Dear colleague and ISGS Member,

As an active member of the sol-gel community, we are writing to invite you to consider becoming a candidate for the upcoming election to renew the membership of the ISGS Board.

Since its launch at the 2003 International Sol-Gel Conference in Australia, the ISGS has aspired to serve the community of sol-gel practitioners as an inter-disciplinary, non-profit organisation which provides a vibrant platform for supporting and advancing sol-gel science and technology. The ISGS is led by a Board with nine elected members, who meet every month via ZOOM to develop initiatives for the society to support our membership. The scope of these initiatives has increased dramatically over the past few years, with the introduction by the current Board of new Scholarships and Fellowships, the eSeminar series and a new format for the Society’s Newsletter. We hope that these initiatives, together with our focus on equity and diversity, have played an important role in maintaining the connectivity of our community membership during the past few years.

Representing the sol-gel community as a member of the ISGS Board is an opportunity to support our community, and to ensure that its challenges continue to be addressed. Members of the ISGS Board are elected for a period of six years, with three members retiring at each biennial International Sol-Gel Conference and three new members being elected. This ensures that each Board maintains a core of experienced members, together with newer members to contribute new ideas. A particular strength of the sol-gel community is its geographical, scientific, and technical diversity, and it is important that this rich diversity is reflected in the composition of the Board. It is also important that membership of the Board embeds a strong focus on gender equity, diversity, and inclusion. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from women, together with sol-gel practitioners from all countries to reflect the diversity of our community.

If you are interested in this opportunity to support and contribute to the growth of our Society, we invite you to submit your candidacy for Board membership before 30th June 2022. To apply:

  • You must be an ISGS member (with paid membership) at the time of application.
  • Please complete the application form. This should include a short biography that articulates your activities in sol-gel science and technology and highlights those areas in which you believe that you might contribute as a member of the ISGS Board in support of the international community.
  • Submit your completed application to the ISGS Secretariat before the deadline.

All candidate applications will be posted on the ISGS website on a page accessible only to current ISGS members. Election of candidates will be conducted both online (via eBallot) and at the International Sol-Gel Conference in Lyon, France (24-29th July 2022). The successful candidates will be announced during the conference.

For more details, please visit the ISGS website. Any questions that you might have should be directed to the ISGS Secretariat or ISGS President.

We very much hope that you will be interested in contributing to the growth of the ISGS through participation in the selection of the next ISGS Board, and we look forward to the ongoing success of our Society.