The Federation is established to promote the development of
research and education in basic and clinical neuroendocrinology,
to disseminate scientific information in this and related fields,
to arrange for publication of information aimed at the advance
of the field, to facilitate the exchange of ideas among scientists
of all nations and to attract young investigators to the field.
For these purposes or either of them, the Federation will
a) Organise every 4 years an International Congress of Neuroendocrinology
(ICN) representative of high scientific standard. The Congress
will provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of recent
research among scientists from all countries,
b) Facilitate the exchange of scientific information between
scientists, by sponsoring meetings and discussions in coordination
with national neuroendocrine groups and societies,
c) Generally facilitate exchanges between endocrinologists
and neuroscientists by participating in meetings and discussions
of related societies or organisations, including academic and
d) Hold and arrange teaching courses, promote the incorporation
of new technology to neuroendocrine research, offer travel grants
to encourage participation at meetings and do all else possible
to attract and support investigators to the field.
2. Administration and Membership
a) The Federation consists of members of established national
neuroendocrine societies (as defined in 2c) and individual members
not represented already by any national society. The latter will
be considered as part of particular groups representing geographic
regions (as defined in 2d). Once recognised, these’regional
groups’ will have equivalent representation to that of
each of the national societies. Individual scientists belonging
either to a national neuroendocrine society or included in a ‘geographic
group’ are thus, ipso facto, members of the Federation
with equal privileges.
b) National neuroendocrine societies will pay to the Federation
an annual fee, fixed by the Council, according to the size of
the membership of each of these societies. For ‘geographic
groups’, whose members do not belong to a national neuroendocrine
society, individual scientists will pay a membership fee, fixed
by Council, directly to the Federation. The Federation also includes
corporate members representing commercial enterprises who pay
an annual fee and honorary members represented by senior neuroendocrinologists,
nominated by the Council, who will not pay fees.
c) New admissions of national neuroendocrine societies and ‘regional
groups’ to full membership are to be decided by Council
provided that the national society and ‘regional group’ making
the application has submitted full details and documentation
of its activities to the Federation Secretary-General at least
3 months before the Council meeting. New national societies will
be encouraged to apply for membership to the Federation. Any
such Society must be a legal entity in their respective country,
d) The affairs of the Federation shall be conducted by a Council
(see 2e) and the members of the Executive Committee (see 2f),
each of whom will have one vote. The Council may empower a member
national society to act on its behalf.
e) The Federation Council:
The Council consists of one or more delegates from each national
neuroendocrine society and each ‘regional group’ and
the Officers. Representatives of each national society and ‘regional
group’ will be elected by the members of these societies
and groups. National societies will be free to organise these
elections. The names of the delegates should be notified to the
Federation Secretary at least one month before the next Council
meeting. For ‘regional groups’, the Federation will
organise the elections, according to domestic rules defined by
the Council. Council members will serve for four years, half
of them being elected every second year. Council members may
be reelected but may serve no more than two terms.
The Council shall meet at least every two years, including
at each International Neuroendocrine Congress and at such other
times as may be necessary. Council deliberations may take place
via electronic communication.
f) The Federation Executive Committee:
i) The Council shall elect a President, Secretary-General,
Treasurer, the Chair of Publications Committee and the Chair
of the International Neuroendocrine Federation International
Congress of Neuroendocrinology Programme Organising Committee
(Chair of the INF ICN POC). The Executive Committee comprises
the President, Secretary-General and Treasurer. All Chairs of
standing and ad hoc committees may be invited to attend Executive
Committee meetings if the business is appropriate. These Officers
will be ex officio members of the Council, and will
be responsible to the Council, and as members of the Executive
Committee may be delegated to act on behalf of the Council. The
Executive Committee may meet as appropriate, and conduct its
business by electronic communication. The President will normally
chair meetings of the Council and the Executive Committee. Should
any of these Officers be elected from among the members of the
Council, any such Officer shall cease to act as a National Society
or Regional Group representative, and a replacement shall be
elected by the respective Society or Group. Each of these Officers
shall serve for a term of 4 years which will begin on the first
of January of the year following the last International Neuroendocrine
Congress. These Officers will not be eligible for reappointment.
ii) The Council shall elect a Vice-President, Vice-Secretary-General
and Vice-Treasurer. These Officers will be ex officio members
of the Council, and will be responsible to the Council, and as
members of the Executive Committee may be delegated to act on
behalf of the respective Officer, and hence on behalf of the
Council. Should any of these Vice-Officers be elected from among
the members of the Council any such Vice-Officer may continue
to act as a National Society or Regional Group representative.
Each of these Vice-Officers shall serve for a term of 2 years
which will begin on the first of January of the 3 rd year following
the last International Congress of Neuroendocrinology. These
Vice-Officers will not be eligible for reappointment, but may
be candidates in the election of Officers.
g) The Council shall appoint one of the member national neuroendocrine
societies or ‘regional groups’ to host and organize
the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology. The Host Society
shall appoint the Local Organising Committee.
h) Except as otherwise expressly provided by these Statutes,
the Council can ask the general membership for a vote on an issue
at any time, if this is deemed necessary. Such votes will be
requested by written ballot and will be decided by simple majority
vote. In case of a tie vote, the vote of the President will carry
i) All members are free to withdraw from the Federation at
a meeting of the Council provided notice of such withdrawal has
been communicated to the Secretary at least one month before
the next Council meeting.
j) The budget shall be subject to approval of the Council.
a) A Programme Organising Committee that will be responsible
for the scientific programme for the International Congress of
Neuroendocrinology will be appointed by the Federation Council.
