Rule – Criteria for Membership (Annex II)


(Approved November 10,1991)

Membership in the INSC may be through a nuclear society or a regional federation of nuclear societies as stipulated in the INSC Bylaws and in accordance with the following:

Nuclear Society Member – Any organization of nuclear scientists and engineers having a minimum of 50 paid-up members, willing to support the charter and Bylaws of INSC, and intending activity in the nuclear field at least country-wide, may become a member of INSC. Local sections of Nuclear Societies within the region of that society (as defined in the Bylaws) may not become members of INSC.

Regional Federation of Nuclear Societies Member – Any officially designated organization of nuclear societies, willing to support the charter and Bylaws of the INSC, and intending activity in the nuclear field at least on a regional scale, may become a member of the INSC. Any nuclear society, choosing to be represented through a regional nuclear society, may not become a member of the INSC.

Member in good standing – A member in good standing is defined as being a nuclear society member or regional federation of nuclear societies member who is current in payment of the organization’s assessed fees.

Observer – To foster the global interests of the INSC, observers, representing other international nuclear organizations or learned societies may be invited to attend meetings of the INSC.

Membership may be granted to nuclear societies by majority vote of the Council using a secret ballot. The vote may be made by mail or at a meeting announced to all members at least 45 days in advance and at which a quorum exists.


Bylaws (Annex I)


(Adopted November 11, 1990. Amended November 15, 1992. Amended December 11, 2005).

Name and Purpose – The International Nuclear Societies Council (INSC) is an organization of learned nuclear societies whose interests are in the development and utilization of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes. The INSC aims to foster ongoing cooperation, communication and exchange of information among the world’s nuclear societies, undertake joint actions and ensure joint representation where necessary. Specific activities will be planned and programmed by the Council to achieve these aims.
Membership – INSC members can be any national nuclear society or regional federation of such societies. Members will be identified initially according to four Charter Regions (Europe, Far East, North America, Latin America) plus Rest of the world (this last At Large Region being divided into further regions when appropriate). Each region may send up to six representatives to Council meetings. Nuclear Societies wishing to become members shall apply in writing to the Chairman. Membership may be granted by majority vote of the INSC.

Officers – The Council shall elect, by majority vote, a Chairman, a First Vice-Chairman, a Second Vice-Chairman, and a Secretary/Treasurer for concurrent two-year terms beginning January 1. To the extent possible, the officers shall be from different regions, and the Chairmanship rotated among the regions. The Chairman may appoint an assistant, who should be a staff member of his/her Society, to keep contacts with Member Societies up to date, to ensure continuity and to keep the records which, at the end of his/her tenure, will be passed on to his/her successor. The Secretary/Treasurer shall arrange for recording the proceedings of INSC meetings and be responsible for overseeing the administrative and financial affairs of the INSC as directed by the Council.

Fiscal – The INSC shall be operated as a not-for-profit organization. The Council may establish a fund from an agreed upon assessment of its members. This fund will finance secretariat services to support the meetings of the INSC and other activities as may be designated by the Council. It shall not be used for remuneration of members or travel for members other than officers.

Meetings – The Council will meet at least once a year. Invitations will be sent out by the Chairman with the agenda 45 days prior to the meeting(s).

Rules -The INSC may adopt rules for its operation.

Bylaw Amendments – These Bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Council by a two-thirds vote cast by voting members present, provided that a quorum exists and the amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous regular meeting or by mail to all members at least 30 days in advance of the meeting at which the vote is to take place.

Decisions – The Council shall strive to make all decisions by consensus. When a consensus is not feasible on internal matters, decisions shall be made up by a two-thirds majority vote of Council provided a quorum exists. Decisions may be made by mail or at any meeting announced to all members at least 45 days in advance and at which a quorum exists. A quorum is defined as one-half plus one of the Council present in person or by proxy.


Annex — References