Results of Membership amendment to Statute poll, April 2014

The poll was held on April 20-May 20 2014. Seventeen members voted. Simplified results are presented below. Only options voted >50% for multi-choice questions and received simple majority for single-choice questions are presented. Complete report can be downloaded through the link below.

Number of people voted: 17

1. How many membership categories do we need?  
We need more 94%

2. What additional membership categories do we need?  
Student 88%
Amateur 82%
Regular membership, lifetime 59%

3. What are qualification criteria for:  
3a. Regular members
Professional employment in the field of biology or geology 59% 
3b. Students
MS/PhD student 53%
Letter of support from professor or supervisor 76% 
3c. Amateurs
Any member of the public not eligible for regular or student membership 41%
Letter of support from two members 53%
3d. Life-time members:
no majority
3e. Honorary members
Nominated by members of the Society 65%
Voted by General Meeting, simple majority 47%
 
4. Membership fees  
4a. Regular members, annual
Average €19.7 
4b. Life-time members, lump:
no majority
8c. Student, annual
50% of the regular fee (to be rounded) 14 82%
4d. Student, best presentation award
Free till the next Congress 8 47%
4e. Amateurs, annual
100% of the regular fee 7 41%
4f. Institutional members, annual:
no majority

5. Members benefits  
5a. Regular members benefits
Discount price for events registration 82%
Discount price for publication in the Society journal (if applicable) 82%
Access to PDF library 100%
Access to Localities and Collections resources 94%
5b. Student members benefits
Discount price for events registration 88%
Discount price for publication in the Society journal (if applicable) 76%
Access to PDF library 82%
5c. Amateur members benefits
Discount price for events registration 65%
Discount price for publication in the Society journal (if applicable) 65%
Access to PDF library 71%
5d. Institutional members benefits:
no majority

6. Access to IPS library  
6a. Regular members
Full, unless fees have not been paid for 1 full year (then turning ‘restricted’) 41%
6b. Students
Full, unless fees have not been paid for 1 full year (then turning ‘restricted’) 41%
6c. Amateurs
Full, unless fees have not been paid for 1 full year (then turning ‘restricted’) 29%

7. Access to IPS resources (Localities and Collections)
7a. Regular members
Full, unless fees have not been paid for 1 full year (then turning ‘restricted’) 41%
7b. Students
Full, unless fees have not been paid for 1 full year (then turning ‘restricted’) 29%
7c. Amateurs
Restricted 65%

Groups audience: 
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith