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Election to Council 2020

Election to Council 2020Members of the Institute are invited to stand for election to the epi Council. Being a Council member means formally representing and championing the interests of the members of your constituency as well as bringing your passions and interests to the fore. You can actively shape the work and services of the Institute and have the opportunity to elect the Board of epi, being also eligible to become one of its members. It also allows you to be part of the body that is leading the epi task forces that address issues relevant to the Profession and your own constituency. The responsibilities of a Council member are described in the By-Laws, and include attending the Council meetings, one in Spring and one in Autumn.

At the beginning of next year, the Council of the Institute is due to be elected for its new term. You can declare from 1st October 2019 – 1st November 2019 according to the Rules for Election to Council that you are ready to stand for election or for re-election to the Council. Your nomination can be done online through the epi website. The instructions how to log-in on the epi website can be found here.

Alternatively, if the online nomination is impossible for you, you can use the nomination paper form that will be sent to you by 1st October 2019.

The usual case is that you stand for election in your own constituency, corresponding to your address registered at the EPO. Your constituency is the State party to the EPC in which you have your place of business or employment. Depending on the number of epi members in each constituency, 2, 4, or 6 council members are elected to represent the constituency, and the same number of substitute council members. 

The election shall be by remote e-voting. You shall receive on 15th January 2020 at the latest, a web address for a secure website, and a personal password from our independent voting service provider.

If remote e-voting is impossible for you, the epi Secretariat will send you a ballot paper by post. You can request a ballot paper at the epi Secretariat. Your request in written form (e.g. by mail, fax or e-mail) must be received by the Secretariat at the latest on 1st November 2019.

The first meeting of the newly elected Council will take place in Glasgow on 11-12 May 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the epi Secretariat as follows:
Tel +49 89 242052 0 or email: info@patentepi.org