESTIONS / QUESTIONS LIEES A LA TRESORERIE
Documents and information were provided by the former Treasurer Janine Gibert and the current Treasurer Jos Notenboom.
We were facing a problem dealing with the opening of a bank account for the Society at Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Jos Notenboom, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy and Boris Sket did their best but some difficulties remain, due to the international evolution of relationships or public relations and investigations in institutes, societies and banks.
It is suggested to get a stable long term position for our present Treasurer Jos Notenboom, longer than a position strictly linked to a mandate in the Council.
The proposal is to have the Treasurer appointed by the Council (and not elected by the General Assembly) according to the following way:
- The members of the Council are elected by a vote of the General Assembly based on a list of candidates.
- The Council meets.
- The Treasurer is appointed by the Council.
- Council members and Treasurer represent the Executive Committee.
The Treasurer is appointed independently of the period of a mandate in the Council. He can resign or be dismissed by the Council and he can be appointed as long as he accepts the position, every two years when the General Assembly meets.

It is necessary to propose a change in the article 8 of the statutes, as follows:
Article 8 - The members and the functionning of the Council
The council elects a board comprising a President, two Vice-Presidents, a General Secretary and a Treasurer.
The board is elected for two years, and its members may be re-elected during their mandates.
The Council may request one or several members of the Society for consulting assistance regarding specific issues, they will report to the Council at any request.
The council may assign a technical job or the conduct of some activity to active members of the Society, who must report the results to the council.
Would become
The council elects a board comprising a President, two Vice-Presidents and a General Secretary.
The board is elected for two years, and its members may be re-elected during their mandates.
The Council appoints, independently of any mandate in the Council, the Treasurer of the Society. The Treasurer is appointed for two years, and this position can be renewed every two years without any limitation in time. The appointment can be revoked, after discussion in a General Assembly, upon request of at least two thirds of the members of the Council.
The Council may request one or several members of the Society for consulting assistance regarding specific issues, they will report to the Council at any request.
The council may assign a technical job or the conduct of some activity to active members of the Society, who must report the results to the council.

This proposal is adopted.

5- COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL / COMPOSITION DU CONSEIL
It has been proposed several times to reduce the number of Council Members, that is currently 10 minimum to 20 maximum.
The proposal is to have a number of Council members 7 minimum to 12 maximum.
It is necessary to propose a change in the article 7 of the statutes, as follows:
Article 7 - The Council
The Society is conducted by a council, with minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 members, according to decision of the General Assembly.
Would become
The Society is conducted by a council, with minimum of 7 and maximum of 12 members, according to decision of the General Assembly
In this situation, it will be much more easy and comfortable to get enough candidates to the Council renewal.
This proposal is adopted and will be applied by the next General Assembly in 2010.

It is also proposed to replace the duration of an election to the Council or to a position in the board by 4 years instaed of 2 years, with one possible re-electiopn for 4 years, follwed by a standing period of minimum 4 years before being candidate again.
The idea is supported by the General Assembly and the next Council is invited to manage the question for the next General Assembly in 2010.

6- MEMBERS / MEMBRES
We had several new members of the Society accepted in 2007-2008 (3 in 2007, 5 in 2008 and 11 during the Symposium) according the following process for membership:
How to become a member of SIBIOS
Anyone aiming to become a regular member of the Société Internationale de Biospéologie (SIBIOS) / International Society for Subterranean Biology (ISSB) has to simply send a request for candidature either to the President or to the General-Secretary, or to any member of the Council of the Society.
The new candidate is invited to send his request either via an application form or via simple letter or e-mail.
The new candidate is invited to send his complete address, telephone, e-mail, and the topics related to subterranean biology in which he is involved. To this document is joined a short curriculum vitae including age, position and interests of the candidate.
The new candidate is invited to join a list of his published papers and, if available, copies or reprints to be deposited in a specialised librairy.
The candidature is registered by the General-Secretary and forwarded to the members of the Council.
The new member is informed and is therefore invited to send his subscription to the Treasurer.

It is written in the statutes the simplest way:
Article 4 - Membership
To become a member of the Society, it is necessary to sent a simple request to the Council of the Society.
This does not need to be changed.

We have 19 New members 2007-2008:

Maria Cristina BRUNO (2008) [Latella] S. Michele all' Adige, Italy
cristina.bruno@mtsn.tn.it mcbruno@unitus.it mcbruno@care2.com
Taxonomy, systematics and ecology of subterranean harpacticoid and cyclopoid copepods

Mike BUCHANAN (2008) [Proudlove] Fordingbridge, Hampshire UK
mikebuchanan@binternet.com
Subterranean stygofauna, Chiroptera (South Africa) and arachnids

Eric DUPRE (2007) [Geoffroy] - 14 impasse Ming - F-40220 TARNOS France
anericdupre@free.fr
Coleoptera Bathysciinae and Trechinae: systematics, biogeography, anatomy

Karla FABRIO (2008) [Ozimec] - Zagreb, Croatia
Cave amphipods

Sarah GOATER (student 2008) [Humphreys] University of Western Australia, School of Animal Biology, 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009 Australia
Sarah.Goater@watercorporation.com.au
Underground waters

Mark S. HARVEY (2007) [Humphreys] Department of Terrestrial Invertebrates, Western Australian Museum, Locked Bag 49, Welshpool DC, WA 6986 Australia
mark.harvey@museum.wa.gov.au systematics, taxonomy and biogeography of pseudoscorpions, spiders, schizomids, water mites...

Daniel Edison HUSANA (2008) - Chiba, Japan
stygoxene@nenv.k.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Julian J. LEWIS (2007) [Holsinger] Lewis & Associates LLC, Cave, Karst and Groundwater Biological Consulting, 17903 State Road 60 BORDEN, IN 47106-8608 USA
lewisbioconsult@aol.com Subterranean aquatic isopods, amphipods, cavernicolous millipedes. Evaluation and conservation of subterranean habitats

Marco LUKIC (2008) [Ozimec] - Zagreb, Croatia
Marco.lukic@inet.hr
Cave Collembola

Slobodan E. MAKAROV (2008) [Geoffroy] Institute of Zoology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Studentski Trg 16, 11000 BELGRADE Serbia
slobodan.makarov@yahoo.com slobodan@bf.bio.bg.ac.yu
Taxonomy, biogeography, ontogeny and phylogeny of cave-dwelling diplopods from the Balkan Peninsula (Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Macedonia)

Alejandro MARTINEZ (2008) [Oromi] Canary Islands, Spain
Anchialine fauna from Canary Islands

Janice MURIEL-CUNHA (2008) [Trajano] - MZUSP São Paulo, Brazil
jcunha@ib.usp.br

Timothy PAGE (2008) - Brisbane, Australia
Freshwater shrimps phylogenetics

Pierre PAQUIN (2008) [Harvey] USA
Cave Spiders

Ana Sofia P.S. REBOLEIRA (2008) Biology Department, Aveiro University P-3810 - AVEIRO Portugal sreboleira@ua.pt
Subterranean biology ?

Fred STONE (2008) [Oromi] USA Hawaii
Nocticolidae, Cave crickets

Almo TORRES-TALAMANTE (2008) [Polak] Mexico
Ecology of anchialine systems

Maja ZAGMAJSTER (2008) [Ozimec] - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Biology of Chiroptera

Valerija ZAKSEK (2008) [Sket] University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty Department of Biology, Vecna Pot 111, SI-1000 - LJUBLJANA Slovenia valerija.zaksek@bf.uni-lj.si
Subterranean Biology

We have 8 ex-members 2007-2008
Jacques-Pierre Durand (France): death in 2007
Jacques Mathieu (France): death in 2007
Pierre Réveillet (France): death in 2007
Pedro Gnaspini (Brazil): resignation in 2008
Sophie Front-Deschamps (France): resignation in 2008
Claude Bou (France): no contact since 2000
Gabriel CORBAZ (France): no contact since 2000
Museo Civico de Scienze naturali (Italy): no contact since 2000

There are also a list of 48 members in very bad statement, for who we need to get in contact via the new Council and Secretary, to solve their particular situation.

We still have 14 members without e-mail address. This is a problem to sent to them long printed documents such as the newsletter. It is suggested to the next council to get in touch with them and recommend an easier way for communication. Here is the list:
Camille Bareth, Reno Bernasconi, Paulo Borges, Lazare Botosaneanu, Rafaël Citores-Gonzales, Manuela Da Gama-Assalino, Jacques Dalmon, Vasile Decu, Jesus Gabaldon-Casasayas, René Ginet, Gary O. Graening, Jean Raffaldi, Pierre Strinati, Liviu Vanoiaca.

We also have 9 honorary members : Lazare Botosaneanu, Vasile Decu, Jacques-Pierre Durand (late!), René Ginet, Christian Juberthie, Emil G. Racovitza (late!), Sandro Ruffo, Ionel Tabacaru, Shun-Ichi Ueno.

7- RENEWAL OF THE COUNCIL AND FUTURE OF THE SOCIETY / RENOUVELLEMENT DU CONSEIL ET FUTUR DE LA SOCIETE

The list of candidates to the Council was exhibited during the Symposium and the General Assembly is invited to vote on this list of names in a secret vote during the Assembly.

In 2008, 8 of the 15 present members of the council will definitively leave.
Boris Sket definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and must be replaced as President.
Louis Deharveng definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and must be replaced as Vice-President.
William Humphreys definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and must be replaced as Vice-President.
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and must be replaced as Secretary.
Jos Notenboom definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and we must find a solution for a stable long-term position for him as the current Treasurer.
John Holsinger definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and cannot be re-elected.
Stefan Koeneman is reelligible for the first time in 2008.
Leonardo Latella is reelligible for the second time in 2008.
Remko Leijs is reeligible for the first time in 2008.
Oana Moldovan is reelligible for the first time in 2008.
Pedro Oromi is reeligible for the first time in 2008.
Atanu Kumar Pati is reeligible for the second time in 2008.
Graham Proudlove definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and cannot be re-elected.
Valerio Sbordoni is reeligible for the second time in 2008.
Eleonora Trajano definitively leaves the Council in 2008 and cannot be re-elected.

Maria Elina Bichuette is candidate to a seat at the Council 2008-2010.
Mark Harvey is candidate to a seat at the Council 2008-2010.
Lubomir Kovac is candidate to a seat at the Council 2008-2010.
Giuseppe Messana is candidate to a seat at the Council 2008-2010.
Stefano Taiti is candidate to a seat at the Council 2008-2010.
Peter Trontelj is candidate to a seat at the Council 2008-2010.
We have therefore 13 candidates to the Council 2008-2010 among them will be elected the President, two Vice-Presidents and the Secretary.

2008 is an important year in the life and evolution of our Society. Maybe it will be convenient to make the Society evolve. Just keep in mind that it becomes very difficult to manage an International Society and it became very difficult to create a new one. Please consider all different aspects of the situation.
It seems what we need volunteers to perform on the stage in the future. The present officers will do their best to get through remaining problems and leave a situation as clear and as clean as possible.

Among the officers of the Board, the role of the Secretary of the Society is something important and it is reminded below what are the main activities linked to this position:
The Secretary : role and function
Société Internationale de Biospéologie - International Society of Subterranean Biology
[SIBIOS-ISSB]
What is the job of the Secretary in the SIBIOS-ISSB Society ?
- The Secretary prepares, with the President, the agenda for the General Assembly and for the Council meetings. The convoking to the General Assembly must be sent to every member of the Society. The convoking to the Council meetings must be sent to every member of the Council or Executive Committee, in accordance with the statutes of the Society.
- The Secretary writes the reports on the General Assembly, according to minutes taken during the meeting. The report must be sent to every member of the Society in good statement. It is published in the Newsletter and in the Website of the Society.
- The Secretary writes the reports on the meetings of the Council, according to minutes taken during the meetings. The report must be sent to every member of the Council or Executive Committee.
- The Secretary manages, in close collaboration with the Treasurer and with the Editor of the Journal, the updated list of members of the Society, including names, current addresses and e-mails, topics and subscriptions. The list is sent to the editor of the Newsletter and to the webmaster for publication in the Newsletter and in the website.
- If necessary, the Secretary writes an activity report of the Society, to be added to the President report [This corresponds to exceptional cases].
- The Secretary manages the different administrative and bureaucratic aspects of the life of the Society and contributes to solve any kind of relationship problems between members or between the Society and its partners or collaborators, with institutes, administrations, authorities.
- The Secretary publishes any change in the Statutes, By-Laws, internal rules, to be sent to authorities and to members.
- The Secretary publishes the composition of the Council or Executive Committee, after every change, to be sent to authorities and to members.

