The European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB) supports and promotes excellence activities on theoretical approaches and mathematical tools in biology and medicine in a European and wider context. This goal is pursued by encouraging community networking and scientific collaboration, as well as the organization of summer schools and conferences, in particular of the bi-annual European Conference in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ECMTB). Applications for travel grants and prizes such as the Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award and the Ovide Arino Outreach Award are granted every year and published on the ESMTB Communications, available for download on our website www.esmtb.org.
The activities of the Society are mainly conducted by the elected Society Board: Board members run for six years; half of the board is replaced every three years to ensure an overlap of new and experienced board members. The Board conducts its actions through one-day meetings (held approximately twice a year): a local workshop is usually organized concomitantly with the Board meetings. Board meetings are also held during the General Assembly (G.A.) held on the course of the European Conference in Mathematical and Theoretical Biology. A substantial part of the work and decisions are done, of course, by e-mail.
In 2020 the ESMTB members will elect (via electronic ballots managed by the current Board) five new Board members, whose period of office will run from January 2021 through December 2026. The call is now open for mathematical and theoretical biologists, who are invited to candidate themselves for the position of ESMTB Board Member.
Candidates should communicate their intention to become part of the Board by sending an email to the current ESMTB Secretary (Ellen Baake, firstname.lastname@example.org) attaching a photograph and a statement (up to 1000 characters) describing their scientific activities and interests as well as and their plans for ESMTB. These should be sent no later than 31st May 2020. In order for the Board to present the candidate to the public, the statement must include the following consent: "I consent to the diffusion of my personal details and of the present statement to the ESMTB audience through the ESMTB website, Newsletter, Communications and social media accounts, as well as through other presentation or media that ESMTB will deem appropriate to inform their audience about the candidates for the next Board elections. I further consent to receiving information about the elections and ESMTB meetings via email and personal communication."
The next ESMTB General Assembly will take place during the 12th ECMTB in Heidelberg, from August 31 to September 4th, 2020. Candidates participating during the event will have the opportunity to introduce themselves during the G.A. in person. Those who will not be able to attend the meeting will have their description briefly presented by the Society Board.
The election will take place in October, 2020, where active members will express a preference for up to 5 candidates via their personal area within the ESMTB website. Results will be announced by October 31st, 2020 and a joint Board meeting will be scheduled for December 2020, in order to effect the transition between the old and new Board members.