Under the name "Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Quartärforschung", or "Société Suisse de Recherche sur le Quaternaire" and "Società per la Ricerca del Quaternario Svizzera" (CH-quat), an association exists under Article 60 of the Swiss Civil Code.
The society's headquarters are located at the home of the President.
The society strengthens the science in the field of the exploration of the Ice Age (Quaternary) and promotes, in close contact with the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT), the dialogue between science, praxis and society.
With this aim the society pursues the following objectives:
The fulfilment of the society's tasks serve primarily to aid in:
The society is open to anyone interested in Quaternary research. It is composed of individual, collective and honorary members.
Individual members are interested individuals.
Collective members are legal persons, authorities, associations, institutions, companies and other institutions with an interest in Quaternary research.
Members who have distinguished themselves in an extraordinary manner to the society or the field of Quaternary research in general may be appointed at the request of the Committee by the General Assembly as honorary members. They do not pay a membership fee.
The entry can be made at any time by written notification to the Committee. If the candidate applies after the middle of the fiscal year (June 30), the membership fee is only due to be paid for the next fiscal year.
Resignation and expulsion
A withdrawal from the society can be made only at the end of each fiscal year by giving written notice to the Committee. Membership shall automatically terminate when the annual fee is not paid for two years despite a reminder. Members who damage the society through their conduct may be excluded at the request of the Committee by the General Assembly.
Rights and obligations
All members have the right to vote.
The obligations are limited to payment of the annual membership fee.
The bodies of the society are:
Every year there will be a general assembly to which the members will be invited at least one month in advance by the Committee.
The General Assembly, led by the president, is responsible for:
Extraordinary General Assembly
The Committee is entitled to convene extraordinary General Assemblies. It is obliged to do so if one-fifth of the members request such a meeting.
Elections and resolutions
The General Assembly passes resolutions openly with a simple majority of the valid votes. In a tie, the President casts the deciding vote. Upon request the General Assembly may decide upon secret ballot or election.
Each member has the right to submit proposals. Proposals which are not closely related to items on the agenda must be delivered in writing to the Committee at least 14 days before the meeting.
The Committee shall be composed of: the President, the Vice President, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and two to four other Committee members with specialized functions. The retiring President may attend as Past President in an advisory capacity to the Committee meetings.
The Committee is responsible for:
The Committee obligates the society through joint signature of the President, Vice President and one other Committee member.
The Committee has a quorum if more than half of its members are present. The Committee shall decide by simple majority. In a tie, the President casts the deciding vote.
The President can, if necessary, be substituted by the Vice President. He / she shall submit to the General Assembly an annual report.
The Secretary keeps the minutes of the meetings and is responsible for correspondence. He / she is responsible for the membership directory.
The Treasurer manages the coffer and takes care of the financial transactions within the framework of the budget. He / she shall submit to the General Assembly the society's accounts and present the budget for the coming fiscal year.
The Committee members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of three years (one term). All members can be re-elected twice (max. 3 periods in office in a row), however in the role of President only one re-election is permitted (max. 2 official periods in a row).
Two auditors review the financial statements, report to the General Assembly and request the discharge of the Committee. The auditor shall be elected by the General Assembly for three years. A double re-election is permissible.
The society meets its expenses from the assets of the association. These are fed from membership fees, donations and any further support posts.
The fiscal year begins on the 1. of January and lasts until the 31. of December.
Liability for obligations shall be limited to the assets of the society. Members are free from any personal liability.
For a revision of the statutes, a two-thirds majority of the voting members present at the General Assembly is required.
The General Assembly may request to dissolve the society if a two-thirds majority of the voting members votes for it and submit this in writing to all members for a vote. The dissolution can occur only if two-thirds of all the members vote for it.
Upon dissolution of the society its wealth will go to SCNAT.
These Statutes were adopted and put into effect by resolution of the first General Assembly of the CH-Quat on the 27. of October 2007 in Bern.
Dr. Frank Preusser
Dr. Irka Hajdas