RESULTS OF THE ELECTIONS, after control by Eleonora Trajano, Jakob Parzefall and Jean-Jacques Geoffroy
We received 31 valid votes, among them:
Maria Elina Bichuette gets 30 votes = elected
Mark Harvey gets 30 votes = elected
Stefan Koeneman gets 28 votes = elected
Lubomir Kovac gets 31 votes = elected
Leonardo Latella gets 29 votes = elected
Remko Leijs gets 29 votes = elected
Giuseppe Messana gets 29 votes = elected
Oana Moldovan gets 31 votes = elected
Pedro Oromi gets 30 votes = elected
Atanu Kumar Pati gets 22 votes = elected
Valerio Sbordoni gets 28 votes = elected
Stefano Taiti gets 29 votes = elected
Peter Trontelj gets 29 votes = elected

8- PUBLICATIONS / PUBLICATIONS

- Subterranean Biology: a report on the situation has been produced by Marina Cobolli, Editor-in-Chief. There is a need of papers. A report of the meeting of the Editorial Board is given by John Holsinger.
The journal is not in good conditions due to a lack of manuscripts submitted. There is a general discussion about the existence of the journal, the relationships with the International Journal of Speleology and the future of papers on subterranean biology in a large sense.
The editor-inchief of Subterranean Biology needs help and support from another member of the Editorial Board.
This journal of the SIBIOS-ISSB Society must continue but the Editorial Board must be more active and give help.
Oana Moldovan is strongly invited to join the Editorial Board of Subterranean Biology.

- Encyclopaedia Biospeologica. It is planned a new edition of the Volume 1. Informations on the present situation are sent from Christian Juberthie. Edition in progress and planned for 2009. Some problems remain, that is one of the job of the next Council.

- Sibios Newsletter n°7 (2007-2008) is sent to members, including the call and agenda of the General Assembly 2008 and several informations related to the life of the Society and its evolution to 2008. Contributions from members were not received and it is not really easy to publish a Newsletter without any content except administrative points.
The report on the general assembly 2006 held at Cluj was published in the previous Newsletter n°6 and it could be sent again at any request.
It was proposed to link the edition of the Newsletter to the webmaster position since 2009, after Jean-Jacques Geoffroy will leave his activities as General-Secretary in 2008.

- Website. Jean-Jacques Geoffroy will leave his activities as General-Secretary in 2008 and could be appointed as webmaster and editor of the Newsletter in 2009 as proposed and as he his willing to do.

9- LIBRARIES / BIBLIOTHEQUES
Louis Deharveng and Jean-Jacques Geoffroy had discussions and mails with the new head of the former laboratory at Moulis, Pr Jean Clobert. He gave us the insurance that he will take care of the Moulis library related to subterranean biology. However, it is official that the management of a so-called Library of the Society has stopped. The proposal of a protocole of understanding became of no need. Otherwise, biospeleologists will have to go there to get access to the documentation that will remain at Moulis as the property of the CNRS.
We still need to know the precise list of libraries or journals with which we have an interest to maintain exchange with Subterranean Biology. This list of exchanges should be published on the Sibios website, as it was planned, by the Secretary and webmaster. Presently, this list remains uncertain but in progress. Several documents are now received at Brunoy and no more at Moulis.
What we have to solve practically is the present recent exchanges with Subterranean Biology and the storage of the documents belonging to the Society, comprising books or documents recently received as exchanges and the stock of the volumes of the Mémoires de Biospéologie. It is proposed to maintain this at Brunoy and, if necessary, to move the documentation afterwards to another place. Jean-Jacques Geoffroy confirms the possibility to store it at Brunoy as it is presently the case.
The documentation related to biospeleology managed and preserved at Brunoy by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy is progressively published on the website: http://www.fi.cnr.it/sibios/librairy.htm
Most of the other aspects and proposals in the previous protocole of agreement could be simply forgotten, so far Subterranean Biology seems not the main topics to be developed in the future at Moulis in the Station Expérimentale du CNRS, formely "Laboratoire Souterrain du CNRS".

10- UIS BIOSPELEOLOGY COMMISSION / COMMISSION UIS BIOSPELEOLOGIE
Discussion about relations between UIS and SIBIOS, question of a Biospeleology Commission in the International Union. (A question sent by John Holsinger:)
Desirability of forming a Biospeleology Commission in the International Union of Speleology (UIS). This has been debated on several occasions, going back at least to the early/middle 1980s. Dr. George Veni, Chairman of the 2009 International Congress of Speleology scheduled to be held in Texas, USA in July 2009, has raised this question with the Cave Biology Section of the National Speleological Society. I promised Dr. Veni that I would lead a discussion of this at the September council meeting of ISSB in Australia.
The Sibios-ISSB Council and Society appoint John Holsinger, Boris Sket and Oana Moldovan to go and discuss the point in Texas in 2009.

11- NEXT SYMPOSIUM / PROCHAIN SYMPOSIUM
The Society received in 2006 a proposal for the organisation of the 20th International Symposium of Subterranean Biology in Slovenia, 2010.
The project is presented by Boris Sket and organisers and will take place in Postojna (Dinaric Karst). The proposal is adopted by the General Assembly.

The Society received in 2006 a proposal for the organisation of the 21th International Symposium of Subterranean Biology in Spain, 2012.
The project is maintained for beginning of September and accepted to be presented during the next symposium in 2010.
There are no other proposal.

12- NEXT COUNCIL MEETINGS / PROCHAINES REUNIONS DU CONSEIL
The next Council meeting will be held at Fremantle, Australia after the closing of the General Assembly on Friday September 26th, 2008.
It will elect the new President, Vice-Presidents and Secretary of the Society and appoints the Treasurer. It will be reported by the new Secretary. The report will be sent to members of the new Council. The composition of the new Council and Board will be sent to authorities at Saint-Girons (France) and to the Webmaster of the Society.

13- MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS / QUESTIONS DIVERSES

Treats to Vjetrenicja
Ozimec reminds the situation of Vjetrenicja Cave, deeply endangered.
Boris Sket will write a letter to support the possible protection and conservation.
The next Council of the Society is invited to write another letter.
The Society may support the action, Ozimec should send a request to the Council.

Brunoy, November 2008
SIBIOS Secretary 2006-2008
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy
E-mail <geoffroy@mnhn.fr>
http://www.fi.cnr.it/sibios/default.htm

 

Composition du Conseil 2008-2010 élu le 26 Septembre 2008 par l'Assemblée Générale à Fremantle, Australie
Composition of the Council 2008-2010 elected on 26 September, 2008 by the General Assembly at Fremantle, Australia

President: Giuseppe Messana (Italy)

Vice-President: Mark Harvey (Australia)

Vice-President: Stefano Taiti (Italy)

Secretary: Oana Moldovan (Romania)

Maria Elina Bichuette (Brazil)
Stefan Koeneman (Germany)
Lubomir Kovac (Slovakia)
Leonardo Latella (Italy)
Remko Leijs (Australia)
Pedro Oromi (Spain, Canary Islands)
Atanu Kumar Pati (India)
Valerio Sbordoni (Italy)
Peter Trontelj (Slovenia)

Jos Notenboom (The Netherlands) is appointed as Treasurer

Jean-Jacques Geoffroy (France) is appointed as Webmaster, Newsletter Editor and in charge of the Library at Brunoy (France)

Contents


REPORT on the GENERAL ASSEMBLY July 15th, 2006, Cluj Romania
COMTPE-RENDU de l'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE 15 juillet 2006 Cluj Roumanie

to be published in Biospeological newsletter n° 6, 2007

To download the original complete version of this report, click on the link General_Assembly_2006.rtf

Listing of members present during the general assembly
Present or represented
: Arvind Agrawal, Jean-Michel Bichain, Traian Brad, Yong-gun Choi, Arthur Clarke, Marina Cobolli, David Culver, Louis Deharveng, Claudio Di Russo, Elzbieta Dumnicka, Stefan Eberhard, Daniel Fong, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, Janine Gibert (represented by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy), Andrei Giurginca, Sanja Gottstein Matocec, John Holsinger, William Humphreys, Sanda Iepure, Victoria Ilie, Anne Ipsen, Christian Juberthie, Lubomir Kovac, Leonardo Latella, Remko Leijs, Giuseppe Messana, Enrico Mezzanotte, Oana Moldovan, Monique Nguyen Duy - Jacquemin (represented by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy), Jos Notenboom, Pedro Oromi, Jose Palacios Vargas, Arti Parganiha, Jakob Parzefall, Atanu Kumar Pati, Michel Perreau, Tanja Pipan, Slavko Polak, Rohit Kumar Pradhan, Mauro Rampini, Beatrice Sambugar, Valerio Sbordoni (represented by Marina Cobolli), Boris Sket, Stefano Taiti, Eleonora Trajano.
Also present: Anne Bedos, Anil Kumar Ramteke.

More than 20 members are present or formally represented, so the General Assembly can be validly held.

1- OPENING AND MORAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT / INTRODUCTION ET RAPPORT MORAL DU PRESIDENT
The General Assembly is open at 17:00 by the President Boris Sket.
Boris Sket gives a lecture of the moral report 2004-2006 as a complement on his report published in the Newsletter n°6.

Dear members, dear colleagues and friends,
Just some weeks ago I addressed to you a short letter, published in our Newsletter. It was a kind of a report and you will certainly understand that I can not add any substantial news today.
I mentioned than the 'total breakdown of our communication system' as one of the most important problems the new Council has to solve. The situation has been solved for this moment, our web page is updated and you obtained a rich information in the frames of the Newsletter 6. This must continue, it must be followed by a similar information in a reasonable time after this meeting.
To get rid of the unpleasant topics at the very beginning of the report, I will mention further the question of our relations to the Moulis laboratory. To be more specific, this is in fact the question of the SIBIOS library. Considering the structure of the Moulis library, this is hardly solvable, but the new Council will certainly try. I strongly suggest not to open this problem at this session, because all discussions were frustratingly long even in the narrower company of the Council. Any written suggestions will be appreciated, however.
I will not discuss here the financial things, they are the topic of the following point. However, although even about the publications we will be informed directly by the main actors, I have to express here my appreciation of the fact that our journal Subterranean Biology quickly reached the standards and is further being improved. Thanks to Marina and her co-workers.
Thanks to the efforts of Graham, Eleonora, Beppe, Marina, the Cave Fishes finally appeared. Although this is formally not a SIBIOS action, the translation of the Racovitza's Essay appeared in right time, linked to the SIBIOS event. Thanks to Oana MOldovan and Dave Culver.
You certainly know that Christian Juberthie and the cryptic Vasile Decu are preparing the huge first issue of the second edition of Encyclopaedia Biospeologica. It is conceived as a joint action of SIBIOS and the Academia România.
Last, but not least, we just successfully finished a scientific symposium. The biennial one. It is always a great organisational endeavour, this time successfully mastered by Oana and her colleagues. Thanks once again.
This was an attempt to look at the life of SIBIOS in past two years. The discussion will probably anticipate some points of the future. I hope the new president will have better possibilities for a directed action. I wish much success to everybody of yours individually and to our community particularly.

Vote on the moral report: Against = 0; Abstention = 0; For = the report is unanimously approved.

2- APPROVAL OF THE REPORT OF THE PREVIOUS GENERAL ASSEMBLY / APPROBATION DU COMPTE-RENDU DE L'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE PRECEDENTE

This report is published on the SIBIOS Website and sent to members by e-mail or by post with the Sibios Newsletter n°6.
Vote on the report: Against = 0; Abstention = 0; For = the report is unanimously approved.

3- FINANCIAL REPORTS / RAPPORTS FINANCIERS

Documents and informations are provided by the Treasurer Janine Gibert, unfortunatly absent due to health problem. She is represented by the Secretary Jean-Jacques Geoffroy who presents the financial report below.

