“Lithuanian Materials Research Society” (hereafter Society) is a voluntary, non-profit organization uniting both individuals (scientists, engineers, material producers) and collective members (enterprises, research institutions) involved in material research, technology and related applications. The Society was established on 25 11 1999 during its constituent meeting in Vilnius. After final registration at the department of Law in Vilnius city Council on 14 03 2000 (Registration No 2521876), Society acts as a legal body having the stamps and accounts to deposit financial means in accordance to these statutes and the Association Law of Lithuanian Republic. The Society is named in Lithuanian “Lietuvos medžiagų tyrinėtojų asociacija”. Its short abbreviation in both Lithuanian and English is “LtMRS”. The legal address of the Society is: Sauletekio 10, LT-2040 Vilnius, Lithuania. The life of the Society is not terminated.
The objectives of the Society are as follows: – to systemize, disseminate and exchange information concerning experience and potential possibilities of individual Lithuanian scientists, scientific groups and enterprises involved in various material research problems, – to facilitate the communication and exchange information on material research, developed technologies and products produced in Lithuania into neighboring Baltic, EU and other countries, – to promote the wide material research, interdisciplinary cooperation, development of modern technologies and other activities for the benefit of Lithuanian members of LtMRS, – -to take active part in training of specialists and modern material research studies by young scientists and students, to organize international co-operation in the field of material science.
The Society has both a personal and a collective membership. It is open to individuals and collective members (enterprises, research institutions) of Lithuania and acting in the domain of materials science and technology or whose functions contribute to the development of these fields of science and take part in Society activities. All members of the Society must pay annual subscription fees, different for individual and collective members as determined by the Society board. Individuals not registered permanently in Lithuania may take part in the Society as Experts. The Experts are free from paying subscription fees. The individual Members, the Experts and the Collective members have an access to the information systematized by the Society and other services, open discussions are encouraged. Members of the Society have to follow these statues, as well as the decisions taken by leading bodies of the Society. Participant has to keep high the glory and the reputation of the LtMRS membership. Currently LtMRS consist of 125 individuals and three collective members.
The general meeting of the members constitutes as the supreme body of the Society. It has complete power for decision if not less than 1/2 of its members take part in the meeting and a simple majority of the participants vote for a resolution. The general meeting is able to modify the Society Statutes if 2/3 of the members of the Society participating in the meeting vote for the proposal. The general meeting is organized annually. The time table and schedule of the general meeting should be determined by the Society board to ensure the following tasks: – to evaluate the performed work and to declare all financial activities of the Society during the last period, – to promote general scheme of future activities of the Society, – to determine fees of both individual and collective members, – to elect president of the Society, vice-presidents and financial inspector for a forthcoming 3-year period, – to provide possible sections of the Society. Extraordinary meeting can be held at the written request of a minimum of 10 members of the Society. The Society board consisting of the president, vice-presidents, the section leaders and representations of each collective member, should do necessary decisions promoting aims of the Society between the general meetings. The Society board decides on all applications for membership. Also the Society board has the power to expel any member whose activity is considered being incompatible with the aims of the Society. Resolutions of the Society board are valid if a simple majority of its members voted for the resolution. In the event that votes are tied, the president’s vote will be decisive. President of the Society represents the Society between its meetings and supervises all official affairs of the Society meetings. In the absence of president, the vice-presidents take over the president’s duties.
Section is a constituent part of the Society uniting at least its 5 members related to a certain field of material research. Following sections have been established currently: – Materials of electronics and optics, – Construction materials, – Metals and alloys (thin films), – Textile materials, – Polymers and composites, – Biomaterials, – Active materials. Sections act in accordance to the statutes of the Society. Leaders of the Sections are elected during Section meetings and represent the Sections and carry out decisions of promoting aims of the Sections. Each Section can use financial account of the Society for its own needs.
AUTHORITY AND FINANCIAL OBLIGATION
The Society board appoints authority to perform necessary financial affairs. Administrator’s staff may be additionally appointed by the Society board to promote operative executing activities of the Society. Payments for the work performed by the Administrator and the financial authority are determined by the Society board. Financial resources of the Society consist of : – annual fees of individual and collective members, – special financing delivered by state and local authorities, – special financing delivered by individual persons and organizations of both in Lithuania and abroad, – bank interests. Financial resources of the Society must be deposited on the bank accounts. The Society board is responsible for the use of the financial resources of the Society. The president has the right to supervise all financial affairs of the Society. The Society is financially responsible for his debts. The financial inspector controls all financial activities of the Society. The annual income and outlay posts as well as the starting and final financial balance should be pointed out in the resolution of financial inspection to the general meeting.
REORGANIZATION AND DISSOLUTION
The Society may be reorganized by splitting to several units or can be incorporated as an associated member into other organizations. The corresponding decision should be supported by 2/3 majority votes of its members taking part at the general meeting of the Society. The Society may be dissolved by a resolution of the general meeting of the Society by 2/3 majority votes of its members taking part at the general meeting.