It will be composed of a Chair, who is not a member of Council,
the Chair of the Local Organising Committee, the Federation President,
Federation Secretary-General, and Federation Treasurer, and a
broad representation of the various national societies and regional
b) There shall be a Publications Committee composed of the
Chair of Publications Committee, two ordinary members elected
by Council, and ex officio, with voting rights, the
Federation President, Federation Secretary and Federation Treasurer
and any Editor-in-Chief of any journal officially endorsed by
c) Other committees may be appointed at the discretion of the
Council to undertake specific duties.
4. Meetings of the Federation
a) An International Congress of Neuroendocrinology shall be
held every 4 years at a place chosen by the Host Society or ‘regional
group’ and approved by the Host Society and the Federation
Council. Such Meetings shall be open also to non-members.
b) The detailed organisation and arrangements for the Congress
shall be at the discretion of the Local Organising Committee
in conjunction with the Executive Committee.
c) The financial arrangements of the Congress are the responsibility
of the Host Society. Registration fees for those attending may
be charged by the Host Society. All members of the Federation
shall be charged on the same basis. The Federation will provide
a guarantee which shall have to be reimbursed at the end of the
meeting in case of a profit.
d) Any individual member of the Federation may, after proper
application, be admitted to attend an open meeting of a member
national neuroendocrine society or ‘regional group’ other
than his/her own, on the same terms as if he/she were a member
of that society or group, except as concerns the administrative
affairs of that society or group.
5. Central Fund
There shall be a central fund, composed of membership fees,
profits arising from Federation international meetings, royalties
and other income. Membership fees shall be determined by the
Council. The fund shall be applied to further the aims of the
6. Alterations to the Statutes of the Federation
The statutes of the Federation may be amended at any Council
meeting by at least two thirds affirmative majority vote. Proposed
changes must be notified in writing to the Federation Secretary
at least 6 months before a Council meeting. The Secretary will
in turn notify all Council members and members of the Federation
of such proposals at least 3 months before the Council meeting.
7. Dissolution of the Federation
The Federation and its statutes may be dissolved at any time at
a meeting of the Council at which at least two thirds of the members
are present and vote and at which there is at least two thirds
affirmative majority vote in favor of dissolution. Prior notification
of the proposal for dissolution should be made to the Council at
least 6 months beforehand.
1. Mechanisms for election of INF Officers
The Officers are elected by the Council (Constitution, Article
The Secretary shall call for nominations for President, Secretary, Treasurer
and Chair of the Congress Programme Organising Committee from the constituencies
represented on the Council, through the representatives, 6 months before
the election, to be delivered by e-mail to the Secretary 28 days before the
announced date of the election (the date of the Council meeting). Each representative
may propose, after consultation with and on behalf of his/her constituency,
not more than one nominee for each post; the proposer may send (by e-mail)
to the Secretary with the nomination a brief (100 words max.) supporting
statement for each nominee. The Secretary shall circulate the lists of candidates
and the supporting statements to the members of the Council 21 days before
the election. In the event that there is more than one candidate for each
post, the Secretary shall prepare ballot papers for an election at the meeting
of the Council convened during the Congress. Any member of the Council unable
to attend the meeting may vote by e-mail, provided the votes are delivered
to the Secretary at least 7 days before the Council meeting. The election
shall be by secret ballot, with one vote for each post per representative,
the outcome decided by simple majority and the results announced during the
Council meeting; the Secretary and Treasurer shall count the votes. In the
event of a tie, there shall be a re-ballot with the tied candidates as the
only candidates; if necessary, this process may be repeated except if the
same candidates remain tied for two re-ballots, the President shall exercise
a casting vote.
2. Mechanisms for election of the members of the Council.
The Representatives of the constituencies on the Council are
elected by their constituencies.
Regional Representatives. a) The regional
representatives are elected by ballot of the paid-up INF members
in their region, as listed by the INF Secretary and Treasurer.
The incumbent regional representatives have a responsibility
to arrange an election 3 months before the expiry of their term
of office. They should, by e-mail, 1) 6 months before the expiry
of their term, announce the election and call for nominations
from their constituency (using a standard letter provided by
the INF Secretary) to be submitted 28 days before the election;
2) copy the nominations without delay to the INF Secretary; 3)
if there is more than one candidate, send within 7 days to each
INF member in their region (as defined above) an alphabetical
list of the candidates from which each member is invited to vote
for one candidate, the votes to be returned by e-mail within
a further 21 days; 4) transmit the result of the election, with
a record of the numbers of votes cast, to the INF Secretary without
Half of the Regional representatives should retire each 2 years
(INF Constitution 2e). There are two alphabetical lists of Regions
(List 1: Australasia, China, India sub-continent, Latin America;
List 2: Canada; Europe, Korea). The cycle of re-elections began
in 2002 with elections from List 2.
The national or trans-national
societies shall appoint their representatives to the INF Council
using their own methodology.