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The Italian Paleontological Society

 

The "Italian Paleontological Society" is a democratic, non-party and non-profit cultural association, founded in 1960, with its seat in Milan at the Municipal Museum of Natural History (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale). Its objective is the advancement of Paleontology, in all of its scientific and applied aspects, through national and international collaboration, by means of scientific meetings and excursions, through the publication of the Bulletin of the Italian Paleontological Society (Bollettino della Societa' Paleontologica Italiana) and of Reports (Rendiconti della Società Paleontologica Italiana), the establishment of prizes for young scholars, and other forms of activity.

Presidents of the SPI, past and present:

2018- Lucia Angiolini
2015-2018 Lorenzo Rook
2012-2015 Rodolfo Coccioni
2009-2012 Andrea Tintori
2006-2009 Ruggero Matteucci
2003-2006 Antonio Russo
2000-2003 Antonietta Cherchi
1997-2000 Isabella Premoli Silva
1994-1997 Giuseppe Pelosio
1991-1994 Giulio Pavia
1988-1991 Pier Luigi Ambrosetti
1985-1988 Samuele Sartoni
1982-1985 Giuseppe Sirna
1979-1982 Danilo Torre
1976-1979 Carla Rossi Ronchetti
1973-1976 Sergio Venzo
1970-1973 Carlo Sturani
1957-1970 Eugenia Montanaro Gallitelli
1948-1957 Ardito Desio

The Council in charge is composed by the following members:

President (triennium 2018-2020)

Lucia Angiolini lucia.angiolini@unimi.it
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "A. Desio", Università degli Studi di Milano

Vicepresident (triennium 2018-2020)

Giorgio Carnevale giorgio.carnevale@unito.it
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degi Studi di Torino

Secretary (triennium 2018-2020)

Gaia Crippa gaia.crippa@unimi.it
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra "Ardito Desio", Università degli Studi di Milano

Councilors

Marco Cherin marco.cherin@unipg.it (triennio 2016-2018)
Dipartimento di Fisica e Geologia, Università degli Studi di Perugia

Luca Jaselli luca.jaselli@yahoo.it (triennio 2017-2019)
Milano

Massimo Bernardi massimo.bernardi@muse.it (triennio 2017-2019)
MUSE - Museo delle Scienze, Trento

Marco Chiari marco.chiari@unifi.it (triennio 2018-2020)
CNR, Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Unità Operativa di Supporto di Firenze

Annalisa Ferretti ferretti@unimore.it (triennio 2018-2020)
Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia

Elena Ghezzo elena.ghezzo@unive.it (anno 2018-2019)
Dipartimento di scienze ambientali, informatica e statistica, Università "Ca' Foscari" di Venezia

Treasurer

Andrea Villa anvilla@unito.it (since 2016)
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Torino

Board of Auditors - 2017-2019

Barbara Cavalazzi barbara.cavalazzi@unibo.it
Dipartimento di Scienze Biologiche, Geologiche e Ambientali, Università di Bologna

Avv. Manuela Lugli avv.manuelalugli@gmail.com
Modena

Saverio Bartolini Lucenti saverio.bartolini@dst.unipi.it
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università di Firenze

Constitution of the Italian Paleontological Society

Association based in Milan

Under the D.L. [Law by Decree] 4.12.1997 no. 460

Art. 1 - Name, Seat, Objectives and Activity

The "Italian Paleontological Society" is a democratic, non-party and non-profit cultural association, founded in 1960, with its seat in Milan at the Municipal Museum of Natural History (Museo Civico di Storia Naturale). Its objective is the advancement of Paleontology, in all of its scientific and applied aspects, through national and international collaboration, by means of scientific meetings and excursions, through the publication of the Bulletin of the Italian Paleontological Society (Bollettino della Societa' Paleontologica Italiana) and of Reports, the establishment of prizes for young scholars, and other forms of activity.

