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Denomination - Purpose
The "World Academy of Ceramics", herein referred to
as the Academy, has been formed. The Academy is a voluntary, non-profit
organization of Supporting Members.
The Academy shall constitute a center for the International Community
directed towards promoting progress in the field of ceramics and
fostering a better understanding of the social impact and cultural
interactions of ceramic science, technology, history and art.
Within this framework, the Academy shall:
- Reward and honour those persons who have made a significant
contribution to the cultural advancement of the sector.
- Promote, endorse, manage and support cultural and educational
activities directed towards achieving progress in the sector and
cross fertilization of ceramics science, technology and art within
the modern materials and societal endeavour.
- Assist and support participation of individuals and institutions
of developing countries in international cultural and educational
activities concerned with ceramics which would also promote progress
in the ceramic sector in these Countries.
To accomplish the above goals, the Academy will seek to cooperate
actively with other organizations and groups of individual countries
or international organizations pursuing analogous or related objectives.
Supporting Members of the Academy
shall include the following:
a) Cultural, scientific and professional institutions and organizations,
companies and other national or international bodies concerned
with the well been of the ceramic sector, and
b) Individuals involved in ceramics and concerned with the well
been of the ceramics sector.
Management and Administrative Bodies
The management and administrative bodies of the Academy shall
be the following:
- General Assembly
- Special Assembly
The General Assembly shall be formed by all Supporting Members
of the Academy and shall have the following responsibilities:
- Elect the Chairman of the Academy.
- Elect the members of the Council of the Academy.
- Approve the finances and budget of the Academy.
The Special Assembly shall be formed by all Supporting Members
of the Academy and has the following responsibilities:
- Deliberate on modification of the Statutes of the Academy.
- Deliberate on dissolution of the Academy.
The Council is presieded by the Chairman of the Academy.
The Council shall have the following responsibilities:
- Decide on the general organization of the Academy.
- Define the general outline of the activities of the Academy.
- Establish the annual budget of the Academy.
- Decide on expenditures when the conditions (i), (ii) and (iii)
specified in Article 9 occur.
- Deliberate on any initiatives which involve decisions regarding
extraordinary financial contributions from Supporting Members.
- Deliberate on the admission of Supporting Members.
- Deliberate on Admission Fees and Annual Dues for Supporting
- Deliberate on the appointment of Academicians.
- Deliberate on appointees to serve in the Advisory Board and
other Committees of the Academy.
The Chairman of the Academy is the legal representative of the
Academy and his signature, alone, is binding to the effects of
the law. The Chairman is vested with the appropriate powers for
the management of the affairs of the Academy and is empowered
to sign all documents and acts of normal and extraordinary administration
with the exclusion of (i) buy, sell or make changes in Academy
property, (ii) agree to registration, cancellation and mortages
in Academy property, and (iii) agree to expenditures not covered
by ordinary or extra-ordinary funding, excess from preceeding
budgets, or from donations and gifts.
In case of prolonged inability of the Chairman to carry out his
duties, the relative power and functions are conferred on the
Council of the Academy.
The Advisory Board consists of nine to twelve Members which shall
be elected by ballot among the Academicians. Said Members shall
represent on a parity basis the following Regions: i) Europe and
Africa, ii) North and South America, and iii) Asia and Australia,
and shall be elected by and among the Academicians belonging to
the respective Regions.
The elected representatives in the Board from one single country
cannot exceed the number of two. It is the faculty of the Council
to appoint additional Board Members up to a maximum of one third
of the total number of Members of the Board. The Board elects
its own President.
Voting procedure as well as the nominees are the responsibility
of the Council.
Members of the Board hold a 4-year term and are not re-eligible
for the next 4-year term.
The Board provides advice to the Academy on all matter the Council
feels appropriate to vest it and make proposals to the Council
for the Committees and activities of the Academy.
The President of the Advisory Board may attend the meetings of
The Academy shall be assisted by Committees such as are decided
by the Council being necessary for the work of the Academy.
Individuals who have made an internationally renown significant
contribution to the advancement of ceramics culture, science,
technology, industry, history and art are eligible as Academicians.
The appointment as Academician is merely honorary and rewards
the personal merits in the field. The status of Academician does
not involve specific duties or obligations on the part of the
member. Nevertheless propensity of an Academician to be directly
involved in the activities of the Academy and in its Boards and
Committees will be highly favoured and appreciated.
Non remuneration for Offices Held
All offices held on behalf of the Academy are non remunerative.
Funding of the Academy shall come from the following sources:
- Admission fees of the Supporting Members
- Annual dues of the Supporting Members
- Contributions from national and international organizations,
associations, companies and individuals
- Administration of the Academy' s own assets
- Any other source of income different from the above
The results of all initiatives carried out in the name or under
commission of the Academy become the property of the Academy,
which shall dispose of such property in the way deemed most appropriate.
No Member or third person may carry out initiatives or advance
requests for financing, contributions from third parties in the
name of the Academy or in the role of Member of the Academy, unless
expressly delegated with this authority by the Academy.
It shall be responsibility of the Council of the Academy to deal
with any situations relevant to the interests of the Academy not
expressly treated in the present Statutes.