SIBIOS Financial Report ­ Mid Year 2006
As for preceding years, the financial report applies only to subscriptions to Sibios and/or to the Journal Subterranean Biology and its publishing.
Are not taken into account : the incomes and expenditures from Encyclopaedia Biospeologica and former issues of Mémoires de Biospéologie, which are run by C. Juberthie in Moulis.

1/ Financial balance for year 2005
In the course of year 2005, receipts have amounted to 4,292.76 E, expenditures to 3,646.40 E thus a credit balance of 645.66 E (see table here under). There were 9,710.22 E carried forward, this corresponds to the various credit balances accumulated since 2002 on memberships fees : when the journal publishing was being realised in Toulouse, the cost price and postal expenses from France were much lower. Since publishing is carried out in Florence (Volume 2 as from 2004), the quality of the document is much higher but the postal charges from Italy are also more expensive. Hence our end-of-year balance is going to reduce with time.

2/ Financial aspects by mid 2006
Since January 1st, the receipts correspond to membership fees and publishing societies subscriptions for an amount of 2,855.02 E. This represents the 2006 subscriptions from 55 members and from 6 intermediary bookshops.
The expenditures reach 3,442.91 E that correspond mainly to the publication costs of Subterranean Biology journals (volume 3).

The oncoming invoice for the printing of the G. Proudlove's book on cave fishes amounts to 4,290.00 E + taxes.
Moreover, the SIBIOS Council interprets from C. Juberthie, that 1,469.91 E remain to be paid on this loan.

On 6th July :
Receipts : 2,855.02 E.
Expenditures : 3,442.91 E + 4,290.00 E + 1,469.91 E = 9,202.82 E

This intermediate statement shows that further actions in the course of this year cannot be considered and a considerable effort must be carried further on subscription calls and propection of new members and publishing societies.

In spite of the end of my mandate, I will go on fulfilling my function of Treasurer till the end of 2006. I will then set up the financial balance in December.

3/ Number of subscribers
The number of subscribers shows a decrease since 2002-2003 (2001 was an exception case).
For 2005, the number is 84 and for the half of this year, it reaches 55.
This appears alarming for the future.


Year Number of memberships fees (E)
1997 125 10 E
1998 111 10 E
1999 111 14 E
2000 102 14 E
2001 74 20 E
2002 104 45 or 50 E
2003 109 45 or 50 E
2004 96 45 or 50 E
2005 84 30 or 50 E
2006 55+ 30 or 50 E

4/ The problem caused by subscriptions from publishing societies and intermediary bookshops
Until the beginning of 2005, C. Juberthie ran these subscriptions. Transfer of information due to lack of time and of details (precise contact persons and information about preceding invoicing, payment, orders, shipment carried out) has been long and uneasy. After some time-consuming work, management can be now performed normally.
On 1st December 2004, the balance of subscriptions managed by C. Juberthie was 14.

Today, I am in touch with 11 libraries/intermediary bookshops
TOUZOT Jean Touzot - Librairie Internationale, 38 Rue St Sulpice, 75278 Paris Cedex 6, France
SWETS British Library, Acquisition Unit (DSC-AO), Boston Spa, Wetherby, W Yorks LS23 7BQ, UK
SWETS Natural History Museum Library, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD, UK
EBSCO Inf Sce Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, Bibliothèque, Route de Malagnou, CP 434, 1211 Genève 6, Suisse
EBSCO France Bishop Museum Library, 1525 Bernice Street, Honolulu, Hawai 96817, USA
EBSCO Inf Sce C.so Brescia 75 - 10152 Torino - Italy
EBSCO INC. USA
BETA PERIODICALS Universidade de Sao Paulo, IB, Instituto de Biociências, Biblioteca, Rua do Matao, 3003, Centro Didatico, Cid. Universitaria, 05508-900, SAO PAULO, SP Brazil
HBES Université Lyon1 Umr-Cnrs 5023 Lab. Ecologie Des Hydrosystèmes Fluviaux, HBES, J. Gibert, 43 Bd du 11 Novembre 1918, 69622 Villeurbanne cedex, France.
HARRASSOWITZ Harrassowitz, Buchhandlung Antiquariat, PO Box 29, Taunusstrasse 5, 65019 Wiesbaden, Germany
MUSEO Scien. Nat. Piazza Citadella 10, 24129 Bergamo BG, Italy

Among the remaining ones, 1 would like an exchange, 5 are not interested any longer.
One of the main reasons for this decrease in subscriptions is perhaps the lack of constant information and follow up. Editors expect available information on the net. Perhaps adapted information on the SIBIOS website could play an efficient role.
To regain more subscriptions, an important prospection effort is needed, representing again more time and work, and that is not included in the Treasurer's mission.

5/ Problems encountered

- Frequent change of postal and electronic addresses by the members, with no updating from members
- Need of reminder calls for subscriptions at mid-year and end-of-year and also personalized calls,
- bank cashes with wrong numbers, bank refusal of authorizations,
- process claims for payment, issue of acknowledgement of receipts,
- regular unavoidable shuttle to the post office to obtain registered post, to receive cash payments, postal money orders, to make bank transfers, etc..
Constant work, need for follow-up.

6/ Problems to be solved

6.1 Subscriptions :
- because of discontinuous memberships in time (suppressed former members reappear after several years), an updated list of members is very difficult to hold from year to year.
- New members are included in the list but do not subscribe the second year : for example, subscriptions made during SIBIOS symposia (Brazil and Verona) are not maintained.
6.2 Stock : No value and quantity information is available on the current stock. Stocks should be included in the SIBIOS balance. This applies to the stocks in Moulis (Encyclopedia, Mémoires de Biospéologie, and SB Volume 1), in Florence (SB Volume 2 and 3) and for the new book on Cave fishes.
6.3 Subscriptions fees for members :
The Council agreed with the following proposal for 2007:
Regular membership including Subterranean Biology : 50 Euros
Regular membership excluding Subterranean Biology : 30 Euros
Student membership including Subterranean Biology : 30 Euros
6.4 Subscriptions fees for bookshops and publishing societies :
Discounts were granted for some of them until 2005. M. Cobolli made the suggestion to adopt a uniform price of 40 Euros. The council tentatively suggested to sell the journal for 40 euros to commercial sellers with a suggested commercial price of 60 euros. The council wanted to avoid a situation that the journal is offered for sale at a price lower than the regular membership fee.A decision must be taken in Cluj.
6.5 Encyclopedia Biospeologica
Will this publication be formal for SIBIOS ? In that case, all money transfers must be made only via the Treasurerand single Sibios Bank Account (see below 6.7).
6.6 Exchanges of Journals :
In 2005, no exchange has been made. There is a need for someone to take this task in charge and to decide who.
6.7 Existence of parallel bank accounts (Treasurer in Lyon and ex-associate-Treasurer in Moulis) :
Problem of communicating the relevant information and synthesis to produce a final global correct SIBIOS balance.

Villeurbanne, July 06th, 2006
The SIBIOS Treasurer,
Janine Gibert

Financial balance
The credit on the 1st of January 2006 was 9710,22 Euros, when to this figure receipts as given in Janine's report are added and expenditures are deduced the capital of the society on 31 December 2006 should be 10356,78 euros. This means that the society's capital increased in 2005 with 646,56 euros.
Remaining financial obligations are 2800 euros for the printing of Volume 3 of Subterranean Biology and the refund of the loan from Christian Juberthie. The council interprets from the information received from Juberthie that 1469,91 Euros of this loan still remains. This means that resources available at the beginning of 2006 are 6086,67 Euros.
The situation considering the loan from Christian Juberthie is very unsatisfactory because nothing is formally put on paper. This should be solved. Boris Sket wrote a letter to Christian Juberthie on the basis of information that should be provided by Janine Gibert.

Price of journal for bookshops and publishing societies
David Culver checked the market price for journals like Subterranean Biology. The Council tentatively suggest to sell the journal for 40 Euros to commercial sellers with a suggested commercial price of 60 Euros. The Council wanted to avoid a situation that the journal is offered for sale at a price lower than the regular membership fee.

Treasurer
Janine Gibert will leave the Council formally in July at the General Assembly in Cluj. She has announced that she's willing to fulfil the function of Treasurer until the end of the year so that she can settle the accounts. She urged the Council to start looking for someone who will take over her function as soon as possible in order to have sufficient time to make new arrangements. Louis Deharveng and Jean-Jacques Geoffroy discussed the issue with Janine Gibert to ask her ideas about possible successors in France, but unfortunately this is not the case. Jos Notenboom appears to be be available as candidate Treasurer. We discussed if a non-French can fulfil this position and what kind of preparations should be made. It is necessary to make a change in the Sibios statutes, article 8, in which it is precised that he Treasurer must be chosen among the French members of the Council. This peculiar point will be removed from the article.

Remarks from the General Assembly
Janine Gibert is deeply thanked for her long and permanent efforts in the difficult task of Treasurer. The balance presented in her report is correct but needs a more visible aspect in the presentation, according to international reading or formal look of the financial reports. This point will be taken in account by the next Treasurer in 2007 to show a format of the balance written in the proper way.
It is proposed to accept the present form of the report and vote.
It is also formally asked to have only ONE bank account for any kind of receipts or expenditures involving the Society. The parallel account still open in Moulis must be definitively closed. All money operations will transit via the Sibios Treasury account with official and visible documents for each operation.

Vote on the financial report: Against = 0; Abstention = 0; For = YES
The financial report presented by the Sibios Treasurer is unanimously approved.

4- AMOUNT OF THE SUBSCRIPTION 2007
Membership fees 2007
The General Assembly agrees with the proposal of the Council to maintain the membership fees including a category for professionals without journal. So the council will propose the following fees for 2007:
Regular membership including Subterranean Biology 50 euros
Regular membership excluding Subterranean Biology 30 euros
Student membership including Subterranean Biology 30 euros

5- MEMBERS / MEMBRES

Honorary members
We have 8 honorary members: Lazare Botosaneanu, Vasile Decu, Jacques Pierre Durand, René Ginet, Christian Juberthie, late Emile G. Racovitza, Sandro Ruffo, Ionel Tabacaru.
The Council discussed the issue of honorary members and agrees for a restraint policy. However, it agrees to nominate Dr Shun-Ichi Ueno from Japan as honorary member of the Society.
presentation of the honorary member proposal (by C. Juberthie & Boris Sket):
Professor Shun-Ichi Ueno is the most famous Asian speleobiologist. He has specialised in the survey and taxonomy of cave beetles. He has described a large number of new species of carabids from Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Himalayas, Philippines, Micronesia, and has published on their biogeography.
He was director of the Zoological Museum in Tokyo.
He played the main role in the development of speleobiology in Japan and particularly in the survey of cave fauna in this country.
The general assembly approves by acclamation.
Dr Ueno replies to the assembly, thanks and wishes long good life to the Society.

Evolutive situation since 2001
The Society win 27 new members in 2001, 8 new members in 2002, 17 new members in 2003 and 3 new members in 2004 (+2 candidates). A total of +55 new members during the period.
The Society lost 31 members in 2001-2003 and 12 members in 2004. Some of them resigned after the increase of the membership subscription including Subterranean Biology.
For 2004, we do regret the death of Bruno Condé, Lucien-Charles Genest and Thomas Kane.

New members 2005
We have 13 new members in 2005. These people are formally accepted as new full members of the Society and registered on the list in 2005.
- Arwind AGRAWAL (Raipur, India): Circadian rhythms in cave fishes.
- Jayant BISWAS (Raipur, India): Circadian rhythms in cave fishes.
- Trian BRAD (Cluj, Romania): Microorganisms and bioremediation of aquifers, Amphipoda and aquatic cave ecology.
- Olimpia COPPELOTTI (Padova, Italy): Protozoology in caves : morphology and ecology.
- Arnaud FAILLE (Paris, France): Subterranean Coleoptera (Trechidae) in Pyrenees and Western Europe.
- Laura GUIDOLIN : Protozoology in caves: Biogeography of vertebrates..
- Lubomir KOVAC (Kosice, Slovakia): Diversity, geographic distribution and ecology of terrestrial arthropods of the Western Carpathian caves with special reference to Collembola (Hexapoda)
- Arti PARGANIHA (Raipur, India): Animal physiology, chronobiology and biospeleology.
- Rohit Kumar PRADHAN (Raipur, India): Circadian rhythms in cave fishes.
- Tonci RADJA (Split, Croatia): Cave invertebrate fauna in Croatia and Albania
- Jean RAINJEARD (Paris, France): Hypogean Trechinae and Sphodrinae (Duvalius) and related biospeleology.
- Society of Speleology and Subterranean Biology (Raipur, India) presented formally by Atanu K. Pati (President) and the executive committee for affiliation with SIBIOS.
- Snjezana VUJCIC-KARLO (Split, Croatia): Cave invertebrate fauna in Croatia and Albania

In April 2006, the Society comprises 194 members. A recently updated list is published with the Newsletter n°6.

