THE STATUTE OF IFRA

Introduction

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 honorary.

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 Directors.

2. Each member of a national academy or fellow of a futures research institute in the IFRA structure becomes automatically an IFRA regular individual member.

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

- Vice-Presidents

- 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 face-to-face assembly.

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 his/her duties.

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 research projects.

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