Art. 2 - Protection of the National Paleontological Heritage

It is the intention of the Italian Paleontological Society to encourage the protection, maintenance, and valorization of the national paleontological heritage, whether in the form of the collections of museums and other institutions, or of important fossil sites.

Art. 3 - Membership

The Society is composed of:

a) Ordinary members - individuals or institutions which, directly or indirectly, have an interest in Paleontology.

b) Meritorious members - individuals, agencies or institutions which have made a tangible contribution to the economic and organizational strengthening of the Society through activity, donations, establishment of prizes, etc.

c) Honorary members - eminent scholars who are particularly distinguished in the field of Paleontology.

Art. 4 - Organs of the Society

The organs of the Society are: the Assembly, the Council, the Editorial Board of Bulletin of the Italian Paleontological Society, the Board of Auditors.

1) The Assembly is sovereign and consists of all members of the Society, whether Ordinary, Meritorious or Honorary. It has the following functions:

a) It freely elects, by the votes of individual members (including postal votes), the Presidency, the Councillors and the members of the Board of Auditors. In the case of tied votes, it is agreed that the oldest candidate will be elected;

b) It nominates Honorary Members;

c) It approves the annual budget, and the economic and financial accounts, as well as the working of the Council;

d) It fixes the membership fee;

e) It decides the rules of the Society;

f) It decides any change to the Constitution, following the arrangements in Article 11 below;

g) It can decide the dissolution of the Society.

Every member who is up to date in the payment of the membership fee, has the right to vote. Members can choose to cast their vote by means of a written proxy. No member can hold more than one proxy.

2) The Council is composed of the Presidency (President, Vice-President, Secretary), six Councillors and the Treasurer.

a) The President represents the Society in all its activities, also in front of third parties and in law, has signing authority, guarantees adherence to the Constitution, convokes and presides over both the Council and the Assembly, and coordinates the work of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin, of which he or she is Chairman. The office is held for a term of three years, and it is not open to immediate re-election.

b) The Vice-President will temporarily substitute the President in case of his or her absence or inability to fulfill his or her duties. The office is held for a term of three years, and is not open to immediate re-election.

c) The Secretary draws up written reports and signs them, together with the President, keeps minutes of the meetings of the Council and of the Assembly, and deals with official correspondence. The office is held for a term of three years, and is open to immediate re-election.

d) The Treasurer is in charge of the collection of membership fees, the payment of expenses decided by the Council, is responsible, with the President, for the funds derived from membership fees, for records of administration and for the accounts of the Society. The office held is for a term of three years, and can be renewed immediately.

e) The Councillors term of office is for three years, and can be renewed immediately.

The Council prepares and decides the agenda for the annual Assemblies, the scientific excursions, and the participation of the Society in international conferences and associations; it discusses the accounts to be laid before for the Assembly; it also nominates the Editorial Board of the Bulletin, and the Treasurer, and it proposes to the Assembly the candidates for honorary membership.

The meetings of the Council are recorded in written minutes, signed by the President and the Secretary.

3) The Editorial Board is composed of the President of the Society, the Chief Editor of the Bulletin, other editors and the secretary of the editorial office of the Bulletin. The Chief Editor, other editors, and the secretary hold office for three years, and can be reconfirmed in their duties.

4) The Board of Auditors is composed of three permanent members and an acting member. All are members of the Society, freely elected at the Assembly. One of the permanent members, elected by the other two, assumes the functions of Chairman and has the duty to convoke the Council, which must meet at least once a year. The permanent members and the acting member hold office for three years, and can be re-elected for a second consecutive mandate.

The Board examines the accounts of the Society, publishes them, as envisaged in the aforementioned D.L. 460/97, certifies them, and approves them as being in order. The Auditors can be invited to Council meetings, and can express an opinion in respect of the financial operation of the Society.

All elective offices are honorary and unpaid, apart from reimbursement of expenses incurred on behalf of the Society and previously authorised by the Council.

