THE STATUTE OF IFRA
The International Futures Research Academy (IFRA) is a non-profit and
non-governmental organisation working for scientific purposes.
Article 1. Function
The main function of IFRA is the development of research projects and joint
research projects on the field of futures research.
Article 2. Objective
The objective of IFRA is to be a network of joint futures research projects.
This network shall constitute an international and national forecasting forum.
To achieve this end, IFRA shall become a Confederation of national academies,
research centres and scientific institutions working on forecasts in the
economic, social, ecological, demographic, political, educational, cultural and
other fields on global, regional and local scales. Therefore, IFRA shall
cooperate in close contact with other organisations working in futures research.
IFRA shall also organise courses for training young futurists and re-train
futurists. Besides, it shall also publish reports of researches, books on
forecasting and other materials for futures researches. In order to coordinate
its activities, IFRA may use newsletters.
Article 3. Membership
The members of IFRA shall be institutional/collective, individual and
1. Institutional/collective members shall be worldwide national academies,
centers and institutions working on futures research,
universities or their departments, associations of scholars and similar.
Institutional members are also called regular members.
New institutional members shall be admitted by decision of the Board of
2. Each member of a national academy or fellow of a futures research
institute in the IFRA structure becomes automatically an IFRA regular individual
3. Individual members may also be single scholars and professionals active in
teaching, research and practice in the field of futures research. They shall be
autonomous in coordinating research and fund raising. These individual members
are also called co-opted and they shall be admitted to membership by a decision
of the Board of Directors.
4. Honorary members are to be adopted by majority of institutional members
for outstanding achievement in futures research and other IFRA activities. Each
member is responsible for its own activities within the IFRA structure. All
face-to-face personal contacts within IFRA structures on the initiative of any
IFRA member are unofficial in principle and become official only after they have
been recorded in circular documents.
Article 4. Voting procedures
All IFRA resolutions shall be taken by a majority vote of all members present
(face-to-face or online) and voting. The vote of co-opted individual members
counts one third (1/3) of the other members' vote.
Article 5. Funding
Each IFRA member shall be financially autonomous in supporting its
researches. IFRA honorary sponsors shall be adopted
by majority of institutional members for regular sponsorship.
Article 6. The official bodies of IFRA
The official bodies bodies of IFRA are the following:
- Organising Committee
- Scientific Committee
- General Assembly
- President (or Co-Presidents)
- First Vice-President
- Secretary General
- Board of Directors
1. The IFRA Organising Committee is constituted at the outset of the IFRA
formation with the aim of organising the Academy. It will then transform itself
into the IFRA Scientific Committee.
2. The IFRA Scientific Committee is formed by the members of the former
Organising Committee. It shall enhance cooperation in theoretical and empirical
research between IFRA members.
3. The IFRA General Assembly consists of all IFRA members. It is the main
decision-making body, takes all decisions by majority vote, elects the IFRA
President, First Vice-President, and Secretary General from the Presidents
(Directors) of institutional members in turn. The IFRA General Assembly takes
place at least once a year either in the form of online conference or
4. The IFRA President (or Co-Presidents) is elected by the General Assembly
and shall hold office for no more than two terms, each of four years. He/she
represents IFRA in all official acts and is responsible for the coordination of
all IFRA activities.
5. The IFRA First Vice-President helps the President in all his/her
activities. It also represents the President in case this is unable to perform
6. The IFRA Vice-Presidents are Presidents (Directors) of IFRA institutional
members ex officio.
7. The IFRA Secretary General is responsible for the day-to-day affairs of
the Academy and for all documentation concerning the coordination of futures
8. The IFRA Board of Directors consists of President (Co-Presidents), First
Vice-President, Vice-Presidents, and Secretary General working through regular
conferences face-to-face or online conferences) between two General Assemblies.
Article 7. Dissolution
Dissolution of IFRA requires a 3/4 vote of all regular members.
Gorizia, 17th September 1999