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(Version: December 2005)

The International Association of Societies of Design Research is an international, non-governmental, non-profit-making, charitable organisation. The Association was founded on 1 November 2005.

1. Purpose of the Association

The purpose of the Association is to promote research or study into or about the activity of design in all its many fields of application, through encouraging collaboration on an international level between independent societies of design research.

1.1 The Association will promote, amongst other activities, the organisation of biennial International Congresses of Design Research, at appropriate venues around the world.

1.1a The official language for congresses and for conducting the business of the Association is English.

2. Membership of the Association

The Association is comprised of member societies of design research from around the world.

2.1 Member societies are independent bodies and, for the purposes of membership of the Association, do not represent specific countries or constituencies.

2.2 Any society which is comprised of independent, individual members and has aims of promoting or encouraging research or study into or about the activity of design can apply to join the Association.

2.2a Admission of member societies to the Association is decided by majority vote of the Executive Board of the Association.

2.2b The Executive Board can also invite societies to become members.

2.3 Member societies are required to pay annually to IASDR a subscription of 2% of their annual income from membership subscriptions.

2.3a Income from member societies is to be used by the Executive Board solely for promoting and supporting IASDR activities and events and the business of the Association.

2.4 Member societies may resign from IASDR at any time by giving notice to the Executive Board Secretary.

3. Management of the Association

The business of the Association is managed by an Executive Board, comprised of two members appointed from each of the member societies.

3.1 Executive Board members are appointed to serve for a period of three years, and may be re-appointed for a maximum of two further three-year periods.

3.2 Executive Board members elect from amongst themselves the Association President, Vice-President, Secretary-General, Treasurer, and other Officers that may be necessary.

3.2a The President, Vice-President, Secretary-General, Treasurer and any other Officers are elected to serve for two-year periods, and may be re-appointed for a maximum of two further two-year periods.

3.3 The Secretary-General will keep all member societies informed of all IASDR activities.

3.4 The Treasurer will make annual summary reports of IASDR income and expenditure to all member societies.