Art. 5 - Membership, Nominees

1) Ordinary Members are admitted by the Council, following a request for membership present by two existing members, and on payment of the membership fee.

2) Meritorious Members are nominated by the Council on the basis of their substantial contribution to the Society.

3) Honorary Members are elected by the Assembly from names proposed by the Council.

A lapse of membership, due to death, non-payment of fees, or other well-founded reasons, is decided by the Assembly of the Society.

Art. 6 - Electorate

All Members, Ordinary, Meritorious and Honorary, which make up the Society, constitute the electorate, active and passive, for office in the Society. The President and the Vice-President must be chosen from amongst eminent scholars in the field of Paleontology.

Art. 7 - The Assembly

The General Assembly of the Society is called the "Annual General Meeting". It is convened by the President (on which see Art. 4.2.a) during the month of June of each year by means of a written invitation sent to members, indicating the day, the time , the meeting-place, and the agenda, with at least thirty days' notice, and following the procedures set out in the previously cited D.L. 460/97.

On its first convocation, the Assembly can make decisions by a majority vote, if at least half the members with the right to vote are present. On its second convocation, decisions are valid whatever the number of those present.

Minutes of the meetings of the Assembly are kept in the official minute-book, written by the Secretary, and signed by the President and the Secretary, unless it is considered opportune or necessary to use the services of a notary.

Extraordinary assemblies can be called, when necessary, by the President, either on his or her initiative, or following a formal decision of the Council, or following a written request presented by at least 1/10 of the actual membership of the Society.

Members have the right to see the Minute-Book containing the decisions of the Assemblies.

Art. 8 - Finances, Patrimony

The Italian Paleontological Society does not pursue profit-making objectives and uses the Society's funds exclusively as envisaged by Art. 1 and 2 of the present Constitution.

The funding of the Society comes from membership fees (not revalued, nor transferable, in conformity with D.L. 4.12.1997, no. 460 ), and from any other revenues, funding or contribution from private individuals, agencies, societies, institutions, etc.

The patrimony consists of the assets of the Society, of any donation from private individuals, Agencies, Societies, Institutions, and from any surplus in the accounts destined to increase the patrimony.

The profits or surplus from activity, as well as funds, reserves or capital, cannot be distributed, even indirectly, during the lifetime of the Society.

Art. 9 - Fiscal Year

The Society's year coincides with the calendar year.

Art. 10 - Publications

The Bulletin of the Italian Paleontological Society is the official journal of the Society, and it is distributed to all Members. It publishes original research of a paleontological character, and accounts of the assemblies and scientific meetings of the Society.

The Council can authorise the printing of other publications, provided that this respects Art. 1 of the present Constitution.

Art. 11 - Modifications to the Constitution

Modifications to the Constitution can be proposed by the Council, or by at least 1/10 of the Members. The vote is secret and will be by post, on forms provided by the Council. Modifications are ratified by the Assembly in an extraordinary sitting, with a majority of at least two thirds of valid votes received.

Art. 12 - Dissolution of the Society

The dissolution of the Society is decided by referendum on a 2/3 majority of votes, provided these represent at least 50% of those entitled to vote, and is ratified by the Assembly. In the cases envisaged by Article 27 of the Civil Code (Codice Civile) (dissolution of associations), all assets of the Society will be transferred to another society or agency with geo-paleontological objectives, or will be destined to publically useful ends as decided by the Assembly, after advice from the Organ of Control as set out in Art. 3, paragraph 190 of Law 23.12.1996 no. 662, or such other destination imposed by law. Items of a possible paleontological interest, and being part of the patrimony of the Society, pass to the Museo Civico di Storia Naturale of Milan.

Art. 13 - Other Rules

For what is not specified in the present Constitution, reference is made to the regulations of the Italian Paleontological Society approved by the Assembly, to the regulations of the Italian State, as well as to D.L. 4.12.1997, no. 460 and to all other relevant application to non-commercial agencies.