Ex-members in 2005-2006. Problems and proposals from Treasuer and Secretary have been sent to Council members.
After checking by the Treasurer and the Secretary, a list of 72 members in poor or bad statement has been selected for eventual exclusion from membership.
14 names have been removed from the list.
Aven-Club Valettois (France), Julio Collado (Spain), Ronald Felix (The Netherlands), David Ferreira (France), Olivier Guillaume (France), Stefano Inzachi (Italy), Nadège Janiaud (France), Philippe Leclerc (France), Enrique Federico Lipps (Argentina), Gilbert Mantovani Grottes de Choranche (France), Peter Nagel (Germany), Perez-Gonzalez (Cuba), Raymond Tercafs (Belgium), Dieter Weber (Germany)
Among them, Gilbert Mantovani, Raymond Tercafs and Dieter Weber formally resigned.

At least 58 other members showing a very bad statement and show potential source of questions or problems strictly dealing with late subscriptions.
To all of them was sent the report on the General Assembly held at Raipur 2004, the calling to General Assembly to be held at Cluj 2006 with the agenda, included in the Newsletter n°6.
All of them have received (except if the address is totally wrong) the Sibios Newsletter n°5, 2003 and the report on the General Assembly held at Verona.

The General Assembly agrees with the Council to simplify the procedure for membership and abolish the tutor system. For decision at the Cluj assembly is the proposal that everybody can ask for membership of the society and that the council decides immediately after an application is received. These new rules will be registered as a new version of the related article in the internal rules of the Society and in the Sibios webpage "how to become a member". There is no need for a change in the article 4 of the statutes of the Society.

New members 2006
12 new candidates for membership 2006 are registered.

Mariella BARETTI (Sesto Fiorentino, FI, Italy) Phylogeny of Isopoda (Cirolanidae and Oniscidae): morphological and molecular approach
Jana BEDEK (Zagreb, Croatia) Biology of cave sponges
Yong-gun CHOI (Seoul, Korea) Habitat changes and environmental factors in caves
Adnène GHLALA (Gafsa, Tunisia) Ecology and biology of Crustaceans in groundwater in Tunisia. Stygobiotic fauna of Tunisia
Hans Jürgen HAHN (Landau, Germany) Groundwater Ecology
Anne IPSEN (Segeberg, Germany) Noctalis Museum
Giampaolo MERELLA (Italy) Caver interested in Biospeleology
Sergio MONTAGUD ALARIO (Valencia, Spain) Cave Biology in Spain
Janez MULEC (Postojna, Slovenia) Cave Biology in Slovenia
Stefan NEGREA (Bucharest, Romania): reactivation of membership, cave-dwelliong centipedes
Eugen NITZU (Bucharest, Romania) Cave-dwelling Coleoptera, biodiversity and conservation
Alberto SENDRA MOCHOLI (Valencia, Spain) Cave Biology in Spain

In conclusion: in July 2006, the Society comprises 206 members and an updated list will be published in the Sibios Website and Newsletter n°7.
Unfortunately, only 100 are regularly paying members and more than 75 members are still in poor statement.
A clean updated list will be prepared by the present Treasurer and the Secretary for the end of 2006.

6- PUBLICATIONS / SUBTERRANEAN BIOLOGY
A report on Subterranean Biology is presented by Marina Cobolli. Results and conclusions
The Council thanked Marina Cobolli for her great efforts as Editor-in-chief of the Journal
The quality of the journal improved considerably. Though there are still some points to consider:
Few manuscripts have been submitted for publication yet. For volume 4 there is one accepted manuscript and 2 manuscripts are under revision. Council and editorial board members are requested to approach possible contributors actively.
The quality of the figures is very uneven. Marina Cobolli will investigate the causes and discuss it with the printing house. When necessarily instructions to the authors will be adjusted.
There are problems with the printing and mailing of reprints and there is lack of clarity with the price of reprints for non-members. Marina decided a flat rate of 50 euros for 25 reprints (according to printing costs and postal charges). It is decided to replace the reprint policy by supplying authors with a PDF of their papers (members and non-members equally).
The issue of citation index and relationships with the International Journal of Speleology (Announcements and promotion of Journals) will be discussed further with the editorial board.

Exchange of journal
In the time the society published the Mémoires de Biospeologie under direction of Christian Juberthie there was an active exchange policy with other journals. This was strongly embedded in the library of the Laboratoire Souterrain du CNRS, Moulis. It appeared that volume 1 of Subterranean Biology has still been sent off from Moulis to all exchange addresses (altogether 64). Since exchange addresses were not carried over to the Secretary and/or Editor in chief mailing the journal to exchange addresses stopped from volume 2. Also the unclear relationship with Moulis and its library and the high costs of sending contributed to this situation. At present the exchange addresses are at disposal, but first clarity should be obtained on the housing of the society's library before a decision can be taken about continuation of the exchange policy.

7- PUBLICATIONS / SUBTERRANEAN FISHES OF THE WORLD

The situation is presented by Graham Proudlove and Marina Cobolli.
Some years ago the Sibios Council decided to publish a compilation of the cave fish fauna of the world by Graham Proudlove as a special publication of the Society. The manuscript is peer reviewed by Eleanora Trajano, Horst Wilkens and for illustrations by Giuseppe Messana.
The pro-forma note of the printing house indicates that for 300 copies the cost of printing is about 5000 euros incl. TVA (304 pages, 87 figures, 10 colour plates, size similar as Subterranean Biology).
After contact and request near the AFNIL by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, we got the needed ISBN numbers and the book is now formally published.
No contract exists yet with Graham Proudlove (author) or a publisher.
It has been asked to Speleo Books for advice on sales and pricing, advance sales, and the market volume for such a book.
The provisional estimate of the council was that the market for a book on cave fishes is large enough to justify publishing. At a sale price of 50 euros we need to sell 100 copies in order to reach the break-even point.
The council decided that 10% of the additional revenues could be paid to Graham Proudlove (author) for covering expenses (like drawings).
Graham Proudlove was asked by Boris Sket to assist the council in organising the advertising and selling of the book.

Subterranean Fishes of the World is vailable directly from Sibios: order to the Treasurer or the Editor in Chief of Subterranean Biology and payment to the Treasurer.
It will be also available from www.speleobooks.com
and also from www.speleoprojects.com

8- PUBLICATIONS / ENCYCLOPAEDIA BIOSPEOLOGICA
We tried to clarify the position of the Society dealing with a new edition of volume 1 and the general situation.
Christian Juberthie sent a short report on preparing an improved re-edition of Tome Ia (Europe and America) of the Encyclopædia Biospeologica. It comprises countries part in Europe and America. No reedition of the fauna is planned for this volume. Partially ready for printing in September 2006. Christian Juberthie proposed printing by Academia Romana in Bucharest as a relatively cheap proposal. Some issues need to be clarified:
Will it be a formal publication by SIBIOS?
Who will do the printing, what will be the cost of printing, the number of copies and the price for sale?
Who will take the financial risks and who will get the revenues?
How will the reviewing of the manuscripts for the Encyclopaedia be organised?
There is a long discussion about the problem of edition, with no apparent definitive solution. Further discussions and clarifications with Christian Juberthie seem a necessity.
The Sibios Society accepts to publish the volume as CO-PUBLISHER with the Academia Romana, the edition is under the direction of two scientific editors: Christian Juberthie and Vasile Decu. However, several points must be clarified.
The manuscript must be sent by the editors to a representative group of the editorial board of Sibios named for this purpose. The entire volume, comprising all chapters, must be returned to the Sibios Editorial Board as a submitted manuscript before definitive publication.
This step is needed because of complaints about surprising and unexpected changes in text and even authorship not acceptable to the original authors.
Sibios Editorial Board could return the chapters to the original authors for their approval. The Sibios Editorial Board will then approve the very final version.
After further discusssions with Christian Juberthie, editor, some preliminary conclusions:
- The volume is published by two publishers : The Société Internationale de Biospéologie (Moulis, France) and the Academia Romana (Bucharest, Romania), as it was the case for Tome III.
- The volume is edited under the direction of two editors : Christian Juberthie (France) and Vasile Decu (Romania). The submitted articles are in press or in the process of peer review by referees.
- The editors sent the articles submitted by authors to referees for peering review. The comments of the referees are sent to authors.
- The revised version are sent by authors to the editors who prepare the final draft planned for March 2007.
- After this phase of peer reviewing, the authors will send to the editors a signed agreement for definitive publication of the final version.
-As editor, Christian Juberthie promised to send the entire volume, after peer reviewing, to the publisher Sibios as a draft version. The revised articles having been received by authors who checked the corrections and gave to the editor their signed agreement.
- Then, the volume (comprising about 900 pages) will enter the printing process at Bucharest (Romania).
- Christian Juberthie estimates the cost of the publication as 8000 Euros for 200 copies. No financial support is asked to the Society by the editors.
Work is going on.

Selling and stock of Encyclopaedia Biospeologica
Tome I - 375 Copies - Out of print
Tome II - 336 Copies - 34 copies still available
Tome III - 244 Copies - 150 copies still available
This is important to know and will be reported in the Sibios webpage, in order to answer to requests received by the Secretary from people wanting to order copies of the Volumes I, II or III.

9- PUBLICATIONS / SIBIOS NEWSLETTER
Newsletter n°6 is published as 2004-2006 and mailed to members in 2006 by the Secretary . It includes the report on the General Assembly 2004 held at Raipur, on which members had to vote during the General Assembly 2006 held at Cluj.
Newsletter n°7 (2006 or 2007) is in prep. Contributions from members are desperately wanted.
It will include the report on the General Assembly held at Cluj and several other documents, depending on the active contribution of members.
It is proposed by the Council to link the edition of the Newsletter with the edition of the Website, and to let the webmaster responsible of the redaction of the Newsletter.
Besides, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy reminds that a relatively important part of the members do not have or did not provide a valid e-mail address. It is asked to publish the list of members without e-mail address and to make efforts to convince every member of the Society to give a valid e-mail address. In the future, it is strongly recommended to send reports, newsletters and any other documents to members only and strictly via e-mail. The list of lacking e-mail addresses will be published in the report to the new Council.

10- WEBSITE / SITE WEB
The Council and the Society agree that the website is the most important portal for communication both internally as externally. In particular for young people the website plays an important role as communication and visibility channel. It is rather urgent for the Society that the website is further regularly updated and improved. Reinforcement of the team responsible for the website is needed, particularly for improvement of pages devoted to general biology, research and education. All members are asked again to send their opinion on content, design and required improvements of the website.
The webmaster and the General Secretary being the same person, this explains why the main sections of the website that are regularly updated deal with the Sibios Society life and affairs.
The webmaster Jean-Jacques Geoffroy is aware to receive informations, links and - above all - already well written texts with illustrations ready to put on pages devoted to research and education in the Sibios website and dealing with general Subterranean Biology, biodiversity, ecophysiology, behaviour, evolution, aso... in subterranean habitats and ecosystems.
Several members of the council agree to think of it and provide documentation or texts to improve these sections of the webpage.
Remko Leijs proposes to visit the pages and make suggestions.

