Bylaws of the International Commission
1. Definition of the ICAE
The International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity, The ICAE, is a commission of the
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS).
The IAMAS is one of the constituent Associations of the International Union of Geodesy and
Geophysics. All countries which adhere to the Union, including Associate Countries
(Members), are Adhering (Member) Countries of the Association and are qualified to appoint
delegates to the Association’s General Assemblies.
The ICAE, as a Commission of the IAMAS, fulfills the rules stated in the Bylaws of the
IAMAS with the exception of declarations and specifications in the Bylaws of the ICAE.
2. Objectives of the ICAE
To promote the scientific study of electrical phenomena in the atmosphere.
To stimulate discussion, presentation and publication of scientific results that relate to
electrical phenomena in the atmosphere.
To promote education and public awareness of electrical phenomena in the atmosphere.
3. Organs of the ICAE
The International Commission on Atmospheric Electricity comprises:
The Executive Committee
4. The Officers of the ICAE
The Officers will direct and coordinate all scientific and Next activities of the
Commission, and will function on a continuing basis, as required, in the interval between
Ordinary General Assemblies. The Officers consist of a President, and a Secretary (who is
also the Treasurer), elected by the Ordinary General Assembly.
The President will be elected at the final Plenary Session of the Ordinary General
Assembly. His/Her terms of office will be for one period of 4 years. He/She will be eligible
for immediate re-election but only for one additional period of 4 years.
The Secretary will be elected at the final Plenary Session of the Ordinary General
Assembly. His/Her terms of office will be for one period of four years. He/She will be eligible
for immediate re-election but only for two additional periods of four years.
If the Office of the President becomes vacant between two Ordinary General Assemblies,
the Secretary will organize election by surface mail and/or electronic mail and/or the
gathering of an Extraordinary General Assembly within 60 days.
If the office of the Secretary becomes vacant under the same circumstances, the President will organize election by surface mail and/or electronic mail and/or the gathering of an
Extraordinary General Assembly within 60 days.
5. Meetings of the ICAE
The General Assembly of the Commission is a meeting of the Executive Committee, which is
composed of regular members and honorary members. The appointment of the Members and
Honorary Members of the Commission will be brought officially to the notice of the Bureau
of IAMAS before the opening of the first Plenary Session of the General Assembly.
The time between two General Assemblies must not exceed four years.
The Commission will meet in Ordinary General Assembly at the time of the Ordinary General
Assembly of the IAMAS or at the time of the venue of the Scientific Conference organized by
If the need should arise, the Commission may also meet in Extraordinary General Assembly
during the interval between two Ordinary General Assemblies.
6. Membership of the ICAE
Membership in the Commission is achieved by a vote of the Executive Committee.
Honorary members do not participate in either the election of Members or in the election of
The vote is organized during the General Assemblies. Members and Honorary members are
elected by simple majority vote of the Members, with a minimum participation in the voting
of 50 % of the Members. In case of a second ballot, the voice of the President counts for two
Members are elected for a period of 8 years and can be re-elected once for a period of 8
Honorary Members are appointed for life.
In case of the resignation of a Member, his/her replacement will wait until the next General
7. Election of the Officers
Candidate for the Officers will be identified by a Committee for the Election.
The Committee for the Election is composed of three members of the Commission designated
by the Officers .When possible, each of those three members will have a good knowledge of
atmospheric electricity and the Next scientific communities throughout the world.
The role of the Committee for the Election is to identify candidates for the election of the
Officers. Candidates must have citizenship in a member country of the International Union of
Geodesy and Geophysics.
The Committee for Election must be formed at least 12 months before the election of the