The proposal to form iAABE under the umbrella of CIGR was presented to the CIGR Presidium on 3 September 2013 during the 5th International Conference in Prague, Czech. It was subsequently approved by the 68th Executive Board Meeting of CIGR. The proposal was finally rectified by the 53rd General Assembly of CIGR on 17 September 2014 during the 18th World Congress of CIGR held in Beijing, China. Statues for iAABE are proposed.
We are now in a fast moving era. The challenges presented by population boom and climate change require agricultural and biosystems engineers to discover the appropriate interdisciplinary solutions. People in some parts of the world need more food to survive; urban garbage and industrial waste need new technology to become valuable energy; limited water resources need advanced technology and equipment to realize its efficient utilization and sustainability. Therefore as agricultural and biosystems engineers, we share the responsibility to advance technology research and equipment design and manufacture. We devote our professional life for the improvement of the quality of our life, and for the betterment of global development. CIGR, as a global academic organization with a large membership, seven professional technical sections and a strong impact in global agricultural and biosystems engineering, takes the lead to acknowledge the most significant contributions made by our scientists, professors and entrepreneurs around the world.
For this purpose, a proposal to form the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE) under the umbrella of CIGR was presented to the CIGR Presidium on 3 September 2013 during the 5th International Conference on Trends in Agricultural Engineering in Prague, Czech Republic. It was subsequently approved by the 68th Executive Board Meeting of CIGR. The proposal was finally rectified by the 53rd General Assembly of CIGR on 17 September 2014 during the 18th World Congress of CIGR held in Beijing, China.
The main purpose of the Academy is to identify and recognise individuals distinguished by their scientific and professional contributions to agricultural and biosystems engineering. Other purposes of the Academy include fostering international cooperation and exchange of information, promoting agricultural and biosystems engineering and other sciences and technology of importance for this area, and stimulating international education and training in agricultural and biosystems engineering.
As a learned society, the Academy will be composed of elected Fellows from all parts of the world. Elected Fellows are agricultural and biosystems engineers, who have made exceptional contributions in research, education and industry for advancing agricultural and biosystems engineering. Nominations for each new fellow are made by CIGR Presidium, Academy Executive Council, and existing Fellows, and are elected by existing Fellows only. No more than 20 Fellows will be elected every two years. The Academy is a source of scientific personnel and information to support international activities related to agricultural and biosystems engineering. The Academy acts in an advisory capacity to CIGR. Existing CIGR Fellows and CIGR Presidents automatically become the Academy Fellows. CIGR Fellow awards will be replaced by the election of the academy fellowship.
Academy activities are administered by an elected Executive Council, which is composed of President, President-elect, Past President, and two Executive Councillors.
I truly believe that the establishment of the International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE) is another great development of CIGR, and should significantly further promote CIGR globally.
CIGR President 2013-2014
CIGR has established The International Academy of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (iAABE), hereinafter referred to as "the Academy", as a statutory component of CIGR.
Section 1. The Academy is a learned society composed of elected members (Fellows) from all parts of the world, who will usually, but not necessarily, be affiliated with Adhering Bodies of CIGR. The Academy promotes, for the benefit of the international community, agricultural and biosystems engineering science and technology and related sciences. The Academy promotes high standards of ethics and scientific endeavour among agricultural and biosystems engineers scientists and technologists. In seeking to promote scientific endeavour, the Academy encourages communication, discussion and interaction with similar international scientific groups. The Academy serves as a source of scientific personnel and information to support international activities related to agricultural and biosystems engineering science and technology through CIGR. The Academy acts in an advisory capacity to CIGR and to the Adhering Bodies of CIGR.
Section 2. The President, Past Presidents and Fellows of CIGR are Fellows of the Academy. The CIGR Distinguished Lecturer at each CIGR World Congress or International Conferences shall be considered on an individual basis for immediate Fellowship (if eligible) in the Academy. CIGR Secretary General and Past Secretaries General, not already Fellows of the Academy shall be considered with the roster of Fellows for the congress in question. The decision shall rest solely with the Fellows of the Academy.
Section 3. The membership of the Academy shall reflect, as much as possible, the global distribution by country of eligible engineers, scientists and technologists. For each period between CIGR World Congresses or International Conferences, no more than 20 persons may be elected as Fellows. At the time of election all must be professionally active (not necessarily employed).
Section 4. To be eligible for election as a Fellow, a person must be generally recognized as having established an outstanding reputation for scientific accomplishments and/or leadership in the area of agricultural and biosystems engineering, science and/or technology. Nominations for election as Fellows shall only be made by CIGR Presidium and individual Fellows of the Academy to the Executive Council during the twelve months leading up to an CIGR World Congress or International Conference. A maximum of one nomination shall be made by each individual Fellow of the Academy in each election
Election shall be carried out by the Fellows of the Academy. Election shall require a two thirds (2/3) vote by postal or electronic mail ballot of those Fellows voting in the election. Newly elected Fellows shall be announced and duly published in advance of each CIGR World Congress or International Conference.
Section 5. The Executive Council of the Academy (ECA), herein referred to as the Executive Council, directs the work of the Academy. It consists of a Past President, a President, a President Elect, and two further Fellows as Executive Councilors. The Secretary to the Executive Council and the President of CIGR shall attend its meetings in a non-voting capacity.
Section 6. Members of the Executive Council are elected for the period between the World Congresses or International Conferences. The President and President Elect serve in those capacities for a single term. The two Executive Councilors can be re-elected once consecutively. Not later than 9 (nine) months before each CIGR World Congress or International Conference, the Executive Secretary shall invite nominations for Academy President Elect from Fellows. A postal/electronic ballot of Fellows shall ensue resulting in the declaration by the Secretary of the President Elect for the ensuing period. Not later that 6 (six) months before each World Congress or International Conference, the Secretary to the Executive Council shall invite nominations from Fellows for two Fellows as Executive Councilors. Any unsuccessful candidate for President Elect may be included among the nominations, provided that (he/she) is not at that time serving a second consecutive term as an Executive Councilor. A secret postal/electronic ballot of Fellows shall ensue, resulting in the declaration by the Secretary of the two successful Executive Councilors for the ensuing period.
Section 7. The President presides over the meetings of the Academy and the Executive Council.
Section 8. The Academy meets in conjunction with the World Congresses or International Conferences of CIGR. The Executive Council meets in conjunction with the meetings of the governing bodies of CIGR. Other meetings may also be arranged when necessary, desirable and possible at the call of the Academy President, or the Executive Secretary or the President of CIGR. Initiatives or other activities may be proposed by any member of the Academy to the Executive Council. Activities and initiatives shall be discussed and voted on at the meetings of the Academy.
Any proposal for amendment of these Statutes may be put forward by the Executive Council of the Academy, by the Presidium of CIGR, or by any five members of the Academy. Such proposals shall be notified no later than four months prior to the next meeting of the Academy, to the Executive Secretary, who shall circulate them to Executive Council. Proposals shall be voted on by the Fellows of the Academy and to be adopted shall require at least a 2/3 (two-thirds) majority of those voting in person, or by mail or electronic ballot.