(Passed in 2016)


The International Society of Zoological Sciences unites individual scholars and educators with national and professional organizations to promote an integrative study of the animal organism. The Society will promote co-ordination, collaboration and co-operation between the different specialized fields of zoology, involving both recent and extinct animal taxa. The Society will strive to attain a rational and ethically balanced relationship between humanity and nature.

Name and Domicile

Article 1. The name of the Society shall be “The International Society of Zoological Sciences” (Hereinafter referred to as “ISZS”). The legal domicile of ISZS shall be at the business address of the Secretariat.


Article 2. The official language of ISZS shall be English.


Article 3. The objectives of ISZS shall be to function both as clearing house of zoological information and as an information base for official and non-governmental international organizations in the field of zoological conservation and sustainable management.

Article 4. ISZS is a scientific member of International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) and as such fully endorses the aims and objectives of the IUBS.

Article 5. ISZS will establish an apolitical mechanism to promote zoological science communication that is based on principles of openness, equity, transparency, non-

discrimination, while respecting country sovereignty and avoiding interference with domestic policies.

Article 6. ISZS shall be organized and operated exclusively for scientific and educational purposes.

Article 7. To attain these objectives, ISZS shall:

7.1. Organize the International Congress of Zoology (ICZ) as the pre-eminent forum for interaction among zoological scientists. The ICZ will be held every 4 years. During each ICZ, ISZS will review achievements and problems in zoological research during the previous 4 years, recommend further development and trends of zoological research, and priorities activities of ISZS for the next 4 years.

7.2. Operate a permanent website to serve as a medium for discussion, debate and the preparation for the next ICZ. The site will also be a portal for zoological information and advice. The site will be operated over the interregnum between ICZs by the Secretariat but will be directly linked to the host of the next ICZ.

7.3. The plenaries of ICZ will function as an important forum for the wide participation of the zoologists in the activities of the ICZN.


Article 8. Membership of ISZS shall be as individuals or as organizations (the latter beinginstitutional membership). Individual members are those engaged or interested in any aspect of zoological sciences. Institutional members are any international, regional, national, local, professional organization involved in the field of zoology.

Article 9. All members, including the appointed representatives of institutional members shall have the right to:

9.1. Participate in ICZ and other activities of ISZS;

9.2. Be informed about the budget and activities of ISZS;

9.3. Make suggestions to ISZS;

9.4. Exchange zoological information;

9.5. Vote at the ISZS General Assembly (GA) (providing they are paid-up members);

9.6. Vote on special issues online during the interregnum (providing they are paid-up members);

9.7. Vote by proxy if unable to attend a GA (providing they are paid-up members);

9.8. To attend a GA;

9.9. To subscribe the ISZS official journal, Integrative Zoology, at a membership price.

Article 10. The ISZS members shall have the obligation:

10.1. To support and facilitate the objectives, activities and governance of ISZS;

10.2. To pay the membership fee (individual fee 40 Euros/institutional fee 500 Euros per 4-year term);

10.3. To endeavor to attend a regional meeting or GA during each interregnum;

10.4. To promote Integrative Zoology.

10.5. Voting at GA: Each paid-up Individual Member shall have 1 vote and each paid-up Institutional Member shall have 10 votes.


Article 11. The constituent bodies of the Society are:

11.1. The GA;

11.2. The Executive Committee (EC);

11.3. The Advisory Committee (AC);

11.4. The Permanent Secretariat (PS).

Article 12. The sovereign body of ISZS is the GA held at the conclusion of each ICZ. The responsibilities of this GA are to deal with the larger concerns of ISZS, such as to:

12.1. Provide discussion about the general policies and programs of ISZS;

12.2. Amend the ISZS Statutes;

12.3. Consider matters of general interest to the members;

12.4. Elect ISZS EC;

12.5. Decide by vote on the venue of the next ICZ;

12.6. Call an "Extraordinary GA" if a serious situation arises during the interregnum. This would occur only if there was support from 2/3 majority of EC.

Article 13. EC consists of the President, 2-3 Vice-Presidents for managing the Society (i.e. ISZS Officers) and ICZ and 5-7 members. The ISZS affairs are conducted by EC and it should act in accordance with the GA decisions.

