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By-Laws of SGN/SSDN

German Version (Statuten)

Art. 1

A scientific organization named Swiss Neutron Scattering Society exists according to ZGB Art. 60 ff. This organization has its head office at the Laboratory for Neutron and Myon Instrumentation in Villigen, Switzerland (postal code: 5232). 

Art. 2

The purpose of the SGN/SSDN is: 
a) to promote the applications of neutron scattering and its further development; 

b) to promote the scientific exchange of ideas in the field of neutron scattering;  

c) to promote young scientists in the field of neutron scattering; 

d) to cultivate multidisciplinary relations with other societies belonging to the Swiss Academy for Natural Sciences; 

e) cultivation of relations with industrial users of neutron scattering; 

f) to cultivate relations with international associations and organizations in the field of neutron scattering; 

g) to represent the SGN/SSDN in particular regarding optimal access to national and international neutron sources as well as participation in corresponding scientific committees; 

h) to represent the SGN/SSDN in the European Neutron Scattering Association (ENSA), the umbrella organization of the European societies for neutron scattering.


Art. 3

Anyone interested in neutron scattering can join. The executive committee decides who will be admitted. 

Art. 3b

The society can assign honorary memberships to persons, who made significant and outstanding contributions to the field of neutron scattering. On the appointment of honorary members the executive board decides. 

Art. 4

Legal persons who are interested in advancing the society's aims can be admitted as joint members. 

Art. 5

Cancellation of membership requires written notice and has to be addressed to the executive committee by the end of a calendar year. Members whose payments are in arrears for two consecutive years are considered to have resigned. 

Art. 6

The general assembly will exclude members after a request has been made by the executive committee. Those affected by the exclusion will be granted a reasonable opportunity to state their opinion. 

Art. 7

The amount of annual membership fees will be layed down/determined by the general assembly. Presently the annual membership fee amounts to CHF 20,-. The members are not personally liable for the society's obligations. In addition to individual memberships, the society also offers institutional memberships that allow research institutes, research groups or similar organizations to pay the membership fees for all their staff working on neutron science. Such organizations provide a list of their relevant staff together with the payment to SNSS, where the cost per registered staff is CHF 20,- per year. 


Art. 8

The organs of the SGN/SSDN are: 
1. the general assembly
2. the executive committee
3. the auditors

Art. 9

The society hosts an annual meeting of members; members will be informed about the agenda and invited four weeks in advance.  

All elections are open and are decided by simple majority. Collective members are eligible to vote. In the event of a tied vote the president will have the final vote. An extraordinary meeting will be scheduled if ordered by the executive committee or requested by one fifth of all members. 

Art. 10

Executive organ is the executive committee. The executive committee consists of a president and a maximum of five other members. The executive committee appoints itself. All members of the executive committee are elected by the general assembly for a period of 3 years. 

Executive committee's meetings are held on request. The president invites participants two weeks in advance. All votes are decided by simple majority of all participating executive members. In the event of a tied vote the president has the final vote.  

The following members can be invited to executive meetings where they have advisory function:  
- the representative of the SGN/SSDN in the ENSA-committee 
- a representative of the Federal Department for Education and Science  
- a representative of the Paul Scherrer Institute 
- Swiss scientific council members of international neutron scattering centers. 

Art. 11

The SGN's/SSDN's annual financial statement has to be prepared by the time the general assembly meets and has to be verified by certified accountants who are elected by the general assembly for a period of three years. 

The society's annual membership corresponds to a calendar year. 

Change of statutes 

Art. 12

Proposals and changes to statutes have to be presented to the member's assembly by the executive committee and must be approved by at least 2/3 of all members present at the meeting. 

Dissolution of the society

Art. 13

The society can be dissolved if 2/3 of all members present apply for it. In this case a secret ballot has to take place where all members of the society cast their vote. If a majority of 2/3 of all participating members in the ballot vote for dissolving the society, dissolution is decided. 

Art. 14

Should the society be dissolved, the society's capital must be used in a way that complies with its original purpose which will be decided by the general assembly requesting the dissolving. 

Final provision

Art. 15

The charters became effective at the general assembly on October 25, 1991 in Bern. Supplementary regulations were accepted at the general asssemblies on October 21, 1994 as well as November 21, 1997 in Villigen. 

Villigen, 2. December 2022

For the executive committee of SGN: 
The President: 
Prof. Dr. Marc Janoschek
The Secretary: 
Dr. Urs Gasser

Last revision : Jan. 26, 2023 by U. Gasser