OCNS Director Elections

OCNS is a member-based society with an elected Board of Directors (see OCNS Bylaws). Each year 3-4 Directors are elected in the Fall for a 3 year mandate, starting on January of the next year. On this page we provide information on candidacy, voting and rules governing the elections. Director duties are described here.

In 2016, the Board voted some additional rules for director candidates:

  • prior involvement in CNS should be required to be a valid candidate
  • no candidates will be accepted that would cause two board members from the same lab to be elected

Calendar for 2017

4 directors will be elected

  • September 11 - November 6: Candidate submissions on OCNS website (self-nominations only)
  • November 7 - 13: Nomination Committee evaluates candidates
  • November 15: Candidate list will be made public on OCNS website
  • November 16 - December 4: Voting by members

December: Results reported to Members and Candidates

Candidacy

All members with approved OCNS membership status before November 6 and who paid their 2017 duties can self-nominate. Candidates must demonstrate prior involvement in the field of computational neuroscience. No two Directors should work in the same laboratory and candidacies may be refused if elections can cause this to happen. Current Directors and Officers whose mandate ends December 2017 may apply.

Postdoctoral and Faculty members with approved OCNS membership status before November 6 and who paid their 2017 duties can self-nominate. Current Directors and Officers whose mandate ends December 2017 may apply.

The application is done after login on the OCNS website and requires

  • a picture
  • a short bio (100 words)
  • a motivation statement (50 words)
  • standardized reporting on previous CNS and OCNS activities
  • an (optional) statement of other community contributions (50 words).

 

The Nomination Committee evaluates and encourages candidates if needed. The aim is to have more than 10 candidates representing a wide range of gender, geography, seniority, experience and scientific interest.

Elections

Members who paid their 2017 duties and with approved OCNS membership status before November 16 will login on the OCNS website to vote. A list of Candidates is presented with links to information about each Candidate.

Voting is anonymous. One can vote for as many Candidates as one likes but we advise to vote for 4 Candidates. Once the vote is submitted it is final.

Results

  • Votes for each Candidate are computed and Candidates are ranked according to the number of votes they receive and the top 4 Candidates are elected.
  • In the case of a tie for the 4th and 5th or more positions the Nomination Committee will select the elected Candidate based on balancing gender, geography, seniority, experience and scientific interest.
  • The list of the 4 elected Directors will be made public, but detailed results will not be communicated. Election results with an indication of how well they fared in the election will be communicated to all Candidates in private.

Nomination Committee

The 2018 Nomination Committee consists of