13.1. President election: President is elected by GA for a maximum 2 consecutive terms. Two Vice Presidents represent the current and the next ICZ host nations. They are nominated by their national societies and are elected at the GA when the next ICZ venue is determined. The five EC members are nominated by at least 2 individual members or at least one institutional member and elected at the GA for a maximum 3 consecutive terms. The legal representative of ISZS in the country that hosts the registered Permanent Secretariat will be a member of the Executive Committee and an ISZS officer. The nominees must be ISZS paid-up members.

13.2. Selection of EC: The slate of nominations for EC election shall be determined by a Nomination Committee (NC) established by the EC. The NC will compose a past president of ISZS, and 2 other EC or AC members who are not seeking re-election. The slate will be balanced to represent both regional representation and gender.

13.2. By-Law: Nomination must be received by the Secretariat 3 months prior to the GA. All members of the EC shall be paid-up members of ISZS.

13.3. Special ad hoc committees established by the President and approved by EC shall work under the direction of the President and Vice-Presidents.

13.4. Normally, the "incumbent" chair or Secretary General of the past ICZ and the chair or Secretary General of the next ICZ will be members of EC.

13.5. The EC members shall implement the policy and conduct the ISZS business subject to approval by EC or GA and ensure the ISZS continuity during the interregnum between ICZs.

13.5.1. The EC members will actively engage in the ISZS business by providing advice to PS and by contributing to discussions on matters that arise.

13.5.2. The EC members will be charged with representing ISZS in a non-sectarian manner. Statements made on behalf of ISZS can only be issued with the consensus of EC.

13.5.3. The EC members must adhere to the legal framework of the host country where activities of ISZS are conducted and also to international conventions relevant to the business of ISZS.

13.5.4. Without formal approval from EC and the ISZS legal representative, no person or member of ISZS may sign any agreement(s) or contract(s) on behalf of ISZS which may bring ISZS into any legal, political or religious conflict(s).

Article 14. Former ISZS officers or EC members will become AC members. AC will have a Chair and a Deputy Chair, appointed by the ISZS president. The AC will provide advice to EC on issues important to ISZS. Its members should take part in ISZS activities and help to promote the development of ISZS.

Article 15. ISZS will have a Permanent Secretariat (PS) responsible for the daily activities (including running the ISZS website, writing a Newsletter and running Integrative Zoology) under the direction of EC. The host of the PS should provide necessary space, personnel and financial support for routine work at PS. The PS location will be determined by a 2/3 majority of all ISZS paid-up members.


Article 16. The ISZS Outstanding Contribution Award will be made in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the zoological community over a prolonged period.

Article 17. In order to encourage younger members, the ISZS Young Scientist Award will be granted to zoologists who have made substantial contributions to ISZS over the previous 4 years. The award will be based on the publication record of a doctoral graduate less than 5 years post graduation. Candidates must be nominated and seconded by 2 individual paid-up individual members or at least one paid-up institution members. Nominations are to be submitted to the Secretariat with full CVs at least 3 months prior to the GA.

17.1. By-Law: Successful applicants will be named of the award winner at the GA. Prize will include a certificate, and partial or full support for attending the GA.
17.2. The awardees will be determined by an ad hoc committee set up by the EC, consisting 2 EC/AC members and 2 external referees.

17.3. Up to 3 ISZS Young Scientist Awards may be made per GA.

Article 18. The ISZS Treasurer will be responsible for preparing and representing the ISZS financial report to GA. The funds of ISZS shall come from:

18.1. Membership fees;

18.2. Grants;

18.3. Gifts and donations;

18.4. Other sources approved by EC.

Article 19. The hosts of ICZ, PS and Integrative Zoology manage and balance their programs,budgets and properties independently.

Article 20. A separate bank account for ISZS must be established. Legal advice is essential. The financial liabilities of ISZS shall be limited to its current funds. The EC shall determine financial commitments. ISZS should anticipate an audit before GA.

Article 21. The income of ISZS shall not be used for the benefit of its officers, members or private individuals.


Article 22. Alterations and additions to the Statutes shall be proposed by EC and approved by GA (providing they meet the criteria of 9.5).


Article 23. ISZS may be dissolved upon the agreement of 2/3 majority of all its paid-up members. Upon dissolution, EC will be responsible for settling accounts and disposing of the property. The ISZS assets shall be distributed to one or more organizations with objectives similar to those of ISZS.

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