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The Asia and Oceania Society for Photobiology (AOSP) was established in 2001 to advance the profession and to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of photobiology information exchange at international level.

The AOSP aims to become the premier international organization for photo-biologists and associated scientific professionals in all settings including universities, industry, government agencies, health care facilities, and non-profit organizations.

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AOSP Executive Committee

Board of AOSP

Past President: Masamitsu Ichihashi (Japan) mm_ichihash{at}hotmail.com
Past President: Motoyuki Tsuda (Japan) mtsuda605{at}zeus.eonet.ne.jp
Past President: Pill-Soon Song (Korea)  pssong{at}gmail.com
Past President: Xun Shen (China)  shenxun{at}sun5.ibp.ac.cn
Past President: Chandana Haldar (India) chaldar2001{at}yahoo.com
Past President: Tetsuro Majima (Japan) majima{at}sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp
President: Min Chen (Australia) min.chen{at}sydney.edu.au
President-Elect: Shih-Long Tu (Taiwan) tsl{at}gate.sinica.edu.tw
Secretary-General and Treasurer: Tetsuro Majima (Japan) majima{at}sanken.osaka-u.ac.jp
Board Office of AOSP: Japan

AOSP Executive Board, National Representative: two delegates from each country

Australia: Gary M. Halliday gary.halliday{at}sydney.edu.au
Australia: Min Chen min.chen{at}sydney.edu.au
China: Zong Jie Cui zjcui{at}bnu.edu.cn
China: Xing Da xingda{at}scnu.edu.cn
India: Chandana Haldar chaldar2001{at}yahoo.com
India: Anil Kumar Singh Retinal{at}chem.iitb.ac.in 
Korea: Tae-Ryong Hahn trhahn{at}khu.ac.kr  
Korea: Giltsu Choi gchoi{at}kaist.edu.kr
Taiwan: Kuo Chu Hwang kchwang{at}mx.nthu.edu.tw 
Taiwan: Shih-Long Tu tsl{at}gate.sinica.edu.tw
Japan: Takeshi Todo todo{at}radbio.med.osaka-u.ac.jp
Japan: Moritoshi Iino iino{at}sci.osaka-cu.ac.jp

*When you send e. mail to these address, please change {at} to @.

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I. FUNCTIONS

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Asia and Oceania Society for Photobiology (AOSP) is a non-profit organization. Its purpose is the stimulation of scientific research in the fields of photobiology.
In fulfillment of this purpose, AOSP initiates arrangements for Asia and Oceania Conference on Photobiology (AOCP) and for other meetings as appropriate. The AOSP comprises national and international photobiology groups and individual members.

II. ORGANIZATION

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The organization of AOSP is set out below:
a) The General Assembly is composed of the delegates of national and international groups, individual members and the Executive Committee.
b) The Executive Committee consists of :
1) two delegates from each national and district group;
2) members of the Board
The President of AOSP is Chairman of the Executive Committee.
c) The Board of AOSP is composed of the Past President, the President, the President-Elect, the Secretary-General and the Treasurer. Members of the Board are elected by the General Assembly on the occasion of AOCP. The Board of AOSP elects the Secretary-General. The Executive Committee may itself elect any of these officers including the Auditor
The Executive Committee Office with the Secretary-General and the Treasurer is located in
Japan to operate together with the Past Presidents, the President, and the President-Elect.

III. ADMINISTRATION

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The Executive Committee is convened by the President at least every two years. It ensures that the affairs of AOSP are conducted in accordance with the decisions of the General Assembly. In addition, it has the following special functions:
a) admission of new national and district groups;
b) preparation for the election of new members of the Board by the General Assembly
c) appointment of the national group responsible for the organization of the next AOCP or other meetings of AOSP:
In order to ensure that the organization of the AOCP or other meetings conforms with the general lines of AOSP policy, the Executive Committee cooperates with the national group in the organization and financial arrangements and in planning the scientific program of the Congress or meetings.