11- PROTOCOLE OF UNDERSTANDING WITH MOULIS (CNRS) / PROTOCOLE D'ACCORD AVEC MOULIS (CNRS)
Louis Deharveng (Sibios Vice-President) had recent discussions with the new head of the laboratory at Moulis, Pr Jean Clobert. He gave us the strong insurance that he will take care of the Moulis librairy, including even the " smallest " journals. However, it seems clear that he will not have no longer a person from the laboratory staff for managing photocopies of documents to be sent to members of the Society. This is one point of the protocole of understanding that needs to be remodelled or cancelled. Otherwise, biospeleologists will have to go there to get access to the documentation for simple consultation.
In first conclusion, the positive result of this period of discussion is that at least that nothing will be lost or destroyed. It was really a big success in 2005-2006 to save the main part of the specialized librairy preserved at Moulis.
Some more formal proposal derived from the former protocole submitted by the Secretary, but less constraining in terms of documentation management could be imagined. Pr Clobert wants to keep at Moulis the documentation ­ comprising both the results of exchanges with former Mémoires de Biospéologie and documents acquired directly by the laboratory ­ and does not plan to let them move to any other place.
The specialized librairy will therefore stay at Moulis and it includes presently the journals or documents received by the Society as exchanges. The evolution of the situation will be surveyed and checked in the Moulis laboratory. The Sibios Council will treat the question.
Another point deals with the stock of the volumes of the former Mémoires de Biospéologie that certainly have to be removed from the Moulis laboratory. The work is going on.

It is suggested to plan a meeting either of the Council or of representatives of the Board together with Pr Clobert in November (?) 2006 at Moulis and to prepare a totally revised version of the Protocole of understanding to be submitted to the managers of Moulis. The Secretary Jean-Jacques Geoffroy is appointed to prepare the text to be discussed with the Vice-President Louis Deharveng.

12- SIBIOS LIBRAIRY / BIBLIOTHEQUE SIBIOS

The librairy at Moulis: organisation.
The stock of the Mémoires de Biospeologie and a small stock of volume 1 of Subterranean Biology are still at the laboratory. The director Prof Clobert wants to clean the laboratoire up including the documents of the society. Our stock should be moved to another place, save and better manageable.
Leonardo Latella investigated if there are any possibilities to host the society's documents in Verona and Louis Deharveng did the same for Paris, with no evident result. There is at present a possibility to store these documents at Brunoy, with other documents already preserved by the Secretary (see below). The question is how to move the documents from Moulis by car.
The council agreed formely that first Prof Clobert should be made clear that part of the Moulis library is property of the Society. However, we have hardly a proper overview of the concerning documents. Only Marina Cobolli has a list of about 63-64 journals obtained by exchange. We don't know if any books are formally stamped and included in a Society's collection.
The Council suggests that Christian Juberthie could be appointed and mandated to access to the Moulis librairy to check which books or other documents could be identified as cointribution of the Sibios Society to the specialised librairy on Subterranean Biology. In such a case, Christian Juberthie should have to report to the Sibios Council the result of observations since Autumn 2006.
Neither xeroxcopies nor exchanges will be further managed by the laboratory of Moulis.
We need to definitively and formally know the precise list of librairies or journals with which we have exchange with the former Mémoires de Biospéologie and the present Subterranean Biology. This list of exchanges should be published on the Sibios website, as it was planned, by the Secretary and webmaster. Presently, this list remains uncertain or maybe uncomplete.

The librairy at Brunoy: organisation, access.
The documentation related to biospeleology managed, stored and preserved at Brunoy by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy is progressively increasing and published on the Sibios website at: http://www.fi.cnr.it/sibios/librairy.htm

13- NEXT SYMPOSIUM / PROCHAIN SYMPOSIUM
We have one proposal from Bill Humphreys to organise the 19th International Symposium of Biospeleology in 2008 in Australia at Perth. Bill Humphreys gives to the General Assembly a fascinating presentation of the project submitted by the Western Australian Museum for 21-26 September 2008 with a possibility of a one week post-symposium trip.
This project is formally approved by the Sibios General Assembly and the organizers are thanked and invited to go on and send informations and circulars via the Secretariat, the Sibios website and the proper Symposium website.
There are remarks about the title of the Symposium and the use of the acronyms of the Society.
The identification title of the Society being Société Internationale de Biospéologie - International Society for Subterranean Biology, the acronyms SIBIOS and ISSB must be used together in the symposium documents.
It is suggested to maintain the traditional use of ISB for the Sibios-ISSB Symposia and call the Perth Symposium 19th ISB. However, the organisers will think of the best title in relation with the use of Subterranean Biology instead of Biospeleology and discuss this with the members of the Council.
In any case, it is strongly suggested to maintain a permanent contact between the organisers and the Council for the preparation of the symposium.

We have also a proposal from Boris Sket and colleagues to organise the 20th International Symposium of Biospeleology in 2010 in Slovenia at Ljubljana.

There is a possible proposal from Spain in a city between Valencia and Barcelona with a post-symposium trip in 2012, for the 21th International Symposium of Biospeleology.

14- RENEWAL OF THE COUNCIL / RENOUVELLEMENT DU CONSEIL
We have to replace in 2006 one of our Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and one member.
In 2008, 8 of the present members of the Council will definitively leave.
in 2010, the present Council will be totally replaced.
There is a need of candidature for the future, since the very next meeting in 2006.

Dave Culver (Vice-President) definitively leaves the council in 2006 and cannot be re-elected
Janine Gibert (Treasurer) definitively leaves the Council in 2006 and cannot be re-elected
Mohamed Messouli (Council member) definitively leaves the council in 2006 and cannot be re-elected.
These three colleagues are deeply thanked for their constant action in the Council or in the Board, by acclamation of the General Assembly. We are particularly grateful to Dave Culver involvment in the publications and we have a special thought to Janine Gibert as efficient Treasurer during years.

Louis Deharveng (Vice-President) can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy (Secretary) can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
John Holsinger can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
William Humphreys can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
Leonardo Latella can be re-elected in 2006 for the first time: he is candidate
Jos Notenboom can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
Atanu Kumar Pati can be re-elected in 2006 for the first time: he is candidate
Graham Proudlove can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
Valerio Sbordoni can be re-elected in 2006 for the first time: he is candidate
Boris Sket (President) can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: he is candidate
Eleonora Trajano can be re-elected in 2006 for the second time: she is candidate

In addition, we received the four following proposals :
Oana Moldovan (Romania) is candidate to the council 2006-2008
Pedro Oromi (Spain) is candidate to the council 2006-2008
Remko Leijs (Australia) is candidate to the council 2006-2008
Stefan Koenemann (Germany) is candidate to the council 2006-2008
The situation of honorary members having been clarified, Christian Juberthie (Saint-Lizier, France, honorary member of the Society) is not candidate to the council 2006-2008.

We have 15 candidates formally, for a maximum of 20 seats.
There was 42 valid votes and each candidate received more than 30 votes. All the candidates of the list are elected and form the new Council of the Society that will elect the Board.

For the future, only 3 active members of the Society cannot be elected to the Council in 2008: Dave Culver, Janine Gibert and Mohamed Messouli. These 3 active members can be elected again since 2010.
Any other active member of the Society, in good statement, can be elected to the Council in 2008 while 8 members of the present Council will definitively leave.
The present evolution of the Council and the replacement of the French Treasurer by a non-French member implies a modification of the article 8 of the statutes.
It is proposed the following new version for this article 8:

"Le Conseil choisit un bureau composé d'un Président, de deux Vice-Présidents, d'un Secrétaire et d'un Trésorier.
Le Bureau est élu pour deux ans et ses membres sont rééligibles durant la durée de leur mandat au Conseil.
Le Conseil peut demander à l'un ou plusieurs des membres de la Société de l'assister pour un problème particulier, ceux-ci devront lui rendre compte à chacune de ses demandes.
Le Conseil peut confier une mission technique ou la gestion d'une activité à un ou plusieurs membres actifs de la Société, ceux-ci devront lui rendre compte à chacune de ses demandes."

"The Council elects a Board comprising a President, two Vice-Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
The Board is elected for two years and its members can be re-elected all along the period of their mandat in the Council.
The Council may ask to one or several members of the Society to give assistance for a precise question, they will report to the Council at any request.
The Council may appoint one or several active members of the Society to manage a technical mission or activity, they will report to the Council at any request."

This proposal will be formalized by the Council and the new version of the statutes will be published in the Sibios website, in the Sibios Newsletter and sent to relevant authorities.
It is suggested to prepare an English version of the statutes and internal rules during the course of the yeart 2006. The Secretary Jean-Jacques Geoffroy is appointed to prepare a draft to be submitted to the Council for English improvement.

15- MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS / QUESTIONS DIVERSES
- The vjetrenicja case
Despite efforts made by the Society since 2004 and in 2005, it seems that some documents, strongly supporting the project of Candidacy of Vjetrenica for the World Heritage and the project of the multifunctional Karst Centre did not reach properly their destination.
It is suggested to send a letter from the Sibios President to the authority to Bosnia in order to continue the action.
- Racovitza's Essay translated
The essay published by Emil G. Racovitza in 1907, Essai sur les problèmes biospéologiques, was re-edited with an English and a Romanian version. Thanks to Dave Culver and Oana Moldovan, this important document for Subterranean Biology is available for any reader in the world in French, English, Romanian and even Spanish in another previous edition. A copy will be deposited in the Sibios librairy at Brunoy.
- The Network for Cave Conservation
As conclusion of the Workshop organised at Cluj just before the 18th ISB, Oana Moldovan presents the project, to be submitted to the European Science Foundation, of a Network of institutions and specialists working and making some guidelines for protection and conservation of cave habitats and subterranean life. The first step of the project is to establish the Network. There is a group working on it.
Informations about the evolution of the situation could be reported in the Sibios website in the sections devoted to related activities in research and education.

The Genaral Assembly is closed at 19:30 and the Council meeting begins.

SIBIOS Secretary, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy
SOCIETE INTERNATIONALE DE BIOSPEOLOGIE (SIBIOS)
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR SUBTERRANEAN BIOLOGY (ISSB)
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, General Secretary & Web Editor
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Contents


Report on the GENERAL ASSEMBLY
held on November 29, 2004, Raipur (India)
Compte-Rendu de l'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE tenue le 29 novembre 2004 à Raipur (Inde)

to be published in Biospeological newsletter n° 6, 2004-2005

To download the original complete version of this report, click on the link General_Assembly_2004.rtf

in presence of: Elke Aden, Maria Elina Bichuette, Marina Cobolli, David Culver, Louis Deharveng, Elzbieta Dumnicka, Stephan Eberhard-Calm, Mirto Etonti, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, Janine Gibert, John Holsinger, William Humphreys, William R. Jefferey, Leonardo Latella, Guy Magniez, Jacques Mathieu, Giuseppe Messana, Mohamed Messouli, Tim L. Moulds, Pedro Oromi, Atanu Kumar Pati, Jakob Parzefall, Tanja Pipan, Slavko Polak, Carles Ribera, Valerio Sbordoni, Boris Sket, Yoyuk Suhardjono, Stefano Taiti, Eleonora Trajano, Mohamed Yacoubi-Khebiza.

were formally represented : Claude Boutin, Nicole Coineau, Elvira De Matthaeis, Herman W. De Swart, Horton Hobbs Jr III, Valentina Iannilli, Dominique Martin, Monique Nguyen Duy ­ Jacquemin, Marie-José Olivier-Dole, Mauro Rampini.

41 sibios members in good statement being present or represented, the general assembly can be validly held.
The General Assembly opens at 16h20 (4:20PM).

1- OPENING AND MORAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT / INTRODUCTION ET RAPPORT MORAL DU PRESIDENT
The moral report for 2004 is presented by the President Giuseppe Messana and will be published in the Newsletter n°6 (2004).
This is the last report by G. Messana as President ; he thanks the council and board and everyone in the Society. G. Messana is warmly thanked for his activity as president during past years.
Vote on the moral report : AGAINST=0 ; ABSTENTION=1 ; FOR=40
The moral report is adopted with a large majority with only 1 abstention.

2- APPROVAL OF THE REPORT OF THE PREVIOUS GENERAL ASSEMBLY / APPROBATION DU COMPTE-RENDU DE L'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE PRECEDENTE
The report of the previous general assembly (held on September 13, 2002 at Verona, Italy) was published in the Newsletter n°5 (2003) and in the SIBIOS Website. It has also been sent to members by e-mail or by post-mail.
Vote on the report presented by the general Secretary Jean-Jacques Geoffroy : AGAINST=0 ; ABSTENTION=0 ; FOR=41.
The report is unanimously approved.

