The 31st CODATA General Assembly will take place in Gaborone, Botswana, on 9-10 November after the International Data Week 2018. The GA will take place at University of Botswana, 4775 Notwane Rd, Gaborone, Botswana, at the end of International Data Week in Garorone, Botswana, delegates representing CODATA members will be able to vote for candidates for the following positions: President, Vice Presidents and ‘Ordinary Members’ of the Executive Committee.
As ‘Officers’, the President and Vice Presidents are play an important leadership role within CODATA. The President and Vice Presidents are elected for four year terms. The CODATA Executive Committee comprises eight Ordinary Members and is elected in its entirety every two years. Members may serve up to three two-year terms.
Provisional List of Candidates
The Provisional List of candidates for this year’s election is now available, as is the full collection of nomination forms and candidates CVs.
We are fortunate to have a range of very strong candidates for all the positions available: two excellent presidential candidates, three candidates for the two vice-president positions and no fewer than 13 candidates for the 8 places as Ordinary Members. However, please see the Statement from the Nominating Committee below.
The CODATA constitution allows for additional candidates to added to the list. For this to happen, the candidates must receive the nomination of at least four CODATA members. Additional nominations, on the requisite form, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 28 September, 2018.
Statement from the Nominating Committee
The Nominating Committee thanks CODATA members for the nominations they have provided for candidates for election to the CODATA Executive Committee. The nominations represent an experienced and geographically diverse set of candidates; however, the Nominating Committee is disappointed with the relatively low number of female candidates (five out of thirteen for the Ordinary Membership of the Executive Committee).
The CODATA Constitution allows for additional candidates to be nominated by at least four CODATA members, provided such nominations are received at least six weeks before the General Assembly. Therefore, the Nominating Committee would ask CODATA members to consider nominating additional candidates to add to the provisional list to help address the gender imbalance.