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The administration of AOSP is the responsibility of the Secretary-General, to which all important questions should be submitted for approval. It is part of its function:
a) to maintain contact with the national and district groups, to maintain the AOSP home page on the web, and to assist in the formation and affiliation of new ones;
b) to decide upon the affiliation of individual members;
c) to record and circulate the Minutes of the General Assembly and of Executive Committee meetings.

IV. MEMBERSHIP

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The AOSP recognizes as members:
a) those from affiliated national or district photobiology groups. The membership of a group is not limited in number, but no group may appoint more than three members as delegates to a General Assembly. Each group shall appoint a secretary who is responsible for maintaining contact between the group and the AOSP Committee, which he/she shall keep informed of his/her group’s activities.
b) individual members recognized by AOSP only in those countries having no national or district group. Where there are fewer than ten members, they may affiliate as individual members.

V. AMENDMENTS

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Amendments to this constitution may be initiated by members of the Executive Committee or by a petition to the Committee signed by ten Individual Members of the AOSP. Amendments must be approved by a two-thirds majority of the Executive Committee, and must be ratified by a majority of Individual Members, voting at the General Assembly.

VI. AWARDS

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AOSP establishes the Awards: 1) The AOSP Award for Distinguished Contribution to Photobiology in Asia and Oceania Countries, about two awardees for each AOCP, 2) AOSP Award, The Asia and Oceania Society for Photobiology Award, about two awardees, 3) AOSP Award for Young Scientists, about two awardees, and 4) AOSP Poster Award, about five awardees. The details are established separately.

BYLAWS

I. MEMBERSHIP

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Membership of AOSP will be automatically accorded upon payment of the affiliation dues. Any group or society or individual person in a country without photobiology group or society, failing to pay the annual dues for two consecutive years shall be disaffiliated. Reaffiliation can be achieved by application to AOSP and payment of dues.

II. MEETTINGS

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AOSP authorized to hold an international scientific congress every two years. When AOCP is held in Asia and Oceania, AOSP holds a joint meeting.

III. DUES

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The dues for groups and societies for each AOCP are 300 US$ for Japan, 200 US$ for China and Korea, 100 US$ for India, Australia, Taiwan, and other groups and societies. All groups and societies are requested to pay the dues by cash to the AOSP Secretary-General (or the Treasurer) during each AOCP. The dues are decided in each AOSP Executive Committee meeting. The dues are used for the expenditure on the Awards in each AOCP. The Secretary-General and the Treasurer control the dues.

IV. AWARDS

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AOSP establishes the following Awards:
1) AOSP Award for Distinguished Contribution to Photobiology in Asia and Oceania Countries, about two awardees, Awardees have achieved world top-level research on photobiology for a long time in Asia and Oceania and contributed distinguishably to AOSP. For mostly retired researchers.
2) AOSP Award, about two awardees, Awardees have carried out world top-level research on photobiology in Asia and Oceania and achieved remarkable research performance. For world top-level, frontier, and experienced researchers on the active.
3) AOSP Award for Young Scientists, about two awardees, Awardees have carried out research on photobiology in Asia and Oceania and achieved remarkable research performance. For young researchers less than 45 years old.
4) AOSP Poster Award, about five awardees, Awardees have achieved remarkable performance from the research and presentation points of view.
Selection of awardees:
Awardees 1, 2, 3 are selected by the selection committee from the applicants themselves or recommended from the AOSP Executive Committee members. AOSP president joins in the selection committee as an observer. The selection committee is composed with about eight researchers in Asia and Oceania. One or two researcher can be involved from America and Europe. The 2013 selection committee members are asked by the AOSP president from the various field of photobiology. The 2015 selection committee members are decided by the AOSP president and the 2013 selection committee members. The term of the selection committee members is essentially two times AOCP. However, the terms of one and three times are allowed according to the situation. When the selection committee members are the applicants of the Award, they should be omitted from the selection of the Award. Selection of the AOSP Poster Awardees is asked to the AOCP local organizer to carry out together with the AOSP Executive Committee Members during the AOCP.


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