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Honorary Membership in the IASS


According to the Statutes of the IASS, Article 23, Honorary Membership is for Individual members with a distinguished record of outstanding achievement in the field of shell and/or spatial structures, and/or for exceptional service to the Association. 


Eligibility for Honorary Membership extends to eminent Individual or Senior members of the Association.  On the average this honor should be given to one person per year. 

Nomination and Selection Procedure

Once each year, the Association shall invite nominations for honorary membership by reminding the membership of these criteria, guidelines and procedure.  Any three Individual members of the Association can nominate and initiate the process.  Nominations must reach to the President or the IASS Secretariat, with supporting documents that include a professional biosketch and a summary of the qualifications for the honor, at least four months in advance of the scheduled annual meeting of the Executive Council (EC).  The President will then discuss the nomination among the members of the Working Bureau (WB).  If the majority of the WB supports the nomination, the written documentation is refined and sent to the EC, preferably in advance of the annual meeting. 

Honorary Membership is officially approved by the EC and normally conferred at the Annual Symposium of the following year.  In accordance with the IASS Statutes, Article 15, "All voting in the Council shall be by a majority of two thirds of all members present, written proxies being allowed". If there is more than one nominee, voting of the EC shall determine the number and selection of honorees.  If the President in consultation with the WB determines that accelerated consideration is desirable, discussion or approval can take place through electronic communication, in which case a two-thirds majority of the full EC shall be required, without proxies. 

Presentation and Benefits

The Honorary Membership is formally conferred during an Annual Symposium of the IASS, either during a plenary session or the banquet ceremony; and it is customary to invite the recipients to deliver a plenary lecture.  The benefits of the honor are: (1) a certificate of Honorary Membership signed by the President, (2) lifetime dues-free membership in the IASS, and (3) posting of the photo and biosketch of the honoree on the Association website.

List of Honorary Members


 [This page last updated 9 December 2013.]

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