Chapter 2: Membership

Article 4.00 Membership

4.01 Categories of Membership

There shall be two categories of membership: Effective members and Non voting members. 
Each category may be subdivided in classes as stipulated in the Bye Laws. 
Effective members shall be individuals of any nationality engaging in or with an interest in 
ophthalmic and vision research who meet such requirements as shall be established from time 
to time by the EVER Board. 
There shall be the following classes of Effective membership:

  • Full Members 
  • Family Members 
  • Life Members 
  • Supporting Members

There shall be the following classes of Non Voting membership:  

  • Members-in-Training 
  • Associate Members 
  • Emeritus Members 
  • Honorary Members 
  • Contributing Members 

Non Voting Members participate in the scientific activities of EVER with the same rights and duties as the Effective Members, but they can not assist at the general assemblies and cannot hold an elected office in EVER.

Definition of the different classes of Members.

Full Members
Full membership shall be restricted to individuals demonstrating a serious interest in or making significant contributions to ophthalmic or visual science.

Family Members
Family membership shall be restricted to any two individuals of the same family who both qualify for Effective membership.

Life Members
Any candidate elected to membership in any class shall automatically become a Life Member upon the contribution to the EVER of an amount which shall be designated from time to time, by the EVER Board. A Life Member shall enjoy all of the privileges and benefits of Full Members.

Supporting Members
Individuals elected to membership in any class may become Supporting Members by supporting the EVER in a financial way and by submission to the General Secretary, a request on the form prescribed, and upon payment of all applicable dues and assessments for the then current year.

Members-in-Training shall be restricted to pre-doctoral and postdoctoral students at an institution of higher learning in a scientific field related to vision research or ophthalmology. A Member-in-Training may retain such membership status in EVER for no longer than five (5) years.

Associate Members
Associate members shall be non-doctoral associates engaged in research in vision and ophthalmology.

Emeritus Members
Any Full Member may make a written request to the General Secretary that his or her membership be transferred to that of an Emeritus Member provided that at the time of making the request, such person has been a Full, Supporting, Life or Family Member continuously for the preceding ten (10) years and has either attained the age of 65 years or is no longer engaged in his or her regular activities by reason of disability or retirement. The request shall be subject to approval of the EVER Board. Emeritus Members shall have all the rights and privileges of Full Members, except that of voting and holding elective office.

Honorary Members
A person who has singularly aided the progress of research in vision and ophthalmology may become an Honorary Member when recommended thereto by the EVER Board and elected at an annual meeting of EVER.

Contributing Members
Contributing membership shall be restricted to corporations, associations and individuals who support the objectives of the EVER but do not satisfy the requirements of Full Membership.

4.02 Application Procedure

A candidate for membership shall apply to the General Secretary following the procedure designated by the EVER Board. 

Application Procedure 
To become a Full, Family, Supporting or Associate Member or become a Member-in-training, a candidate shall apply to the General Secretary on the form prescribed by the EVER Board. The application must be endorsed by one (1) Full, Supporting, or Life Member, and the applicant shall pay the application fee in effect at that time.  
All information submitted on the application form shall be subject to review and verification by or under the supervision of the EVER Board. 
The candidate becomes a member upon recommendation by the EVER Board and upon payment of all applicable dues and assessments for the then current year. 

4.03 Voting and Holding office in EVER

Only Effective members are entitled to vote on any matter or to attend any General Assembly of members. Only Effective members are entitled to hold any elected office in EVER.

4.04 Fees, Dues and Assessments

The application fees, dues, assessments, and other fees for each class of membership shall be established annually by the EVER Board.

Membership dues

  • Annual dues shall be established on the basis of the calendar year.
  • No dues shall be payable by Honorary and Emeritus Members.
  • Members residing outside of Europe may be assessed an additional amount to cover added costs of mailing.

4.05 Termination of Membership

  • Every Member can resign from the non-profit organisation at any time.  In order to resign one s membership, a Member offers his resignation in writing to the secretary-general of the Board.  His membership ends on the day of the sending of his resignation letter. 
  • A Member whose required dues, assessments, or other fees are not paid in full as stipulated in the Bye Laws, shall be considered delinquent and his membership in EVER shall automatically terminate on the last day of that year, unless membership is terminated sooner or extended by the EVER Board. 

A Member whose membership has been terminated as provided in this paragraph may again become a Member of EVER only by applying for a renewal of his membership and being elected in the manner provided. 

  • A Member may be expelled for gross or persistent activities against the objectives of the non-profit organisation, or for behaviour which damages the reputation of the non-profit organisation. The decision to exclude a Member shall be made by a two-thirds majority of the Board after a disciplinary hearing which the Member will be asked to attend and the reasons for expulsion shall be stated. The member may appeal this decision for the General Assembly. In that case the exclusion can be confirmed or annulled by an assembly to which the member concerned is invited by registered mail.  The decision or confirmation of annulment is taken with a majority of 2/3 of the votes.  The decision will be made public to the party concerned within 8 days.   
  • The membership ends automatically by the death of a member, or in case of a legal person, by liquidation, merger, or bankruptcy. 

« Return to index