Call for Nomination for the ISAL Board of Directors!

Charles Ofria

Dear Members of the Artificial Life community,

The International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) is seeking nominations
for our Board of Directors. The board is responsible for managing the
society, facilitating the organization of conferences, interfacing with the
Artificial Life journal, advocating artificial life research, and
developing and promoting the community as a whole.

Board members facilitate these activities by attending monthly virtual
meetings, contributing to and attending the annual Artificial Life
conferences, and taking up a role on the board. In addition to standard
roles (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer), other roles for
board members include Education Chair, Diversity Chair, Public Relations
Chair, Industrial Relations Chair, Societal Impact Chair, Membership Chair,
Awards Chair, Journal Liaison, and Conference Liaison. New roles can be
created to facilitate initiatives that a board member wishes to pursue.

Elections to the ISAL Board of Directors will take place this year to fill
five board positions, for the next four-year board term. These positions
are currently occupied by Seth Bullock, Jeff Clune, Rene Doursat, Steen
Rasmussen, and Susan Stepney.

See the full list of current board members here:

Please nominate candidates for the five open board positions by filling out
the following online form (time involvement: 5-min max):


You may use this form multiple times to propose additional candidates.
Please select people who you believe will put in time and energy to help
the society succeed. Self-nominations are encouraged!

Any ISAL member may be elected to the ISAL Board of Directors, including
outgoing board members. If you are not sure whether the person you are
nominating is already an ISAL member or not, please nominate them anyway.
If they are not an ISAL member, we will contact them to ask if they are
willing to become a member in the event that they are elected.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, August 4th, 2017.

The subsequent process is as follows:

1. Nominees will be approached and those who wish to stand for election
will be asked to provide a short statement of their intentions and
priorities, should they be elected.

2. The list of nominees who wish to stand for election and their statements
will be circulated by email to ISAL members (anyone may nominate, but only
members may vote).

3. ISAL members will be asked to vote on the candidates via another online

4. The five candidates with the most votes will be elected to the ISAL
Board of Directors.

Note that anyone may nominate, but only ISAL members may vote in the next
round to make the final selection of new board members. To join ISAL, see:

Thank you for your attention and we look forward to receiving your

Best regards,

Charles Ofria

ISAL President

Dr. Charles Ofria
Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
President, International Society for Artificial Life
Director, MSU Digital Evolution Laboratory
Deputy Director, BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
Michigan State University
Phone: 517 884-2562 : Fax: 517 913-6032