3- FINANCIAL REPORT & SUBSCRIPTION / RAPPORT FINANCIER & COTISATION
The financial report is delivered by the Treasurer, Janine Gibert and includes data received from Olivier Guillaume (Associate Treasurer) and Christian Juberthie.
It is reminded that it is not easy to have a global view of the situation due to the existence of two separate accounts : a first one managed by Janine Gibert for subscriptions and for the journal Subterranean Biology ; a second one managed by Olivier Guillaume and Christian Juberthie for the Mémoires de Biospéologie and for the Encyclopaedia Biospeologica.
We have no more precisions about the balance and situation for the Mémoires de Biospéologie.
It is strongly recommended to have in the future only one account to be managed by the SIBIOS Treasurer.
There are no additional questions.
Vote on the the financial report : AGAINST=0 ; ABSTENTION=0 ; FOR=41.
The report is unanimously approved.

4- AMOUNT OF SUBSCRIPTIONS / MONTANT DES COTISATIONS
The present situation (2004), a little bit complicated, is the following:
- 50 Euros for full membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
- 25 Euros for student membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
- 45 Euros for full membership, without the journal Subterranean Biology.
- 10 Euros for student membership, without the journal Subterranean Biology.
The council submit to the general assembly two simpler proposals for 2005:
- Proposal A
50 Euros for full membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
25 Euros for student membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
AND NOTHING ELSE !
- Proposal B
50 Euros for full membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
30 Euros for student membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
30 Euros for professional membership, without the journal Subterranean Biology.

There is a long discussion between all the participants about the cost and rules and what could be the best situation for membership.
There is no way to find a consensual and unique proposal so two other proposals appeared and the next council is invited to think a take a future decision in case of problems.

For the present, the decision is the following:
50 Euros for full membership, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
30 Euros for student membership or special situation, including the journal Subterranean Biology.
30 Euros for professional membership, without the journal Subterranean Biology.

5- PUBLICATIONS / PUBLICATIONS

- Subterranean Biology
Marina Cobolli preesents her report upon the edition and publication of the journal Subterranean Biology that will continues the series of Mémoires de Biospéologie and previous series (Annales de Spéléologie and Notes Biospéologiques).
After the volume 1 published in 2003, the volume 2 has been published in 2004, printed at Firenze (Italy). We applied to improve the quality of the printing and contents. Papers have been reviewed by 1 or 2 referees.
In the future, it is planned to publish one volume per year.
Volume 3, 2005. Manuscripts are waited. 4 papers are received and under revision.
The journal is analysed in the Zoological Record and in Speleological Abstracts (BBS).
It is strongly recemmended to anyone to spread out information about the journal to anyone in the world.
It is formally asked to get the list of exchanges with former Mémoires de Biospéologie and former International Journal of Speleology.
This list of exchanges, as soon as available, should be published in the SIBIOS Webpage devoted to Subterranean Biology.

- Subterranean Fishes by Graham Proudlove
The book is ready and reviewed. Waiting for figures. It is to be published by the Society.

- Sibios Newletter
The last published Newsletter is Sibios Newsletter n°5 (2003).
It is asked to organise the poublication of Sibios Newsletters n°6 (2004) and n° 7(2005).
Graham Proudlove is confirmed in his position of Sibios Newsletter editor.
It is strongly suggested to anyone to send documents, papers or informations to Graham Proudlove, for publication in the newt Newsletter.

6- PROTOCOLE OF UNDERSTANDING CNRS / PROTOCOLE D'ACCORD CNRS
Actions were made in 2003-2004 in direct relationship with Prof. Thierry Gauquelin, director of the research unit FR2576 at Toulouse and "Plateau Technique de Moulis" (PTM). We had with Prof. Gauquelin a meeting at Moulis in February 2004 to begin the first steps of the protocole of understanding with SIBIOS.
A draft was prepared by the Secretary Jean-Jacques Geoffroy and Prof. Gauquelin replied that the FR2576 and the PTM were very interested in studying the finalisation of the document in November 2004, at the time we'll have our International Symposium at Raipur (India). During the year 2005, we were waiting for news and development of the file but we heard that the situation will change inside the institute at Toulouse and we'll have to maintain our relationships with a potentially new head of the FR2576 and PTM.

7- SIBIOS WEBSITE / SITE WEB SIBIOS
During 2004, the SIBIOS website has been strictly improved for pages directly devoted to SIBIOS activities and management. Pages devoted to more general aspects of subterranean biology are still under construction, partly due to the lack of available time for this task in the planning of members of the SIBIOS webgroup.
This also and mainly the result of the double position maintained by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy as webmaster ans as general-secretary. Tha main positive aspect of this situation is the most easy and immediate contact between the Secretary and the webmaster. The negative effect is linked with the double charge and a risk of lack of results in both secretariat and webpage management.
For the future, we have to think of the eventual replacement of the Secretary in the SIBIOS Council and board, perhaps in 2006, at the same time that the mandate for Treasurer will end for Janine Gibert.
This will be considered and discussed by the new SIBIOS council.

8- NEXT SYMPOSIUM / PROCHAIN SYMPOSIUM
We have no formal candidate at this time but the council may propose some suggestions related to:
- Barcelona (Spain), discussions with Carles Ribera
- Cluj (Romania), discussion with Oana Moldovan
- Perth (Australia), discussion with William Humphreys

Oana Moldovan will be happy to host the next International Symposium of Biospeleology in Cluj (Romania) in 2006, just one year before the centenary of the birth of Biospeology in 2007 (100 years aniversary of E. G. Racovitza's Essai sur les problèmes biospéologiques).
This proposal is unanimously approved. The XVIIIth International Symposium of Biospeleology will be held at Cluj (Romania) in July 2006.

William Humphreys proposes to the Society to organise the XIXth ISB in 2008 in Australia. The proposal is approved.

Boris Sket proposes an International Symposium in Slovenia in the futurre. The proposal is approved.

9- NEW MEMBERS / NOUVEAUX MEMBRES
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy reminds that the Society win 27 new members in 2001, 8 new members in 2002, 17 new members in 2003 and 3 new members in 2004 (+2 candidates). A total of +55 new members during the period.
The Society lost 31 members in 2001-2003 and 12 members in 2004. Some of them resigned after the increase of the membership subscription including Subterranean Biology.
For 2004, we do regret the death of Bruno Condé, Lucien-Charles Genest and Thomas Kane.

We have 13 new candidates. These people are formally accepted as new full members of the Society and will be registered on the list in 2005.
- Arwind AGRAWAL (Raipur, India): Circadian rhythms in cave fishes.
supported by Atanu K. Pati & Eleonora Trajano.
- Jayant BISWAS (Raipur, India): Circadian rhythms in cave fishes.
supported by Atanu K. Pati & Carles Ribera.
- Trian BRAD (Cluj, Romania): Microorganisms and bioremediation of aquifers, Amphipoda and aquatic cave ecology.
supported by Oana Moldovan.
- Olimpia COPPELOTTI (Padova, Italy): Protozoology in caves : morphology and ecology.
supported by Marina Cobolli and Leonardo Latella.
- Arnaud FAILLE (Paris, France): Subterranean Coleoptera (Trechidae) in Pyrenees and Western Europe.
supported by Louis Deharveng and Yayuk Suhardjono.
- Laura GUIDOLIN : Protozoology in caves: Biogeography of vertebrates..
supported by Marina Cobolli and Leonardo Latella.
- Lubomir KOVAC (Kosice, Slovakia): Diversity, geographic distribution and ecology of terrestrial arthropods of the Western Carpathian caves with special reference to Collembola (Hexapoda)
supported by Louis Deharveng & Boris Sket
- Arti PARGANIHA (Raipur, India): Animal physiology, chronobiology and biospeleology.
supported by Ttanu K. Pati & Eleonora Trajano.
- Bohit K. PRADHAN (Raipur, India): Circadian rhythms in cave fishes.
supported by Atanu K. Pati & Jacques Mathieu.
- Tonci RADJA (Split, Croatia): Cave invertebrate fauna in Croatia and Albania
supported by Eduard Ketlecki & Boris Sket
- Jean RAINJEARD (Paris, France): Hypogean Trechinae and Sphodrinae (Duvalius) and related biospeleology.
supported by Michel Perreau & Jean-Jacques Geoffroy
- Society of Speleology and Subterranean Biology (Raipur, India)
presented formally by Atanu K. Pati (President) and the executive committee for affiliation with the SIBIOS.
- Snjezana VUJCIC-KARLO (Split, Croatia): Cave invertebrate fauna in Croatia and Albania
supported by Eduard Ketlecki & Boris Sket

In addition, Jacque Pierre Durand is elected as honorary member of the Sosiety.
We have therefore 8 honorary members: Lazare Botosaneanu, Vasile Decu, Jacques Pierre Durand, René Ginet, Christian Juberthie, late Emile G. Racovitza, Sandro Ruffo, Ionel Tabacaru.

10- RENEWAL OF THE COUNCIL / RENOUVELLEMENT DU CONSEIL
- The situation
Marina Cobolli (Vice-President) is definitively leaving the council and cannot be re-elected in 2004
Jacques Pierre Durand is definitively leaving the council and cannot be re-elected in 2004 (he resigned in mid-2004)
Florian Malard is definitively leaving the council and cannot be re-elected in 2004
Guy Magniez is definitively leaving the council and cannot be re-elected in 2004
Giuseppe Messana (President) is definitively leaving the council and cannot be re-elected in 2004

Dave Culver can be re-elected for the second time: he his candidate
Louis Deharveng can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
Janine Gibert can be re-elected for the second time: she his candidate
Olivier Guillaume can be re-elected for the first time: he his not candidate
John Holsinger can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
William Humphreys can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
Eduard Ketlecki can be re-elected for the second time: he his not candidate
Jacques Mathieu can be re-elected for the second time: he his not candidate
Mohamed Messouli can be re-elected for the second time: he his candidate
Jos Notenboom can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
Graham Proudlove can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
Boris Sket can be re-elected for the first time: he his candidate
Eleonora Trajano can be re-elected for the first time: she his candidate

Valerio Sbordoni is candidate
Leonardo Latella is candidate
Atanu Kumar Pati is candidate

There are 14 formally registered candidates
- The result of the vote and the new council
Dave Culver receives 35 votes: he is elected
Louis Deharveng receives 34 votes: he is elected
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy receives 31 votes: he is elected
Janine Gibert receives 35 votes: she is elected
John Holsinger receives 31 votes: he is elected
William Humphreys receives 34 votes: he is elected
Leonardo Latella receives 35 votes: he is elected
Mohamed Messouli receives 33 votes: he is elected
John Notenboom receives 33 votes: he is elected
Atanu Kumar Pati receives 32 votes: he is elected
Graham Proudlove receives 30 votes: he is elected
Valerio Sbordoni receives 35 votes: he is elected
Boris Sket receives 34 votes: he is elected
Eleonora Trajano receives 35 votes: she is elected

 

11- MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS / QUESTIONS DIVERSES
Results for SIBIOS Prizes
The two prizes proposed by the Sosiety during the XVIIth ISB are given to
- Tanja Pipan (Romania)
- Maria Elina Bichuette (Brazil)

Moral support is given to Pier Mauro Giachino for a project related to Weirather's work.

 

The Assembly is closed at 18h40 (6:40PM)

General-Secretary/Le Secrétaire-Général
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy

Contents


Report of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY held in VERONA (Italy) on 13 September, 2002
Compte-Rendu de l'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE tenue le 13 septembre 2002 à Vérone (Italie)
to be published in
Biospeological newsletter n° 5, 2003

To download the original complete version of this report, click on the link General Assembly 2002.rtf

in presence of: Elke Aden, Arvind Agrawal, Marco Bani, Claude Boutin, Mohammed Boulanouar (represented), Arthur Clarke, Marina Cobolli, Nicole Coineau, Dave Culver, Elzbieta Dumnicka, Diana M.P. Galassi, Jean-Jacques Geoffroy, Lucien Genest, Janine Gibert, Giuseppe Grafitti, Sanja Gottstein-Matocec, Horton Hobbs, John Holsinger, Bill Humphreys, Christian Juberthie, Lysiane Juberthie-Jupeau, Yacoubi Khebiza (represented), Eduard Kletecki, Leonardo Latella, Guy Magniez, Jacques Mathieu, Giuseppe Messana, Monique Nguyen Duy - Jacquemin (represented), Jos Notenboom, Pedro Oromi, Roman Ozimec, Jakob Parzefall, Uwe Passauer, Atanu Kumar Pati, Michel Perreau, Martin Plath, Graham Proudlove, Carles Ribera, Beatrice Sambugar, Valerio Sbordoni, Boris Sket, Fabio Stoch, Stefano Taiti, Eleonora Trajano, Marie-José Turquin (+ 2 representations), Shun-Ichi Uéno, Axel Weber, Horst Wilkens,
This corresponds to the presence of 47 sibios members in good statement. The general assembly can be validly held.

