Draft 2, 24th March 2006
The purpose of the Nuclear Theory
for Structure, Astrophysics and Reactions Network (NTSTAR) is to organize
the European nuclear theory community to:
a. Act as a forum and a
voice for the nuclear structure, reactions, and astrophysics theory community
to most effectively enhance the nuclear theory effort in Europe.
b. Contribute to identification and
prioritisation of the most important physics questions to be addressed at new
facilities such as FAIR, SPIRAL2, EURISOL and others.
c. Act as a first port of call for
requests from institutions, facilities and other agencies
for nuclear theory expertise.
a. Membership in this organization is
voluntary and open to all scientists who have expressed an interest in the
European Nuclear Theory by registering with the NT×website www.nucleartheory.net.
It is the responsibility of the members to provide up to date information (such
as email address).
b. Members may request to be removed
from the network and mailing list by the NT× Executive
c. Members may be removed
from the NT×
network and mailing list by unanimous vote of the Executive Committee. Removed
members may be reinstated with the support of at least one member of the
d. The list of members is publicly
available on the NT×website www.nucleartheory.net.
The NT× Executive
Committee updates the list at least once every three months.
Chair and Executive Committee
An Executive Committee will represent
the NT× Network. The
Committee consists of five voting members from among the registered network
membership. The Committee will organize by selecting a Chair.
a. The term of office is four
consecutive calendar years, starting on January 1 and ending December 31.
Elections to replace those executive committee members approaching four years
of service will be held every two years.
b. The Chair should have at least one
year of prior experience on the NT× Executive Committee. The term of
the Chair is for two years. If the chair is unable to complete his/her term,
the executive committee will select a new chair to finish the present term.
c. No institution shall have more than
d. Removal of a member of the Executive
Committee is possible through an initiative by ten members of the Group,
submitting statements of support for such action. Upon reaching this threshold,
the Executive Committee must survey the NT× membership and 66% of those
voting must be in favour of the removal. The vacancy will be filled as per
Section 5.b and amendments.
a. Executive Committee elections will
take place in the latter half of the calendar year. The Executive Committee will
announce the election calendar, run the election, and determine the results.
All persons who are members of NT× network prior to the elections
process may vote.
b. The Nominating Committee will have
three members and consists of the outgoing Executive Committee members. During
the election cycle when only two Executive Committee terms will expire, the
three continuing Executive Committee members will choose one continuing
Executive Committee member to serve on the Nominating Committee.
c. The Nominating Committee will
solicit nominations for candidates from the at-large membership for a period of
at least three weeks. An eligible NT× member receiving at-large
nominations from ten members will qualify to be a candidate. If the at-large
nominations process fails to provide a sufficient number of candidates, the
Nominating Committee will select candidates from the eligible NT× membership.
From this pool of candidates, the Nominating Committee will then select two
candidates to compete for each vacant seat in a manner ensuring the diversity
of the Executive Committee and compliance with Section 3c.
d. All voting members of the NT× who are not
presently serving on the Executive Committee or are from the same institution
as continuing Executive Committee members are eligible to be candidates.
e. Nominations may be submitted by any
voting member of the NT× and may be sent to any member of
the nominating committee prior to the close of the nomination period.
f. The Nominating Committee is
empowered to resolve all disputes regarding the nominating process not covered
within the charter.
g. A plurality of votes is sufficient
for election. In case of a tie-vote, the present Executive Committee will break
a. The Executive Committee will conduct
its business in a democratic manner with one vote per member. Measures or
actions fail in the case of a tie vote.
b. Vacancies on the Executive Committee
must be replaced. The remaining Executive Committee members will appoint a
current member of the NT× to fill the vacancy for the
remainder of the term. If the chair is vacant, the remaining members will
choose an interim, fill the vacancy, and only then elect a new chair for the
remainder of the year.
c. The Executive Committee will
coordinate NT× workshops and
meetings and will be the first port of call for requests from institutions,
facilities and other agencies for input from nuclear theorists by directing
queries to the appropriate scientists within the NT× network.
d. Upon request, the Executive
Committee should provide advice to the facilities, agencies, and other
a. Amendments to this charter must
originate from the Executive Committee or from a group of ten members sending
statements of support to the Executive Committee.
b. Amendments to the charter may be
adopted by a vote of the membership (plurality required) or unanimous vote of
the five-member Executive Committee. If the amendment passes by Executive
Committee vote, a group of ten at-large members may request a vote by the
entire Users Group and the amendment in question is suspended until the vote
can be held. Upon notification of the passage of the amendment, the at-large
membership will have four weeks to request the vote.
a. Unless otherwise specified, the
duties of the chair specified in this charter may be carried out by a
designated member of the Executive Committee.
b. The first election will be
administered by the NT× Steering
Committee . In this election, the three members receiving the highest vote
count will serve a term of four years, while the remaining two will serve a
term of two years. For the first election, the NT× Steering
Committee will appoint a ballot-counting committee made up of NT× members who
are not candidates for election.
This Charter shall be accepted as a
document providing guidance and rules of operation for the NT× Network
following a ratification vote in which 2/3 favour
adoption of the charter. The NT× Steering Committee shall
administer the ratification vote.