The General Assembly is open at 15h00 (3:00PM)

1- OPENING AND MORAL REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT / INTRODUCTION ET RAPPORT MORAL DU PRESIDENT
After a short introduction, the moral report for 2002 is presented by the President, Giuseppe Messana. It is unanimously approved.

2- APPROVAL OF THE REPORT OF THE PREVIOUS GENERAL ASSEMBLY / APPROBATION DU COMPTE-RENDU DE L'ASSEMBLEE GENERALE PRECEDENTE
The report on the previous general assembly, held at Intervales (Brazil) on July 13, 2001 is presented by Marie-José Turquin and has been published in the newsletter n° 4, sent to members on January 23, 2002 and published in the website of the Society. It is read by G. Messana.
Votes : Against=0; abstention=0. The report is unanimously approved.

3- FINANCIAL REPORTS / RAPPORTS FINANCIERS
The financial report for membership and functionning is prepared by Janine Gibert.
The financial report for publications is prepared by Christian Juberthie.
The complete financial report is presented by Janine Gibert.
Votes : Against=0; abstention=0. The financial report is unanimously approved and the "quitus" is given to the treasurer.

4- MEMOIRS & ENCYCLOPAEDIA / MEMOIRES & ENCYCLOPAEDIA
Christian Juberthie presents a short report about the new issue of the journal entitled "Mémoires de Biospéologie - International Journal of Subterranean Biology". Volume 28 (55), 2001. The volume is in press and will be delivered in December 2002. It is reminded that members having paid the full contribution for 2002 will automatically receive the volume.
Christian Juberthie presents a short report about the Tome III of the Encyclopaedia Biospeologica, recently published. It is suggested to publish a supplement to the Tome I (in something like two years).

5- SIBIOS WEBSITE / SITE WEB SIBIOS
Jean-Jacques Geoffroy presents a short report on the activities linked to the Sibios website. He reminds briefly the history of the website adventure (2000-2002) and confirms the contribution of several people working in the Sibios-Webgroup (Jos Notenboom, Graham Proudlove, Raymond Tercafs). He thanks Danilo Allegrini for his contribution to the first steps of the website construction.
Several constructive comments are given and registered.
Votes : Against=0; abstention=0. The website report is unanimously approved.

6- STATUTES & INTERNAL RULES / STATUTS & REGLEMENT INTERIEUR
The necessity of several modifications in the Statutes and Internal Rules is reminded by Giuseppe Messana.

Modifications of the Statutes
Article 1 - The title of the Society becomes : "Société Internationale de Biospéologie - International Society of Subterranean Biology".
Article 4 - becomes
"Pour faire partie de l' Association il faut présenter une demande au Conseil d'Administration de la Société".
There is an interesting discussion after a remark by Jos Notenboom about the introduction of new members by proposers, admission by the general assembly, admission by the council or total open membership. Many people intervene (Culver, Notenboom, Sbordoni, Holsinger, Geoffroy, Clarke, Proudlove, Boutin, Messana, Trajano...).
It is finally decided that the new member must be proposed by two sponsors, must send an application form to the President, General-Secretary or a member of the board, and will be accepted by the Council.
Article 7 - becomes
"L' Association est administrée par un Conseil dont le nombre des membres, fixé par délibération de l' Assemblée Générale, est compris entre 10 au moins et 20 au plus.
Les membres du Conseil sont élus au bulletin secret pour 2 ans par l' Assemblée Générale, et choisis parmi les membres actifs de l' Association. Ils ne sont éligibles que trois fois consécutives ; ils peuvent être élus de nouveau après un intervalle de 4 ans. Le renouvellement du Conseil a lieu par tiers.
Un appel à candidature est effectué par le Conseil deux mois avant l' Assemblée Générale.
En cas de vacance, le Conseil se complète à la prochaine Assemblée Générale.
Le Conseil se réunit au moins une fois par an, sur convocation, annoncée un mois à l' avance, du Président ou du Secrétaire-Général (ou sur demande de la moitié de ses membres). Le vote de la moitié au moins des membres du Conseil est nécessaire pour la validité des délibérations ; des procurations peuvent être données. Les décisions sont prises à la majorité des voix ; en cas de partage, la voix du Président est prépondérante.
Sur décision du bureau signée du Président et du Secrétaire-Général, les membres du conseil peuvent être consultés et peuvent voter par correspondance.
Il est tenu un procès-verbal des séances par le ou les secrétaires. Les procès-verbaux sont signés par le Président et le Secrétaire-Général ou un membre du Conseil remplaçant le Secrétaire-Général en cas d'absence. Ils sont transmis sans blanc ni rature sur un registre coté et paraphé par le Sous-Préfet de Saint-Girons en Ariège (France) ou son délégué".
Article 11 - becomes
"L' Assemblée Générale se réunit au moins une fois tous les deux ans durant le Symposium International de Biospéologie. L'Assemblée Générale comprend tous les membres actifs en règle avec leur cotisation. Les personnes morales, régulièrement constituées, peuvent être représentées, chacune par un seul délégué.
Un mois avant la date fixée, les membres de l'Association sont convoqués par les soins du Secrétaire-Général. L'ordre du jour est porté sur les convocations : seules les questions qui y figurent peuvent faire l'objet d'un vote de l'Assemblée Générale. Les question que l'on désire voir figurer seront soumises au Conseil de la Société avant l'envoi de l'ordre du jour.
Le Bureau de l'Assemblée Générale est celui du Conseil.
L'Assemblée Générale entend les rapports sur la situation morale et financière de l'Association et sur la gestion du Conseil d'administration.
Elle examine les comptes de l'exercice clos et elle donne quitus au(x) Trésorier(s) pour la gestion du (ou des) comptes.
Elle vote le budget de l'exercice suivant et délibère sur les questions mises à l'ordre du jour.
Après épuisement de l'ordre du jour, l'Assemblée procède au remplacement, au scrutin secret, des membres sortants ou renouvelables du Conseil. Chacun doit obtenir au moins un tiers des suffrages exprimés pour être élu.
L'Assemblée Générale Ordinairene peut délibérer valablement que si un quart au moins des membres actifs sont présents ou participent par correspondance ou par procuration, aux votes.
Le Président peut, en cas de manque du quorum, convoquer la réunion d'une Assemblée Générale Extraordinaire. La tenue de l'Assemblée Générale Extraordinaire ne nécessite pas la réunion d'un quorum pour délibérer valablement.
Chaque membre ne peut détenir plus de trois pouvoirs de représentation et de vote.
Le rapport annuel est adressé chaque année à tous les membres de l'Association sur support papier ou informatique".

Modifications of the Internal Rules
The general discussion goes to a new version for the Internal Rules or By-Laws.
The newly adopted version will be checked by the President and published by the General-Secretary.

The new French original version of these administrative texts will be published in the SIBIOS Website and then in the next SIBIOS-Newsletter. An English translation has to be done.

7- NEXT SYMPOSIUM / PROCHAIN SYMPOSIUM
The 17th International Symposium of Biospeleology will be held, in accordance with the SIBIOS calendar, in 2004. There is one formal proposal to organize the Symposium in India and one proposal to contribute to the organization of a special meeting in the Baleares.
A- Atanu Kumar Pati, having already given a first proposal at Intervales (2001) presents a reiteration to organize the 17th International Symposium of Biospeleology in India. Pati presents a documented proposal for RAIPUR (India).
It is explained that the period from September to February is the best and that we should avoid the period June-August, because of the rainy season.
B- Giuseppe Messana is mandated to speak about the proposal given by a group, to contribute to a special meeting to be held in 2004 in the Baleares.
The meeting is devoted to the celebration of the birth of modern biospeleology with the description of Typhlocirolana moraguesi by E.G. Racovitza (1904). The question is asked to the society and its members, if they are interested to contribute to this meeting.

After a general discussion and a vote, the proposal by Pati is adopted and the personal contribution of SIBIOS members to the Baleares meeting is strongly recommended, if possible.
The 17th International Symposium of Biospeleology will be organized in India. Atanu Kumar Pati is thanked and invited to give further informations and precisions as soon as possible.

8- NEW MEMBERS / NOUVEAUX MEMBRES
8 new members are proposed and accepted by the General Assembly. They are congratulated and invited to regularize their situation near the treasurer as soon as possible.

Dan DANIELOPOL Proposed by: Giuseppe Messana
Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Limnology, Department Mondsee
Mondseestrasse 9, A-5310 Mondsee, Austria
dan.danielopol@eaw.ac.at
Interest: Biology of subterranean aquatic fauna

Valentina IANNILI Proposed by: Leonardo Latella & Elvira De Matthaeis
University of Rome "La Sapienzza", Department of Animal & Human Biology
Via dell'Università 32, I-00185 Roma, Italy
Valentina.Iannili@uniroma1.it
Interest: Amphipods, systematics and evolution

Enrico MEZZANOTTE Proposed by: Leonardo Latella & Marina Cobolli
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona
Lungadige Porta Vittoria 9, I-37129 Verona, Italy
emezza@virgilio.it
Interest: Biology of cave crickets and oligochaetes

Slavko POLAK Proposed by: Boris Sket
Notranjski muzej Postojna
Ljubljanska 10, SI-6230 Postojna, Slovenia
slavko.polak@guest.arnes.si
Interest: Coleoptera

Marco Antonio L. SILVA Proposed by: Eleonora Trajano & Giuseppe Messana
Centro de Protecaõ Ambiental, Secretaria de Meio Ambiente
Avenida Rio Negro, S/N, Villa de Balbina 69.736-000, AM, Brazil
ferreira@inpa.gov.br
marcoantonio-cpa@uol.com.br
Interest: Biodiversity and ecology of soil/guano fauna

Thomas SAWICKI Proposed by: John R. Holsinger & Jos Notenboom
P.O. Box 6124 Norfolk VA 23508, USA
tsawicki@odu.edu
Interest: Systematics of stygobitic amphipods / Cave diving / Circumtropical, primarily Caribbean and South Pacific

Marco TAROCCO Proposed by: Leonardo Latella & Marina Cobolli
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Verona
Lungadige Porta Vittoria 9, I-37129 Verona, Italy
marcotarocco@libero.it
Interest: Amphipods: behaviour and ecology

Peter TRONTELJ Proposed by: Boris Sket
Department of Biology, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana
P.O. Box 2995 SI-1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia
petertrontelj@uni-lj.si
Interest: Phylogeography, DNA phylogeny of cave animals

9- RENEWAL OF THE COUNCIL / RENOUVELLEMENT DU CONSEIL

Three members, Lucien Genest, Christian Juberthie and Marie-José Turquin, are definitively leaving the Council and cannot be re-elected.
Guy Magniez can be re-elected and is candidate.
We have also 4 new candidates : Louis Deharveng, John Holsinger, William Humphreys and Graham Proudlove.
Results of the votes: 40 valid votes are formally received.
John Holsinger: 39 votes; Louis Deharveng: 38 votes; William Humphreys: 38 votes; Graham Proudlove: 37 votes; Guy Magniez: 32 votes.
The five candidates are elected.

10- MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS / QUESTIONS DIVERSES
There is no additional question.

The Assembly is closed at 18h10 (6:10PM)

The General-Secretary : Jean-Jacques Geoffroy

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Report of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY held in INTERVALES (Brazil) on 13 July, 2001
published in
Biospeological newsletter n° 4, 23/01/2002

day-schedule.
1- Rapport moral
2- Approbation du CR de la réunion de Cluj
3- Rapport financier
4- Statut
5- Renouvellement du conseil
6- Nouveaux membres
7- Prochains symposiums
8- Le site web
9- Le logo
Point 1 ­ Moral Report of the President
The president opens the session and expresses satisfaction for the conspicuous participation and for the presence of so many new and young members of the society. A short President's report follows, delining the events after our last meeting in Makarska. The Pesident's report is voted and then unanimously approved.
Point 2 - The Cluj Report 2000
Many members have not received the Cluj report; Geoffroy reads the text . An important issue concerns the institution of a new members' category: the young members.
Another crucial issue is about J. Gibert's re-election as Council's member. In Cluj this had been excluded because Gibert was not present at the symposium and because she had not communicated her availability as a candidate. This had happened not for a lack of interest, but due to his absence from France which prevented her from responding. After a thorough discussion, the proposal of a Gibert's reinclusion in the Council is voted. The proposal is then approved with a large majority.
Point 3 - financial report
C. Juberthie's report as adjoint treasurer. Mme Cazals has retired and J. Gibert managed to put together the participation fees of the society and the incomes of the Encyclopedia.
Juberthie quotes the overall amount of money received and invites present members to pay the remaining due aliquots. The defections related to the secretariat management slackened all the adminisrative activities. Juberthie also reminds that future payments will be necessarily in Euros.
Juberthie further states that it will not be possible to have the Memoires ready within August and solicitates that the works of the symposium be sent in electronic format within November.
Encyclopedie: the third volume will be ready next September. First and second volumes reprint will be ready in June 2002, and Volume 1 will be possibly divided into two sections. Moreover, Juberthie reminds that the section related to fungi is lacking because it has not been possible to find authors to deal with this topic.
E. Trajano asks whether the French texts will behopefully translated in English.
The discussion on Juberthie's financial report is open.
As suggested by Proudlowe, it is approved to increase the cotisation fee. Messana invites the participants to express opinions on the eventual increase of the fee to 50 Euros, also including the costs of the journal, in order to provide a more conspicuous financing source. A thorough discussion is started: V. Sbordoni asks to shed more light on the real costs of the journal, Geffroy solicitates a strictly regular periodicity of the journal, Boutin asks to specify the price of the journal, Trajano proposes a special fee for the members not interested in the journal, Boutin also asks for a special offer fee for the young members,
Holsinger, Juberthie and Dumnika express their skepticism on how many of the members would actually cope with an increase of the fee. Trajano, expressing agreement with the fee increase, suggests to make the payments more facilitated (e.g.credit cards).
The proposal of the prices of 50 Euros (with journal) and 45 Euros (without journal) is voted. The assembly approves the proposal by 32 yes and one abstension.
As far as publications is concerned, Juberthie asks how to deal with the Proudlowe's work. Boutin and others say to publish it as part of the Encyclopedia, Sbordoni points out the importance of the Societe in such circumstances and upholds the hypothesis of presenting the paper through a publisher, in this context, the need for the valorisation of the journal is mentioned. It is proposed to discuss the possible fusion of the journal with the I.J.S. Boutin solicitates the assembly's opinion about
easing the Council's duties. Holsinger remarks the importance of referees; Parzefal and Humphrey mention the role of the "subterranean biology"; Clarke reminds the distribution issue; Sket asks about the commercial interests of the journal; Culver reminds that Academic Press was contacted in the past, with negative results, and that a suitable editor is to be found; Trajano also suggests to renew the journal's format. Boutin proposes to the Council to investigate on any interested publishers. Messana synthesizes the whole discussion. A European publisher is to be seeked and a suitable editorial board is to be established.
Holsinger reminds again of the positive experience of the J. of Crustacean Biology; Ribeira states again the appointment to the Council. The discussion is then closed.
Point 4. Statute Modifications:
(see Juberthie's notes).
articolo 2: to broaden the society's target.
articolo 7: to eliminate the distinction between French and non-French members.
articolo 8: procedures for the election of President and Bureau.
Geffroy intervenes reminding the election rules. A discussion is started about this issue. Trajano suggests to vote with the same periodicity of symposia: once every two years. The modification implies to vote once every three years. Sbordoni agrees with the 3 year period for the President, but requests explanations as for the variability of the rules applicable to the Council. Juberthie reminds that this is due to those foreign members who were added lately.
Sbordoni, Trajano and Juberthie intervene repeatedly.
s for the First article it is proposed to appoint duties to members of the Society.
After the discussion, the proposed modifications are voted and the assembly gives its approval unanimously.
Point 5 ­ renewal of the council
31présents + 2 procurations+5 votes by mail;
6 places are free : Madame CAZALS, MARMONIER do not want to be reelected, the place of REYGROBELLET has not been covered in the last
elections, OROMI & PARZEFALL are not reeligibles, LEBRETON has not presented his candidature.
- MM. COBOLLI-SBORDONI, DURAND, KLETECKI, MESSANA, NOTENBOOM have proposed their candidature for reelection
- MM. TRAJANO, GEOFFROY, SKET et GUILLAUME are candidates.
In this context, Messana calls the assembly to express opinions on the limit threshold for validating the vote; he proposes 10% or 5% of the electors.
Sbordoni upholds the 10% threshold; Geffroy suggests one third of the presents. Trajano asks what the minimum threshold required is, to consider the assembly valid. The 1/3 proposal is voted, and immediately approved to be active from the next assembly.
The vote results for council renewal: 31 voters, 2 procurations,
5 votes arrived by mail.
SKET 33 COBOLLI 32 TRAJANO 32 MESSANA 31 GEOFFROY 28 KLETECKI 28 NOTENBOOM 26 DURAND 24 GUILLAUME 19
New council is thus composed by the 18 following members: COBOLLI-SBORDONI, CULVER, DURAND, GENEST, GEOFFROY, GIBERT,
GUILLAUME, JUBERTHIE, KLETECKI, MAGNIEZ, MALARD , MATHIEU, MESSANA, MESSOULI, NOTENBOOM, SKET, TRAJANO, TURQUIN
Point 6 - New members.
Juberthie quotes requests of new associates. Names are written on the board: the admission of 27 new members is voted and approved unanimously .
Point 7 ­ Next symposium
Messana reminds the importance of shifting to even years in order to prevent superimposing with the International Congress of Speleology.
During the Makarska symposium it has been proposed Verona as the new host city. This idea was upheld in Cluj as well. There is also Plati's proposal
for India. Latella is invited to expose the reasons why for choosing Verona: the advantages are essentially linked to the importance of the host Institution,
the Verona Natural History Museum, whose history interplays with the history of biospeleology; in fact, in the past, very important biospeleology symposia were held in Verona, and a subterranean biology laboratory exists in Verona, moreover, the geographic position of the town appears very comfortable to most of the participants and the surroundings offer many attractions, not only biospeleology-related, this being a strong prereequisite for the success of the symposium.
The assembly expresses a general consensus; Parzefall, Geffroy and others intervene.
Plati is invited to forward his proposal. Plati's intervention is very articulated and is based on the will to extend the knowledge to new far lands, to discover the Indian caves, a wonderful touristic destination. He also describes the staff and the congress facilities, hypothesizes a partial support of the expenses, and name the Indian Institutions interested. Raipur is the candidate town, February-March the optimal period. Plati eventually confirms Raipur's availability for the symposium subsequent to Verona. Messana confirms his agreement with Latella and propose the vote for Verona. The assembly approves by far and appoint Latella as the organiser of Verona 2002 .
The President solicitates the assembly to express opinions on the subsequent symposium in India.
Parzefall reminds that dates are to be set in considerable advance. The assembly is unanimous in declaring Raipur as the host town for the 2004 symposium.
Point 8 web site of the society
The President reminds that, in December 2000, the Council proposed to open a new website, as Lebreton cannot assure his collaboration with the society any longer. The new website will be structured and managed by Geoffroy's with Proudlove, Messana and Notenboom contributions. Parzefall invites the participants to thank Proudlowe for his collaboration.
Point 9 ­ Society's logo
The discussion begins, there is no agreement on the few proposals made, the choice is postponed, wishing new draft logos to be soon proposed for the Société.
The assembly is closed at 18:00h.
This text will be approved (with modifications
if necessary) in Verona, September 2002.

Thanks to Marina COBOLLI (she wrote most of the report after notes).

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Report of the GENERAL ASSEMBLY held in CLUJ (Romania) on 16 July, 2000
published in
Biospeological newsletter n° 1, 9/03/2001

There were 10 members including the board present : Oana MOLDOVAN, Eleanora TRAJANO, Gheorghe RACOVITZÃ, Corneliu PLESA, Ionel TÃBÃCARU, Raymond TERCAFS, Jakob PARZEFALL, Christian JUBERTHIE, Guiseppe MESSANA, Jos NOTENBOOM.
NEW MEMBERS
8 candidates : 4 from Romania ; 3 from USA and 1 from Germany; Voters 18 : every elected members unanimously.
1. Daniela BORDA : Institut de Spéologie " Emile Racovitza " Clinicilor str n°5, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, ROUMANIE (Ecologie et Protection des Chauves-souris).
Proposed by: RACOVITZA & PLESA.
2. Ruxandra RUZILA: Institut de Spéologie " Emile Racovitza " Clinicilor str n°5, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, ROUMANIE (Phylogenèse moléculaire Coléoptères)
Proposed by : RACOVITZA & Oana MOLDOVAN.
3. Sandra IEPURE : Institut de Spéologie " Emile Racovitza " Clinicilor str n°5, 3400 Cluj-Napoca, ROUMANIE (Taxonomie, Ecologie, Biodiversité Copépodes)
Proposed by PLESA & TABACARU.
4. Elena MANOLACHE Université Babes-Bolyai, Department of Plant Biology, str.Kogalniceanu n° 7, 3400 Cluj-Napocda, ROUMANIE (Microbiologie de la Grotte de Movile)
Proposed by Oana MOLDOVAN & NOTENBOOM.
and a young scientist from Hambourg :
5. Antje GARTZE : Zoologisches Institut und Museum, Universität Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King Platz 3, 20146 Hamburg Allemagne (Comportement et adaptation
des poissons souterrains)
Proposed by : PARZEFALL & Eleanora TRAJANO.
and :
6. Thomas SAWICKI
Proposed by : HOLSINGER & CULVER.
7. Horton HOBBS, Wittenberg University, Department of Biology, P.O. Box 720, Springfield , Ohio 45501-0720 USA (Crustacés Décapodes).
Proposed by : CULVER & HOLSINGER
8. Daniel FONG . Proposed by : CULVER & HOLSINGER
Note : Horton HOBBS and Daniel FONG were in fact accepted as members of Société de Biospéologie during the General Assembly in Moulis ( 30 08 1995).
RENEWAL OF the COUNCIL
5 members are eligible for reelection, all in the French college. The president G. MESSANA contacted all the outgoing and received 3 candidatures: CAZALS, MALARD, MESSOULI, no answer from J. GIBERT and the opinion that REYGROBELLET is not a candidate. (G.M.'s note he is not eligible for reelection).
Results of elections
According to the statutes of the Society 3 posts can be thus provided, with election with secret bulletins.
Voters 26, are elected:
CAZALS 26 votes
MALARD 26 votes
MESSOULI 26 votes.
The replacement of the 2 vacancies is put back until Intervales's general assembly in Brazil in July, 2001.
NEW BOARD
Without change : President : G. MESSANA, secretary : B. LEBRETON, treasurer : Mrs. CAZALS, etc
FINANCE
The accounts of the "subscriptions" and the "Mémoires de Biospéologie" were presented by Christian JUBERTHIE and approved.
The treasurer's case. Reminder: Monique CAZALS is a treasurer. (1) of the account «Mémoiresde Biospéologie» and (2) of the account «subscriptions», since the retirement in 1999 of J.-P. HENRY. Mrs. CAZALS will retire in April, 2001 and thus leaves the finance..
1 - Account « Mémoires de Biospéologie » C. JUBERTHIE, assistant treasurer, will assure the holding of the account " Mémoires de Biospéologie "
2 - Mrs. CAZALS will enclose the fiscal year 2000-2001 of the account « subscriptions » in April, 2001; C. JUBERTHIE will make the report to Intervales's General
Assembly, and will assure the transition up to this Assembly. It is thus advisable to look for and to appoint a new treasurer, in the French college in Intervales in July,
2001

SIBIOS - geoffroy@mnhn.fr
Written by Jean-Jacques Geoffroy
© SIBIOS, 2010

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